To you, Hollywood is more than a place - it’s a shrine, steeped in motion picture lore and the heady perfume of Golden Age glamour. That’s why you love to stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt, the opulent hotel where the romantic spirit of Golden Age Hollywood envelopes you the moment you step through its gilded doors.
There’s something mysteriously seductive about the Roosevelt, which opened in May 1927 and is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles. You can’t take your eyes off the coffered ceiling of the historic lobby; the three-tiered fountain under the hotel’s original chandelier; the beautiful tiled terra cotta stairs to the mezzanine; the pool painted by David Hockney—seriously, you could Instagram this place for hours.
Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the 12-story hotel was financed by luminaries of the silver screen—MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman. The hotel's restored Blossom Ballroom hosted the first-ever Academy Awards ceremony on May 26, 1929. The 3,200 square-foot Gable & Lombard Suite is named for legendary Hollywood couple Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.
Marilyn Monroe is your all-time favorite blonde bombshell, and early in her career she stayed at the Roosevelt for two years, so naturally you’ve booked yourself into the Marilyn Monroe Suite overlooking the Tropicana Pool.
You make a mental note to stay at Room 928 on Valentine’s Day, because that’s where Montgomery Clift lived for three months in 1953 while filming From Here to Eternity.
Clearly, the Roosevelt satisfies your craving for period grandeur—but its spacious vaulted rooms, fresh from a $25-million renovation by Yabu Pushelberg, also meet your high modern standards. Think Maison Martin Margiela blankets and towels, luxurious beds and sofas, grandiose showers with rainfall heads, and huge flat screen TVs.
Start the day with a poolside breakfast before stepping out onto the Walk of Fame. You’re right in the heart of the action, across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre (the Forecourt of the Stars is a must-see), the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars; and shopping at Hollywood & Highland - hi, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret and Forever 21!
Stroll Hollywood Boulevard and you'll discover the landmark Musso & Frank Grill, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Pantages Theatre - you also make a note to visit the glorious Hollywood Farmers' Market on Sunday.
You’re spoiled with dining options, which include the hotel's on-site burger joint, 25 Degrees and Nancy Silverton's Italian steakhouse, The Barish. A short walk from the Roosevelt, there's classic diner food at Mel's Drive-In and Neapolitan-style pizza at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele - the original Naples location was made famous by Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love.
But you're all about Hollywood icons, which means sushi and more at the famed Yamashiro, which boasts spectacular city views from its hilltop perch.
Hollywood is famous for its nightlife, but you head back to the hotel to make some Hollywood history of your own: sip a nightcap in the lobby, or bowl a few frames in the vintage bowling alley at The Spare Room.
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028