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The Little Black Book for Last-Minute Oscar Needs
In a pinch? These go-to fashion and beauty maestros are the
top hotels’ at-the-ready picks for any pre-awards-show emergency
BROWS Kelley Baker,
who has opened a spot
at Lasky Clinic; 201 S.
Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills,
HAIR Andy LeCompte
Salon’s Andy LeCompte,
who styles January
Jones; 616 N. Almont Drive,
… Men’s specialist
FACIAL Vanessa Hernandez
Yoshi Hagiwara of Yoshi
of Skin Care by Vanessa; 9675
Hair Studio; 450 N.
Brighton Way, Beverly Hills,
Canon Drive, Beverly Hills,
… Ronit Falevitch
of Exclusive Skin
of The Private
Care; 414 N. Camden
Room; 9414 Brighton
Drive, Beverly Hills,
Way, Beverly Hills,
Tom Rann of Carasoin
Day Spa, a favorite
Lisa Mayer of
of stylist Cher Coulter
Santa Monica’s Petite
and Eva Longoria;
Spa; 723 Broadway,
120 N. Robertson Blvd.,
Private entries, party-size pools, chef’s kitchens
and scandal-filled Hollywood histories make for Oscar
season’s hottest hotel suite spots By Brandon Kirby
H EN A-L IST ER S A R E L OOK I NG FOR A F EW
precious moments of privacy during Oscar
weekend, many retreat deep into the city’s most
exclusive hotels, where four private bungalows and
villas offer the ultimate in luxury, security and
over-the-top amenities. THR surveyed four of the most top-drawer,
from Chateau Marmont’s tucked-away hillside Bungalow 3 to
the largest suite in Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air’s newly renovated
6,775-square-foot Presidential Suite. At these hideaways within
hideaways (booked months in advance), it’s easy to shell out $37,000
in a single awards-season weekend — see the bill on page 46.
think of the 63-room Chateau —
built in 1927 and inspired by a Loire
Valley chateau — midcentury
Modernism wouldn’t be top of mind.
But L.A. architecture aficionados know
to ask for Bungalows 3 and 4, which
were built as private houses in 1956 by
noted modernist Craig Ellwood
not long after he completed his famed
Case Study residences. Although
not poolside like the hotel’s other
two bungalows (1 and 2), the Ellwood
accommodations, tucked away
on the hillside, afford extra privacy
and even a backyard that’s perfect for
guests traveling with a pet. Of the
two, the soundproofed two-bedroom,
two-bath Bungalow 3 was the more
recently refurbished and now
includes period-correct furnishings
like a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair.
PRIVATE ACCESS The Ellwood bungalows have their own entrances directly
off the street, as well as carports.
HOTEL FANS The long list of famous
guests, from Greta Garbo and
Marilyn Monroe to Lady Gaga, is
matched by the stories of scandal and
shenanigans over the years. It wasn’t
for nothing that Harry Cohn, former
head of Columbia Pictures, once
said to Glenn Ford: “If you must get
into trouble, do it at the Chateau
Marmont.” Members of Led Zeppelin
famously drove a motorcycle
up and down the lobby one night,
Lindsay Lohan got temporarily
banned when she trashed Suite 33
and left an unpaid bill of $46,000,
and Bungalow 3 happens to be
the one in which John Belushi died
from a drug overdose in 1982.
Natalie Wood first met James Dean
during a reading of Rebel Without
a Cause in Bungalow 2 — also where
director Nicholas Ray, with whom
Wood struck up an illicit affair, was living at the time. During the 1960s
and ’70s, the hotel often was home to
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
1. The Chateau Marmont’s Bungalow 3, built by midcentury architect Ellwood, offers
classic California indoor-outdoor living. Furnishings include a vintage BKF butterfly chair.
2. One of the bungalow’s two bathrooms. 3. The exterior of the Chateau. 4. A Hans Wegner
Papa Bear chair. 5. A retro ’50s-style refrigerator by Smeg in the bungalow’s kitchenette.
IF THE BUNGALOW IS BOOKED
Michael Albanese, co-founder of
travel and event consultancy
Element, recommends Room 29, a
suite on the second floor. “It has
a huge patio overlooking the restaurant,” he says. “Celebrities with
huge entourages enjoy this room
because it’s great for entertaining.
It can easily host 125 guests.”
8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
44 | THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | 02.28.14
of Hammer & Nails;
8257 Melrose Ave.,
SHOE REPAIR Pasquale;
5616 San Vicente Blvd.,
Fox Fine Garment Services;
TANNING Fiona Locke of St.
T H E B EV E R LY H I L L S H OT E L
C H AT E AU M A R M O N T
COST PER NIGHT $3,800, plus $592 tax
SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,500
ROOM DETAILS When most people
MAKEUP Bobbe Joy
of Bobbe Joy Makeup Studio;
350 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly
EXTERIOR: NIKOLAS KOENIG. BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL BEDROOM: COURTESY OF BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL. JONES: AP PHOTO/EVAN AGOSTINI. LONGORIA: REX FEATURES VIA AP IMAGES.
PRIVATE ACCESS Exclusive access to all
23 of the hotel’s bungalows is available
off Crescent Drive.
COST PER NIGHT $16,000, plus $2,514 tax
SQUARE FOOTAGE 5,000
HOTEL FANS Howard Hughes was
known to reserve up to 25 rooms at a
ROOM DETAILS The 231-room hotel,
time at the famous Pink Palace and
which celebrated its 100th anniversary
lived in one cluster of bungalows for
two years ago, built two new Presidential
nearly 30 years, paying $350,000 a year.
Bungalows from the ground up in
2010 with lush private gardens featuring Elizabeth Taylor celebrated no fewer
than five honeymoons in bungalows on
the property’s classic pink stucco walls
the property. More recent guests
and interiors done in soft celadon
include McG, Brett Ratner, HBO CEO
and pink taupe velvet. Each has three
Richard Plepler and David Beckham.
bedrooms (all with a fireplace) and
three bathrooms, including a master
IF THE BUNGALOW IS BOOKED
bathroom with garden views and
Melissa Schwartz of VIP travel agency
freestanding tub, as well as a waterfallDestination Happiness recommends
edged private pool with underwater
Bungalow 1, which has the closest access
speakers. Both the dining room, which
to the pool. It’s also where Marilyn
can seat 10, and an art deco-style
Monroe, who lived on and off at the hotel
study overlook the pool. The bungalows over many years, stayed most often.
— designed by L.A.-based Rottet
For something on a more junior-suite
Studio, responsible for the new UTA
level, Albanese picks the Premier
offices in Beverly Hills — also
Rooms on the ground floor,
feature exercise areas,
which come with balconies or
custom bed and side
tables in the
separate staff entrances and
terraces: “They were recently
Beverly Hills Hotel’s
the only private hotel outdoor
Bungalow. Lamps by
showers in L.A.
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills
H OT E L B E L -A I R
COST PER NIGHT $17,000, plus $2,635 tax
SQUARE FOOTAGE 6,775
ROOM DETAILS Designed by Alexandra Champalimaud
1. The living room of the Hotel Bel-Air’s Presidential Suite
is dominated by a rock crystal chandelier by Alger-Triton.
Other suite details include hand-tooled leather doors,
limestone floors and four Bang & Olufsen flat-screens. 2. The
private pool. 3. The gated entrance from Chalon Road.
(who completed Tom Colicchio’s new Topping Rose House
hotel in the Hamptons), this is the most expensive and
the largest hotel suite in L.A. It debuted in 2011 after a twoyear renovation of the entire 110-room property. Few hotel
accommodations have an entry this impressive: A gate
opens to a view of a large pool surrounded by subtropical
greenery and French doors fronting the Spanish structure.
The suite boasts a great room with a grand piano and a
courtyard with an outdoor fireplace.
PRIVATE ACCESS The Presidential Suite has its own access
from Chalon Road.
HOTEL FANS Judy Garland and Gary Cooper were early
guests, while Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti spent
their wedding night there and Richard Nixon checked in
to work on his memoirs. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey
celebrated her 50th birthday with a big slumber party.
IF THE BUNGALOW IS BOOKED “Celebrities love Room 500,”
says Schwartz. “It’s called a spa loft. It connects
to the spa and has this massive shower.” She also likes
Room 374, one of 10 Bel-Air Suites, which have sprawling
terraces and wood-burning fireplaces: “Suite 374 is the
largest of them at 900 square feet and has a bath and a
half.” For prime sunning, she recommends five junior suites
(Nos. 380-384) that form a semicircle around the pool.
701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles
P E N I N SU L A
B EV E R LY H I L L S
hotel’s Peninsula Villa is accessed by exiting the side of the
22-year-old, 210-room hotel and following a garden path
to a tucked-away staircase. The two-story villa, which
underwent a $20 million face-lift in 2011 by Los Angeles
design firm Forchielli Glynn, boasts a dramatic double
staircase, two bedrooms, three bathrooms and a dining
room with a massive crystal chandelier and view of
the garden. Before the big show, take a few moments to
relax on the terrace in a mosaic-tile hot tub. There’s
an adjoining 825-square-foot villa suite that can be added
(for $1,850 a night) to create a three-bedroom space.
HOTEL FANS Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman
recently have been spotted at the Peninsula, while
Kate Winslet, Simon Cowell and Tribeca Film Festival
head Jane Rosenthal have been known to stay.
IF THE BUNGALOW IS BOOKED Schwartz recommends
the one-bedroom Garden Suite near the Peninsula
Villa. “It has a huge patio area with a fire pit. It’s fabulous
for entertaining.” Inside the hotel proper, the onebedroom Grande Suite offers the biggest terrace and
an indoor gas fireplace. For easy access to the rooftop
pool, the most splash-adjacent is No. 534.
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
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Above: The Peninsula Villa’s living room opens onto
a terrace. Furnishings include a Mario Grimaldi
coffee table and Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman
armchairs. Right: A copy of a three-night bill from
Oscar weekend in 2013, provided by the hotel
with names redacted. Among the outlays: in-suite
dinner for eight ($1,660), couples massages ($585),
dinner at The Belvedere restaurant ($1,596),
in-suite cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for 20 ($2,128),
three-day cabana use ($900). Complimentary:
dog walking and grooming.
Highest Tab at
HOTEL BEL-AIR: NOAH WEBB (3). PENINSULA ROOM, BILL: COURTESY OF PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS.
COST PER NIGHT $8,500, plus $1,275 tax
SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,336
ROOM DETAILS While not technically a bungalow, the