Montgomery Clift practiced his cornet here for his role in “From Here to Eternity.” Marilyn Monroe famously posed by the pool. The first Academy Awards were held in the building’s Blossom Ballroom as the studio-owned hotel was still being constructed.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is long on storied connections. However, it’s unlikely that Gable and Lombard ever stayed in their eponymous penthouse suite, says Hollywood Heritage historian Marc Wanamaker. More likely, the moniker was a marketing ploy to tart up a corner of the top floor as part of the hotel’s reopening in the early ’80s.
The same room’s been remade again this time in slick, party-pad chic by restaurant and club uber-designer Dodd Mitchell. Walls are mirror-paneled, light fixtures are mod ’70s-revivial, and the furniture is all white. There’s a snakeskin-covered dining table, lots of faux fur throw pillows and a sexy, peek-a-boo shower with bedroom views.
Capping the trilevel, three-bedroom suite is a roof deck, neon-lit by the hotel’s namesake sign, complete with fire pit and cozy round lounge chairs. A black granite sunken tub for four guarantees an adult playpen vibe and new tall tales of trysting couples.