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It’s just over two months ago now that The Moment Hotel arrived on Sunset Boulevard, transforming a former 1950s motel and creating 39 modern rooms with pops of green, orange, and purple, open plan bathrooms, and a common rooftop deck.
So how should you spend a day in Hollywood when spending the night at The Moment Hotel? Here’s a few thoughts, from morning eggs and coffee to late night options, as we heard them straight from The Moment’s mouth:
The new music video for the popular Australian band, The Rubens, was recently filmed at The Redbury. The concept for the video was actually conceived by the hotel's designer himself, Matthew Rolston, who has an impressive list of music videos on his filmography resume.
The song, "The Best We Got", is a little too emo for our tastes but the video is super sexy and it was shot entirely at The Redbury--in the lobby, on the rooftop, and of course, in the guestrooms. They even have the band dining with some hot girls at the hotel's restaurant, Cleo (girls who later get nearly naked on the beds.)
No doubt, this video will fuel the rock star dreams of adolescent boys everywhere. Not to mention, it's a clever way of enticing Australians--the #1 international feeder market for LA--to come stay at The Redbury.
The Chateau Marmont is nearly synonymous with celeb-sightings but today, we're not gonna talk about Lindsay, or Gaga, or Depp or Belushi or even the man pulling the strings behind the curtain, Andre Balazs.
No, today is all about admiring the hotel's historic look.
Here are few snapshots taken the other week when we popped in for a delicious breakfast. While there were overeager fans waiting outside, the courtyard was peaceful and serene and blissfully, paparazzi and celeb-stalker free. (Note to dieters with special requests, aka, most of LA: they do carry almond milk and cold-pressed juices.)
The hotel, which was built as an apartment building in the late 1920s, was designed to look like an "infamous" royal residence in France's Loire Valley. Yet according to Balazs (ok, we have to mention him once!), who spoke about the hotel for the Sunset Strip documentary, the stock market crash scared away any potential tenants. Ultimately, the owners ended up furnishing the place with antiques from estate sales in the Hollywood Hills and turning it into hotel. And the rest is history.
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We've griped about housekeeping busting in on us when we were sleeping (or naked) but what would you do if it was Khloe Kardashian and momager, Kris Jenner, breaking down your hotel room door?
The tabloid magazine's newest issue features a woman named Polina Polonsky (real name, we think) who claims that she had a six-week affair with Khloe's husband, Lamar Odom. Polonsky gives a detailed description of the affair complete with dates and places (she even passed a lie detector test), including the hotel where Odom reportedly shacked up when the troubles with Khloe got to be too much. Daily Mail did the dirty reading so we didn't have to. Here's what happened:
In an attempt to confront Lamar while he was in the midst of being unfaithful, Polina claims Khloe and her mother Kris Jenner made an impromptu visit to The Roosevelt Hotel.
Getting no answer after knocking on what they believed to be Lamar's door, Khloe allegedly kicked down the door, before realising she had the wrong room.
Khloe and Kris then found the right room and reportedly confronted Lamar, who was on his own as Polina was at her apartment at the time.
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· HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT: The hotel lit-up their iconic sign last night in rainbow colors in honor of the DOMA decision. #awesome.
· THE MOMENT: The Moment Hotel, on Sunset Boulevard's Guitar Row, with its 39 rooms, 24-hour room service, "super speed WiFi" and 2,000-sq.ft. roof deck is finally opening for real on July 15. An opening package is now available starting at $239 a night and includes an overnight stay, two drinks on The Moment Roofdeck, Breakfast for two in the Sunset Room or in-room dining and the staff's Hot Hollywood picks on sights, bites and activities (and even snowcones and tattoos, as the hotel's website indicates.) Go here to book.
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Once again, here's your semi-regular update on the Los Angeles hotel scene....
The Loews Santa Monica: We've been chronicling the exterior update to the Loews Santa Monica since the beginning of the year. The other day we drove by at sundown and noticed special light projections on the exterior as well as a living wall. Pretty! But it turns out changes were happening on the inside as well. Guestrooms have new glass balconies that enable better enjoyment of the Pacific Ocean views. Later this year the pool will get premium poolside cabana rooms and beach-level rooms that will have residential-style patios, complete with fire pits. Rates at the hotel start at $498 a night for a weekend in mid-May. Ocean view rooms are more at $588.
The Moment: Last we checked in on The Moment, the new boutiquey hotel in Hollywood (above), the place had missed its planned February opening. Looking on the hotel website today, we still can't book a room for tonight or later this weekend or the first of May. We were, however, able to find a room in mid-May for $235 a night for a queen bed. That includes free WIFi and complimentary bikes. While the website may not have room rezzies open for tonight at this time, it does sport some cool new photos of the rooms. If you can splurge, the king suite patio at 600-sq.ft. looks the coolest with two flat-screen TVs and even a Keurig machine.
Attention "Mind Body Spa" junkies! Exhale Spa is now officially open at Loews Hollywood (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel), so Core Fusion fans no longer have to trek to Santa Monica for barre squats. We do love the beach but you can bet we're signing up in Hollywood STAT.
Exhale had a grand opening party on February 13 and we are officially regular customers. The 7,000-square-foot spa has men and women's changing rooms equipped with glass-wall steam rooms, a relaxation lounge with clove-spiced, hot-neck pillows and another lounge with all sorts of munchies and beverages. There are seven therapy rooms (two that have showers), including a couple's room with jacuzzi tub. Clean up them nails in the mani/pedi station and, should you need to cool off, the outdoor swimming pool with cabanas is plunge-worthy.
Exhale means serious business here. As in, they knocked down three hotel rooms to accommodate for their cultish classes (ahem, Core Fusion), so expect that to roll out this summer. In the meantime, get a massage, facial, acupuncture, whatever you need to restore Zen. If you require some inspiration, there's a Buddha statue in the hallway. Namaste!
Rates from $249 a night.
[Photo: Exhale Spa]
We just drove by the newest hotel to open in Hollywood, The Moment Hotel, and it was not the moment we'd been waiting for.
The site, initially expected to open this month, is still heavily under construction. It did look like one wing of the former 1950s motel known as the Sunset Inn & Suites was completed and we even spied curtains in the windows. However, the entrance and the funky rooftop bar are still taking shape.
A sign out front is now saying The Moment will open sometime this spring but according to the hotel's website, reservations open as early as March 1.
We're guessing the hotel and its 39 rooms will soft-open around then as there's no way the entire spot can be finished in 10 days. But with rates starting around $220 a night, we say save your $$ and wait until it's completely finished before spending the night.
[Photo: Juliana Shallcross for HotelChatter]
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Starting at noon and running until 8pm, a giant hotel door will be placed on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland complex. Hotel Hell bellhops will hand out branded keycards to onlookers and challenge them to see if their key will open the door.
Only three of these keys will actually work and those holding the keys will win an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S. destination of their choice. No word on what hotel they will stay in.
In the meantime, we'll be anxiously awaiting the premiere of Ramsay's show. Wethinks we might need to come up with a drinking game of some sort. We'll work on putting that together this weekend but just remember, you're always encouraged to share your own personal hotel hell with us anytime!
[Photo: Hotel Hell/Facebook]
Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our newest special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he's spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene is up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)
The W Hollywood Hotel and Residences is the one Starwood Hotel that came with a "warning" three days prior to my visit. If you’re looking for "adult entertainment" and want to "live large, you’ve come to the right place." (see the notice I received before my stay in the gallery of photos below.)
At check-in, I was upgraded to a premium Spectacular room with a city view – which was exactly the same room I had last time and upon entering the room it was pretty obvious there was no city view – just a view of the fair going on in the parking lot across the street.
Not long ago, The BLVD Hotel opened up in Studio City giving Valley visitors to Los Angeles a stylish, boutique place to stay (as opposed to a chain brand.)
Well, despite a minor setback a few months after opening, it looks like things have gone well enough as BLVD is now readying a new spot in Hollywood.
Located on Highland and Franklin Avenues, not Hollywood Boulevard, in a former Comfort Inn, the BLVD Hollywood Hotel & Suites will have 62 rooms when completed, all done in a sleek and contemporary style. There is free WiFi on the property but only in the public spaces. Sorry, no pets are allowed and be prepared to spend $15 a night for parking.
The hotel's website says the hotel is still undergoing renovations and therefore not accepting reservations but we were able to check rates on Hotels.com and saw that they were around $121 a night. That's not bad for Hollywood but we hope when the celeb-loving BLVD opens for real (they already hosted a pre-opening bash with Mario Lopez), they can keep rates around $121 a night.
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Loews snapped up the property as one of its first steps in expanding the brand. There is already a Loews in Los Angeles on the beach in Santa Monica but the property at Hollywood and Highland is not only larger (632 rooms), it will get far more exposure and traffic as over 80 shops, 26 restaurants, two nightclubs, seven movie screens, eight bars, 12 bowling lanes and the Dolby Theatre (previously the Kodak) are all right there next to the hotel.
For now the rooms and public spaces at the Loews Hollywood will remain the same but Loews will begin a $26 million renovation later this year. The good news is, the hotel will stay open during the work.
Bummer for those guests who liked to use their Marriott Rewards points to stay at the Renaissance but with Loews' YouFirst loyalty program, after two stays you can get free WiFi.
Rates for the hotel in June start around $299 a night.
[Photo: Kalboz/HotelChatter Flickr Pool]