Hollywood, CA 90028
West of La Brea, East of Highland
A Spanish Colonial Revival structure built by architects Fisher, Lake H.B. Traver in 1926. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, it was financed by investors Douglas Fairbanks, Marcut Lowe, Louis B. Mayer and Mary Pickford. Real estate developer Charles Toberman, often called the "Father of Hollywood," erected 36 stylish buildings in the heart of Hollywood, including the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The first Academy Awards ceremony took place here in 1927. The list of noted visitors is long, and includes Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Errol Flynn, John Barrymore. The Cinegrill bar became hangout for writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F.Scott Fitzgerald, and artists like Salvador Dali who was designing movie sets at the time. Errol Flynn allegedly invented his own gin concoction in the back of the hotel barber shop, and 22 year-old David Niven was given a room in the servants' quarters when he came to California to try his hand at acting. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson taught a tiny Shirley Temple to do the staircase dance on the tile steps that lead from the lobby to the mezzanine Marilyn Monroe posed for her very first ad--for suntan lotion--on the diving board of the Roosevelt's pool. She stayed at the hotel often over the years, preferring a second floor Cabana Room overlooking the pool. With the Chinese Theater accross the street, post-premier parties were often held in the Blossom Ballroom.
The hotel went through a major restoration in 1986, and features 320 beautifully appointed rooms, including 20 luxury themed suites. Among the suites are a Grand Suite, the "Celebrity Suite," ten movie "themed" suites, and nine- three-room Hollywood suites. Privacy and tropical garden views are the highlights of the 65 Cabana rooms. These guest rooms surround a beautiful, bright, open-aired courtyard and swimming pool. Artist David Hockney designed the kinetic images on the bottom of the swimming pool. In 1988, "Sunset," starring Bruce Willis as Tom Mix and James Garner as Wyatt Earp, was set at the Roosevelt during the first Academy Awards ceremony. The climatic scene scene had them in a showdown with bad guy Malcolm McDowell and the police in the hotel lobby. On August 13, 1991, the building was declared an historic site. The sidewalk in front of the hotel has the walk of fame stars for the Maureen O'Hara, Ed McMahon, Julio Iglesias, Errol Flynn, Natalie Wood, Gene Autry, Cybill Shepard, Eddie Murphy, and many others. Recently, a popular coffee house was added to the front as well. The exterior of the hotel appeared in the 1998 remake of "Mighty Joe Young." Look for it in the night time scene where the giant gorilla rampages down Hollywood Boulevard and climbs up the Chinese Theatre, with police helicopters circling over the Cinegrill sign. Cybill Shepherd has played the Cinegrill several times. (Cybill's star on the Walk of Fame is right outside the hotel.) They also filmed the musical numbers from "The Fabulous Baker Boys" here. Remember Michelle Pheiffer crooning atop that baby grand piano? Other movies on location shot at the Roosevelt include "Internal Affairs" (with Richard Gere), "Beverly Hills Cop II" (with Eddie Murphy), and numerous TV shows such as "Knot's Landing" and Cybill's own "Moonlighting".