PHOTO: Shutterstock

8 Classic Hollywood Hotels With Golden Age Glamour

Paul Feinstein | February 06, 2018

The Golden Age of Hollywood spans over 50 years of the 20th Century and encompasses everything from the silent film era to the height of the Hollywood studio system. During this glorious time, a bevy of hotels popped up around Los Angeles that still reflect that old time glamor.

#8

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Santa Monica

Why it made the list

This Santa Monica stalwart has been catering to the see-and-be-seen set since the 1920s. Leading ladies like Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Betty Grable were all fixtures--in fact, Garbo lived at the hotel for several years. Today, this classic spot still features ocean-front views, caters to a high-minded crowd, and lives up to its Golden Age and modern day reputation.

An oasis unto itself, the Fairmont provides guests with a se Read More

#7

Hotel Bel-Air

Why it made the list

Arguably one of the most stunning properties in all of LA, it’s not surprising that it has been welcoming the biggest stars in the world since 1946. Paul Newman and Robert Redford were regulars as were Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. If you’re lucky, you might see Rihanna or Oprah if they duck their heads out of the Presidential Suite to eat at Wolfgang Puck’s eponymous restaurant on site.

One of the most stunning properties in Los Angeles, if not t Read More

#6

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Why it made the list

This hotel is coming up on its 100-year anniversary and has been designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. Eight Academy Awards shows were held at the hotel in the 30s and 40s and the hotel itself has been the character in a number of movies like Chinatown, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, and Independence Day.

It’s often a cliché when people say, “the Read More

#5

Beverly Hilton

Why it made the list

With some of the most event space in all of Los Angeles, this hotel has been home to the Golden Globe Awards ceremony since 1961. The massive property was built in 1955 with more than 500 rooms that have been home to celebrities like Cary Grant.

The Beverly Hilton is one of the most iconic and historic ho Read More

#4

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Why it made the list

This famous Hollywood hotspot was erected in 1927 and lays claim to being the first ever host of the Academy Awards in 1929. Classic golden era guests included Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, and Montgomery Clift (all are rumored to be haunting the hallways at night). Now, the hotel features nearly a dozen bars, a raucous weekend pool scene, and a stable of A-listers from Matthew McConaughey to Angelina Jolie.

Simply put, this hotel oozes Hollywood history. Opened in 19 Read More

#3

Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel

Why it made the list

This vintage property built in 1928 sits at the southern end of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and has hosted A-list celebrity royalty like Elvis Presley and Warren Beatty (who famously lived in the hotel for years). Today, guests might recognize it as the luxurious palace from the movie Pretty Woman.

Built on the site of an old racing track, the Beverly Wilshi Read More

#2

Beverly Hills Hotel

Why it made the list

Classic photos of this Beverly Hills mainstay show a towering property presiding over a near-barren landscape of farms and orange trees. Since 1912, the hotel has been the center of action for the Hollywood crowd and laid the groundwork for the multi-million dollar homes that now surround it. Anyone who is anyone has stayed here including Fred Astaire, Howard Hughes, Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne. Today, the red-carpet entryway brings guests back to the golden age while ushering in new A-listers who can be found lounging around the property.

Visitors are greeted by an elongated red carpet that leads i Read More

#1

Chateau Marmont Hotel

Why it made the list

Built in 1929, this French castle has played host to luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Billy Wilder, and Dorothy Parker. John Belushi infamously overdosed in one of the bungalows and Hunter S. Thompson was a regular. Today, Lindsay Lohan can be seen getting thrown out while Terry Richardson photographs models in the historic hallways.

Built in 1929 as a luxury apartment complex, the Chateau is Read More

  • 8. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Santa Monica
    101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, California, United States, 90401
  • 7. Hotel Bel-Air
    701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, California, United States, 90077
  • 6. Millennium Biltmore Hotel
    506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, California, United States, 90071
  • 5. Beverly Hilton
    9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California, United States, 90210
  • 4. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
    7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California, United States, 90028
  • 3. Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel
    9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California, United States, 90212
  • 2. Beverly Hills Hotel
    9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, California, United States, 90210
  • 1. Chateau Marmont Hotel
    8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California, United States, 90046

Check Rates for Hotels
on the List


BACK TO TOP