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Sophie Monk's glam Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Thursday, June 17, 2010
There are many hotels in Hollywood that have been around for a long time. Some of them are a little bit run down and tired and people seem to like that look. It gives a hotel some history.

We asked Sophie Monk to have a look at one in particular: the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It's in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard, which a few years ago was very shabby. The area is slowly being improved and the Roosevelt stands as a cornerstone of the area's renaissance. It was so close to being demolished in the 1980s but fortunately, once again it is a glittering oasis.

There's always a party at the glamorous hotel and Sophie loves to go there for some fun. It's a real star-spotting place. Sophie has seen Bruce Willis, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Lindsay Lohan enjoying themselves at the Roosevelt.

The Spanish-style hotel was named after former president Theodore Roosevelt and financed by a group including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Sid Grauman and Louis B Mayer. The 12-storey, 300-room hotel opened in 1927 and cost $2.5 million — a king's ransom in those days. In 1929 its Blossom Room hosted the very first Academy Awards.

It was a popular place for many a romantic tryst and its poolside parties were notorious. If only the walls could talk! Some say the hotel is haunted and swear there is a ghost whispering along the hallways.

Marilyn Monroe was a resident for two years when her modelling career took off. Her first magazine shoot for a tanning lotion was on the diving board on the pool behind the hotel. There is a suite named in her honour. The diving board has gone and the remodelled pool has an underwater mural painted by David Hockney.

Montgomery Clift lived there for three months, practising his lines for 1953's From Here to Eternity. People say they have seen his ghost walking the corridors and playing his bugle on the eighth floor.

When Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard stayed in the penthouse, it cost just $5 a night. These days it's around $3500.

During Prohibition, the dashing young Errol Flynn prepared his famous gin recipe in the back room of the hotel's barber shop.

Shirley Temple took her first tap-dancing lesson on the hotel's ornate tile stairway. Her teacher was Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

David Niven lived in the servants' quarters when he first arrived in Hollywood and Mary Martin began her singing career in the hotel's nightclub.

The hotel has been used as a location in many a movie, inside and out.

The hotel has 320 rooms, 38 suites and 65 poolside cabana rooms. When you step into the elegant lobby, complete with pianist playing a baby grand piano, take in beautifully dressed guests sipping cocktails under grand chandeliers in the sunken Spanish lobby, you know you have arrived in a special place. If you love the romance of Hollywood, you'll love the Hollywood Roosevelt!


Hollywood, California.


Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel rooms start at around $229 a night.

V Australia has flights to Los Angeles from:

  • Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane $1279
  • Adelaide $1579
  • Perth $1879

The fares are available for a limited time only, so visit for further details.

For further information

V Australia

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood CA 90028
United States
Ph: +1 323 466 7000

User comments
What a styleless repersentation of glamor for such a renaissance. Does your style team prepare what the compare wears?

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