7. Hollywood Roosevelt
Built in 1927, the Hollywood Roosevelt certainly has a golden pedigree, financed by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer. It quickly became the home-away-from-home for the Tinsel Town elite. In fact, it’s said to be haunted by spirits of past greats like Marilyn Monroe. Today, the new Tropicana pool bar fuels celebrity parties just as indulgent, while their trendy nightclub, Teddy’s, attracts the new stars and power brokers of the silver screen. It still remains one of the top places to see and be seen in LA.
(Photo: Hollywood Roosevelt, a Thompson Hotel)
8. SLS Hotel South Beach
Originally opened in 1940 as a Ritz Plaza Hotel, the building has been creatively redesigned with a serious nod back to its glamorous art deco past and reopened as the SLS Hotel South Beach in 2012. The original Ritz Plaza neon lights at the top of the tower have been restored as its crowning glory and famous names behind the new design include Sam Nazarian, Philippe Starck, Chef José Andrés and Lenny Kravitz. It has already attracted celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx and Rumer Willis with its lavish services and is fast becoming a VIP SoBe hot spot for nightlife.
(Photo: SLS Hotel South Beach)
9. Fairmont Château Laurier
The 1912 construction of the Fairmont Château Laurier, named after Canada’s prime minister of the time, put the nation’s capital on the radar as a destination fit to accommodate the rich and famous in style. It has welcomed royalty and heads of state from the world over, and is still in high demand for VIP visitors. The regal interior has been retrofitted with modern amenities but still retains the original Tiffany stained glass windows and hand-moulded plaster decorations. The Renaissance-style ballroom still hosts some of the country’s most highbrow galas and events.
(Photo: Fairmont Chateau Laurier)