Hollywoodland opened in the early 1920s as a residential development by builder S.H. Woodruff to attract Easterners escaping the winter snows. Modern Hollywood continues to attract visitors to film sets and entertainment venues, and historic, local hotels offer a chance to re-create the elegance of yesterday. Some hotels have been lovingly restored to the exact specifications of the original, while others have been modernized with state-of-the-art electronics and interior design.
Hollywood Historic Hotel
The Hollywood Historic Hotel, constructed on Melrose Avenue in 1927, offers guests a chance to view the Hollywood sign and walk to studio tours at Paramount Pictures. The structure is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers visitors a choice of 62 bargained-priced rooms on three hotel floors. Noted theater designer S. Charles Lee was in charge of the design for the original hotel, and renovations completed in 2009 returned the interior to its original condition. Parking at the downtown Tinsel Town hotel is free for guests.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The neon sign atop the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel shines brightly over Hollywood Boulevard. Constructed in 1927, the hotel today offers 300 rooms and a handful of suites named for the famous actors. The hotel guest rooms all include a minimum of 350 square feet of living space and offer views of the hills or access to private terraces. On-site dining options feature a steak house and 1950s burger counter. Entertainment includes a swim in the hotel pool, complete with mural by noted artist David Hockney, or a stroll down the boulevard to take in music at local clubs.
Magic Castle Hotel & Suites
The Magic Castle, a well-known private club for professional magicians and their guests, now welcomes overnight guests at the Magic Castle Hotel. The 40-unit hotel features 30 apartment-style suites with a choice of one or two bedrooms and more than 440 square feet. The suites also include full kitchens and formal living rooms. An outdoor heated pool provides the central focus for the hotel grounds. The hallmark of the hotel is service, and that includes special room service, hourly poolside Popsicle delivery on warm afternoons and a continental breakfast as part of the regular room charge.
Chateau Marmont Hotel & Bungalows
The National Register of Historic Places recognizes the importance of the Chateau Marmont Hotel to area history and culture. The hotel overlooks the Sunset Strip, and the Marmont’s bar is a watering hole for film industry elite. The bungalows provide full kitchens and formal dining rooms, and several of the detached units include private entrances. One- and two-bedroom penthouse suites are also available, in addition to a fitness room, heated outdoor pool, on-site restaurant, and a specialized staff that includes secretarial services, chauffeurs and private trainers.
Hollywood Downtowner Inn
While historic for some may be the Golden Age of Hollywood, for a new generation historic includes the Googie-style, mid-century architectural design of the 1950s. The Hollywood Downtowner Inn offers hotel accommodations set in high-Googie design with a neon welcome sign that features an exploding star. A free, full-service breakfast, easy access to the film studios and music venues on the Sunset Strip, and rooms with views of Hollywood and the Griffith Park Observatory attract overnight visitors. The moderately priced rooms include a choice of accommodations with kitchenettes and studio suites.
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