BACKSTORY: The Chateau has been the site of many famous incidents with movie stars, artists, and musicians, most notably the death of John Belushi in Bungalow 3 on March 5, 1982. Some of the other oft-told tales include Led Zeppelin riding motorcycles through the lobby, Jim Morrison jumping off a bungalow roof into the pool (or off a terrace onto the ground...the story varies!), and Natalie Wood, James Dean, and Dennis Hopper doing their script readings here in director Nicholas Ray’s Bungalow (#2) ffor “Rebel WIthout A Cause” (1955). Movie studios rented rooms for their stars so that they could “get into trouble” away from the watchful eyes of the gossip columnists and the law. The most famous quote about the Chateau comes from Columbia Pictures studio head, Harry Cohn, who told William Holden & Glenn Ford: “If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.” The two shared a room at the Chateau (paid for by Cohn) and took turns using it as a private getaway.
I HIGHLY recommend that you stay at the Chateau Marmont on your next visit to Hollywood/Los Angeles. Hands down it is my favorite hotel: EVER.
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