The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel may be located near the Dolby Theatre, the current home of the Oscars, yet it will always hold the title for hosting the first Academy Awards show in 1929. Steeped in history, the hotel once hosted screen legends, including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Marilyn Monroe, and it is still the spot where “new Hollywood” comes to party. The dark Moorish lobby holds secrets of a fabled past, while the outdoor Tropicana bar brings modernist architecture to the fore with the famous David Hockney pool overlooked by two levels of cabana rooms. The hotel’s other popular nightspots include Public Kitchen and Bar; Teddy’s – a nightclub; The Spare Room, with two reclaimed bowling lanes and custom-built backgammon tables; and Library Bar, located just off the historic lobby. For quieter rooms, tower suites are your best bet. Latest news: the hotel has just completed a $25-million renovation of its rooms, designed by international firm Yabu Pushelberg.
A neighbourhood loved for its association with the film industry, Hollywood draws crowds for the Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theatre and a variety of retail offerings. Plenty of tours start and end here. The Hollywood Hills are home to many celebrities.
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles