Staying in LA: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel | 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA | ★★★★ | $$$

When Jen and I went to Los Angeles in April, we were going to treat it as an indulgent girls trip, which meant no holding back when it came to spending. (Don’t worry, Dad. We held back a little.) This was especially true when it came to the hotels we chose.

I’d heard a lot about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for years. It’s rich with history, from its location of residency for many celebrities, to its Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture, and its alleged hauntings. It’s also conveniently located at Hollywood Boulevard, just steps from the TCL Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and a host of restaurants and bars. Anything else was just a short Uber ride away. I’d always wanted a chance to stay there and experience it, and this was the perfect occasion for it.

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I love using Trivago to find hotels – its search parameters help to narrow down your options based on location, price, and rating, and then figures out which booking site has the best deal for that hotel. As such, we got a great deal for 4 nights via Hotels.com and we splurged for the Deluxe King Room. We’re so happy that we did.

I can’t rave enough about our room. Although the hotel was built in 1927, it went through a major renovation in 2005 and more rooms have received refreshes in the last year. The end result is clean and cool modern rooms with touches of retro, a coffered ceiling, and lots of wooden accents (like a sliding barn door, the bar, wide plank hardwood floors, and a cute blue desk chair). The king-sized canopy bed was generous enough in size for both Jen and I without one of us accidentally kicking the other in the middle of the night!

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This Deluxe King room was delightfully spacious with lots of comfort seating and a large wall-mounted television, perfect for in-bed viewing of our favourite late-night shows. The desk also came in handy as we sprawled out our belongings and make-up as we got ready each morning. The sliding barn door acts as a partition between the main room and the bathroom, adding an extra layer of privacy that we enjoyed.

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The bathroom was very clean and I enjoyed that there was both a rain shower head and a detachable shower head. While I would have enjoyed more counter space, I was able to make due with either sides of the sink and the small glass ledge beneath the mirror.

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And the view… The view was fantastic. When I had first made the room reservation, I had seen tips to request a room facing the boulevard for views of the bustling street and the distant hills. Because we had arrived earlier than the typical 3pm check-in, and the front desk wanted to get us into a room sooner rather than later, we were given a southern view instead. And though they were very apologetic about it, I’m extremely happy about the end result.

What we saw was this beautiful landscape of sprawling homes, a ton of trees, and even downtown LA in the distance.

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We could also spot the Roosevelt’s pool and, with the windows opened, you could even hear the music drifting up towards the room.

Our room was a great combination of decor and view. We also had free Wi-Fi, which was a plus. It’s hard to imagine any other hotel room being more perfect for our LA leg of the trip.

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As for the rest of the hotel, the front desk is accessed via the proper entrance to the hotel off Orange Drive. It’s important to navigate here at the “back of the building” because if you’re lugging bags, this is where the extremely friendly valet and bellhop service is (not at the Hollywood Boulevard entrance).

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The Spanish style design is most prevalent in the main lobby. It’s dark and moody with a haunting chandelier, and opens up to the mezzanine floor. You can instantly pick up on the old world charm and the impressiveness that the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Charlie Chaplin once walked through the same lobby decades before.

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Underneath the chandelier sits a small fountain among a large chesterfield sofa and many groupings of lounge chairs. The ghost of a little girl has allegedly been seen skipping and singing around the fountain, but we never caught a glimpse of her… 😉

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The side exterior of the Public Kitchen & Bar, one of the dining options within the hotel. You can see the beautiful pattern of the Spanish tiles here.

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The main floor also has several dark secret alcoves, which adds to the mysterious aura of the hotel.

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And finally, one of the biggest attractions of this hotel… refreshing and surrounded by palm trees, the Tropicana pool and cafe. The actual pool closes by 7pm every evening, but the bar and dining are available into the night for your poolside partying needs.

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Overall, we immensely enjoyed our stay at the Roosevelt. The room was beautifully decorated, the service was great, and the location was simply unbeatable. I’d happily stay there again.

If you’ll be staying there soon, I’d love to hear all about it!

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