Hotel Highlights

  • Intimate ambience, inimitable service and discreet glamour
  • Great central Hollywood location, 15 minutes from Beverly Hills and Santa Monica
  • Who doesn’t want to say they’ve stayed at Chateau Marmont?

Overview

This luxury hotel in Los Angeles is where the stars go to get their rocks off in private (or in public, if they court the limelight). Built in 1920 using blueprints drawn from a French castle in the Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont has a history as spectacular as its architecture, and a reputation as hedonistic as it is glamorous. The arts and crafts ‘castle on the hill’ is the epitome of all that’s great and good about tinseltown: glamorous, cool and utterly captivating.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

63, including 23 suites and 4 bungalows.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability; late check-outs are charged at half-day rates until 5pm; full room rates apply thereafter. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $435.00, excluding tax at 15.58 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast, from US$19.

Also

In-room beauty treatments and spa therapies can be arranged at the drop of a face-shielding sunhat – this is the land of the beautiful people, so you can expect your treatments to be top of the range. They’ll even arrange a personal trainer, should you so wish. If you’re bringing a stupendously large wardrobe of red-carpet dresses, supersized rolling racks (that’s a garment rail, if you’ve more Baftas than Oscars) can be added to your suite for US$30 a day.

At the hotel

Gardens and courtyard, pool, gym, music and movie library, free WiFi throughout, laundry, valet parking, concierge. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD and CD player, iPod dock, minibar with free bottled water, fluffy bathrobes and cashemere throws, Kiehl’s baths products.

Our favourite rooms

Standard Rooms have garden views; go for one of the Suites – even the modest Junior Suites feel like mini-apartments with fitted kitchens but the Premier and Two-Bedroom Suites have large balconies or patios overlooking the pool. Hillside Bungalows offer the coolest mid-century decor, kitchens, working fireplaces, private street entrances and carports, and direct access to the pool from a private walled garden; Poolside Bungalows have more classical decor and are a shade larger (no private parking spot, though). Go totally A-list in Room 64, the two-bed Penthouse with wraparound terrace and polished marble hallway.

Poolside

The chic oval outdoor swimming pool is heated and flanked by hide-me palm fronds and a perfect-for-posing patio.

Packing tips

Red-framed Ray-Bans; iPhone chock-full of LA contacts; Liza Bruce bikini.

Also

Smoking is permitted in designated areas. Pets can be accommodated for a $150 non-refundable deposit. Parking is $28 a night.

Children

Extra beds or cots – dressed in Frette baby linens, no less – can be added to rooms on request for US$30 a night. Nannies can be drafted in with 24 hours’ notice.

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Eco‐friendly

Food and wine is seasonal, organic and locally sourced wherever possible; and the hotel tries to conserve water, recycle and reduce waste.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Spotted Pig star Carolynn Spence turns out imaginative Med-infused Californian haute cuisine at the renowned Chateau Restaurant: we loved the roast bass and crispy rock shrimp risotto, and the black truffle arancini with wild mushrooms. You can also eat at the buzzy poolside restaurant during the day, people-watching beneath crisp white parasols and screened by lush foliage.

Hotel Bar

Saucy saloon-like Bar Marmont mixes up Mr & Mrs Smith’s dream cocktail menu of perfectly poured, cleverly modernised classics: nuzzling up to the fresh peach bellinis are Plymouth gin Negronis and Ryka vodka, honey and fig puree concoctions. Gastro bar snacks cater to every appetite, from nibble-friendly cheese boards and heirloom tomato salads to tuck-right-in oxtail bruschetta and self-styled Damn Good Burgers.

Last orders

Bar Marmont winds things up around 2am; the restaurant serves its last delicious dish at 11pm.

Room service

A full menu is available 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

Channel your inner diva and don vintage chic, rock-star cool or movie-mogul slick.

Top table

We love the soft velvet banquettes in the white plasterwork alcove at Bar Marmont; if you’re dining at the restaurant, make a beeline for a table in the garden to make the most of California’s balmy climate.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Sushi fans will want to get themselves to the best sushi bar in LA: Matsuhisa (+1 310 659 9639; www.nobumatsuhisa.com) at 129 North La Cienaga Boulevard – open weekdays for lunch, and every day for dinner. Fans of Cecconi’s in London can now sample its trademark classic Italian fare at 8764 Melrose in West Hollywood (+1 310 432 2000; www.cecconiswesthollywood.com) – check out the cicchetti and dolci on the midnight menu, available for night owls from 11pm–1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Hall Courtyard Brasserie at apartment-style boutique hotel Palihouse Holloway (+1 323 656 4100; www.thehallbrasserie.com) is a laid-back but still-buzzing Francophile crowd-pleaser. Definitely book a table at either Osteria Mozza at 6602 Melrose Avenue (+1 323 297 0100) or Pizzeria Mozza at 641 North Highland Avenue (+ 1 323 297 0101), the hot new Italian eateries from a triumvirate of dedicated foodies: Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich. Worship at the altar of meat at Boa, a celeb-studded steakhouse with good looks and potent cocktails at 9200 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood (+1 310 278 2050). Get one or two of your five daily portions from Ammo, an organic restaurant with a fruit and veg-heavy menu at 1155 North Highland Avenue (+1 323 871 2666). The restaurant works closely with local farmers and supplies, and the warm, woody decor reflects its natural philosophy. Head to Katana at 8439 West Sunset Boulevard (+1 323 650 8585), for traditional Japanese food cooked on a charcoal grill, served with a tasty trio of dipping sauces – ginger, ponzu and soy mustard.

Local bars

Check out the deco styling of The Terrace at Sunset Tower Hotel’s Tower Bar (+1 323 654 7100; www.sunsettowerhotel.com) and have pre-dinner drinks on the old-Hollywood-style terrace.

Local cafés

Urth Café on Melrose (+1 310 205 9311; www.urthcaffe.com) is where West Hollywood’s locals head for their organic tea and coffee fix.

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High on Sunset

Chateau Marmont

8221 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States

Planes

LAX is 45 miles from the hotel. British Airways (www.ba.com) and American Airlines (www.americanairlines.com) both fly there.

Trains

The nearest train station is Downtown, 25 minutes away by car.

Automobiles

You'll find the hotel just north of Santa Monica Boulevard. Parking costs US$28.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Raoul Shah , Superbrand superhero

The giddy anticipation begins as we leave LAX, set for Sunset Boulevard. Having flown in from Las Vegas, we needed a place that was less Hollywood cliché and more European retreat. Perched on the hills above the hustle and bustle, this folly bourgeois has all the rambling corridors, vaulted colonnades and palm-fringed pools we could hope for – thrown in with a decent measure of mod...

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Chateau Marmont

Anonymous review by Raoul Shah, Superbrand superhero

The giddy anticipation begins as we leave LAX, set for Sunset Boulevard. Having flown in from Las Vegas, we needed a place that was less Hollywood cliché and more European retreat. Perched on the hills above the hustle and bustle, this folly bourgeois has all the rambling corridors, vaulted colonnades and palm-fringed pools we could hope for – thrown in with a decent measure of mod cons and mid-century design to temper its original 1930s Arts and Craftsiness. Its idiosyncratic pseudo-Norman architecture shines out across LA from high in the hills like a Disney castle gone bad; its turrets and towers a siren call to playboys and their perfectly coiffed muses. You know the script – Led Zep roaring through the lobby on their Harleys; Jean Harlow bunking up with Clark Gable; Johnny Depp and Kate Moss romping in every room – it is time for us to write, direct and star in our own off-screen version.

James Dean, Greta Garbo, Helmut Newton, Jim Morrison, John Belushi, Chateau Marmont... It's rare when a hotel's name itself sits so comfortably in a roll call of Hollywood greats and rock ’n’ roll legends. That's what this hotel has become – great and legendary – since it first opened in 1929.

The entrance is so discreet we feel we’re being led into a private house. In fact, the first person we meet is the valet guy, since the path to the front door passes the garage. He’s keen to carry our cases up to reception and doesn’t even hang around for a tip – perhaps he was trained in Europe?

Reception is low-key, relaxed and no one makes much of a fuss. Given the hotel’s clientele, it’s unlikely much would faze the folks working here. The staff is even more stylish than the guests – none are in a typical uniform. The only giveaway someone might be on the payroll? A mannered French pronunciation of ‘chateau’ that sounds like ‘shut-o’.

Our room not quite ready, we’re offered a drink in the lounge. A no-camera policy enhances the off-duty mood, and people are all actually talking to each other. Conversations seem more social than business, although we earwig a ‘shopping’ and ‘script’ dropped in the same sentence. This lobby is one of the inner-circle hangouts by night, alongside the terrace and restaurant, all within view of each other. As next door’s Bar Marmont is open to all, we take advantage of our exclusive chance to dine here, and make a reservation in the hotel’s restaurant later.

Keys are handed to me with the fantastic news I’ve been upgraded to a top-floor suite with a terrace. Merci, Marmont. Suites are individually furnished, and beyond the array of vintage furniture and parquet flooring are two headline acts – a bedroom and a kitchen. In attention-grabbing cameo roles come Kiehl’s products, old-fashioned keys and ‘do not disturb’ signs, as well a killer CD library and free mobile phones available at reception. The kitchen has a huge American-size fridge – no minibar nonsense here – and it’s filled with virtually everything for all tastes. A 1950s-style diner is definitely the place to invite friends for drinks to and it proves a fun place to start and finish a hedonistic evening with friends, with dinner in the middle.

Supper is, as expected, delicious and lively. Call me unadventurous, but I plump for the spaghetti bolognese. It’s rare for this to be a standout dish, but it more than lives up to the restaurant’s reputation. Accompanied by a good French red from an excellent list, I could see this becoming a habit. We secretly hope we get to meet the Executive Chef, Carolyn Spence, who’s behind the Chateau Marmont and next door’s Bar Marmont’s restaurants. Not just to thank her in person for such a great meal but also because secretly I I’ve heard folk marvel at her arms tattooed with foliage as lush looking as out in the garden.

And so to the pillow talk: the bed itself proves to be the most comfortable ever, sorting out my jetlag in eight relaxing hours. My carpeted boudoir couldn’t have been cosier, helped along by a scented candle that the chambermaid lit as part of the turndown service. If Chateau Marmont is an American take on a French castle, it’s certainly got the styling, decor and vintage furnishings correct.

In the morning, we sneak a tour of the infamous bungalows. Each is terribly private and begs more than a night’s stay. Designed as second homes/private party places/city retreats/illicit affair rendezvous* (*delete as applicable) – as per the inscription of producer Harry Cohn’s quote, ‘If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont’. Shrouded in amazing gardens, the bungalows allow for very VIP-fit entrances and exits.

Jasmine blossoms and eucalyptus leaves lend an exotic aroma, and our stroll conjures memories of a romantic island holiday in the Maldives. Given that the pool is heated all year, it’s a little patch of year-round tropicality. It’s hard to imagine that only a wall and some very well landscaped trees and plants stand between this sanctuary and traffic-packed Sunset Boulevard.

While louche Sunset Boulevard may not be the sexiest address in town for everyone, the Château makes it a true destination – you can even spot buses of tourists pulling up to photograph that signature neon sign. Deserving of its iconic status, this hip but homely hideaway is an antidote to the over designed tendencies seen in Tinseltown. Here it is easy to relax and drop a gear, knowing that you’ll be treated with the same attitude whether rich, famous, or neither.

Now I have a confession to make. I know I’ve been saying ‘we’. It is kind of the royal ‘we’. Truth is, I’ve been here on my own – but I didn’t want to bust the Mr & Mrs Smith vibe, as this is a place made for times as a twosome. Next visit – and there will definitely be a next visit – upgrade or not, I’m bringing my wife. Not only will she love this hideaway, she also says ‘chateau’ in that alluring way that only French women can.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Chateau Marmont's Guestbook below.

 

GoldSmith

Stayed on 10 Oct 2013

We loved

Great location, great service, and the bar and restaurant are both good. The rooms have a certain charm, but expect them to show their age.

Don’t expect

Room 16 was so noisy it was impossible to sleep; avoid it at all costs.

Rating: 7/10 stars