Friday, June 08, 2012
Getting In Trouble
“If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.”
– Harry Cohn
Much feared movie mogul boss Harry Cohn of Columbia admonished young heartthrobs William Holden and Glenn Ford for their drunken escapades in Hollywood. The two starred together in the 1941 Columbia Western "Texas." Yup, they sure do look like rabble-rousers!
photo found on A Drifting Cowboy.
Cohn's solution was to get them a suite at The Chateau, allowing them to cavort behind the very private walls of the legendary hotel.
Most people driving by on Sunset would miss the entrance; the neon sign in front says Garage. The staff at the garage that park your car for you are some of the nicest guys you could ever come across. Skillfully zipping cars in and out, maneuvering the gas guzzlers parked inside, they make a lot out of very little space.
You can take the elevator up one floor to the lobby, or walk up the stairs. I typically take the stairs (it's only one flight!), because you never know what you'll see along the way.
The artwork and stained glass in the lobby are breathtaking. Already, you feel like you are in another era.
One of my favorite areas of the hotel is this huge living room space.
Guests can relax here, order food, and even play on the piano that is positioned at the corner entrance to this welcoming arena.
The over-stuffed plush furniture beckons you to sit for a few hours and forget your troubles.
Don't even get me started on the light fixtures here; I could blow a whole memory card on these.
The food at the Chateau is also outstanding. But the bacon...good Lord that peppered bacon must be seasoned with crack. It is out of this world.
More to come. Stay tuned! Follow my Daveland updates on Twitter and view my most recent photos on Flickr. See more Chateau Marmont photos on my Chateau Marmont web page.
You can read more about the Chateau with this VERY cool book: