Behind the Marmont’s lush, paparazzi-shielding hedges, discretion and privacy rule—a trait that has made it an infamous favorite of celebrities. (“If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont,” Columbia Pictures honcho Harry Cohn once said.) Devotees have included Errol Flynn, Greta Garbo, Jim Morrison, and of course, John Belushi (who checked out in an unconventional manner). Inspired by a Loire Valley castle, the property has 63 eclectic units, from standard guest rooms to poolside bungalows and a 3,000-square-foot penthouse favored by Howard Hughes. All are uniquely decorated; some with an Arts and Crafts aesthetic, others with 1940’s-style retro-chic, and still others with sleek minimalism. All the cottages and bungalows have private entrances, and many are screened by those hedges, which evoke the feeling of a grand, if slightly overgrown, estate.
Tip: Enjoy the quirkiness. The luxury here is real, but it’s not of the cookie-cutter variety. If that’s what you’re after, head for the Ritz-Carlton instead.
Room to Book: One of six one-bedroom Premier Suites with full kitchens, terraces, and spectacular city views.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.