The Venerable and Wonderful Marmont A review of Chateau 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.