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.