L.A. Dolce Vita
The Buzz: A-list hideaway high above the bustle of Sunset Blvd. In 1939, Harry Cohn, 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 Andre Balazs.
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, www.chateaumarmont.com.
THE REGENT BEVERLY WILSHIREThe Buzz: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere 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 Wolfgang Puck and architect Richard Meier has made Cut and the Sidebar Lounge celeb central. Hey! Was that Michael Douglas and Jack Nicholson I just saw?
Get there: 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-5200, www.regenthotels.com.