When you stay at Chateau Marmont, you’ll probably think, “If only these walls could talk…” But maybe it’s better that they don’t. This infamous hotel near West Hollywood, with its vintage rooms and luxe bungalows, gets much of its mystique from the privacy-craving celebrity guests who know their secrets are safe here.
Although the architecture is based on a castle in France’s Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont is Old Hollywood through and through, even as new generations of stars have discovered its discreet charms. Stay in one of the 63 rooms, cottages, or bungalows, many of which boast formal dining rooms—perfect for entertaining—and private terraces with spectacular views. Enter the locked gate for a dip in the guests-only pool, a cerulean oasis framed by tropical greenery.
You never know who might show up for lunch on the leafy garden terrace. In true Hollywood fashion, the menu includes a choice of six different salads. Dinner at The Restaurant at Chateau Marmont requires a reservation (or a hotel key), and serves new American fare and exceptional cocktails to be enjoyed under expansive chandeliers. (Insider tip: Walk-ins are welcome at the adjacent Bar Marmont for those who don’t spring for a stay).
For an even more exclusive experience, try Chateau Hanare, an intimate hideaway, which opened July 2018 in one of the hotel’s previously vacant bungalows. Chef Abe Hiroki offers elegant sashimi and Japanese small plates. After a meal or a late night out, enjoy a nightcap—thanks to the 24-hour room service—as you stand on your private balcony and survey the Sunset Strip and the twinkling lights of Hollywood below.