Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" features a movie star living at the Chateau Marmont (showing his daughter the time of her life) and celebrates the hotel's historic Hollywood vibe. If these walls could talk! Scarlett Johansson and Benicio del Toro's steamy tryst in the elevator is just a drop in the well. Led Zeppelin riding motorcycles through the hotel lobby? Oh yes. Judy Garland singing at the piano? Indeed. Lindsay Lohan racking up huge bills and Britney Spears smearing food on her face? Sigh.
I love going for lunch. The patio is like a (very glamorous) neighbor's outdoor room, with massive rugs laid out in a serene, bohemian garden. It's also some of the best people-watching in LA and the food never disappoints. I've had the Cucumber and Avocado with Basil sandwich a half-dozen times over the past few months. With more than a dozen layers of goodies to bite into, the textures are incredible.
I guess we're both creatures of habit. Robert usually gets the chicken breast and avocado sandwich. (Don't you love a pounded chicken breast?) I stole too many of his fries. They're just how I like them. Goldilocks here doesn't like her fries too skinny or too fat. Just crispy and light as air. Maybe you've heard of the Chateau's burger? It's one of the best in LA. I prefer sharing one with a friend after a rowdy Hollywood night, tucked into a couch in the main living room.
8221 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90046
One can't leave the hotel without a sighting! Richard Lewis was having lunch solo, listening to his ipod and writing with four bottles of diet coke in front of him.