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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.
Just last week, fans of British boyband, One Direction, were lining up outside the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood hoping to get a glimpse of their teen idols. This week, another West Hollywood hotel is under siege from fans--The Chateau Marmont.
This was the holding area for Gaga's "Little Monsters" outside the hotel's valet entrance. As you can see, the Chateau is a pro at dealing with fan mobs and paparazzi crushes.
Gaga is staying over at Andre Balazs' super exclusive hideaway while she finishes up her new album. But her fans clearly already knew this as Twitter is littered with pap photos of Gaga leaving the hotel yesterday.
As for us, we didn't get to spend the night at Chateau (sigh) as it's entirely sold-out but we did manage to sneak in a quick breakfast meeting at their famed courtyard restaurant. Sadly, we had no Gaga or any other celeb sightings. Next time perhaps.
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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.
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]
There is certainly movement afoot in the LA hotel world. After news earlier this month that a Korean-American-themed hotel would be opening in K-town next summer, now we're hearing about another place over on Sunset Boulevard, in what the hotel refers to as "Guitar Row."
The name of the hotel? The Moment. No, we're not trying to make a statement about the hotel's modernity or its 'now-ness'—that's actually its name.
The LA Times reports that The Moment is just about ready for its big moment (ha)—an early February opening is expected, though right now the place is still fenced in by construction. And though The Moment not a large hotel by any means, the few details (and photos) that have been released have piqued our curiosity...
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A new photography book depicting celebrities in various states of slumber at the Chateau Marmont will be released next month. According to a review on Artbook, Asleep At the Chateau will be the first illustrated book devoted to the iconic West Hollywood hotel, despite plenty of afterparty recaps, Lindsay Lohan-related gossip, and other tabloid stories published about the place on an almost weekly basis.
However, despite being one of the most publicized hotels in all of Los Angeles (and maybe even the world), the Chateau remains notoriously private, rarely allowing photographers inside the rooms. The fact that Jork Weismann was given an all-access pass, and managed to capture stars like Orlando Bloom, Justin Theroux, and Usher looking all cute and snuggly, only adds to the book's hype.
Well, that and the above photo of Eva Longoria's butt.
We've long wondered how Lindsay Lohan has managed to fund her lengthy and frequent hotel stays, given that her finances are in dire straits. But eventually we just assumed that either the hotel was doing it for the publicity or that Lohan had managed to butter up the hotelier (see Vikram Chatwal).
Yet apparently, the Chateau Marmont is through playing the victim.
TMZ has posted a copy of the letter that the exclusive hotel's general manager Philip Pavel sent to the actress after she's failed to pay her $46,000 hotel bill.
As you are aware from our previous correspondences starting on July 8, you currently owe the hotel a grand total of $46,350.04 in charges for your stay starting on May 30, 2012.
As we have made repeated attempts to resolve this pressing matter over the last few weeks without any resolution, I regret to inform you that we will no longer be able to extend any further credit for you to remain in the hotel.
Please have all your belongings removed from Suite 33 by 12pm, Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Furthermore, until we get the matter of your outstanding debt paid, know that we will be unable to host you on the property or the restaurant.
AMAZING. And it gets better. There's an ITEMIZED COPY OF THE BILL.
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The vine-covered terraces of LA's most legendary celebrity-frequented hotel proved the perfect spot for Katy Perry to do a little canoodling with newfound beau, a fellow pop singer of some note.
And while the hotel has seen plenty of celebs flowing in and out since day one (it's even rumored to be getting its own Aaron Sorkin-produced HBO series), on Wednesday night, photographers stationed outside got money shots of Perry sheepishly trying to exit the hotel unnoticed.
Which you obviously can't do at the Chateau Marmont. And which Katy Perry especially can't do when she's riding in the passenger seat of John Mayer's car.
The hotel is a sort of spin-off to hotelier Avi Brosh's Palihouse Holloway in West Hollywood except it's gone a bit of a different direction. There's only 32 rooms but the hotel makes the most of each space with Dean & DeLuca treats in the minibar, ladders with hangers on them double as the "closet", footstools work as nightstands and in the bath are fun prints on the shower curtains and Palihotel-branded toiletries.
The hotel also features a six-bedroom Thai massage place (massages start at $35 fr 30 minutes), a two-seat blow-dry salon and the Palikitchen restaurant which serves coffee, toasted sandwiches, and sundry food and beauty products (The restaurant will actually be opening next month.)
Interested in booking a room? Rates for tomorrow night are at a limited time special of $149 a night. After that, they bump up to $250 a night. We also hear that the balcony rooms on the second floor have great views of Melrose or the hills or of Hayworth. Additionally, the plants on each balcony are in individual, customized arrangements from Rolling Greens Nursery.
For more on what to expect inside the Palihotel, peruse the photo gallery below!
[Photos: Eric Rosen for HotelChatter]
A few months ago we discussed the second coming of the Palihotel on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles from hotelier Avi Brosh. The 32-room hotel with a "European inn" vibe was set to open in February and guess what, it's actually opening on the very first day of next month.
The hotel's website is touting a pre-opening special of $150 a night but for February 1, we could only find rooms at $199 a night for a queen bedroom. Meanwhile Jetsetter.com is hyping stays for just $115 a night on February 1st. Definitely the better deal here. (The flash sale site is also saying the hotel is "Just Opened" but we swear it's not opening until February 1.)
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Three years after opening his stylish extended-stay hotel, Palihouse Holloway in West Hollywood, and over a year after ceding his vision for Palihouse Hollywood to Sam Nazarian's SBE empire, Los Angeles hotelier Avi Brosh is once again back on top with the Palihotel on Melrose Avenue opening in February 2012.
The 32-room boutique hotel is envisioned as a "European neighborhood inn" which is quite the opposite of the Palihouse Holloway, specifically regarding the size of the guestrooms. Where Palihouse rooms start at 600-sq.ft., the rooms at Palihotel will measure about 250-sq.ft. and come in Twin or Queen categories.
And while rooms at Palihouse have little kitchenettes, guests at the Palihotel will instead head down to the Palikitchen, a coffee shop/cafe that will service breakfast, lunch and dinner in a self-service format.
Of course, the trade-off is that rooms at the Palihotel will be crazy affordable, starting at $150 a night.
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.