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The Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles, USA
This superb hotel and LA landmark was central to Hollywood's golden age when it opened in 1927, with guests like Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Temple and Clark Gable. It has appeared in numerous films and TV programmes, including The Fabulous Baker Boys, Internal Affairs, Beverly Hills Cop II, Catch Me If You Can and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In the heart of Hollywood, its characterful rooms look out onto the Hollywood hills and sign, and Walk of Fame. It has some outstanding bars and restaurants, and in recent years has attracted a young, partying crowd, with DJ sets from the likes of Thom Yorke of Radiohead at its iconic pool, scene of many photoshoots.
You'll love being right by the Chinese Theater and start of the Hollywood Walk of Fame; you're in the centre of all the Hollywood action.
The hotel is right on Hollywood Boulevard, and a 20-minute drive to Rodeo Drive.
By plane: flights to Los Angeles from London take 11 hours. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from LAX airport. On-site parking costs $45 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Perfect for visitors wanting to do the whole touristy thing, and movie buffs. We love the wonderful detailing, down to the vintage typeface used for the numbers by each room, and wood-panelled lift interiors.
Service & Facilities
Lounging by such an iconic, attractive pool feels special, whether you have a dip or just sip a cocktail.
- Swimming pool
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room 1101 is a gorgeous suite, with grey and cream two-tone walls. There's a minimalist four-poster, and a big wooden desk looking out onto Hollywood Boulevard. The lounge has a big leather sofa and dining table. We love the great views of the Hollywood hills and Hollywood sign.
Cabana Garden, Cabana Balcony, Cabana Poolside, Deluxe Room, Superior Room, Cabana Suite, Marilyn Monroe Suite, One Bedroom Suite, Loft Suite, Gable & Lobard Penthouse, Roosevelt Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Malin & Goetz toiletries, bathrobe, TV, desk
Food & Drink
The food, wine, cocktails and service at the Barish Restaurant are absolutely fantastic and faultless, but it's not cheap. The duck with quince and chestnut with a side dish of delicata squash with nduja, almond and lime mint at the Barish Restaurant is sensational, the best meal we have had for ages.
The Barish: Italian steakhouse. Open Sun, Weds & Thurs 5-9pm, Fri & Sat 5-10pm.
The Lobby: casual dining. Open Sun, Weds & Thurs 5-11pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-midnight.
25 degrees: breakfasts and burgers. Open daily for all-day dining.
The Spare Room: Prohibition Era-style cocktail lounge. Open Weds-Mon 8pm-2am.