If I ever happen to stumble upon fame, whether it be warrented or otherwise, please remind me to never spend too much time at the Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.
Let me first say that it seems like it’s a pretty amazing place to go. I know people who have gone there and they all give it rave reviews. But after watching a biography on John Belushi, I’ve thought about the Chateau Marmont and realized that it’s a lavish place to visit, but I’m not sure I want to die there stowed away in a room.
Ok, yes. The Chateau had nothing to do with Belushi’s death. His dependance on drugs is what got him in the end. A building can’t be blamed for that. But let’s look at other notable happenings at this happening location (in the interest of being fair, both good and bad things will be shown).
It’s often thought that one of the greatest songs in rock n’ roll history, Hotel California by The Eagles, was a reference to Marmont. That’s kind of cool, but it’s also pretty messed up when you look at the lyrics. Certainly Don Henley was speaking of drug addiction when he penned the final lyrics of the song (“Relax” said the night man, “We are programmed to receive/You can check out anytime you like. but you can never leave”). He was also also speaking of a life style marred with over indulgence. The Chateau is clearly a place that portrays this style of living prominently. But don’t just take my opinion and Henley’s lyrics. There are other examples that show the lavish lifestyle that the Marmont represents.
Various other celebrities have found that the hotel suited their needs the best. Jim Morrison, the pompous drug addicted member of The Doors, frequented the establishment often. One memorable episode that took place there had Morrison falling onto a shed while attempting to swing into his room via the window.
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante resided at the hotel at the height of his drug addiction.
Everyone’s favorite gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, was a chronic patron of the hotel.
Lindsay Lohan stayed at the hotel following her drunk driving arrest.
Keeping with the woes of driving, Helmut Newton, a fashion photographer, died when he crashed his car into the building.
Continuing with the bad luck experienced at the local, F. Scott Fitzgerald suffered a heart attack while staying there. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books and Fitzgerald one of my favorite writers. He most certainly found himself to be quite taken by the party life style. This was allowed to thrive at the Chateau.
Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson met there, and since then people have been scratching their heads wondering just what exactly Ms. Wood saw in the make up faced satanist. Perhaps if the Marmont had not existed we wouldn’t have to be puzzled by this question.
Heath Ledger was seen at the hotel at a party where people around him were taking drugs. Ledger died of an accidental overdose a week before the footage of the party was shown on the TV shows The Insider and Entertainment Tonight.
To point out a good thing about the hotel, Montgomery Clift stayed there after he was in a car accident. He stayed at a penthouse leased by Elizabeth Taylor where he would recuperate.
Brittany Spears was banned from the Marmont after she rubbed her dinner on her face (I don’t get it either). So, I guess if you really don’t like Brittany Spears this is a plus for you.
And Howard Hughes moved into the attic of the Chateau and while there he would look down at the pool area and spy on attractive females with binoculars. So if you want to be a creep, you can also stay there.
As for me? I would rather stay at the HoJo. You know what you’re getting when you go there and that’s fine with me. No need for luxury when all I need is a bed and a roof and if I’m lucky, continental breakfast.