The Hollywood Roosevelt is Los Angeles’ longest operating hotel and for good reason. It has played home to many famous and not-so-famous people, and its still home to those souls who love it so much they just can’t pass on by. Be sure to make The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel a stop on your bucket list.
The hotel is famous for the celebrities who stayed in it during their lifetimes, and two very famous actors who have never left it, even though they have been dead for decades. Actors such as Errol Flynn, Shirley Temple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among its many guests over the years. But, it is Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, who are both rumored to still be there.
Marilyn Monroe is said to still occupy her suite #1200, where she has appeared to guests staying in the room. She has been seen in mirrors by many people staying in her suite. Actor Montgomery Clift, who was a good friend to Elizabeth Taylor and who was nominated for an Academy Award for three different movies, is said to still be most active in Room 928 as well as the hallway just outside.
Instead of appearing in mirrors, Clift likes to brush up against people and has been heard practicing his trumpet. Some guests have believed he has prevented them from moving while they are lying on the bed. There are also those who say he is a shadow, just pacing the hallways or keeping watch on the guests in his room.
Aside from the famous celebrities, the Hollywood Roosevelt is also home to a young girl spirit, 5-year old Caroline who is always looking for her mother. In the Blossom Ballroom are the ghosts of two male spirits; one of which was someone who attended one of the Oscar ceremonies hoping to win an award. The other spirit loves to play the piano, while other spirits have been known to lock people out of their rooms and make noises that sound like the stomping of boots.
The history of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is long and storied. Built in the Golden Era of Los Angeles architecture, it opened on May 15, 1927. It played a major role in its first year, as many Hollywood regulars stopped by or made it their second home.
By the 1950s the hotel was declining. Some awful renovations went on for the next few decades until it was purchased by Radisson Hotels in 1985. A $35 million renovation then took place, restoring the beautiful lobby as well as adding a three-tiered fountain.
The 12-story Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has 300 guest rooms and 63 suites. It is near to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Inside the building is famous for its Spanish Colonial Revival Style look. One of the penthouses is named the Gable-Lombard Penthouse after Clark Gable and his wife Carole Lombard, both of who used to stay there for five dollars a night. There is also a suite named for Marilyn Monroe as well as 1950s poolside cabanas.
There is always so much to see and do at the Hollywood Roosevelt. With over 25,000 square feet of space available, there is any number of notable events that can be hosted there. There is the Blossom Ballroom, where the first Academy Awards show was held in 1929. There is the Oscar Room, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Hollywood Boulevard, and its roominess can accommodate up to 200 guests. The Academy Room also offers you beautiful natural light emanating from Hollywood Boulevard and is perfect for any type of social or reception.
There is the Historic Lobby with its arched doorways, stone columns and beautifully paneled ceilings like no other. At its center are the tiled fountain and a gorgeous antique cast-iron chandelier. The Johnny Grant Gallery Space is perfect for an exhibition and its rooftop presence gives you dreamy, panoramic views of Los Angeles. The Bridge, located on the mezzanine level, offers striking views of the Tropicana Pool & Cafe directly below it. Tucked as if in secret between the Tropicana Pool and the Tower is The Garden. With its nearly 2,000 square feet, guests can enjoy a built-in bar, palm trees, fire pits, and stone tile flooring.
When you’re hungry or just craving a drink, there is Cognac and Cocktails at the Library Bar, where you can learn everything about the world of Hennessy and how it has influenced some of the world’s best cocktails. Learn to become your own expert in mixing your own cognac concoctions. The Spare Room is The Hollywood Roosevelt’s little secret: a cocktail lounge fashioned to as a Prohibition-Era style, complete with a two-lane bowling alley and custom board games. The Public Kitchen & Bar is everyone’s favorite for savory steaks, wild seafood, pasta, beers, cocktails and an international wine list. There is even a traditional American burger joint called 25 Degrees, which is named after the exact temperatures between a medium-rare and a well-done hamburger.
- 24 Hour In-Room Dining
- WiFi Access
- Smart TVs with in-room Casting
- Fully Stocked Mini Bar
- In-room Safe
- Bluetooth Connectivity
- Over 70 FTG channels including HBO
- Hardwood Floors
- Oversized Desk
- Canopy King beds
- Twin beds
- LaBottega Amenities
Things to Do
What’s not to do in Los Angeles. If you are not here for a wide range of workshops or a special event, make plans to visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Hollywood. Don’t miss the Hollywood Walk of Fame or the TCL Chinese Theatre. For shopping in style, there’s Rodeo Drive or cruise Sunset Boulevard. It’s a short trip to famous beaches such as Venice Beach, Zuma Beach and the famed Santa Monica Pier and Beach. Don’t forget the La Brea Tar Pits or take a Hollywood Homes Tour, so you can see where the stars shop.