Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, L.A.

WGSN.com, February 2007

With a movie industry pedigree, the Roosevelt is a seductive, stylish destination among the brash lights, big billboard ads and star-studded sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard. This is a hotel for those who want to frolic in a deliciously decadent playground of movie history.

Built in 1927, the Roosevelt’s Blossom Room was the original location of the Oscars ceremony, and the hotel hosted the likes of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Marilyn Monroe. Now a Thompson Hotels property (sister to SoHo’s 60 Thompson in New York), it has undergone extensive renovations and relaunched in 2005 to a big fanfare.

Now that the hype has expired, the Roosevelt remains a dramatic location with a sexy underbelly. Take the poolside cabana rooms, for example, with their Playboy mansion-style decor (all padded surfaces and smoked glass) and complimentary yellow pill bottle packed with happy-coloured M&M’s. These are not for the fainthearted as the nearby Tropicana Bar – overlooking the David Hockney pool – can stay buzzing until at least 2am.

Expect the same old-meets-new Hollywood styling throughout the hotel – a mix of Playboy modernism with a side order of cinematic glamour and evocative lighting to match.

The hotel’s restaurant, Dakota, is an acclaimed upscale steakhouse. However, WGSN liked the morning coffee and pastries, to be had lounging by the heated pool after an early-bird swim.


Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
California 90028

Tel: +1 (323) 466 7000

WGSN comment

  • Hollywood glamour meets Playboy-style modernism
  • Party-friendly cabana rooms
  • Hi-tech facilities and Fresh toiletries

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