Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
This city loves a comeback: after 80 years reigning over Hollywood Boulevard, falling in and out of favour, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – the site of the very first Oscars – is hip, hot, and haute all over again, and now considered one of the hottest if not the best place to stay in Los Angeles. The revamp, led by acclaimed designer Dodd Mitchell, allowed the Roosevelt to retain its classic charms whilst providing of-the-moment excitement. Always in keeping with its moody and minimalist vibe, the Roosevelt provides more entertainment than a theme park for the young, pretty, and privileged of Los Angeles. In-house hotspots include Teddy’s nightclub, the elegant poolside Tropicana Bar, bowling alleys, Beacher’s Madhouse theatre, and even a David Hockney swimming pool mural for the more arty types to marvel over. Despite the redesign, the Roosevelt Hotel retains haunting echoes of its storied past: Montgomery Clift’s ghost is said to roam his ninth-floor suite, and check your look in the full-length mirror in the lobby by the elevator that once adorned Marilyn Monroe’s room: her spirit just might look back.