A night at... CHATEAU MAR­MONT

THE ICONIC ‘CASTLE ON THE HILL’ RE­MAINS LA’S CEN­TRE OF STYLE.

GQ (Australia) - - TASTE & TRAVEL -

It’s 10.30pm, and guests in the Chateau’s gar­den court­yard are eye­ing off the next move. Up­stairs comes the call, so we head to an elevated suite – the LA home to an A-list Aus­tralian ac­tor. Smok­ers head for the bal­cony – in­hal­ing cig­a­rettes and neon views down Sun­set Boule­vard, across West Hol­ly­wood and the muted, smog-wrapped lights of Down­town. Else­where, peo­ple gather to talk in the small kitchen while oth­ers fall into the smat­ter­ing of mid-cen­tury fur­nish­ings that make up the open lounge. The door to the suite opens reg­u­larly – leggy blondes and brunettes en­ter, each ea­ger to know if they’ve the right room, hav­ing heard of a party, even if none have pre­vi­ously met the evening’s host. It’s a sce­nario that plays out most nights at Chateau, a scene that’s in­formed count­less movies – Sofia Cop­pola’s Some­where more fact than fic­tion. This is what the Chateau’s been about since the ’30s – a se­cre­tive en­clave, re­moved from pa­parazzo lenses (no unau­tho­rised pho­tos, videos, or on­line posts al­lowed while other guests are ‘in house’) and a con­stant muse for cre­ative crea­tures, in­clud­ing F Scott Fitzger­ald, Hunter S Thomp­son, Jay Mcin­er­ney and Bruce We­ber. This is where Led Zep­pelin belted mo­tor­cy­cles though the lobby and Jim Mor­ri­son penned ‘LA Woman’. It’s also where John Belushi and Hel­mut Newton took their fi­nal breaths. To­day, it’s where we stay when in town. For one, there’s the daily, dou­ble­take celeb fac­tor, though the at­ten­tive ap­proach of staff is equally at­trac­tive – fancy a three-course meal at mid­night or cheese toasty at 3am? On its way. It’s also about ro­man­ti­cised no­tions of old Hol­ly­wood glam­our, the Don Draper-es­que lobby bar (re­plete with open pi­ano), the gothic-etched, per­son­alised Chateau sta­tionery and the French toast. Yes, the ‘Crunchy Al­mond French Toast and Berries’ could be a bet­ter break­fast treat than wak­ing next to Mar­got Robbie. Fur­ther ap­peal sits with the seclu­sion on of­fer – as fea­tured by the 63 rooms and ac­com­pa­ny­ing gar­den cot­tages and pool­side bun­ga­lows. Here, you’re in the ac­tion but also able to crawl away from it. Nearby sits the Aus­tralian-owned Eveleigh restau­rant and bar (head for the pa­tio and the grilled Mon­terey squid), a late-night hot­dog at Car­ney’s (housed in a Union Pa­cific Rail Car) and a bar crawl that takes in the ob­vi­ous (Sad­dle Ranch, Viper Room, Rain­bow Bar and Grill, The Roxy, Sky­bar) and lesser-known high­lights such as Maia and Pearl’s Liquor Bar. Need to shop? Roll down to The Bev­erly Cen­tre, march along Mel­rose Av­enue and drop by Open­ing Cer­e­mony on La Cienega Boule­vard. Then re­turn to this hide­away on the hill – to a late-night court­yard ses­sion that’ll no doubt end up in some­one else’s room.

From ap­prox. $580 a night; chateau­mar­mont.com

LEAFY OUT­LOOKS (FAR LEFT) AND CLAS­SI­CALLY STYLED COM­MON AR­EAS (LEFT) ARE A WELCOME RESPITE FROM THE FRAN­TIC LOS ANGELES TEMPO (ABOVE).

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