Sunset Marquis Hotel

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Sunset Marquis Hotel is located in Western Los Angeles
Sunset Marquis Hotel
Location in the Western Los Angeles Area
General information
Location 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates 34°5′31″N 118°22′37″W / 34.09194°N 118.37694°W / 34.09194; -118.37694
Owner George Rosenthal
Other information
Number of rooms 152

Sunset Marquis Hotel is a luxury hotel in West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California. It is wwned by George Rosenthal,[1] and located at 1200 Alta Loma Road, and situated just off the Sunset Strip. Known for its celebrity clientele, especially rock stars and people in the music industry, the hotel offers almost all suites and several villas located on 3 1/2 acres. Cavatina, the hotel restaurant, is popular for an expansive al fresco dining area and Bar 1200 was the original Whiskey Bar, the Nightbird Studio, a professional recording studio in the lower level of the hotel is very popular with professional musicians and many Grammy winning songs have been recorded here. The hotel is also home to the Morrison Hotel Gallery which features fine art photography of rock legends, as of October 2017 room rates range from $350 to $10,000 per night.[2]


Mediterranean style villas

The Sunset Marquis opened in 1963 as an apartment hotel with limited services, it has evolved into a full service hotel with 154 suites and villas. Over more than 50 years, the property has grown to include nearby homes which have become villas for hotel guests, the hotel appeals to the entertainment industry due to the extremely private environment and paparazzi free location.

In 1995, Courtney Love left a note in her room in the hotel after a fight with then lover Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.[3][4] According to her book Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love, she left an apology letter addressed to deceased husband Kurt Cobain and daughter Frances Bean, saying, "I love you. Please forgive me... You are both too beautiful for me. I love you forever." Love later wrote a song named "Sunset Marquis"[5] for the 2010 Hole album Nobody's Daughter but it wasn't released on the record.

Over the years, the hotel has undergone an expansion that included an additional 40 villas, the Cavatina Restaurant and a second pool.


The Sunset Marquis is inspired by Mediterranean style villas, with white and cream buildings and clay tile roofs, the long entrance pavilion of the hotel is reminiscent of hotels in Mediterranean France or Italy. It has 152 rooms, the rooms are extremely spacious and are mostly junior and one bedroom suites. Villas are equipped with alarm systems, private entrances, terraces, large screen TV's and some feature baby grand pianos.[6]

The grounds are spread over three and half acres and, despite close proximity to the Sunset Strip, are set in lush tranquil gardens, its restaurant was previously known as The Room,[4] and catered in French fusion cuisine amongst other cuisines. In 2008, it changed its name to Restaurant,[7] headed by Chef Guillaume Burlion. More recently, the venue has been renamed Cavatina[8] and Chef Michael Schlow has been instrumental in assisting with development of menu concepts and positioning with Executive Chef Chris Turano managing the operation.


The hotel restaurant is Cavatina and it features an expansive outdoor terrace under a canopy of trees, it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a popular location for entertainment industry meetings. There is an outdoor bar area and several adjacent spaces for more privacy, as of 2017, Chef Chris Turano was the executive chef.

Bar 1200[edit]

The bar of the hotel, known as BAR 1200, was established in 1996,[9] it is a small bar and only accommodates about 45 people, but it is known as a hangout for musicians and celebrities.[10] It is often visited by musicians such as Billy Gibbons, U2, Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, John Mayer, Aerosmith and Eminem. It regularly hosts music industry and entertainment related events and parties.


  1. ^ Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications. February 1999. pp. 84–. ISSN 1522-9149. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  2. ^ Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas. New York Times Travel. Accessed 2007-11-23.
  3. ^ Brite, Poppy Z. (December 18, 1998). Courtney Love: The Real Story. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-84800-6. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ a b Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications. January 2005. p. 117. ISSN 1522-9149. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  5. ^ Jennifer Vineyard (May 30, 2006). Courtney Love Discusses Last Happy Day With Cobain In Memoir. Accessed 2007-11-23.
  6. ^ Poole, Matthew Richard (September 8, 2006). Frommer's Los Angeles 2007. John Wiley and Sons. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-470-03833-8. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
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  9. ^ Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications. February 1997. p. 113. ISSN 1522-9149. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  10. ^ Neil Strauss (December 28, 1997). The Young and the Restless. New York Times. Accessed 2007-11-23.

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