When you’re vacationing in the City of Angels, you obviously have a multitude of choices as far as where to lay your head after a long day of sight seeing, star gazing and luxury shopping on Rodeo Drive – unless it’s a business trip, and you just want to sleep.
At 8221 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, you’ll find an 83-year-old classic known as Chateau Marmont. The famous hotel has a storied history as far as who has stayed there and the crazy things that have taken place in the near century of the hotel’s existence.
Famous rock stars and musicians have partied hard at Chateau Marmont. For example, British rock band Led Zeppelin stayed at the hotel, and during one stay, members of the band rode their motorcycles through the lobby of the hotel. Only modest damage was inflicted, and crowds of people actually cheered.
In one of the most bizarre moments of musicians staying at Chateau Marmont, pop star Britney Spears allegedly covered her face with the dinner she was served one night in 2007. Spears was reportedly banned from that hotel after other diners asked management to have her removed from the hotel. Supposedly, Spears is now on Chateau Marmont’s “Black List”.
Chateau Marmont also serves as the setting for some influential media. There are opinions that “Hotel California”, a song recorded by L.A.-based rock band The Eagles, gets its inspiration from the hotel. English playwriter Charles Wood set his play “Across From the Garden of Allah” in the hotel.
Most recently, Sofia Coppola, daughter of famous “Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola, celebrated her 21st birthday at Chateau Marmont. Coppola is currently shooting her new film “Somewhere” starring Scarlett Johansson and Stephen Dorff. It’s just another moment for a hotel that is riddled with stars of screen and stage embracing the hotel for its rich history.
Local attorney Fred Horowitz began construction for Chateau Marmont in 1927 as a sort of tribute to the Chateau d’Amboise in France’s Loire Valley. There has already been plenty of history for the hotel, and as the hotel approaches its centennial in 2027 (yes, it seems a bit far), there is plenty of time for even more memorable moments.