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Chic in LA: Chateau Marmont

by habituallychic

03 . 25 . 10

If The Beverly Hills Hotel is like Doris Day, then the Chateau Marmont is more like The Doors. Instead of shiny and happy, it’s dark and brooding and beyond cool. It was modeled after a royal chateau in the Loire Valley of France and since it opened in 1929, it has been the hot spot for celebrities and rockers to hide out and party. I originally thought about staying at the Chateau but since I just heard that it may be haunted, I’m glad that I stayed elsewhere! I’m more bright and sunny than moody and dark anyway! I did get to have an amazing first night dinner at the Chateau with Christian of Maison21, Lisa of A Bloomsbury Life, and Christian’s very chic client Cristina. The food was delicious and we drank copious amounts of prosecco until I looked down at my watch and realized that although it was midnight in LA, my body knew it was really 3:00am in New York! That’s when I turned into a pumpkin. Since I can no longer party like a rock star it’s probably best that I didn’t stay at the rock star hotel! But that’s not to say I didn’t have fun trying!

Photos from Chateau Marmont website, Google and Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic. By the way, that’s Led Zepplin hanging out the window!

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  1. Karena March 25, 2010 | 3:29 am

    Very cool photos… how fun and exciting!!

    Art by Karena

  2. Terése March 25, 2010 | 3:29 am

    epic– thats all that can be said…

    love your blog


  3. The Wife March 25, 2010 | 4:22 am

    This is my home away from home… I lived here for 6 months! Ahhh the memories!
    Miss Taryn xoxo

  4. maison21 March 25, 2010 | 6:19 am

    loved that dinner! and guess who i ran into at the almont yard party? a bloomsbury life.

    love. her.

  5. Greet March 25, 2010 | 9:58 am

    Very beautiful! Address to file! Thank you Heather.

  6. freckles and fringe March 25, 2010 | 11:38 am

    I’m definitely going to check out this celebrity hot spot on my next trip to LA. It’s great to have a preview of the interior!

  7. Cashon&Co March 25, 2010 | 12:49 pm

    and gotta LOVE Led Zepplin. Saw them in concert in the 80’s. awesome.

  8. Cashon&Co March 25, 2010 | 12:49 pm

    this makes me want to go there! I could actually live in a place like this! hahahahha . seriously though!

  9. the NEO-traditionalist March 25, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    A pumpkin?! You are too funny. I bet you were partying it up with the best of them. Have heard so many epic stories about Chateau! So fun to get an inside peak! XO Katie

  10. SogniSorrisi March 25, 2010 | 2:07 pm

    Great photos. How sexy was a young Robert Plant?!

  11. Open House LLC March 25, 2010 | 2:09 pm

    You’re hitting many of the LA sights that we hit. We were getting inspiration from the same hotels, designers and restuarants. Love seeing it all again through your eyes. Isn’t Maison21 lovely? We also stayed at the Avalon!

  12. Open House LLC March 25, 2010 | 2:12 pm

    Oops I slipped. You keep mentioning Maison21… Be sure to check out Kelly’s hotel Maison 140.
    It is very near where you are staying.

  13. Meredith March 25, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    Wow, the inside is absolutely amazing! I think I could spend days just staring at all the details.

  14. rikshaw design March 25, 2010 | 3:19 pm

    i have never been! i have to go sit and eat and drink and celeb stalk!
    will add this to my easter plans!

  15. ArchitectDesign™ March 25, 2010 | 3:28 pm

    so many great hotels -so little time.I think I’d pick the chateau though!

  16. Emily Heston March 25, 2010 | 5:13 pm

    Interesting post, I have always meant to visit the Chateau, haven’t yet. I get the “darkness” comment, and I do prefer light. Did you happen to see any of the cottages out in the gardens?? I’ve been thinking of trying one of those out — but now I am feeling scared!!

  17. red ticking March 25, 2010 | 11:19 pm

    i am loving your LA stories… when we walked into the polo lounge.. the first man i saw was warren beatty having lunch with his daughter. he is so handsome and i think i must have felt like fainting… you never know who you will run into… it is so much fun!

  18. cassandra @ coco+kelley March 26, 2010 | 4:32 am

    oh, the chateau… your LA adventures are making me miss my old home!!!

  19. maison21 March 26, 2010 | 6:57 am


    the bungalows at the chateau are marvelous- nothing dark about them at all! you love them, though they ain’t cheap!

    christian aka maison21

  20. lush bella March 26, 2010 | 6:45 pm

    looks like a WONDERFUL place! and i love, love, love led zeppelin. that last photo makes me want to watch “it might get loud” all over again. love your blog heather!

  21. Amanda March 26, 2010 | 8:47 pm

    I have never actually stayed there and have ALWAYS wanted to. A weekend in a bungalow at the Chateau just sounds so chic. Great images! All your LA posts are making me very homesick!

    xx Amanda