This Hollywood classic enjoys its new life as a bastion for the perennially hip.
Located on the west end of Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame, across from Grauman's Chinese Theater and just a block from the splashy Hollywood and Highland shopping complex, this 1927 building has undergone quite a renaissance. Every space has been stunning reimagined or restored as in the case of the Blossom Ballroom, site of the very first Academy Awards in 1929. The 300 guest rooms have been crafted by the Yabu Pushelberg design team. Rich leather, plush fabrics and Spanish-style accents blend to create a sumptuous (but not over-the-top) mood. Coveted accommodations include the rejuvenated Cabanas and the 3,200-square-foot Penthouse Suite that once served as home for legendary silver screen couple Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.
The hotel has a well-equipped fitness center, and along with the Blossom Ballroom, events and meetings can be accommodated in the exclusive Tropicana Suite, North Garden, Rooftop and more (total flexible space measures in at 25,000 square feet). Public Kitchen & Bar serves modern American cuisine in a historic brasserie setting. Guests can also order a burger at the upscale 25 Degrees diner and then bowl on one of two vintage lanes at The Spare Room bar and gaming parlor. Don't be surprised by the skimpy suits, flowing liquor and (on our visit, a gold basketball) around the swimming pool, with its celebrated underwater mural painted by David Hockney. If you're looking for a scene, this is the place, especially if Beacher's Madhouse is in town. This Vaudeville-inspired theater extravaganza will remind you why one of the city's nicknames is La La Land.
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