Party Earth Review Perched on the Sunset Strip hillside and modeled after a French villa, Chateau Marmont is perhaps Hollywood’s most historic celebrity hideaway, most likely thanks to a staff known to turn a blind eye to outrageous behavior... ... read full review
8221 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
West Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Perched on the Sunset Strip hillside and modeled after a French villa, Chateau Marmont is perhaps Hollywood’s most historic celebrity hideaway, most likely thanks to a staff known to turn a blind eye to outrageous behavior – after all, this is the place where John Belushi overdosed, Jim Morrison fell off the roof, and members of Led Zeppelin rode their motorcycles through the lobby.
Nowadays, this fairy-tale castle is usually full of mostly A-list guests from the worlds of fashion, music, and film who check in to enjoy a few lazy and luxurious days of international cuisine and poolside cocktails.
A vintage Hollywood lobby featuring gothic arches, antique lamps, and fringed velvet drapes provides a lush ambiance for the jet setters lounging on mismatched antique divans and armchairs, while the formal dining room and its opulent Viennese coffee house décor of antique chandeliers and brocade walls offers a handful of tables for diners in the mood for a gourmet meal.
Fashionable patrons who prefer to see and be seen, however, will want to make their way to the garden terrace, where industry people show up by day for power lunches or laid-back afternoon cocktails, and the crème de la crème flock in at night to loll on woven wicker chairs and sip cocktails amid the flowering vines, palm trees, tiki torches, and flickering candles.
One of the rare high-end venues that eschews the fickle nature of normal Hollywood hotspots, Chateau Marmont endures as a go-to spot where celebs can mix and mingle without fear of reading about their escapades in the gossip blogs the next day.
A-listers and people from the film, fashion, and music industries, mid-20s to 50s.
Pool for hotel guests only.
Menu of European-influenced entrées and shared plates including crab and avocado, grilled rosemary prawns, rustic lamb sandwiches, and lemon-roasted bass, served until 10:30pm. Reservations only.
Appetizers $13–$25, entrées $25–$58. Beer $7+, wine $10+, cocktails $15. Valet $12/three hours or $28/over three hours.
Jeans are allowed, but guests are generally dressier: slacks, button-downs, dresses, heels.
Any day for lunch, dinner, or after-work drinks, Sundays for brunch, and weekends for afternoon or early evening cocktails.
Adjacent Bar Marmont (8171 West Sunset Boulevard) offers the same food menu and a more sociable, late-night drinking scene.