CA 90028 West of Vine, North of Hollywood Blvd.
The Knickerbocker was built in 1925 as a luxuryapartment house.
Later it was converted to a the once-stylish Hollywood Knickerbocker
Hotel. Although it was overshadowed for years by its more fabled
sibling the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel, the Knickerbocker has a rich history of tinseltown
legend. Early residents included such icons as D.W. Griffith,
Cary Grant, and Red Skeleton. Rudolph
Valentino was often seen dancing thetango in its Lido Room,
very popular hang out. Joe DiMaggio would wait at the bar for his
Marilyn Monroe, she would sneak through the kitchen to meet
him. They also sneaked through the place on their honeymoon. Rumor has
it that Marilyn Monroe's ghost still makes the scene at this coffeehouse.
lived upstairs in what he called "Heartbreak Hotel." The
"King" and Jerry Lee Lewis stayed in the late 50's. In
1962, MGM dressmaker and designer "Irene", committed suicideby
leaping off the building. Over the years many Hollywood spirits
have allegedly haunted the building. So it was only appropriate
that the late Harry Houdinis' wife, Bess Houdini, triedto communicate
with him by conducting a seance from the Knickerbocker roof. Relatively
recently the hotel has become a retirement home for the living and
the the undead. There is a spooky cafe open to the public that gives
any visitor a sense of the Knickerbocker's checkered past.