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
- 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
I recommend this the Hollywood Roosevelt. The stay was great and everything I expected. My introduction to the registration staff was great. The housekeeping and bartender in the lobby bar were always on point. This was a perfect stay.
Arrived mid-evening after a difficult day of travelling. Was given a loft king room on the 10th floor, if I recall
The hotel is just a stone's throw away from the Chinese Theatre so is in the heart of Hollywood, but is peaceful inside
Very pleasant room. Two bathrooms, 1 with a shower another with a bath with shower over. Toilet in both. Walk in wardrobe. Luggage storage room. Everything you could want. Well stocked mini-bar with some quirky items and reasonably priced, so it was used. The bed was very comfortable. Only slight gripe would be that it was quite dark in the room. There were no main ceiling lights, so it was just lit by a few lamps. Looking for things required a torch, but that is only a minor issue.
Reception was very friendly and efficient as was the valet parking staff. The lobby had complimentary coffee available for breakfast, which was welcome.
The lobby was impressive, but was closed off for a private reception for a few hours on the second night. Loads of security staff protecting the A list guests. It was a sight to see
Had a burger and drinks in 25 Degrees, which was a decent burger and efficient if not over friendly service. Checked out The Spare Room and The Public bars as well. Everywhere was busy, but it was a weekend. Took a look at the pool, but didn't have time to spend there as it was only a short, but very pleasant stay.
I like the location of the Roosevelt Hotel. My room was located in the back in a quiet area. When I entered the room, I noticed a full bar selection with some of my favorites, Grey Goose, Maker's Mark.. etc. on the counter. The renovation was done tastefully with a comfy bed, well lit closet and lots of seating. The trendy bathroom and sunflower shower head topped off a comfy stay in Hollywood style.
This is a gorgeous deco space, steeped in nostalgia for Hollywood's hey-day of the '30s-'50s. But enjoy it by having a drink in one of the bars or by the pool; a stay here is not worth the money. We spent three nights here, and I wish we hadn't. Each night, there was an event of some sort, and many of the public spaces, including the main-floor lobby, we're off-limits to hotel guests. For a spot on what is now a fairly sketchy stretch of Hollywood Blvd., we were charged $49.50 for one night of parking. Our room was tiny, and the space was completely taken up by a king-size four-poster bed. The air-conditioning didn't work and required a call to maintenance to repair. The elevator system requires a room key to operate, and it was often balky, requiring guests to try each other's keys to get from floor to floor. When we checked out, the bill was $150 higher than our confirmed-in-advance price, and it took the efforts of two reception clerks to finally get us the price we were promised. Marilyn Monroe may have spent a year here; 90 minutes would be enough for me.
We caught the Flyaway bus from just outside the arrivals hall at LAX, which departs at quarter past every hour to and from Vine Street in Hollywood. The journey is 1 hour and costs just $8 each, which is paid at the end of the journey but must be by card. There is then a 30 mins walk along Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Fame to the hotel, which is located in the centre opposite the Chinese Theatre and ‘H&H’ mall. Alternatively you can catch the metro to Union Station, then change to Hollywood & Highland station, very close to the hotel.
You enter the hotel into the lovely lobby and bar area. Check in/reception is situated one floor down from there, where you can also find the entrance to the outdoor pool and bar. The Public Kitchen restaurant off from the lobby is nice but very expensive. 25 Degrees at the front of the hotel (serving beer, burgers, fries etc) is much cheaper in comparison. 11% tax is added to bills/checks everywhere in Hollywood/LA, plus a minimum 15% ‘discretionary’ tip is expected.
We booked a superior room with queen bed, but were upgraded by the hotel to a junior suite on the 15th floor overlooking Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood sign - and we thank the hotel very much for this lovely kind gesture. The room was very big, with a king size 4-poster bed, but only a very small bathroom and toilet area, which was strange. Room has bathrobes, safe, air con and minibar, but not tea, coffee or free water, although the tap water is drinkable. Tea and coffee is provided in the lobby each morning, but only until it runs out, which can be as early as 8.30! Free wifi is only available in the lobby area, otherwise costs $15 per day. There are no additional ‘resort fees’ to pay at this hotel.
Places to go to in the immediate area are Griffith Observatory (by taxi), Universal City Walk (by metro) and walk along Sunset Boulevard. Can get the hop on hop off bus which travels around Beverley Hills and along Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards and Melrose Avenue etc. Make sure you get off at the Original Farmers Market & The Grove which is lovely to walk around and eat / drink. There are separate routes to Santa Monica and downtown (there are only office blocks and hotels downtown and not much else to see as a tourist).
Other places to visit (by metro) are the California Science Museum (to see the space shuttle Endeavour), Long Beach (to see the Queen Mary), and Santa Monica, where you can go on the pier and walk around the pedestrianised shopping area on 3rd Street. Find Ye Olde Kings Head English style pub and restaurant, on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 2nd Street. We hired bikes (from Santa Monica Beach Cycle Rentals – only $15 all day) and really enjoyed cycling along the seafront to Venice beach, Venice canals, muscle beach and Marina Del Ray.