Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Journey to Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles and visit Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Originally opening in May 1927, the property is among the oldest hotels located within Los Angeles that is still operating.
The property was originally built during the 1926 during the Golden Era within Los Angeles and it was named after Theodore Roosevelt who was the 26th president. The whole project included Sid Grauman, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Louis Mayer. The final costs were around $2.5 million to complete, which equals to almost $35 million today.
However, during the 1950s that the hotel started to see a big decline. One of the owners had tore down all of the archways, covered up all of the uniquely painted ceilings, and the whole hotel was painting in a sea foam green. Then during 1985 the Radisson hotels had purchased the hotel and used the original blueprints as well as historic photographs of the old location and paid over $35 million to do a renovation and restored the coffered ceiling within the lobby as well as added a 3-tiered fountain and many other improvements. It was during 1987 that the million-dollar mural that is located within the Tropicana Pool at the bottom was actually painted by artist David Hockney.
In August 1991, Los Angeles had declared the property to be a Cultural and Historical Monument and was provided #545 as a register. In 1995, the business was purchased again by Goodwin Gaw. Eventually David Chang would become the co-owner. Then during 2005, the management was turned over the Thompson Hotel Group and shortly after there was a $30 million renovation that began to take place which was being done by David Siguaw and Dodd Mitchell Design. However, since 2015 the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has been independently operated by its own management company and it was also during this year that another renovation happened which cost $25 million and Yabu Pushelberg had designed the rooms and there were plans for an addition of a food and beverage outlet that would be located poolside.
This building is twelve stories with 63 suites and 300 guest rooms. It is next to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and near the TCL Chinese Theatre. The hotel is equipped with colorful tiled fountains, leather sofas and wrought iron chandeliers.
There is a 3200 square foot duplex that is equipped with an outdoor deck that has views of the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood Hills that is named the Gable-Lombard Penthouse which is named for Carole Lombard and Clark Gable who would stay in the room for just $5 per night. There is also the Marilyn Monroe suite which was named after the actress who actually lived here for the first 2 years of her career. There are many other great rooms such as vintage 1950s pool side cabanas, and King Superior rooms.