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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Coordinates: 34°6′4″N 118°20′30″W / 34.10111°N 118.34167°W / 34.10111; -118.34167
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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
A 2015 photo of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located in California
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (California)
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located in the United States
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (the United States)
General information
Location7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California
Coordinates34°6′4″N 118°20′30″W / 34.10111°N 118.34167°W / 34.10111; -118.34167
OpeningMay 15, 1927
OwnerGoodwin Gaw
David Chang
Technical details
Floor count12
Design and construction
Architect(s)Fisher, Lake & Traver
Other information
Number of rooms300
Number of suites63
Number of restaurants2
Reference no.545

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a historic hotel located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It opened on May 15, 1927, and is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles.[2]


The hotel was built in 1926, in what is known as the Golden Era of Los Angeles architecture, and was named after the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.[3] It was financed by a group that included Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman.[4][5] It cost $2.5 million ($43.9 million today) to complete[5] and opened on May 15, 1927.[5]

The hotel went into a decline in the 1950s. An owner around that time demolished its archways, covered up its elaborately painted ceilings and painted the entire hotel seafoam green.[6] Radisson Hotels purchased the hotel in 1985 and, using original blueprints and historic photos of the hotel's Spanish Colonial architecture, undertook a $35 million renovation, restoring the lobby's coffered ceiling and adding a three-tiered fountain, among other improvements.[3][6] The million-dollar mural at the bottom of the hotel's Tropicana Pool was painted by David Hockney in 1987.[7][8]

On August 13, 1991, the City of Los Angeles declared the hotel building Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 545.[5][9] In 1995, Goodwin Gaw purchased the hotel from Clarion Hotels, with David Chang later becoming co-owner.[7][8][10] In 2005, the Thompson Hotel Group assumed oversight of the hotel's management. The Dodd Mitchell Design Group and David Siguaw oversaw a $30 million renovation of the hotel in 2005.[10][11][12] Since 2015, the hotel has been run independently by its own management company.[10] In 2015, the hotel completed a $25 million renovation with rooms designed by Yabu Pushelberg, and plans for a new poolside food and beverage outlet.[7] The hotel was then inducted into Historic Hotels of America, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in 2016.[13]

Design and style[edit]

The 12-story hotel has 300 guest rooms including 63 suites.[7] It occupies a site on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and across Hollywood Boulevard from the TCL Chinese Theatre.[7][14] The building has a Spanish Colonial Revival Style interior, with leather sofas, wrought-iron chandeliers and colorful tiled fountains.[2][14]

The architects Fisher, Lake and Traver are also credited with the Westward Ho Hotel in Phoenix and The Willmore Building in Long Beach.[15]

The Gable-Lombard penthouse, a 3,200 square-foot duplex with an outdoor deck with views of the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign, is named for Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, who used to stay in the room for five dollars a night.[2][5][16] The Marilyn Monroe suite is named for the actress, who lived at the hotel for two years early in her career.[2][5][7] Other accommodations include King Superior rooms and vintage 1950s poolside cabanas.[5]

Restaurants and bars[edit]

The hotel has a total of eight restaurants, bars and lounges.[5] 25 Degrees is a hamburger restaurant located just off the hotel lobby.[5] It was opened in 2005.[8] Public Kitchen & Bar features American food in an Old Hollywood-style dining room.[5] Tim Goodell is the head chef of both restaurants.[5] The Spare Room is a gaming parlor and cocktail lounge; the Library Bar is a cocktail bar with cocktails made using locally sourced ingredients; and Tropicana Bar overlooks the pool.[5][17] Beacher's Madhouse is a vaudeville-inspired theater owned and operated by Jeff Beacher.[5] Teddy's, a nightclub located off the lobby, was considered a celebrity haunt. It opened in 2005, was remodeled in 2012 and closed in 2015.[5][17]

In popular culture[edit]

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929, inside the Blossom Ballroom.[9][16] A private ceremony open only to Academy members, it was hosted by Academy president Douglas Fairbanks and held three months after the winners were announced, with 270 people in attendance.[18][19] At the time, the "Oscar" nickname for the award had not yet been invented (the nickname would be introduced four years later).[19]

Facing heavy debt in 1986, five-time Academy Award winner Lyle Wheeler sold boxes of his possessions, including his five Oscars. His award for art direction for The Diary of Anne Frank was auctioned for $21,250 to William Kaiser. Kaiser returned the award to Wheeler at a ceremony held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1989.[20]

The hotel has hosted the Golden Raspberry Awards, the ceremony recognizing the year's worst in film, on numerous occasions.[21]

The pool at the Roosevelt Hotel was featured in a 1955 episode of I Love Lucy when the Ricardos and Mertzes came to Hollywood.[22]

Several scenes from the 1988 film Sunset, starring Bruce Willis and James Garner, were filmed at the hotel, including a recreation of the 1929 Academy Awards ceremony.[6]

The scene of the 1989 film The Fabulous Baker Boys where Susie (Michelle Pfeiffer) sings "Makin' Whoopie" while Jack (Jeff Bridges) plays piano was shot at the Cinegrill nightclub in the hotel.[21]

The hotel's hallway can be seen in episode 7 of the 2016 FX true crime anthology television series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, as a substitute for an Oakland hotel where Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark spend the night.[23]

Other films shot on location at the hotel include Internal Affairs (starring Richard Gere), Beverly Hills Cop II (starring Eddie Murphy) and Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg).[6][24] Other television shows shot at the hotel include Knots Landing, Moonlighting and Curb Your Enthusiasm.[6][25]

Prince performed five shows at the hotel in 2007, which included dinner with his personal chef, a two-hour performance and a post-set jazz jam.[26]

The TV series Lucifer frequently includes exterior views of the hotel in establishing shots. A scene between Lucifer and Amenadiel in the first season episode "Take Me Back to Hell" takes place on the roof, with the back of the Roosevelt's sign visible.[citation needed]

The Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Out of the Past" featured the hotel prominently throughout the episode.[citation needed]

Notable residents and guests[edit]

Marilyn Monroe lived at the hotel for two years early in her career, and posed for her first commercial photography shoot by the pool.[5][7] She and Arthur Miller were said to have met at the hotel's Cinegrill nightclub.[16]

Montgomery Clift stayed at the hotel for three months in 1952 during the filming of From Here to Eternity.[2]

Frances Farmer was honored at a party there in 1958, the night she appeared on Ralph Edwards' This Is Your Life.

Errol Flynn is rumored to have created his recipe for bootleg gin in a tub in the hotel's barbershop.[25]

Shirley Temple learned to do her famous stairstep dance routine on the hotel stairs.[27]

Astrologer and writer Linda Goodman wrote several of her books in a suite at the hotel.[21]

Actress Elizabeth Patterson, widely recognized for her role as Mrs. Trumbull on the classic comedy series I Love Lucy, lived in the hotel during her 35-year film and television career.[28]

Other notable hotel guests include Charlie Chaplin, H. G. Wells, Clark Gable, Max Baer Sr., Carole Lombard, Mary Martin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Mike Posner, Prince, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.[7][16][29]

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel often uses the hotel as a prize for a game called "Hostel La Vista" that pits two tourists that are visiting Los Angeles staying in a nearby youth hostel against each other. In this game, the contestants are asked various questions about the city of Los Angeles and the state of California as a whole. The player who gets the most questions right wins, leaves the hostel and gets to stay at the hotel for the remainder of their stay for free.[30]

Alleged hauntings[edit]

Throughout the years, there have been rumors of hauntings and ghosts at the hotel. Some involve celebrities who previously stayed at the hotel, such as Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and Errol Flynn.[9][31][32] Others involve a little girl in a blue dress named Caroline.[33] There have also been reports of cold spots, photographic "orbs", and mysterious phone calls to the hotel operator.[34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historic – Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments". Los Angeles Department of City Planning. February 28, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sheeler, Jason (May 3, 2011). "Go inside – and bowl with Brad and Angelina – at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Jack (February 4, 1986). "The glory that was Hollywood before it became Hollyweird returns to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "Classic Locations: Oscar slept here", Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: The Story of an L.A. Icon", Discover Los Angeles. May 14, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e "The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel", seeing-stars.com. Accessed June 24, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Trejos, Nancy (March 16, 2016). "The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel gets a makeover". USA Today.
  8. ^ a b c Piccalo, Gina (July 31, 2005). "Old star, blazing scene". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Dangcil, Thomas; Tommy Dangcil (September 2002). Hollywood, 1900–1950, in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7385-2073-5.
  10. ^ a b c Chamberlain, Lisa (October 28, 2007). "Yes, It Has a Mood, but It's Not a 'Boutique'". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Meyer, Norma (October 26, 2004). "This old hotel". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Projects". Dodd Mitchell Design. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Hollywood Roosevelt: History". Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved 2022-12-14.
  14. ^ a b Benson, Sara. "The Hollywood Roosevelt". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  15. ^ "PCAD – Fisher, Lake and Traver, Architects". Pacific Coast Architecture Database. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  16. ^ a b c d Dolainski, Stephen (1 September 2001). Los Angeles: Romantic Diversions in and Around the City. Globe Pequot Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-7627-1024-9. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014.
  17. ^ a b Gelt, Jessica (April 19, 2013). "Teddy's enters second stage of life". Los Angeles Times.
  18. ^ Ryzik, Melena (December 7, 2010). "A Navel-Gazing Oscar Countdown". The New York Times.
  19. ^ a b Farber, Stephen (March 28, 1982). "Janet Gaynor Recalls the First Awards". The New York Times.
  20. ^ Rutigliano, Olivia (February 19, 2016). "6 Amazing Oscar Heists and 5 Happy Endings". Vanity Fair.
  21. ^ a b c Blend, David (September 13, 2012). "11 Things You Didn't Know About the Supernatural Party Palace". Thrillist.
  22. ^ Wanamaker, Marc; Robert W. Nudelman (2007). Early Hollywood. Arcadia Publishing. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-7385-4792-3.
  23. ^ Blake, Lindsay (April 5, 2016). "Where to Find the Most Notable Filming Locations from The People vs. O.J. Simpson". Los Angeles.
  24. ^ "Lost Angeles Hotels in the Movies: Making the Big Screen". Discover Los Angeles. November 18, 2014.
  25. ^ a b Conradt, Stacy (April 17, 2009). "The Quick 10: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel". Mental Floss.
  26. ^ "Prince's Dinner Theater". Los Angeles Times. June 21, 2007.
  27. ^ "5 Cool Facts About the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel". Leisure Link. May 21, 2015.
  28. ^ "The Divine Miss Patty". We Love Lucy. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  29. ^ Swann, Jennifer (May 16, 2017). "Uncovering The Storied History Of The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel". LAist. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  30. ^ "Hostel La Vista with Cousin Sal", Jimmy Kimmel Live, March 16, 2017, retrieved September 29, 2017
  31. ^ Lovgren, Stefan (December 4, 2003). "Do Real Haunted Mansions Hold Sway in Hollywood?". National Geographic News. Archived from the original on December 17, 2003. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  32. ^ Gomes, Mayra Dias (October 11, 2013). "THR's Guide to L.A.'s Most Haunted Locations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  33. ^ Kern, Will (October 31, 2004). "Hotel has glut of ghosts". The Denver Post. Retrieved 29 March 2013 – via Wilkern.com.
  34. ^ "This old hotel is a Hollywood haunt, in every sense of the word". The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 26, 2000. Retrieved March 29, 2013.

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