Chateau Marmont Hotel
The Chateau Marmont is a hotel at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Built in 1927, and modeled loosely after the Château d'Amboise, in France's Loire Valley. It has served as the backdrop for a number of events in the lives of well-known rock stars and actors.

Fred Horowitz, a local attorney, began construction on the hotel in 1927. His project turned into the Chateau Marmont, named for the street running across the back of the property. The Chateau Marmont opened in February 1929 as an apartment house, but high rents and the Depression kept renters away. In 1931 the building was changed to a hotel. The hotel was bought in 1990 and is currently owned and managed by Hotels AB, run by hotelier Andre Balazs.

The Chateau Marmont was designed and constructed as earthquake proof, and has survived major earthquakes in 1933, 1953, 1971, 1987 and 1994, without sustaining any major structural damage. Nine cottages were built in the 1930s, next to the hotel, which were acquired by the hotel in the 1940s. Two of the four bungalows at the Chateau Marmont were designed by Craig Ellwood, in 1956, after he completed Case Study Houses. The bungalows are like miniature case study houses. The hotel has a restaurant featuring California cuisine. The chef is Carolynn Spence, originally of New York's Spotted Pig. The Chateau Marmont has catered to a large celebrity clientele over its 80-year history.

Notable people and events
  • It is reported that Keanu Reeves lived in the hotel after his rise to stardom until 2003 when he purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills.
  • Featured on the cover of Gram Parsons' solo album, GP , released in 1973. Gram Parsons also lived there for a time in the early 1970s.
  • In 1982, John Belushi died of a drug overdose in one of its garden bungalows.
  • Jim Morrison used up what he called "the eighth of my nine lives" after he hurt his back here while dangling from a drain pipe and falling onto a shed while trying to swing from the roof into the window of his hotel room.
  • James Dean hopped in through a window to audition with Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo for Rebel Without a Cause .
  • Director Nicholas Ray had a bungalow here in 1953, according to Shelley Winters' autobiography.
  • In 1992, Demi Moore, Annie Leibovitz and Joanne Gair shot Demi's Birthday Suit at the hotel.
  • Johnnie Ray lived within walking distance of the hotel.
  • Led Zeppelin band members rode their motorcycles through the lobby one evening to cheering guests, causing modest damage.
  • When Montgomery Clift was almost killed in a 1956 auto accident near her home, Elizabeth Taylor brought him to the Chateau Marmont, where she leased the penthouse as a place for him to recuperate.
  • Greta Garbo loved to stay in the Chateau Marmont for weeks during her infamous seclusion period and would not leave her room for days. She also attended many lavish and glamorous parties here in her movie star days.
  • Fashion photographer Helmut Newton died on January 23, 2004, after his car crashed into a wall on the driveway of the hotel.
  • Judy Garland sang by the lobby's grand piano with Kay Thompson during a party held by director George Cukor, where she exclaimed to Thompson, "Oh, Kay, let's just sing real loud!"
  • Vivien Leigh, estranged from her husband Laurence Olivier, nevertheless had every surface space in her suite, 5D, covered with photographs of the great actor. In the bedroom, however, she displayed only one: on a side table near her pillow was a photograph of she and Olivier together during happier times.
  • German actress and model Christiane Schmidtmer met Michel Thomas at the hotel in August 1965. They were engaged for a short while thereafter.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante briefly resided in the hotel in 1996. During this period, Frusciante was dealing with a serious drug addiction that almost claimed his life. The New Times LA interviewed Frusciante at the hotel and published an article about the musician in which his physical appearance was described as "a skeleton covered in thin skin," whose flesh was noticeably scarred and bruised from injecting himself repeatedly with heroin and cocaine. Frusciante was kicked out of the hotel shortly after the interview.
  • Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded his vocals for " By the Way" in this hotel.
  • Jean Harlow spent her honeymoon with cinematographer Harold Rosson in the hotel and was a regular guest.
  • It's where FOX series ' Fastlane' character "Officer Donovan Ray" lives in order to maintain his undercover alias, "Van Strummer."
  • It appears in the HBO series Entourage , when director "Billy Walsh" meets with " Vincent Chase" to discuss Queens Boulevard.
  • Was briefly managed by former silent-film actress Ann Little in her later years.
  • The hotel is referenced in the Grateful Dead song "West LA Fadeaway"
  • Hunter S. Thompson was often a guest at the hotel.
  • Writer/Director Dustin Lane filmed the short film " Blue Skied an' Clear" in Room 79.
  • Howard Hughes moved into the attic of the hotel and would spy on beautiful women in the pool area using prism binoculars.
  • Harry Cohn, founder of Columbia Pictures, told William Holden and Glenn Ford, "If you are going to get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont."
  • Lindsay Lohan stayed at the hotel following her July 24, 2007, arrest for drunk driving. She also lived at the Chateau between 2005 and 2006.
  • English author Nigel Williams documents his stay at the hotel in his 1994 travelogue, From Wimbledon to Waco.
  • Britney Spears was reportedly banned from the hotel after an incident in 2007 where she allegedly smeared her dinner on her face. Outraged diners demanded the management to kick her out for good; which they did. Her name is now added to the Marmont's "Black List."
  • Singer Ville Valo of the Finnish rock group HIM recorded the song "Song or Suicide" at this hotel for the group's 2007 album Venus Doom.
  • Niki Stevens, a fictional character from television's The L Word , lived at the Chateau Marmont in Season 6.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald suffered a heart attack in Chateau Marmont.
  • In a video shown by The Insider and Entertainment Tonight on January 30, 2008, Heath Ledger is seen at a party where other people appear to be taking drugs. Eventually only promos were shown out of respect for his friends and family. Ledger had died a week earlier.
  • Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention make recorded reference to the Hotel in the infamous "Groupie Routine" at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, on July 7, 1971. Recording found on the 1988 album You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (performance date corrected in the You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 liner notes).
  • British singer Lily Allen wrote the song Batman, Guess Who?, for her second album, in the hotel.
  • Before Rock Hudson became famous, he met his first live-in lover Kenneth G Hodge, who was living in the penthouse managing the Chateau Marmont for his aunt Bernadette. Hodge and Hudson then moved together to Hollywood to launch his career.
  • English playwright Charles Wood set his play "Across From the Garden of Allah" in the hotel. It starred Glenda Jackson and Nigel Hawthorne.
  • The hotel was the site where actress Milla Jovovich said she was going to begin shooting the fourth installment of the popular Resident Evil film series at the end of 2009.
  • Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson met there for the first time.
  • The Eagles song " Hotel California" has been thought to have been written about Chateau Marmont.
  • Sofia Coppola's fourth film Somewhere (2010) was filmed and is set at the Chateau Marmont.