Guests can live like (classy, laid back) rock stars at this iconic hotel off the Sunset Strip.
This Mediterranean-style hideaway is located near the Sunset Strip, and its three-and-a-half acres include lush gardens with fish ponds, exotic birds and tropical foliage; two swimming pools with cabanas; and a health spa with sauna and Jacuzzi. Much more sedate these days (it was once one of the Strip's raucous party pads), the Sunset Marquis attracts a low-key but upscale crowd from the music, fashion, advertising and entertainment industries, frequently for extended stays, especially in the private villas. There's even an in-house recording studio to serve the needs of creative guests. Following a $25 million renovation, suites are modern and minimalist with clean lines and neutral tones. In contrast are the one- and two-bedroom villas, with bright country fabrics and French doors. While each is unique, all have dining rooms and kitchenettes, and some include extras like whirlpool tubs, terraces and baby grand pianos. Other amenities include 24-hour room service, two-line phones, high-speed Internet access, complimentary security parking, airport meet-and-greet service and round-the-clock business services. House restaurant, Cavativa, focuses on the creative preparation of seasonal ingredients. Bar 1200 — with its exclusive, star-studded, industry appeal — is popular with those in the know.