Hollywood’s golden age

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Los Angeles. Credit@Photo Courtesy of Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

In Los Angeles, just steps away from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Zorro and Johnny Depp impersonators, tour bus operators and camera-wielding tourists, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s lobby provides breezy respite from the hubbub of Hollywood Boulevard. Since 1927, guests have appreciated its Moorish-influenced design (monumental walls, airy arcades, mural ceilings) and atmosphere of alluring tranquility.

The first Academy Awards ceremony took place in its Blossom Room on 16th May 1929. The hotel was a favourite burrow for power brokers and stars, such as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. It was built to cater to East Coast movie-makers working in Los Angeles. Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Louis B. Mayer were among its backers.

Additionally, the Roosevelt has been a location for many films including Charlie’s Angels II (2003), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Internal Affairs (1990) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).

In 2005, the 300-room property became part of the Thompson Hotels Group and underwent renovation by designer Dodd Mitchell. The results managed to preserve the property’s Spanish Colonial Revival character whilst enticing the Hollywood ‘in-crowd’ and other offshoots of the ‘beautiful people’ tribe whether for overnight stays or an evening’s entertainment.

The hotel’s nightclub Teddy’s, for example, bills itself as a celebrity hideaway. At the 1920s-inspired Spare Room, a gaming parlour and drinks lounge, guests may bowl, play games or simply relax. The Library Bar offers handcrafted cocktails. Public Kitchen & Bar a casual dining room, and 25 Degrees puts a creative twist on burgers, fries and milkshakes. Outside, at the Tropicana bar, visitors may cool off with a beverage or a dip in the water and see David Hockney’s work on the bottom of the pool.

The Roosevelt’s cabana rooms were refurbished in 2011. Clean lines and neutral colours (white, beige, grey) and a blend of textures (brick, blonde wood, glass and leather) catch the eye creating a mellow mood. The room is a good size. If poolside lounging followed by a peaceful night is a priority, a cabana may be the ideal place to sojourn.

All rooms and suites feature temperature-control units, two phone lines with speaker and conference capabilities, and in-room pantries. Bath products by C.O. Bigelow include a lovely conditioner, which may be a nice touch.

Rates vary from approximately $290 (£180) in the main building and about $350 (£218) for a cabana room per night. Wi-fi/ internet access is charged at an extra $15 (£9) per day. A stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt may offer guests a very Tinseltown-inspired, ‘best of both worlds’ experience: the high energy of Hollywood, and a comfortable escape from the public eye.

New Year’s Eve at Roosevelt 2013

31 December 2012, 8 p.m.

DJs: David Bullock, Mei Lwun, Anthony Shah

21 and over age restriction

Tickets: $70, $140 VIP

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

7000 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, Calif. 90028

323 466 7000

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