Hotel Spotlight

An Iconic Golden Age Hotel Gets a New Hollywood Look

by Daniel Schwartz
The The famous pool seen from the hotel bridge. All photos courtesy of The Hollywood Roosevelt.

Hollywood, California
Retro Modern, $$$ (from $289)

At first glance, The Hollywood Roosevelt doesn’t look like the first place you’d expect to spot a movie star on vacation. From its perch above Hollywood Boulevard’s bustling Walk of Fame, the towering Spanish Colonial Revival hotel seems a little too in the middle of it all. But acquaint yourself with its history, and the reasoning becomes clear. 

Since opening in 1927, the landmarked property (birthplace of the Academy Awards) has hosted many high-profile personalities, including Marilyn Monroe, who once called the hotel home, Errol Flyn, who used to make Prohibition gin at the hotel barber shop, and Shirley Temple, who was taught how to dance here by Bill Bojangles Robinson.

The hotel recently underwent a major revamp and transferred hands to Journal Hotels. But the institution continues to attract notables as well as fashionable tourists with classy, contemporary West Coast interiors, a slew of updated dining options, and a lively social scene. It's the LA hotel for those who want to steep in the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age without compromising on modern comforts.


The Hollywood Roosevelt.


A superior king room in the Tower.


A poolside Cabana suite.


The Marilyn suite.


AT A GLANCE

Vibe: Busy, buzzy, and glitzy with a nostalgic air throughout.

Standout Detail: The outdoor pool’s original million-dollar underwater mural by master painter David Hockney. 

This Place is Perfect For: Party people, Hollywood Bowl attendees, and movie fanatics who want to stay on the Walk of Fame.

Rooms: 300 guest rooms all come with walk-in closets, custom throw blankets, local snacks in the mini bars, La Bodega kimono robes, Davines bath products, and prints by paparazzi Ron Gallela. The 240 Yabu Pushelberg-designed rooms in The Tower have canopy beds, barn doors, and wood and leather accents, while the 60 Cabana suites are more light and airy and most overlook the pool — including the former home of Marilyn Monroe, which is now an opulent, loft-like, 750-square-foot suite.

On Site: Saturday morning yoga, Tuesday night movies by the outdoor pool and fire pit, 24/7 gym and room service, and 25,000+ square feet of event space, which include the rooftop, a gallery space, an outdoor garden, the old office of the Motion Picture Academy, and Blossom Ballroom, where the first Academy Awards were held in 1929. 

Food + Drink: Tropicana Cafe serves American food and drinks by the pool. Public Kitchen and Bar specializes in brasserie staples. 25 Degrees slings burgers 24/7. The Garden pours pints outside under the palm trees. The speakeasy-style Spare Room rocks a two-lane vintage bowling alley. Library Bar crafts cocktails based on the ingredients of your choosing.


Public Kitchen and Bar.


The Spare Room.


The Hollywood Roosevelt rooftop.


WHAT TO DO NEARBY

Hollywood's most popular tourist attractions (and the crowds that come with them) are right outside the hotel — the Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theater, Grauman's Egyptian Theater, and Dolby Theater, as well as a good smattering of shopping and nightlife venues. For a breath of fresh air, hike through Runyon Canyon, score some style pieces on , and refuel at .


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