The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: The Story of an L.A. Icon

A favorite hotel of the stars since the Golden Age of Hollywood

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Tower and Tropicana Pool

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Tower and Tropicana Pool

 |  Photo:  Yuri Hasegawa

The landmark Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel opened on May 15, 1927, financed by a group that included Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Sid Grauman. Named for President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel has welcomed generations of VIPs, from legends of Hollywood’s Golden Age to today’s hottest stars. At the time, it cost $2.5 million to complete the 12-story building, which holds 300 rooms and suites. In 1991, the Hollywood Roosevelt was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 545.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Academy Awards
The first Academy Awards ceremony, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (1929) | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Hollywood History

From the moment you step into the hotel’s Spanish Colonial style lobby, you’re surrounded by Hollywood history. The first Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner in the hotel’s Blossom Ballroom - winners were announced three months before the ceremony, which took just 15 minutes. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard carried on their infamous affair in the Penthouse, which cost $5 a night.

Marilyn Monroe lived at the hotel for two years as her modeling career began to take off - she was staying in one of the vintage 1950s Cabanas at the time of her first professional magazine shoot, which took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt pool.

Interior photo of the Hollywood Roosevelt's Marilyn Monroe Suite with wood walls and white couch

Marilyn Monroe Suite | Photo: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Luxury Accommodations

Throughout the property, Hollywood’s Golden Age meets contemporary design in warm tones and rich textures. Accommodations range from King Superior rooms to Cabanas and the Marilyn Suite.

The Gable & Lombard Penthouse is a 3,200 square-foot duplex with an outdoor deck that’s tucked beneath the Roosevelt’s iconic sign and boasts spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills and the iconic Hollywood Sign.

The Number One Burger at 25 Degrees in the Hollywood Roosevelt

The Number One Burger at 25 Degrees in the Hollywood Roosevelt | Photo: 25 Degrees, Facebook

25 Degrees

Day or night, if you’re hungry for one of L.A.'s best burgers, 25 Degrees has you covered. Located just off the hotel lobby, Tim Goodell’s 24-hour burger joint has a stylish interior with tufted leather booths, crystal chandeliers, and walls clad in classic diner-style quilted stainless steel. You can build your own burger from a variety of ingredients, or choose from signatures like the ever-popular Number One Burger: caramelized onion, crescenza, prelibato gorgonzola, bacon, arugula and Thousand Island dressing. A hearty burger needs something strong to pair with it, like the Bananas Foster - a spiked shake made with Captain Morgan Rum, banana, butterscotch schnapps, and a float of Gosling's Dark Rum.

Nancy Silverton at Pizzeria Mozza

Nancy Silverton | Photo: Pizzeria Mozza

The Barish

Legendary LA chef, Nancy Silverton is opening an Italian steakhouse, The Barish at the hotel in the spring of 2020. Named after Silverton's ancestors - they were cattle ranchers in Saskatchewan, Canada at the turn of the 20th century - The Barish will occupy the former Public Kitchen & Bar space located just off the Historic Lobby. A wood-fired grill and oven will be in the center of the 120-seat dining room. The restaurant's menu and design are inspired by the hotel's Golden Age Hollywood heyday, from classic steakhouse dishes and baked pastas to tableside service.

Spare Room Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

 |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

The Spare Room

Located on the Roosevelt’s Mezzanine level, The Spare Room is a handsome cocktail lounge and gaming parlor, featuring custom-made wooden board games like chess and Jenga. Sip a craft cocktail, or share a punch bowl with friends, then lace up a pair of George Esquivel shoes and bowl a few frames on the vintage bowling lanes. Be sure to snap a few pics in the hidden photo booth.

Hollywood Roosevelt Tropicana Pool and Cabanas

Tropicana Pool and Cabanas at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

 |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Tropicana Pool & Cafe

A true oasis in the heart of Hollywood, the Tropicana Pool & Cafe overlooks the celebrated David Hockney pool, surrounded by lush foliage and the hotel’s exclusive Cabana rooms. This seductive retreat plays host to Hollywood’s in-crowd both day and night with DJ parties, and intimate gatherings around glowing fire rings.

Teddy’s Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt

Teddy’s Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt | Photo: eb design

Teddy's

Teddy’s is an unmarked celebrity haunt, hidden away between the Roosevelt’s lobby and bustling Hollywood Boulevard. Vaulted ceilings, warm, seductive lighting highlighted by a cascading crystal chandelier, and sophisticated leather accoutrements make Teddy’s a Hollywood hotspot to remember.

 

The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 856-1970
www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com