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... but soon it went pitch black and the ride started in earnest. We were thrown around in the dark at speeds of 45 mph or about 75kph through the ride. All of a sudden the ride stopped, and we did the whole thing in reverse, really freaky. Hit Jurassic Park water ride next. Sedate canoe ride with a 30 metre vertical plummet at the end. Very cool indeed. Transformers was another virtual ride in that the trolley did all the moving with the 3D screens ...
... area you'd like to live in, at a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Yeah, hotels offer fancy towels, an over priced room service menu, and maybe even 1000 cable TV channels, but who needs all that?
A perfect location, in your very own apartment, where you have to wash your own dishes, and check the front door is locked, in my case double locked for your safety. It's hard not to feel like a local when you're living in apartment just off ...
... thousands of years ago. It was really interesting. After that we drove in to a spot that we heard had a great hike and began our walk down to "Oooh Aaah Lookout" a little area about 3/4 of a mile down where you're completely surrounded by canyon. It was a steep decent with several switchbacks, but we (and the dogs) did great...and that view...holy ****, that view...was totally worth it. We spent about 45 minutes at that spot and then slowly made our way back up. On the walk ...
Who needs a Bus tour?????? ;) Thought we would have a stroll (!) out to the Grove and Market and check out the shops and restaurants. Recommended as good spot for shopping and entertainment. Hotel concierge very helpful and pointed us in the direction of Fairfax for a 40min stroll. So, after nearly 6k and well over an hour walking later we arrived!!! What a very busy place it is. The Grove has a Disneyesque feel to it and really popular ...
Hands down this is always the least enjoyable part of any trip to America. Crawling through customs hall. That probably applies the world over though, so I won't hold it against America. At least this time the customs guy was friendly and even pretended to be impressed with my itinerary. Possibly more impressed that I could recall its frightening level of detail after 14 economy style hours on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Chateau Marmont West Hollywood
Welcome to the lifestlye of the Rich and Famous!
My friends and I took a trip to L.A. in July of of 04'. We stayed at the Chateau Marmont in a two bedroom suite, and boy was it a hell of a trip. As soon as you hit the stop light on Sunset Blvd, right next to Marmont st., you see a magnificent white Castle-like building hovering over the city, hidden behind shrubbury. You turn up the small street, and enter the parking garage and greeted graciously. As soon as we walked in, we were wating for the elevators and down the stairs walks BEN STILLER. We saw a total of 5 celebrities while at the hotel: Mandy Moore, Jessica Beil, and Benicio Del Toro to name a few. The lobby is dimmly lit, and done in a period decor of 1960's, but it somehow manages to pull of a new age feel. Our hotel room was amazing! Trees stood outside the window (it made me forget I was in L.A.), the kitchen stocked, flat screen TV, great balcony, beautiful furniture, and the bedrooms were so comfortable. Each bed had 2 feather down pillows along with feather comforters. Cotton robes and slippers were hidden in the closet, and the staff was there to serve your every need. The Chateau at nighttime was filled with Hollywood business men and women, movie stars, directors, and other random people shuttled in and out night after night. We ate in the lobby area two nights during our stay (you could eat in the lobby, outisde, or in the extremely small dining room. No matter what wherever you were a waiter was there to serve you) The food was great, and they had a good variety. The staff was extremely accomodating, and always had a smile (except for one woman who didn't like us very much). The hotel is a must STAY if you visit L.A. It is full of history and opulance that I am SURE you won't find anywhere remotely close to this place in the city. By far the nicest place I have been!
Would never stay anywhere else! Just perfect with great service. Nothing too much trouble for the staff.
Not Perfection, But touches the imperfect in us all...
After an enormously comprehensive bit of research into my options, I decided on the Chateau Marmont for a special occasion weekend. The reviews are obviously mixed on the Marmont, as they are most everywhere, but I thought it offered the possibility of something out of the ordinary, and it certainly did.
Tremendous property, classic public areas, a killer pool area...nice private entrance for those staying in the cottages. I admit the furniture in our room was "rustic", but I wasn't expecting furnishings by Corbusier, so enjoy the fact that you won't worry about spilling something on the furniture. Don't overlook Bar Marmont -- in fact, go early -- you can listen to the good music selections, and hear yourself think...much better way to drink in the 1930's Vietnam ambience.
I do feel Chateau Marmont owes it to itself, not to mention its customers, to step up its commitment to service. Room service was a bit uneven, and we experienced a short spell of being "invisible" in the Garden patio restaurant. Marmont staff worked to overcome the small matters, though, and most everyone was very personable and accommodating. Would I come back? Yes I would.
Every bit as fabulous as we'd hoped
After many trips to LA we eventually got to stay at Chateau Marmont in June 04.
Things got off to a good start when we were upgraded from the 1 bed cottage we booked to a 2 bed suite, complete with kitchen, dining room, enormous sitting room, balcony and bathrobes to die for!
Our five year old didn't get chastised when he practised his bomb dives in the pool - in fact the staff were really friendly and welcoming throughout.
The prices at the pool bar were rather extortionate - but in the grand scheme of things - who cares?
Bar Marmont was great fun and surprisingly unintimidating, though the food wasn't really up to much.
As for the hotel - this is the place to stay if you want to bathe in history and atmosphere. Shabby chic dominates, so if you want ultra modern you'll be much better off up the road at the mondrian.
As for us, we won't ever stay anywhere else in LA again.
Finally stayed there!
Had always stayed at the Bel Air or Beverly Wilshire or Peninsula and had done lunch at Marmont but found it more shabby than chic....yet this past trip spent 5 nights in a funkily fab suite with real coloured period tilework yet the amenities great and dreamy beds! Looooved the gym which actually is better equiped and maintained than many bigger and pricier hotels-a big plus with me!
The most beautiful wait staff and nice also and the assorted "celebs" hanging arounbd which is standard of those hotels....Marco at the front desk adorable and super helpful. Will definetely go back!!!
The Venerable and Wonderful Marmont
Ah, the Marmont! Quelle merveille, as the French would say. After all, this was modeled after a chateau in France and a book was written about it as well! I have stayed in both the smaller rooms in the main building and in one of the villas out by the pool. Each time I have stayed here, I feel privileged and special to be a part of the rich history of this fascinating place. Though the hotel has a distinctly old, if not rarefied feel to it, that is part of its charm. The drawing room is very inviting and the front desk used to give free apples to anyone who stayed here. In the flowerchild, riotous Sunset Strip era, the young hippies came through the windows in the drawing room, so they were boarded up until 1971. Nearly every famous musician has stayed here and a host of movie notables as well. Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski called this home before they moved to the ill fated 10050 Cielo Drive in Bel-Air. My sleeps here have always been comfortable, especially the groovy villa with kitchen and its own bedroom. I felt like I was in my own private little castle and the service was awesome.
I would like to try the larger villas, like the one where John Belushi died, but I would recommend the smaller one if charm, seclusion and ultimate pampering is what you crave. A great stay I would no doubt repeat in the future. This is a very special and unique hotel experience.
Not Ready for its Close-Up
The physical property is amazing, and lives up to the hype. I had one of the cottages, and it was a perfect reproduction of a 30s bungalow.
The big disappointment about the Chateau is the complete lack of service. Let me emphasize: the total lack of service. Every time I asked a staff member for something, they first looked startled, they they looked puzzled, then they would mumble something along the lines of, "Well, I guess I could do that for you if you really want me to." I needed a cab one evening, and I was actually told to walk down to Sunset Boulevard and hail one myself, "because that would probably be faster". When I checked in, though I had several large bags, not a soul among the staff made any attempt to help me with them, even though they watched me go up and down several staircases, over rough cobblestones, to get to my cottage. Lastly, my cottage ran out of hot water three times in a four day stay. The Chateau is clearly coasting on its reputation, and needs to wake up and start taking itself seriously as a hotel, not just as an icon.
A princely stay at the Marmont
Step back into an era when stars like Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood required the utmost in service and discretion. This Hollywood icon, tucked neatly away on the Sunset Strip will provide you with an experience you will never forget. The original 1950's decor in each room is delightful, off-beat and charming. The service is outstanding with a staff that strives to meet every need. The twenty four hour room service is perfect for those late nights on the most famous strip in the world!
Great spot for relaxing & star gazing!
My children and I just returned from a 5 day stay in California which included 3 nights at the Chateau. We stayed in Bugalow 1 whihc had plenty of room and nothing for anyone to break. We had modern conveniences like large television with video & dvd players, and a great cd player for music in the living room. A large veranda provided a safe outdoor play space, and wonderful atmosphere for after dinner drinks with friends. The 24-hour heated pool provided night swims - a new thrill! Breakfast and late nights in the courtyard provided ample opportunities to celebrity watch. The staff were pleasant and happy to accommodate our needs, adjusting the menu for our youngest daughter. The location was perfect for visiting Universal, Manns Chinese theater, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and a straight shot to LAX. We plan to return! Meals were pricey, but we had a full kitchen to help with minor meals and snacks. Immediatley after our arrival we recieved a plate of warm homemade cookies, and each evening we returned to find our drapes drawn and our sheets turned down. We can't wait to return!
Offbeat, elegant and pricey
We make a point to stay at the Marmont once a year for a "Hollywood" weekend of decadence. I've stayed in the cottages, the junior suites and the regular rooms over the years. To me, the regular rooms don't warrant the sky high tarrifs, and the jr suites offer the most bang for your buck. Every accomodation is different and it's this quirkiness that keeps us coming back. It's not fussy or pristine but it is full of atmosphere and homey. The courtyard is great for a long breakfast and the pool is good fun to relax as the buzz of Sunset Blvd goes past the walls. Recent price hikes seem a bit extravagant but I suppose most of the clientel is not footing the bill themselves.