Chateau Marmont Hotel
8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90046, United States
Built in 1929 as a luxury apartment complex, the Chateau is now one of the most unique see-and-be-seen hotel hotspots in all of LA. A remarkably good-looking, young, and super creative crowd of artists, writers, actors, and photographers roam about this historic haunt. Even with an ‘it’ crowd, the hotel is decidedly not a party spot (save for the random private events by the pool), but a calming, countryside oasis set on a hill in the middle of West Hollywood. Charming, private, discrete, and with a five-star level of service, the Chateau is a one-of-a-kind hotel that Hollywood dreams are made of.
There are 63 total rooms that include nine separate cottages and four two- to three-bedroom bungalows. Because of its former apartment status, standard rooms come complete with full kitchens, living rooms, and balconies that overlook the hills and pool down below.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Balconies on the lower floors can easily be seen by the balconies on higher levels, so don't do anything weird, man.
The bathrooms feature original tiles that were hand-painted in Malibu back in the 1920s. If you’ve ever been in an old Hollywood apartment, you’ll recognize the pink and blue hued tiles and old fixtures that are part of this hotel’s charm.
Climbing the stairs into the lobby, guests are treated to a large chateau ballroom with high, painted wood-beam ceilings, steel chandeliers, red carpets, and mismatched eclectic furniture. Creative types post up here during long days of work as they sink into the leather-worn couches. Off the lobby is a small bar and sitting area and towards the back is the Chateau’s indoor/outdoor restaurant.
Winding through the tree-lined paths, guests will find themselves at the 24-hour oval-shaped pool, surrounded by bungalows and large bamboo reeds. This isn't a DJ-led party pool, though there is a ping-pong table, but there are often events and private parties that congregate around the water throughout the year.
Guests will be forgiven for having trouble locating the gym, which is disguised behind Room #74. Inside, there is standard cardio machines and free weights.
The hotel partners with both Equinox and Crunch gyms and have passes for guests who want a more robust gym experience.
The unnamed restaurant of the hotel stretches out to a gardened terrace. Tented, the dining area has a French/Moroccan feel with wicker chairs and overhanging foliage. Guests can get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night traditional American cuisine.
There are two bars inside the hotel--one at the back of the restaurant and one to the side of the lobby.
There isn’t any metro access in this area, but it’s relatively walkable to some restaurants, bars, and shopping. Most likely, you’ll want to catch a cab or hail an Uber or Lyft to get anywhere as the hotel is just barely out of the way for most things.
If you don’t mind waiting in really long lines (does anyone not mind?) The Griddle Café (8-minute walk) serves mouthwatering breakfasts. For a full night out, check out Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails (4-minute walk) for Cali-cuisine and a late-night club environment.
Skybar (8-minute walk) is a sceney cocktail spot with killer views inside the Mondrian Hotel. Inside The Standard Hotel (4-minute walk) is Mmhmmm, a secret club that you should probably ask the Chateau concierge to arrange for your.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you’re looking to be treated with five-star service without staying in a corporate branded hotel, then you’ll love the rustic charm of the Chateau. The building may be old, but all the amenities are modern. This see-and-be-seen spot is famous for its clientele, but equally so for its discretion and privacy. Creative types flock here for inspiration and long-term stays aren’t irregular. The bungalows and cottages are unique accommodations you won’t find anywhere else and offer guests a true home away from home. The hotel prides itself on its repeat business, and it makes sense as regulars are treated like family.
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