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In this carefully curated list, we are revealing the best hotel suites in Los Angeles. These are the rooms that have just as much award season legend and lore attached to their walls as the star-powered guests who have rested their heads there. The dark halls of the Chateau Marmont is where Grace Kelly practiced her lines upon her arrival into Hollywood, while the airy Hotel Bel-Air became a more suitable residence later-on for her Oscar winning career. There are incomparable penthouse views at Sunset Towers and iconic pool moments at the Beverly Hills hotel. There are hidden entry ways, private gardens, and gigantic soaking tubs—all you have to do is pack your favorite train case and best red lipstick—Tinseltown awaits.
After winning an Academy Award for her role in The Country Girl, Grace Kelly, already a frequent visitor and later a full-time resident prior to her marriage to Prince Rainier Grimaldi III, selected this idyllic bungalow in the Hotel Bel-Air as the backdrop to her post-Oscar photo shoot.
Upon the Art Deco-designed building’s opening in 1930, it instantly became Hollywood’s clubhouse. The most famous resident was the billionaire, Howard Hughes, whose fifteenth floor residence has since been split into two penthouses: suite 1501 and 1502. Both feature wraparound terraces and deluxe daybeds in the bathroom. No word on any hidden passageways, though it is rumored Hughes once kept a number of his lady friends in apartments throughout the hotel.
Once a favorite of Humphrey Bogart, and more recently, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s, the legendary hotel’s hidden, hillside bungalow is conveniently tucked-away from the rest of the property. With original architecture designed by Craig Ellwood from the 1950’s still in tact, the suite offers a private entrance with carport, a garden, working fireplaces, and most importantly, supreme privacy for those who seek it—a luxury in this town.
Grace Kelly’s industry nickname may have been “Miss Refrigerator” (in part to her cool exterior), however, those who knew the twenty-two year old during her early residency at the Chateau Marmont in room 53 would know her by a more colorful moniker, completely opposite in meaning. While she was likely to be found wearing prim white gloves while visiting with friends or dutifully practicing her lines while pacing the halls, a completely different Kelly came alive for the evening hours. Oh if those walls could talk...
The hotel’s dazzling ambiance lured the likes of Gloria Swanson and Charlie Chaplin to construct their own homes in the surrounding area, finally turning the once empty landscape into an exclusive neighborhood in 1914. Faye Dunaway selected the hotel’s pool as the backdrop for her post-Oscar photo shoot (she won for her role in The Network). Just a few steps away from that spot is the newly renovated Premier Suite, which includes a fireplace, private patio and free-standing soaking tub for your own celebratory rituals.