The Hollywood Roosevelt
What We Love
- Celebrity spotting, along with great people watching in the common areas
- Easy to stroll on Hollywood Boulevard and check out other nightlife, but there are enough bars on-site to keep you fully hydrated
- The 24-hour burger bar on the ground floor is perfect for late night eats
- Pets are permitted for a $100 nonrefundable cleaning fee per week (Note: Pets are not permitted in Cabana Rooms)
What To Know
- The Roosevelt has a reputation as a party hotel for a reason. It can be noisy, especially on the weekends and especially in the Cabana Rooms (children 20 and under are not permitted in this room type)
- Getting into the hip bars on the property isn’t guaranteed just because you’re a guest
- This area tends to be really congested — especially during the evening rush hour
- This being a tourist destination, parking is expensive, even for guests
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This iconic property on Hollywood Boulevard opened in 1927 and hosted the first Academy Awards show, back in 1929. While many of the historic features remain, including the gurgling lobby fountain, Spanish-style steps (where Shirley Temple learned to tap dance), wrought iron chandeliers and hand-stenciled ceilings, the renovated 299-room property is now a center of California cool, establishing a new level of glamour — and debauchery — in Tinseltown.
Bed & Bath
The guestrooms are surprisingly quiet given the scene below, with chocolate-brown accent walls, pillowy beds topped with 400-thread-count Sferra linens and vintage photos of celebs. The credenza is lined with top-shelf booze and mixers that beg for the party to continue. The coolest feature may be the live video feed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in front of the hotel. Bathrooms are compact but have magnifying mirrors (the better to beautify yourself with) and C.O. Bigelow products.
The Hollywood Roosevelt has so many restaurants and bars that you may feel as if all of L.A. is inside (and it sometimes is). The historic Public Kitchen & Bar updated the once clubby steakhouse with lofty interiors, butcher block tables and 1960s library chairs but retained the côte de boeuf with bone marrow for two. You can get one of the city’s best burgers any hour of the day at 25 Degrees. Or you can get the party started over small bites and cocktails at the Tropicana Pool Bar, whose cabana rooms, fireplaces and daybeds wrap around the famed David Hockney pool. You can keep sipping there or try out the farm-to-glass cocktails at the Library Bar, or check out the raucous (and hard to get into) is the subterranean Teddy’s nightclub. But we prefer the clubby Spare Room, with its vintage board games and two-lane bowling alley.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights last month and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was clean and spacious. The view from our room was fine - we could see some of the Boulevard but couldn't hear too much noise from it. (so we were happy!) The bathroom was small but it had everything we needed. The staff were friendly and polite. The pool area is gorgeous and the pool bar was busy but they had good drinks so it was all good! The only reason I didn't give this hotel 5 stars is because in the room I found there wasn't a hairdryer and also there wasn't a mirror near a table for me to do make-up etc. So I had to put all my make up things on the floor by the lovely big mirror right next to the front door. A little awkward but hey...
Other than that, a lovely stay. Thanks guys!
This hotel is full of old Hollywood charm and history. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The pool is a lovely oasis in the heart of downtown. Great proximity to tourist attractions. The room was beautifully designed, spacious. And very comfortable.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is the place to be when staying in Hollywood.
Inside is filled with old Hollywood décor and the lobby, restaurant and bar areas are often frequented by wealthy businessmen or Hollywood Z-listers. It is located directly opposite the world famous 'Chinese Theatre' on Hollywood Boulevard (where the host the latest film premieres) and is amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday Hollywood life.
We had a great time at this hotel but we must say we was a little disappointed in the standard of services to price paid ratio.
We drove to the Roosevelt and used the valet service at the hotel to park our car, be very wary if you're doing this for long stays as valet is $40 per night. We found the valet guys to be rude and un-organised; nobody seemed to know what was going on and two valet drivers almost got into an argument about whose turn it was to park the car – not a great welcome to a hotel which we paid $1,600 for 5 nights).
The lady at the check-in desk was very helpful and explained to us what was happening in the area and in the hotel itself. We checked into our room and were surprised at how small it was (literally a bed, long table attached to the wall, fridge, bathroom – with walk in shower and toilet, built in wardrobe and balcony). We knew the hotel was in a central location but didn't realise the rooms would be this small. Also, there were absolutely no amenities in our room whatsoever (no toiletries, mini bar, water etc).
The beds were comfortable and the room was completely sound-proof so you couldn't hear what was happening by the pool or on the boulevard (unless you opened your balcony door). There was a safe in the room and a TV with most of the American channels.
The pool area was absolutely divine and one of the best I have seen in America. We enjoyed this for 4 out of the 5 days we stayed however, they have pool parties on Sundays which (unless you pay a considerable amount for a table) you cannot really enjoy as all the sun-loungers are taken. Bear this in mind when booking this hotel as you may expect to at least enjoy the pool if you're spending over $200 a night to stay here.
There were 2 restaurants within the hotel (one in the main lobby and one located on the boulevard) – both were absolutely divine and the food tasted great!)
Hollywood Boulevard – 30 seconds
Universal Studios – 10 min taxi
Dodgers Stadium – 25-30 min taxi (usually traffic on game days)
Santa Monica – 25 min taxi
Venice Beach – 30 min taxi
Malibu – 35 min taxi
Rodeo Drive – 25 min taxi
Beverly Hills – 20 min taxi
If you've visited Hollywood before, you will know that homelessness is a problem here, so be wary when walking the streets late at night and try to opt for an Uber.
Overall we had a fab stay but would probably choose somewhere different on our next visit to Hollywood.