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Chateau Marmont

Address: 8221 Sunset Blvd.

Neighborhood: West Hollywood

City: Los Angeles

Phone: 323-656-1010

Website: www.chateaumarmont.com

Expert Review

Up a narrow drive off Sunset Boulevard rises Hollywood's famous celebrity-rich hotel. This landmark hotel is the place to stay for celebs (and high-flyers) seeking privacy rather than the see-and-be-seen atmosphere common to many local hotels. Accommodation here is in 63 cottages and bungalows, many of which are found near the brick-laid pool. Even so, you're still likely to rub elbows with a Hollywood star at check-in or while relaxing in the lounge off the lobby. No two rooms are alike in the Chateau and, while the general decor isn't as impressive as that found in other local hotels of its price category, the chambers are comfortable, outfitted with antiques, and most feel more like small apartments than bedrooms - many in fact come with fireplaces (not like you need them in LA) and 11 have kitchens. No wonder so many luminaries have actually called the hotel home for a spell - Jim Morrison certainly did, while John Belushi infamously checked out altogether, by overdosing in Bungalow 2.

Tags: luxury | expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | jim's pick

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