Hotel Watch: Keys to Hollywood

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Host of the first Academy Awards, the refurbished Roosevelt Hotel is at the heart of Hollywood Boulevard's revitalization

Host of the first Academy Awards, the refurbished Roosevelt Hotel is at the heart of Hollywood Boulevard's revitalization

HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVLET HOTEL

Classic Hollywood Makes a Comeback

The Buzz: It’s the centerpiece of gritty Hollywood Blvd.’s revitalization scheme. This current “it spot” for invite-only after-parties and swanky PR soirées occupies prime real estate across from Mann’s Chinese Theater and Hollywood’s Wax Museum.

History: The HRH opened its doors May 15, 1927. Soon after, it hosted the first Academy Awards and has been a star haunt (some say it’s actually haunted) ever since.

Design: The Spanish-Moorish property was recently renovated, turning the Tropicana pool-side bar into a local fave with a heavy-handed door policy. The mirror that hung in Marilyn Monroe’s cabana now graces the lobby (apparently her image still appears in its reflection).

Rooms: 302 rooms, including the 12 floor Gable and Lombard suite where the two stars were known to secretly meet.

Restaurant: The Dakota is a modern version of a classic steak house. If you want to find the real party strut over to the Tropicana – day or night it’s an oasis centered around David Hockney‘s fashionably painted pool.

Get there: 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-466-7000, www.hollywoodroosevelt.com.

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