7 Most Iconic Spots from Hollywood Then and Now

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel


When you say Hollywood, you say Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a place full of history and charm. Hollywood’s best-kept shrine of the Golden Era, located near Hollywood Walk of Fame, opened its doors for the first time on May 15, 1927. Built in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, the architectural masterpiece was owned by investors such as Sid Grauman and movie stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford and used for various movie events, among which the first Academy Awards.

Actors such as Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Errol Flynn, Shirley Temple were among the many famous guests that stayed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel throughout the years. But it is the ultimate bombshell, Marilyn Monroe that resided there the most and it is said to be haunting the place still.

The hotel was renovated several times and according to Marc Wanamaker, a Hollywood historian, author and historic consultant to the Hollywood Heritage museum, “Up until the mid-’80s, it was a disaster inside. […] It was remodeled different times inside and ruined — the ugliest interiors you ever saw.”


After a series of disastrous renovations, the hotel was purchased by Radisson Hotels in 1985 and underwent a drastic makeover. The works were supervised by the Hollywood Heritage and the hotel was restored it to its Golden Era look. “A ton of premiere afterparties take place there,” says Los Angeles Confidential magazine journalist Scott Huver, co-author of “Inside Rodeo Drive: The Stores, The Stars, The Stories.” One thing’s for sure: if you haven’t seen it so far, we can tell you that the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is definitely worth including on your travel bucket list.

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