Hotel Watch: Keys to Hollywood

Chateau Marmont reigns high above Sunset Boulevard - remember John Belushi?

Chateau Marmont reigns high above Sunset Boulevard - remember John Belushi?


L.A. Dolce Vita

The Buzz: A-list hideaway high above the bustle of Sunset Blvd. In 1939, , founder of Columbia Pictures, famously remarked: “If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.”

History and Design: Its grand environment is modeled after the infamous royal residence Chateau Amboise, located in France’s Loire Valley. It’s currently owned by celebrity hotelier .

Rooms: Many of the 63 rooms, cottages, and bungalows feature kitchens, dining rooms, and private terraces for extended stays. Soundproof walls guarantee privacy and make for prime A-list gatherings.

Amenities: Enjoy the outdoor pool with gardens and a fitness room.

Restaurant: Bar Barmont with its butterflies hanging from the ceiling and amber-lit, Vietnam-during-the-30’s style is a great place to spot celebs.

Get there: 8221 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, 323-656-1010,

THE REGENT BEVERLY WILSHIREThe Buzz: and made movie history here. The posh property, situated at the crossroads of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, is just minutes from everything L.A. luxe.

History: The original Beverly Wilshire Apartment Hotel was completed in 1928. A decade later, the ballroom held the big bands of the day.

Design: Fittingly for Beverly Hills, the Italian Renaissance-style, E-shaped structured received a trendy $65 million “face-life” in 1991.

Rooms: The 395 rooms in two wings are decorated in contemporary classic styles. The 5,000 square foot, three-bedroom presidential suite boasts 365-degree views.

Amenities: Highlights include a pool area with bar, full-service spa, the Lea Journo Salon and complimentary chauffeur service in stretch limos.

Restaurant: The Boulevard welcomes guests with complimentary fresh strawberries and cream. The collaboration of and architect has made Cut and the Sidebar Lounge celeb central. Hey! Was that and I just saw?

Get there: 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-5200,

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