Concierge.com's insider take:
The buzz was considerable in 2005 when Thompson Hotels took over this landmark Mediterranean-style hotel, where the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929. One reason: The 300 rooms and suites were redesigned by Dodd Mitchell—L.A.'s pet designer for the last decade. The other reason: The poolside Tropicana Bar and interior club Teddy's were taken over by nightlife impresario Amanda Demme, and quickly became the hottest spots in town. But though the marriage with Demme ended in a high-profile divorce in spring of 2006, the hotel still has plenty to recommend it. Mitchell's decor in the main hotel, as well as in a newer, separate building that surrounds the pool, is undeniably chic: Beds have draped-fabric headboards that look like Roman shades; the streamlined furnishings in shades of taupe and black seem both brand-new and retro; framed photographs of celebrities hang on the walls; and cement showers (a Mitchell trademark) are in some of the bathrooms. Lower-floor units have patios that open onto the pool, while upper floors have balconies with tables and chairs. The nightlife scene has cooled; while Teddy's is still filled with young Hollywood starlets, the Tropicana has quieted into a romantic, relaxed place for drinks.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Fresh from a makeover, the legendary Roosevelt has kept some of its more famous relicsthe lobby with its Spanish fountain, the pool area immortalized by David Hockney's brushstrokes, the hulking red neon signbut other ghosts of Hollywood past have been sent packing. The lofty rooms of the 12-story tower block now project a modern aesthetic that includes heaps of chrome and leather set against chocolate-colored walls. Dakota restaurant puts a new spin on the traditional steak house. The poolside, velvet ropeaccess Tropicana Bar is once again the place to see and be seen, and Teddy's bar is even more exclusive. 2006 Hot List
When to go: November through December, for smogless days and offbeat holiday shopping along Hollywood Boulevard.
Which room to book: One of the cool poolside cabanas. Many of the tower block's east-facing rooms overlook Grauman's Chinese Theater (doubles, $179–$400).
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, PoolSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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