More drama has probably taken place within the walls of the legendary Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood than in the combined performances of the legendary actors, writers, directors, super models, fashion designers, rock stars, and other A-listers who have stayed there since the hotel opened in 1963.
Just off the Sunset Strip between Beverly Hills and Hollywood near the Troubadour, Whisky a Go Go and former Playboy Club, the 1960s brought in rock legends like The Byrds, The Doors, The Who, and Led Zeppelin. The ’70s saw new acts such Neil Diamond, who performed by the Sunset Marquis pool to pay his tab; Elton John—who is still spotted in the restaurant; and Bruce Springsteen who continues as an occasional guest.
With the 1980s came the invasion of the heavy metal scene with Metallica, Kiss, Guns ‘N Roses, and Aerosmith plus top performers including Phil Collins, Sting, and Julio Iglesias. In the ’90s, musicians like Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Green Day, Usher, and Kings of Leon shared space with other megastars such as George Clooney, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Billy Bob Thornton. For 50 years, the hotel has seen it all.
Today, the Sunset Marquis is as fashionable as ever. Its Mediterranean-style villas and gleaming white buildings with red tile roofs house 154 recently-redone suites and villas and indoor and al fresco dining in its world-class restaurant, Cavatina, which has over $1 million in renowned celebrity photography by Timothy White lining its walls. There are two outdoor heated pools, full-service spa that’s open to locals as well as hotel guests, and Nightbird Recording Studios–home to numerous Grammy winning artists. The small but iconic BAR 1200 is a known hangout for models, celebrities and musicians such as U2, Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Aerosmith and Eminem. The recently-updated main building completed the $35 million renovation and expansion begun in 2004.
Today, the rejuvenated Sunset Marquis continues to offer the seclusion and perks necessary to attract new stars like Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and various American Idol winners, while maintaining the loyalty of the many who created the legends including Steven Tyler and Gene Hackman, who has been coming to the Marquis with his family since 1963. In a city where few careers last more than 15 minutes, the Sunset Marquis is ready for the next 50 years of its career.
Before staying at or visiting the property (tour busses stop there), you might want to get a copy of “IF THESE WALLS COULD ROCK” by Mark A. Rosenthal and Craig A. Williams which reads like more like a novel than a 50-year, decade-by-decade history of the hotel.