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The oft-repeated saying in Hollywood is "If get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont but if you're Lindsay Lohan, a troubled actress whose every move is watched by tabloids, we'd say the iconic hotel tucked away above Sunset is the last place she should be right now.
About six years ago, Lohan racked up at $500,000 bill at the hotel while living at the hotel. Here's what she told Vanity Fair about the place back then:
"It's like a house, it's so weird. I'm like, 'This is my den.' Like, three people were lying on the second floor and walking up to my staircase." She catches herself and lets out a goofy laugh, "My Staircase!"
However, this time, Lohan won't have to worry about paying a hefty hotel bill. RadarOnline.com reports that an "artist friend" has loaned her his room while she finds a new place to live. But she will have to worry about nightlife temptations.
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You thought Armageddon was scary, but Carmeggedon will be hell on earth. The impending Carmeggedon is what will rain down on Los Angeles when the city closes its 405 freeway, one of the nation's busiest stretches, the weekend of July 15. Instead of trying to battle what's sure to be hellacious traffic, several hotels are offering Carmeggedon packages to get you off the roadways and safely
trapped holed up in their rooms. How convenient!
The London West Hollywood will take in stranded L.A. motorists for a staycation with its Gordon Ramsay Dine + Stay package that weekend. You'll get to remain road-free in a suite and have a four-course dinner at loud-mouth Ramsay's eponymous restaurant along with free breakfast. The package starts at $465 a night, which includes tax and gratuity for the dinner.
The Chateau Marmont has had its share in the spotlight, most recently in the Sofia Coppola-helmed flick Somewhere. But now the West Hollywood hotel will have its own starring role in a new miniseries from Office star John Krasinski and Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin, Deadline Hollywood reported.
The duo will executive produce the hotel-set HBO show with hotelier Andre Balazs and his daughter Alessandra. (Aha! So this is that TV show Andre was working on.) It will be based off the book Life at the Marmont by former hotel co-owner Raymond R. Sarlot and Fred Basten.
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Both hotels got new directors of pet relations. Luna, an American Cocker Spaniel who sports a pink collar, works for Hotel Palomar. She's been welcoming animal and human guests and promoting the hotel's occasional Yappy Hours, pet-friendly happy hours. The doggie also lets visitors know that each pet gets a bed, bowl, treats and toys when checking in.
We initially heard that Victoria Beckham was going to have her baby shower at the Beverly Wilshire, but it turns out that hosts Eva Longoria and hairdresser Ken Paves brought the celeb-filled party to the Petit Ermitage hotel in West Hollywood, Us Weekly reported.
As evidenced by the above photo that Posh tweeted, even the stars play lame toilet paper party games, just like us! Though we must say, we've never created a whole TP ensemble, complete with accessories.
Be careful about tweeting about celebs at star-packed Chateau Marmont. Former Apprentice contestant Jenn Hoffman was dining in Bar Marmont when she saw Rachel Hunter break out into some crazy behavior and she tweeted about it. The result: Hoffman is banned from the hotel for a year.
Hoffman took to her blog to explain the sitch:
"She's doing high kicks in the middle of the restaurant, she's yelling and screaming, she's singing happy birthday at the top of her lungs to a party that's not her party, she is doing full on splits—splits—spread eagle this way and this way in the middle of the restaurant...showing everyone her ladyparts."
It's been universally acknowledged that the Oscars awards show this year was both horribly boring and horrible in general. From the awkward hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway to the downright shameful acceptance speech from Melissa Leo and the anti-climatic King's Speech sweep of Best Actor and Best Film, we're not sure many people would ever want to come back to Los Angeles to participate in the action.
We popped into the hotel over Oscar weekend to visit a friend and this is what the pool scene was like. Pretty quiet huh?
Last week we gave you the lowdown on Valentine's Day deals that we'd actually book. This week, it's time to show you the strange, outrageous and plain cray-cray packages that are out there.
If you're stuck with a grenade this Valentine's Day and you have to flee the scene, the Grafton on Sunset will help you out with its Dump 'Em on the Strip package.
Normally we’d think that anyone who got an invite to a party at the Chateau Marmont would be kinda grateful, but then celebs always like to do things differently, no? At the EW pre SAG awards bash at the Chateau Marmont on Saturday, according to USA Today, the talk on the red carpet was about the hotel – and its shortcomings.
Garcelle Beauvais said the parking is “always horrible”. Joel McHale complained that he’s only started getting his invites since he had kids, which “puts a damper on it.” And apparently Ben McKenzie (presumably not the one from the OC since he also said he first visited in the 60s) said his first memories of the place were a “haze”.
The legend says that if you want to get into trouble then you go to The Chateau Marmont but the other night after the Golden Globes, the hotel proved to be troublesome for several stars and the paparazzi was on hand to catch it all.
First up, "Boardwalk Empires'" Paz La Huerta gave an incredible performance outside the hotel. After being denied entrance to a GQ party, she collapsed and brought down the guy who had been holding her up...and her dress. Yowza.
Later on, "Spiderman" and "Social Network" star Andrew Garfield looked unable to manage the steep hill outside the hotel as did Jennifer Love Hewitt's boyfriend. Hmm...maybe those stars should have booked a room instead?
Meanwhile, swag suites are back!
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If you star stalkers really want to be close to the Golden Globes on January 16, but can't afford the Beverly Hills Hilton venue's special $3,000 weekend package, don't give up hopes of seeing Jake Gyllenhaal or baby-bump-sporting Natalie Portman just yet. You can score a room on the big night for less than $200 so that you can follow around your favorite celebs.
Check out our three picks for affordable Golden Globes hotels after the jump.
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No reason has been given but we're guessing the Viceroy is thinking a lot bigger these days than the small boutique hotels it once started out with. Or maybe there was something a little more scandalous to it. After all, the hotel just got a glamourous new look last spring.
This is the second hotel that Viceroy has dropped. The first was the Loden Vancouver back in December of 2009.
For now, judging by the Viceroy's Urban Retreats site, it looks like Maison 140 in Beverly Hills, the Avalon Beverly Hills and the Delfina in Santa Monica are all still part of the family. We'll see how long that lasts.
Anyone with scoop on what happened over at The Chamberlain? Let us know!