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Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, CA

Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, CA

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Modeled after an elegant Loire Valley castle, the famed Chateau Marmont is a designated cultural monument whose history is that of Hollywood itself. Acquired and carefully restored by André Balazs in 1990, Chateau Marmont is unrivalled in its status as home to virtually every leading entertainment figure in Hollywood. Its 63 generously proportioned suites and bungalows, set amidst lush private gardens, offer stunning, panoramic views of Los Angeles and world class service.

 

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Rating: 3.85

Address: 8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90046

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    1. Michele A.
    My favorite place to stay while in L.A.! Everything is dreamy at Chateau Marmont.

    29/06/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Karina M.
    The Chateau Marmont is a hotel modeled after a chateau in France. It is a beautiful and elegant place to spend a weekend away from the hustle of life. This hotel is definitely a Hollywood icon, but you should not come here just to see the stars. This hotel has amazing service; from their concierge to their hotel maids... everyone was perfect. We came here just this past weekend (in April) and had a wonderful and relaxing time. The original 1950's decor in each room was beautiful and even for those that love modern rooms... trust me when I tell you that you too would want to be enveloped in this charming and outstanding hotel room. We took advantage of their 24 hour room service and I musts say that the food (even at 3am) was just delicious. We used the heated the pool late at night to have some privacy and of course the thrill of a late night dip. Even though I do not know how to swim, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The bed had down pillows and comforters and to add bonus to pleasure, the room provided us with cotton robes and slippers and a staff that was always ready to serve our every need. I hope to come back to this place and enjoy another great weekend! :)

    16/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Chadwick C.
    Still the coolest place in town after all these years.

    07/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Ivana I.
    What an air of not-too-humble Hollywood history, filled with illicit affairs, and Greta Garbo and Errol Flynn and Jefferson Airplane, and Jim Morrison swinging from the roof post-Whiskey gig.  Current place of photo shoots and even more illicit affairs.  Possibly haunted, but in quite the delicious way.  I adore this place so incredibly much, and yet don't visit often enough... sit by the gorgeous pool & garden with your love and retell the story of how Elizabeth Taylor saved Montgomery Cliff's life when she pulled his two front teeth from his windpipe with her fingers.  Afterwards, pop on by the Bar Marmont next door and order the pineapple-infused vodka straight-up.

    27/05/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Rachel C.
    Favorite brunch spot in LA.  Right in the middle of Hollywood, but yet quiet... makes me feel like I'm on vacation.  Food is average, prices are high... but it makes me happy.

    27/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Yan M.
    Beautiful old style hotel with prominent medieval castle-like feeling smacked right in the middle of Sunset Strip however, the lush trees and the ambience and setting definitely sets you back admidst all the hustle and bustle of town....

    20/02/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Connie U.
    We recently stopped by here for a drink and small plate before heading to LAX.  It was the perfect environment to take the edge off, enjoy romantic moments, and just to feel good.  There's just something about this place that lets you breath a little deeper and really relax.  Food was really good, wine list worked well and the staff was attentive, but left you to enjoy yourself.  I would surely recommend this place for lovers.

    01/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Kristin L.
    I can only comment on the restaurant as I have not stayed at the hotel. However, the food at the hotel was good but the star spotting was off the hook!! Yes I love celebs and seeing them out so this was the prefect place for such a night. We spotted Taye Diggs, MK&A Olson, Rachel Zoe & Nicole Richie. Bar Marmont is full of celebs too. Food was good, I had the scallops and my friend had the ravioli which was great. Drinks were tasty too. I'd go back again!

    16/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. M S.
    To walk into this place, you need to first find the entrance. Most people like to go through the side, where the valet is. I like to circle all the way up the hill, to the front gate. When you walk in, you instantly feel the coolness. You'll see Led Zeppelin riding their choppers though the lobby. If you look up, you'll see Jim Morrison hanging from a 7th story window.  Perusing the bungalows, you might see Clark Gable tending his garden, or John Belushi passed out on the porch. If you stay in one of the suites, they're small, much like the elevator. It's a very cozy place that looks the other way, if you know what I mean. You'll get a great view of the city by exiting your fire escape and climbing onto the roof....though they probably don't advise that. The food they got down there in their eatery is OK. Believe it or not, the food next-door at the bar is better! But that's just my opinion....

    02/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Betsy M.
    PLEASE do not stay here  because you think it is cool! It is the worst hotel I have ever been to! EVERYTHING SUCKS!! The service, the food if you do see a celebrity it is a sad anti climax to what you think it will be!! SERIOUSLY YOU WILL FEEL RAPED!! Stay across the street if you must.

    13/03/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    11. Kimberly C.
    This place IS old Hollywood and the food is outstanding, everything from the shrimp cocktail, ahi tuna, the steak, fries (yum yum) and Salmon don't forget the dessert -- the banana split was over the top YUM. If you have not been you should go.

    19/12/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Scott A.
    Enchanted!  There's something magical about the Chateau Marmont.  It's the history, the glamour, how carefree celebs are there plus, especially if you are staying there, they will bend over backwards to satisfy you giving priority to dinner reservations.  One disappointment was that they removed the bar from the back patio.

    11/07/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Nicole R.
    Go to Chateau Marmont if you want to feel like a celebrity.

    It's sooo gorgeous inside. It makes me feel like I'm in some sort of Mediterranean bungalow. The atmosphere is totally enchanting, totally intoxicating...it made me want to be in a relationship so I could have a steamy affair in this hot spot.

    This is a really great people watching spot because it's more celeb watching than people watching.

    The food is superb as is the service.

    Even if you're not going to stay here, you should come sit on the patio and sip some wine...pretend you're a REALLY BIG DEAL. It's fun, and you never know who you''ll see...

    04/02/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Jill A.
    This review is for the Chateau Marmont Restaurant that is located inside of the hotel. First of all, the food is very average and the price point extremely high. But the most appalling is actually the service. I have experienced and eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the world and have been known to pay hundreds of dollars at a single sitting. My friends and I were first greeted by a very rude cocktail waitress who said that she would get the hostess to seat us. The hostess (Mylinda), then scolded us for not having come by her hostess stand first. As if we had some how been let out of our cage and she was there to make sure we were put back into our cage. We asked if we could possibly sit outside as the evening was warm. She snapped "not without a reservation". We were then scurried off to an indoor table near the kitchen door that banged open and closed every 5 minutes. As we looked outside at any given time there were at least 6 to 10 open tables during the entire time of our visit. I have stayed at Chateau Marmont Hotel twice and did enjoy my stay but that was years ago and now prefer to stay at The Sunset Tower Hotel which is across the street. At The Sunset Tower Hotel you are treated with the upmost respect. The restaurant is true Hollywood style with zero attitude.

    13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    15. Amme P.
    LOVE this place!   Definitely get one of the bungalows by the pool if you can swing it.  After sunning, get dressed and hang out with many famous faces in the lobby for drinks or dinner.  Understated old school glamour, gardens everywhere, this is my favorite place to stay in LA.

    27/03/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Bruce_ B.
    Be Seen and Be Drunk!!!  Great date location for a quick drink before onto more night spots on Sunset!!!!

    18/04/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. James S.
    Come for the history, stay for the 'tude. They zig zagged between treating us right and treating us like trash. Called for a rezzy (at least a week, puh-leeze). Got there, and they offered us one of the little cocktail tables in the lobby by the maitre'D. Youch! With more than a little coaxing (like the NFW look in our eyes), they did the right thing and secured us a nice AVAILABLE table in the cozy little room off said lobby. Mixed and matched our salads, apps and even entrees, which were almost all great, with note to follow.  Great vibe once the dust had settled. Tasty white bordeux got us rolling.  OK, so the food was pretty great, but nothing seemed special, nothing seemed unique that you just couldn't get anywhere else. It was well done, but not exceptional. Oh, and our server who had been excellent disappeared after the entrees were dropped. The moment for desserts passed by the time we had to send out a flare for the bill. So....good but gouge-y and a bit snooty.  Maybe next time if it's not chilly, we could try the outside garden.

    02/03/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    18. amy v.
    For the sunset strip, this place is pretty laidback.  i loved the atmosphere, and i rarely went to the sunset strip because of all the people and such.  But because of this place, i'm considering going to the sunset strip just for that.  The drinks were good, the atmosphere dark and relaxing (albeit the butterfly ceiling freaks me out a bit), and the food was good (i had the ribs).  The bottom line is that it's a great place to just hang out with your friends.

    17/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. M M.
    I didn't stay here, but did go out to the bar.  It is really pretty and there is so much historoy behind the hotel that it's amazing!  The crowd is very European, individuals there on business, mainly tourists.  I don't think this is the place to go for celeb-sighting.  We hung out with someone staying at the hotel so we got a tour and got to sit in the garden and drink, where Jim Belushi overdosed and died.  They also say the place is haunted by Marilyn Monroe.  I would recommend starting out there and then heading out to different bars/clubs along the way!

    16/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Ben D.
    I'm a big fan of keilana and federica at the chateau.

    05/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Brian S.
    Just plain cool!!!

    09/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Noelle Q.
    The brunch is just phenomenal. The food is amazing, you feel like you're in a secret garden (I totally channeled the Secret Garden, my favorite childhood book), and the service is wonderful.  The prices for breakfast are reasonable, but the beverages are strangely priced- $16 for a mimosa, and $6 for a latte. But my huevos rancheros- $12. It was a little odd.

    06/02/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Meghana A.
    I never stayed here, but had lunch in the garden area.  The food was decent, and not too pricy, considering where you were in the middle of Sunset.  Best thing, total celebrity watering hole.  If you are dying to see some celebs, have lunch/dinner here.  The wait staff is really nice as well and do take good care of you, as do the hostesses.  Really good soup, I recommend whatever soup they have on the menu.

    14/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Shazie P.
    Classy.. very classy place. The drawback is the parking situation. you wont find a spot less than $20 to park. The hotel has a old French charm to it. The rooms are like little apts in the french countryside. Alot of celebritiess will come live here for months at a time. The food is savory. the bar is sophisticated in the hotel. I recommend the endive salad and steak.... Sexy, romantic and intoxicating....

    23/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Ana C.
    This has become my new go to place.  The ambience outside is great, however indoors is also good in the living area when you want a casual chat with friends, conduct brief one on one meetings or discuss work with colleagues over paperwork, etc.

    For lunch, I'm a fan of: The beet salad or cobb salad, the croque monsieur sandwich and a pot of coffee.  For dinner, their fish or their bolognese is good.  Only thing is I wish they served some of my favorite salads they serve at lunch at dinner, like the beet and the cobb.

    06/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Lisa M.
    I love the Chateau Marmont! The garden cottages are gorgeous and so peaceful!!! I love how the balconies overlook the entire city and how you can see the sunset strip from up there!  Room service is superb and the meals are mmm, mmm delicious!  Yes, it's a bit pricey but come on, IT'S THE CHATEAU MARMONT!

    07/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Anthony L.
    When there is hair in your food you aren't a happy customer. Then when there is hair in a complimentary drink to make up for it- over the top BS

    08/10/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    28. Lola V.
    This place is HOLLYWOOD! If you can afford it stay in the penthouse on top you can see all of sunset and downtown Los Angeles. The food is very good. And the staff is nice. Sometimes the wait staff is a little slow but  over all great place.

    28/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Food C.
    as i walked up the storied driveway at night, i felt as though i was transported in time. i was back in old hollywood.  i had been invited to a private party at one of the penthouse suites and i just had to give my name to the security guy at the door and instantly i was in. no line, no drama, no attitudes. for a brief moment, i felt the allure of getting behind the illustrious velvet rope. ok back to reality, i go up some old rickety elevator and get off at the top foor (i guess, can't remember). i went to the room where the party was and it was great. the patio overlooked the sunset strip and there was an awning over us. it was a great experience. i did not see any other parts of the hotel, but it all looked like "old hollywood" and looked like the walls were so full of stories that they would talk. sadly if you're not on the list or some special guest or whatever, it may be hard for you to check out the hotel at night.

    01/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Vivian L.
    The Chateau oozes with Old Hollywood glamour. The staff are attentive, and the details are impeccable (Kiehl's toiletries, candles lit at turndown), but my only complaint would probably be some of the more dated aspects of the place. The bathrooms are definitely *way* overdue for a refurb, and the cottage walls are pretty thin. (I think our windows started rattling when a bus drove past on Sunset.) Other than that, the cottages are fabulous (and the direct access off Sunset is much appreciated), and I'm definitely going back.

    06/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Miriam B.
    wow big surprise i gave it 5 stars.

    it just is the best place in la to go sink into a  big couch and order a glass of delicious wine and people watch.  or sit outside in the twinkly garden and people watch. i went there tuesday night for drinks and appetizers and was looking around at the strange (gothic?) interior decorating thinking "i like this?"    it somehow works.  the service is always friendly and gracious.  we had an artichoke with honey lavender dipping sauce, and a salad with shrimp and avocado.  both very good.   i don't think i have ever been there when there wasn't someone famous there.  i guess i like it so much because it feels like a scene but a classy understated one.  that isn't that crowded.  don't bother with the bar marmont.

    08/11/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Unleasha Z.
    I'm only a fan because of the staff and the bed was comfy.
    Kinda reminded me why California should be split into North and South.
    It was a little odd when everyone that worked there knew us by our room number. Not sure if that's due to my friend puking in the the elevator or the next day being passed out on the floor in her undies when they brought us room service.  I wish I could attach the picture of her John Belushi impersonation but she won't let me.
    It was also a little odd, being a small town San Franciscan, to be in a place that famous people go to to be seen.  I felt obligated to see them and it made me feel uncomfortable, although I really doubt Geoffrey Rush or Jerry Stiller (permanent grumpy pool fixture our whole stay, gave us angry face if we were too loud) were thinking that when they were swimming in the pool.  That made me uncomfortable in a different way.
    The people that work at this hotel are amazing though.  Really really awesome staff  that is very down to earth if you let them be. The woman that helped us with our reservation was wonderful.  The poolboy and restuarant staff  was very fun and showed mercy with some comped drinks.  By the end of the weekend I  just wanted to go hang out with them and apologize for making them look after me almost to the point of wiping my ass. We showed up with all our clothes in plastic bags and a cooler and they weren't snooty at all about it!  I think they thought it was funny.
    Tip the hell out of the waitstaff !!

    01/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Richard B.
    Chef Mohamed,
    Shout out to my friend and one of the best chefs in La la land.  I just need to make sure I come on the days when you are working.  

    Love the food, excellent service and a great wine list.  Plus what is probably the best bread in Los Angeles!!!

    The steaks are incredible as well and save room for dessert if you can.  I suppose if you are into it the people watching can be pretty cool too!!!

    03/04/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. lauren b.
    I had a great birthday experience here.  It was a surprise, but being so darn crafty I figured it out.  I didn't let on, but slipped into my fave Jimmy Choos to party like a rockstar. (Considering I'm a lousy singer, I fit right in) We headed in, and were greeted by an overly friendly hostess.  Seated and ready to imbibe, my dining companion ordered steak, and I made the mistake of ordering a veggie type lasagna that was a special dish that evening.  It was okay, but as a lasagna lover, this wasn't doing it for me.  I did, however, chow down on my dining partner's fries and a few bites of steak.  Potatoes done right!  The steak was good, but certainly not the best I've ever had.  Drinks got me drunk. We partied to the wee hours. 'Nuff said.  Food edible, great atmosphere, happy birthday girl!

    02/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Monica H.
    Wow!

    What more is there to say, no wonder Gram Parsons loved staying here.

    20/01/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Nikhil P.
    Felt like whole cast of MTV The Hills were there. Groovy decor. Other than that some rude guys. Drinks very reasonable not ridiculous $20 like in Viceroy, Santa Monica.

    20/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Daisy S.
    "You sick, twisted little monkey! I love you" yelled my girl or something to that effect.

    This was the place that made her mine. She and I have both had our little Hollywood fantasies because we both grew up in with active imaginations but a stay at the Chateau Marmont was one we both had. So this is where I took her on her birthday last November.
    We drank, people watched, and completely molested our room. That room which shall remain nameless had to go to therapy after we checked out and the still wasn't comfortable having other visitors.

    What can I say this pace rocked and maybe we shall return and corrupt another room. I will say this though, the staff never even batted an eyelash; I love them!

    16/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Sarah M.
    I hadn't been to the hotel part of Chateau Marmont in quite awhile before last night.  I'd been out to Bar Marmont a bit over the summer but hadn't been to the hotel since last Spring.  And I had forgotten how cozy and Old Hollywood-y the feel of the place was!  The previous times I'd gone, I'd had dinner on the patio and once I'd gotten a celebratory glass of champagne in a booth indoors.  Last night I just went for a drink as well but wound up staying for two drinks and dessert.  I can't really remark much at all on the two meals I had here since I don't really remember what I ordered nor do I remember being particularly bowled over or disappointed by it.  What sticks when you visit this place is the beautiful courtyard, the old-school, slightly-worn yet impressive vintage interior, fun people watching, and romantic ambiance.  I ordered the ginger champagne cocktail last night which was yummy and just what I wanted.  And I split the chocolate plate and white chocolate coffee creme brulee, neither of which you can really go wrong with (especially after two drinks).  As always, it was a lovely experience.  Valet is expensive for Los Angeles ($12) so I'm going to try to not be as lazy next time and walk the 4 blocks or so from my apartment.

    02/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Jared C.
    the chateau, he he.

    there is nothing better. from the indescribable experience in bungalow #2, from a week of free dinners at the garden, from a random weekend rendezvous at the pool, to the drug infested GQ man of the year party, to the WAIT WHAT?

    free wi-fi... hehe

    make reservations for the garden. the food is great, and not too expensive... the seating is out of this world and beyond relaxing, i have sat here from 6pm-2am in several occasions...

    the scene is amazing... don't be star struck or you'll look despo in this celebrity haven hotel...

    the bungalows are very quaint and cute to stay in and would highly recommend...

    the room service to the bungalows is sub par and very prompt

    i have no complaints here...

    there is nothing better than a historic & classic masterpiece that adds a touch of elegance, serenity, and overall beauty to the heart of west hollywood.

    03/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. Ken M.
    This is an amazing Hotel! I was lucky enough to get to spend a few nights here a couple of years ago. Our suite had beautiful views of the city and overlooked the courtyard. The 50's and 60's Decor was what truly made our stay unique. Also, the room services is also great! My favorite on the menu was the frites.

    24/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. Meredith S.
    I went for the first time last week & I really enjoyed myself. We didn't have a reservation & they still took us in & sat us in this really cool vintage area on some couches that were straight out of 1925, it was like being in a movie. We had a really sweet waiter named Peter who was a sweetheart & told us all about the place, and then when he went on a break we had another guy named Carmen take over who was also really  great. He said the thing that really exemplified what the place was about-  visiting the chateau is like taking a part in old hollywood history ( on a side note we did see some very famous celebs there and that was really cool)
    Anyway my girlfriends & I really enjoyed the vibe & the history of it all & the food was pretty good, the drinks were a little pricey but actually cheaper than in some of the other hotels we visited on the sunset strip.  
    We're thinking of staying there when we go out for our next LA trip, it's definitely worth checking out and my girls had a great time

    10/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Jennifer C.
    I recently went to the Chateau Marmont Bar in the lobby for the first time.  The food was amazing.  I recommend the mozzarella and basil dish.  The outdoor patio was great. I agree that the wait staff were not the brightest crayons in the box but they were nice- so I won't deduct any stars.

    29/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Jade a.
    I came to the bar here wth friends.
    Granted they took me out so I didnt pay for drink or Valet, but I loved the atmosphere, and would come here again wth my own wallet

    also the door guy was super nice

    11/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Elizabeth W.
    If you've got money in your pocket, take the time to dine and drink at Chateau Marmont. Excellent food, great drinks, and worth every penny in my opinion. We went with a party of about 30 and the service was fantastic. None of us felt neglected. Wonderful ambiance, star sightings, and beautful location. It's no wonder so many stars chose the Chateau as a hot spot.

    It's been a while since I've been back, but I think it may be time to stop in for another visit.

    26/04/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    45. San N.
    Cousin rented a bungalow here for a couple of days.  Happened to be Bungalow 3 where John Belushi died. A little creepy to say the least.  

    Rooms- Hotel has tons of history but I wasn't impressed with the rooms.   Bungalow was spacious but then again incredibly pricey.  Decent size back yard.   Looked like a three bedroom apartment.  The bungalow was old.  The kitchen, restrooms, furniture was in a need of a make over bad.   Only thing I liked was that each bungalow had its own private path entrance from the back.

    Perks-  24 hour service, Kiehl's toiletries.

    Service- The valet staff was helpful but not overly friendly.    Hotel service was horrendous.  They were rude and were not helpful at all.

    Parking-  Horrible as to be expected.  We parked in the alley behind the hotel.   However, all cars had to be moved by 10:30 pm since overnight parking was not allowed without a permit.

    16/12/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    46. Karol S.
    Went there for dessert and drinks, 10:30ish on a Tuesday and it was a totally different vibe than the lunch had been a few days before.  While lunch was quiet and just lovely, nighttime brings the scenesters, groups of girls complaining about their showbiz pseudo-boyfriends and air-kissing.  It's still a pretty place, the drinks are still good, the service is still great but I really prefer the awesome daytime vibe at the Chateau.

    13/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Skylee E.
    My best friend and I are both new to the LA area and had been hoping for a while to get the chance to spend a day together, so when we finally did we wanted a place with good food,wine and atmosphere during the day. So naturally, we'd heard a lot about the Chateau's restaurant and decided to try it. First off, the valet was warm and inviting which is unusual. Upon entering rhe restaurant we were a little skeptical, the hostess was not at the front and we waited a bit for her to show herself, she was moderately friendly. We sat down and our waiter took a while to get to us, he took even longer to get our wine and never brought our water. We asked if it was possible to sit on the patio even though it was sprinkling out(there is a covered patio) and we were told no because it was flooded. Funny thing was my friend and I kept seeing servers coming and going from the patio so we were a bit confused. Finally, another server brought us our water and was genuinely friendly so we again asked him if it was at all possible to sit on the patio as our section was getting crowded and loud. He said thatwas NO PROBLEM and other than the slight chill it was actually pretty beautiful out, PLUS, it was his section so hed be glad to take care of us. Once we moved to the patio things completely changed. This new server was attentive, warm, funny and just generally awesome at his job. I had the parmesian and arugala sald to start and it was phenominal and then the grilled chicken breast sandwich which too was awesome,. My friend is a vegan and they were very accomidating with the menu, she ordered the BLT avocado sandwich(minus the B) and thought it was great. The sandwiches come with these amazing lil skinny crispy fries that almost resemble french fried onions, a very thick batter on them. I can say that my friend and I would definitely return to this place again if we could have the same server!! He was worth the automatic 15% and an added 10%!  Im not sure why people think this place is so expensive, between our food, our wine,salads,tip and my friend ordering a pack of smokes(which the waiter gladly went and got from the front desk for her)we only spent 100bucks all together, well worth it!!

    13/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Lesa W.
    My sister and I were in town staying down the street and I always heard that people loved the fries here.  Not one to pass up good french fries we walked over for lunch.  The garden patio was secluded and beautiful and the food was fantastic and had a nice range of vegetarian options.  Would definitely recommend - yes there were celebs blending in there, but more importantly the food and yes the fries are very good!

    07/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    49. myra b.
    I went here for a drink and was extremely disappointed. Our waiter completely ignored us so after 20 minutes of waiting for someone to take our order, we flagged someone down. Our waiter got all huffy and was indignant that we asked someone else for help but give me a break. And no, it was not remotely busy that day. While we drank our drinks, our waiter stepped on some lady's dog who had been sitting in the same spot the whole time we were there and was not obstructing the walkway. No one ever came back to us to let us order a second round so we asked for our check. Guess what? They added two drinks that we clearly did not order. They of course gave us major attitude when we asked for a correction. I won't go back here without brining a celebrity with me so that somebody will pretend to give a damn.

    20/06/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    50. Lisa Z.
    I visited the Chateau once on a weekend afternoon to check out the place (for all its history and notoriety).  It's a beautiful, classic hotel that is built on differing levels, like many structures in Hollywood Hills.  The valet garage is underground and pretty much the only way to go here.  The lobby and restroom areas are beautiful.  Dark woods, classic furnishings, understated, breathable open spaces, nice natural light coming in.  The garden area is also beautiful and worth a visit.   Good advice below about watching your step in the patio!   Had a couple of drinks here that afternoon and yes, some of the beautiful people were out (Justin Chambers and family).  The drinks, your standard Tanq & Tonics, were very expensive...although I expected it.  The server definitely was cold to us, and seemed as if they thought they could take forever because "who are they again?"  Meh.  Walked around a bit more after drinks, then left.  Tried to come back once in the afternoon, I think it was around the time when the Lohan incidents were fresh, and they weren't letting anyone in but registered guests.  If all the West Hollywood boutique hotel restaurants and bars are going this route due to celeb invasions, I'll pass.  It's worth seeing/expericing one time, but I doubt I'll come back, unless to take someone else who hasn't been here.

    11/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    51. Dth S.
    i stayed here a while ago for a couple of days when my dorm room was being renovated....the rooms are big cuz it's an old hotel&the location can't be any better. but it's OLD&has that old hotel/old architecture/fixture 'charm' &i guess that's what you pay for. but there were way too many tourists!

    15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    52. Jacqueline R.
    i LOVE this place.  i have a soft spot for perfectly manicured gardens and chateau wins best in show for that categorey.  

    gardens aside, the food and drink selection puts butterflies in my stomach.  i read the menu here like its a novel, ooohhh-ing and aww-ing at what they put together.  i wish i could personally meet the executive chef here and praise him for the culinary genius golden child he/she is.  service is of course superb but you have to make a reservation regardless of whether they are busy.  it breaks my heart that i live in the income bracket that can only afford this place on "special occasions".  Dont get to tipsy here cause the bill will seriously kill your buzz unless your not worried about your bank account.

    minus one star for the exclusive, rich, super-elite, trying to hard thing.  i just really dont like that!!!

    FYI...NO CAMERAS ALLOWED here.  yes, that means you cant go have a little bday party here with your friends and take pictures of your festivities.  they WILL let you know and since i already did it, ill spare you the embarassment.  notice how the photos in the place look like they were secretly taken on someones cell phone camera...ahaha.  it probably happened to them too!

    29/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Jim W.
    WOW...my 200th review!  
    Needless to say, this place has been around even BEFORE I was born!
    I had some friends stay here a couple of months ago and they invited me up for dinner on the patio...I had never been inside this place before and I was really surprised.  Soooooo "old Hollywood" and I loved it!  They met me in the lobby and took me on a tour before we went for cocktails and dinner on the patio.  Amazing place!  They were in one of the "cottages"  (which blew me away!).  I could just see some famous movie star from the 40's or something sitting in there smoking a cig and swirling a brandy ...all in silk...moonlight coming in thru the windows casting shadows throughout...
    OK, back to reality:  We went to dinner...good, good food!  I had a lobster dish (cooked just the way I enjoy it) and my friends had shrimp. We didn't say a word throughout dinner...we sat there in complete silence eating our way to desert...it was really strange, as these guys are talkers, but we all agreed that the food was excellent.  Apparently, they stay here all the time and eat here as well when on a tight schedule.  (They own a clothing manufacturing business back east.)  
    The moon was out, this particular evening (full), and sitting on the patio was the perfect place...especially when the after dinner drinks arrived and we all started talking till almost midnight (had to make up for loss time during dinner.)  Not once did the waiter hurry us...I really like that.  
    Anyway, if you go, take lots of cash or have your Black American Express Card handy!

    03/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    54. Allen L.
    Have you ever ordered salmon, and then thought, "Why did I order salmon?  There was halibut on the menu!  And lamb!  And two different kinds of steak."  Well, I did -- earlier tonight.  But, do you know what?  That salmon was really good.  So were the veggies it sat upon.

    Do you know what else was really good?  The service.  And the atmosphere.  And the fact that you can sit at your table as long as you like.  (To be honest, we sat for too long.  I wanted to get home and go to sleep.)

    But, here's what wasn't good: parking on Sunset costs money.  Also, I went with glutenous, drinking bill-splitters, which means that my "share" of the bill was 2x the price of the salmon (the only thing I ordered), and included a hefty chunk of the cost of my co-diners' wine and appetizers.  I should have spoken up, I know, but I felt so sexy sitting there under the stars, dressed like a guidance counselor on a WB drama, that I just couldn't.  Sexy guidance counselors simply don't haggle with friends.  They don't.

    28/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Oliver S.
    You get what you pay for, and you'll pay alot to stay here... but its worth it!

    Being the furthest from a celebrity as possible I was thrilled I was able to book a room here.

    I actually went to their site to book a room and it said the rooms were available, so I booked them, paid, and then recieved a confirmation email, but in the confirmation email it stated my rooms were booked at The Standard, a hotel across the street.  I was confused...  turns out they own that property too and if the rooms are full at Chateau it transfers you to book rooms at The Standard, well I didnt notice that so I continued booking.

    I called the Chateau to explain the problem and stated it was important I stayed there as my girlfriend at the time was a huge classic rock fan and she was thrilled we were going to be staying there.. I couldn't tell her we were now staying at The Standard.  

    The hotel manager was incredibly friendly and actually ended up puting me at the top of a waiting list and said that if someone cancels he will give me their rooms and upgrade them for free.  Someone canceled and I got the room!

    The hotel is gorgeous! The resteraunt there has incredible food! The staff is so friendly, something you wouldn't expect at a hotel like this.  My experience here was top notch! I will DEFINITELY stay again!

    20/02/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    56. Carrie C.
    This place is what it is....Hollywood hype..you don't come here for anything else except that you're supposed to, that is, if you're somebody.  Everybody else, is a poser and live in their own little worlds.  So I felt out of place when they sat us out on the patio, where people have their studio talks, fraternize with the rich and famous, etc etc.  The food was good, but not what I expected from a place of this reputation and for the money.  I ordered the daily special of strip steak with red wine jus and mashed potatoes.  We also all shared crab cakes and calamari.  The crab cakes were a bit soggy and sat on a bed of guacamole, which does not go too well with crab cakes.  The calamari was also kind of soggy, even though the calamari itself was tender.  My steak was delicious, it was pre cut and perfectly cooked.  The mashed potatoes was silky smooth.  I also tried someone's halibut, which was ok, that sat on a bed of fried risotto...yeah not a big fan of fried risotto, dry and crispy.  

    But the desserts. MMMMMM....the fruit tart with custard was huge and so fantastic....it was squared, the crust was light and flaky, the vanilla custard was creamy and over flowing with fresh berries.  MMM......Then there was a chocolate cake....rich and such a huge portion.  MMMMM......

    The outside patio is for lounging and people watching.  Christopher Lloyd was sitting next to us, some guy from Prison Break, Rachel Zoe and some old rich lady who thought she was 20 years old with her old, wrinkly boob giving us a side cleavage that almost made us throw up.  

    We also got a tour of the hotel, which looked old and small...not really what I was expected.  Even the penthouse, although it had a nice view from the huge balcony, I was not thoroughly impressed.

    31/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    57. Kim P.
    Lucky enough to stay here twice -- once in a bungalow and once in a presidential suite, both for friends' birthday parties.  Another time I came just for brunch-- the food is fair for what you're paying.  The first time, I was swimming in the pool with friends and Kirsten Dunst swam up to us and said, "Hey guys, I'm Kirsten [pause] do you know where I can score some weed?"  Won't disclose the rest of that story, but I don't remember much else that night... and the next morning we saw Ellen Barkin and Annie Lennox by the pool.  Some phenomenal memories and hazy nights had here.

    15/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. Cas S.
    Dined here for a friends birthday, which of course made it fun!  We went for lunch.  It was a really cool atmosphere, a pretty courtyard, nice setting.  The staff was not all that great, they were actually rude and pretentious, if you like that then you are good.  It's expensive but I expected that.  A mojito was $18 a pop, it was a fabulous Mojito though, but $18, come on.  I thought the food was good, but I definitely have had much better.  Even though the staff, food and price were nothing to write home about, the place just has cool history and is totally old time Hollywood.  ya got to come here at least once, but don't try to take any pictures, they do not like that ;-)  not that I care or anything.

    oh yes this is a celebrity spotting site if you are into that.

    Bring with you
    - pocket full of cash, you will need it
    - No worries
    - open mind
    - don't be in a hurry this is one of those take your time slow service type of places, you better enjoy for the price you will pay for a drink.

    10/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    59. Sheri S.
    Food isn't so great, staff can be snobby even if you have money but going there to sit in the gardens and sip wine is still one of my favorite things to do!

    20/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    60. Mod A.
    Great place for a chill lunch in LA. Delicious sandwiches and the fries are amazing! Recently took my assistant for her birthday and requested a slice of cake (upon making a reservation) which the waitress brought out with a candle. Very sweet. My only complaint? The added gratuity, no matter the party size.

    29/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Stephanie K.
    The patio restaurant at the Chateau might be my favorite place on earth.  Smoking is basically encouraged, the lighting is pretty much non existent, the waiters are super cute and the french fries are to die for. I could not ask for more.  Oh I and I am 99% sure Taye Diggs was 2 tables away, NBD.  While usually I would balk at spending $80 on 3 glasses of wine, an artichoke and french fries, it was well worth it this time.

    18/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    62. Matthew D.
    Cool place to chill, many stars eat there. The food was surprisingly good when we ate there. (2 different times). Good drinks as well. Try the olives and nuts with a frosty brew.-;)

    26/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. Jackie J.
    Might just be my favorite place in LA.

    The food is not the reason you come here, although it is good. You come here for the atmosphere of luxury and if you are a tourist-turned-resident like me, this is THE PLACE that you are guaranteed to spot the A-list of the A-list stars. I won't be so lame and name-drop like a loser but when you dine here you dine with the people who can actually afford the ridic prices. (You can ask me if you want to know who I have sat next to here!)

    The staff is so amazing at the restaurant. You pay a lot here and they know that, even if you aren't "kind of a big deal." They are all very calm and collected and they stride over and recommend all these things you can't afford, but when in Rome! "Of course, I will have a glass of whatever that is you just said. In fact, make that two!"

    Then you get the 200 dollar check and wish you hadn't pretended to be Hugh Hefner for an hour and a half.

    Sit on the patio... when you make the reservation (which needs to be AT LEAST 2 weeks before you want to come) tell them you want to sit outside. And try your best to sound important so they will do it.

    My fave time to go here is Sunday night. You will have a blast. The patio is beautiful and full of beautiful people- You could be one of them!

    08/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    64. Caroline M.
    Went here for a shindig at one of the "bungalows."  It's incredible how this place literally floats above the pavement purgatory that is Sunset Boulevard; it's much closer to the street than I'd expected, but the Chateau does a fantastic job of blocking the craziness out with some well-constructed walls and plenty of plants.  It's really no wonder this place attracts famous clientele who don't want to be heckled.

    The hotel staff was extremely courteous even though I wasn't actually a guest (I'd expected them to be snotty as all hell) and the decor of the rooms was surprisingly low-key (I'd expected obnoxulence, which is my new word, a mashup of 'obnoxious' and 'opulence' in case you couldn't tell.)

    One thing you must do: poke your head into the parking garage and check out the *rid-ic-u-lous* cars parked there.  You're likely to see some brand-new fancy rides as well as some restored antique autos.

    20/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    65. d s.
    I love it here. Funky and low key.

    15/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Valentina D.
    Just had Christmas Eve dinner at the Chateau M.  So glam,  yelpies!  We decided to sit indoors, in the charming art-deco-meets-Spanish-castle cozy little room.  Our beautiful maitre d' gave us the best seat in the house, which commanded a view of everyone who came and went, and was right next to the secret alcove with the naughty pictures.  And that's the first star.

    Second star: we ordered our wine and they just let us sip and sit before choosing our meal.  We eavesdropped on conversations, chatted, and got slowly and pleasantly tipsy.  After about 30 minutes we ordered appetizers and our entrees.  Everything was delicious, served promptly, and beautifully presented.  I had the seared ahi tuna and the beef strogonoff.  The ahi was delicate yet flavorful, swimming in a lemony-orangey broth and served with thinly sliced jicama and tiny pieces of the spiciest, tastiest ginger I've ever had.  The strogonoff was robust and smoky, not too sour-cream heavy or overly reliant on goopy gravy.  The pappardelle in the strogonoff were silky and al dentel, the meat tender with no gristle, and there were some nice spices going on in there.Et voila`, star number three.

    The sweet Mr. M. started with the shrimp salad, from which he generously shared one of the plump and delicate shrimps (it was generous, considering there were only 4 of them, albeit jumbo), and couldn't resist the strogonoff.  The lovely  Mr. R. indulged his vegetarian propensities with the excellent lasagna and an appetizer of radish shoup.  I took his word for the fact that they were absolutely fabulous.

    We all shared two desserts, into which we could barely put a dent. The flouerless chocolate cake with nocello cream was pretty damn good, although I think I could have done a better job with the nocello cream, (don't stint on the hazelnuts, pastry chef!) and the banana split with caramel and other good things was very nice indeed, although at this point I could only have the daintiest of spoonfuls (but lest you lose respect, I'd eaten like a horse up to this point).  

    Our waiters were good (they changed midstream) but the best server was the divine busman (star number four, and promote that guy to waiter!!), a distinguished looking gent in round wire-rimmed glasses who had the hottest, best de-caf ready for me before the word "coffee" was even out of my mouth.  

    At one point I wandered a bit shakily around the hotel in my spike heels and after two glasses of pinot, and was able to view the old time charm and graciousness of the Chateau,  and wonder what it would be like to stay there.  In any case, I'm going to make Christmas Eve dinner at the Chateau a tradition, and I hope to see some of you there!

    25/12/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Winston O.
    The New York times said it best, in calling it "The bad karma motel".  
    A dark vortex or drugs, prostitution and death, hidden behind a "Who's gonna stop us" arrogance.  All empires fall...

    15/02/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    68. Ani J.
    A friend and I came here several weeks ago on saturday afternoon for drinks. While it is decorated nicely and there are beautiful people everywhere, like, ya, know, look at me I'm a star type of thing, the drinks were really good. They were of course overpriced, but you have to expect that. Valet guys were surprisingly nice. We even befriended a gay couple who were cool enough to take pictures of  us.  The hostess and waiters need to learn to make eye contact when engaged in conversation. I'm glad after all these years, I checked it out. Not sure when I will be back....

    01/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    69. Anthony D.
    What more can I say?

    This is THE place.
    Please don't go there if you're a
    wannabee, tryin'-ta-be, whatever.
    This place has a magic energy
    that sniffs out bullshit.
    So, you're not fooling anyone.

    Before I was banned
    from The Comedy Store and Laugh Factory
    I used to go here after my shows.
    Yes, I know you've never heard of me.
    I don't do television friendly material.
    I'm no-body's monkey.
    Eat me raw and rotten.

    The Chateau  was a second home.
    I'd get drunker than I could handle
    and wander around
    looking for ghosts.

    They didn't seem to mind.
    Just as long as I didn't break shit.
    I had money and spent it.
    Man, I miss those days.
    God, I hate lame ass stand up comics.
    Everyone is funny now.

    Newsflash doooooshbags:
    You're not.

    Drink here/eat here.
    If they let you.

    Get bent.

    27/04/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. CS Y.
    Ok- the update is that after many, many, MANY times at the Chateau (my love) I went back recently and was treated like crap. The hostess told me that I could not be seated outside because it was for hotel guests only (never have I ever been told this) ... and I ended up in the lobby until finally an entire table of oh, about 20 friends noticed me and brought me in. How embarassing and lame and Hollywood. I'm disgusted and hope that this was a one time deal from a sad person with an inflated self worth. Gross.

    29/07/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    71. Elisabeth S.
    Fun! Got slizzard here.

    26/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    72. Anh N.
    I was not impressed by this place. First of all they couldn't accomodate my party of 8. So we had to reduce our party to 5. They first seated us inside which I specifically asked to be seated outside on the patio. Once we arrived, we had to sit inside until a table was available. Ok fine. Once they supposedly had an open table we were seated outside...just to notice that half of the tables were empty!!!! No people watching especially slimy old men( 65 years old at least) hit on girls...yuck! So we ordered a bunch of things here...boring menu. I decided to play it safe and just ordered the Branzino. DRY DRY DRY.  When I left to go to the bathroom and my napkin was on the floor the waitress should've picked it up but no it was still laying on the ground... I was forced to wipe my mouth with it since she was so busy with the other tables. The only positive thing about this place is the huge shot glasses. At least that compensated for the horrible meal & ambiance.  OVER-RATED!

    25/12/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    73. Anna W.
    Enchanting is the word that comes to mind when I think about the Chateau. The old world charm will wrap around you and take you into a state of euphora. I highly recommend paying extra to have a suite with a balcony. I didn't eat in the restaurant but we had room service (filet etc...) it was all fabulous! I don't think there is anything left to say, accept go stay there , you won't regret it and forget about the $$ it's worth it!

    18/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    74. Modemme X.
    Beautiful place to sit for lunch outside. B-list stars all around, for those who care about such things. Nice simple menu, a couple of burgers, some champagne and were all set. They switched our burgers and gave my friend the medium rare and to me the well done. I don't care for tires so I sent it back and got raw in return. Oh well. The gratuity is automatic which was apparent when the waiter disappeared. Anyway, whatever, I could have easily sat there for an additional hour soaking up the sun and the scene.

    07/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    75. Julie E.
    4.5 stars (based just on the restaurant, I've never stayed here or even seen a hotel room).

    Probably one of the most beautiful spaces in LA, the Chateau garden is a wonderful, elegant, sophisticated restaurant. I've been here twice now, each for a birthday dinner in a large group (8-10 people). The lighting is magical - practically all candles, which makes everyone look even more gorgeous. And there are PLENTY of gorgeous people here, all dressed to the nines. And, yes, they know they're gorgeous too. The first time I went here, I saw Owen Wilson and Michael Stipe (they weren't together). But those were very cool sightings. They are both really hot.

    The food is really, really good. The steamed artichoke is delicious, though a bit too lemony for my taste. The spaghetti bolognese, however, is one of the best things EVER. Honestly, they must sprinkle the bolognese with the extra blow that Firecrotch leaves around as tips for the waitstaff, because it's that FUCKING GOOD. If you're a bolognese fan, you MUST make a trip to the Chateau.

    I found the service to be friendly and attentive both times. And I swear that waiter was in at least two episodes of 24...or, at least he WANTS you to think he was.

    Why 4.5 instead of 5 stars? Because of the ridiculous parking sitch. I HATE paying $12 ($14 with tip) just to eat. I know it's on Sunset and I know that all the fancy people go there, but can't they validate for people just eating in the restaurant? Or is it a faux pas even to make such a suggestion? Oh well, I made it anyway. Validation, please? And they ask you who's name your reservation is under before they "allow" you to enter. A little elitist, yes. But it's worth it.

    18/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    76. SJ C.
    It doesn't get any better.  Timeless, classic Hollywood.  Absolutely gorgeous!

    06/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    77. Jennifer W.
    The outside patio is what completes this experience. i LOVE it. Best greyhounds ever!! Staff is wonderful...Calamari is wonderful. The charm of this place keeps me frequenting here!

    However the rooms are mediocre....The bathrooms are tiny....But the charm and history compensate for this!

    A favorite spot!

    If you can make it to the mod houses up top on property for an after party do it! amazing!!!

    01/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    78. N D.
    it's all true and it's spectacular.

    18/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    79. Shane H.
    If you're looking for serious celebrity watching then this hotel is definitely the place for you. Happily if you're looking for good food, nice accommodations and a beautiful salt water pool then this is also a hotel you'll enjoy.

    I spent five days at the Chateau recently and enjoyed every minute of it. Upon checking in I was informed the hotel had upgraded me to a penthouse which had an enormous balcony overlooking the outdoor seating area and also featured a grand piano in the corner. Being a non-piano player I wasn't too excited by that feature but loved both the massive bedroom and living room and the welcoming flowers and gifts from the hotel management.

    The food at the restaurant is excellent, if expensive. The service leaves something to be desired. It seems for some reason that the waiters are always handling more tables than they can really deal with and meals tend to take a long time to finish - but that's really a small price to pay for being able to sit in such a cool dining room or sitting outside amongst flowering trees under one of the Chateau's famous canopies.

    With a location that is unsurpassed as far as distance to bars like Hyde and Privilege the Chateau Marmont is a great deal for the money. But let's face it - when you stay at a hotel like this money should be no object. What matters is the experience and the Chateau is going to provide you with a top-of-the-line Hollywood experience that you'll not find at another hotel anywhere in LA.

    27/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    80. Campaign C.
    I am particular to the lobby for a certain sighting of an actor whose mere eye contact almost caused me heart trouble.  After a breathtaking two seconds (though it felt like an hour) I was back to my martini and the good company of my two French friends who run a cafe called Bloom.

    The lobby has all the glamour of old Hollywood, and all the relaxation of your own living room.  The lighting is so hypnotically low that hours are lost when you've promised yourself a quick visit, and contrasted with the hyper self-consciousness gripping the surrounding mile, it's a moment of just floating.

    05/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    81. Scott F.
    It is expensive.  It is flash.  It is heavily edited to great effect. It has been around for years.  

    Security acts as if one of the Bungalows is Dick Cheney's secret-undisclosed-location.  But,  all you have to do is mention the names of friends staying at the hotel and then you too become the protected.

    But wow, few things are as sybaritic as the mix of Russian oil-men (and their very tiny girlfriends), deal brokering, the storied hills, ladies who lunch (also very tiny) and young Hollywood (mixed bag) sitting around the garden having cocktails as the moon rises.  

    Random, wonderful things seem to happen here.  Last visit two young girls got up to play and sing original compositions on the lobby piano.  The whole experience is like that of a swank house-party.

    Later as the temperature drops, everyone moves inside.  I spotted Mike Myers on the sofa behind me.  His drink must have cost more than his haircut.  But there he was:  resplendent, promoting the coolness of a new movie with his presence.

    21/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    82. Tanya L.
    The staff is snobby for no good reason, other than they are unhappy with their lives, dunno. But yes, the staff sucks. Why would anyone come here? It's becoming a joke. All of these reviews say the same thing, I wonder if they will get a clue. I have had my order messed up by servers here at least every other time I come here, I've been over charged, and they have a habit of being rude to foreigners with accents. My friend and I ordered the same drink on different tabs and got two totally different drinks. I've had bell inis all over the world but according to my snobby server I was wrong. . . Unless they've seen you on tmz they won't give you good service. It's not their fault . . . They don't get out of the area much obviously.

    06/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    83. Jason K.
    Perched on a short hill above Sunset Boulevard, the outdoor garden at the Chateau Marmont is the perfect place for a relaxing lunch.  Even if it's 102 degrees out, as it was today (in April no less), the breeze will keep you cool.  The food was delicious and everything tasted fresh.  The BLT with avocado was especially good.  The food isn't as exorbitantly priced as you'd expect, with sandwiches around $14 and entrees around $20.  Watch out for the cocktails though; each mojito we had was about $20.  The service is friendly, but a bit slow, though you don't really mind because the atmosphere is very lazy-Sunday garden party.

    ---
    Take Metro #2, 302 or 218.  The hotel's garage is usually full and parking across the street at the Crunch gym/CPK complex is $15 for 2 hours.

    27/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. Dave W.
    The staff was elegant and accomodating, the courtyard was serene.  For cocktails and atmosphere, you can't beat it.

    19/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    85. Jenny N.
    Enjoyed breakfast here outside on their patio. Our server was this cool, laid back guy. I thought the almond french toast was really good. It had a nice crunchy outer coating. Too bad I didn't see any celebrities!

    02/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    86. Sarah C.
    This hotel is flawless. I stayed in a garden cottage, which was cozy and had lovely antique furniture and art deco touches. The garden area and pool were beautiful and relaxing. I really enjoyed having breakfast and dinner on the outdoor patio. The food was sensational and not unreasonably priced considering where you are, and sitting next to Patti Smith two mornings in a row certainly didn't hurt! Finally, the staff are warm and genuine, and will make you feel important no matter what your social status.

    23/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    87. Matt M.
    This is my favorite place to stay in Los Angeles. Feels great to be there. Very private and the staff takes good care of you. I'm glad somebody else paid the bills.

    15/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    88. Emmanuelle B.
    The interior and exterior design makes up for anything bad that this place has going for it- be it the snooty staff, the fake clientele, the overpriced everything, the air of elitism. Yes, this place has it all!  It remains one of my favorite places to hang out even with all that going on!  If you want a sense of what it's like growing up in one of those old Beverly Hills mansions with Spanish Moorish architecture, hang out here for an afternoon or an evening. Really beautiful design (again-if 1920's spanish moorish is your thing- which it is for me!) But maybe I just pine for my childhood and this place hits me in a sentimental spot.

    15/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    89. Michael C.
    This is for the restaurant only. If I could give it negative stars I would. We had made reservations for a party of four several weeks in advance of our dinner Christmas night. When we arrived the valets were rude and unhelpful. The hostess was literally smug and completely unfriendly. The place was rather empty when we arrived. Unfortunately she decided to seat us at a tiny table that was the size of a small serving tray. I guess the outdoor patio area was for some weird reason off limits to us although we had requested it when we made the reservations. The hostess said that had been already booked which we discovered was just not true.. We asked politely if she could please try to find something on the patio and all of sudden the attitude came out. To say she was rude is an understatement. We were taken to the bar and dropped off "in case she could fit us in".  After a half hour of her ignoring us we approached her and eventually took a table in the bar. The food was just OK and service was slow.  I noticed people arriving that apparently had no reservations but were still being seated on the patio with no problem. The check finally came and we split the check between the two cards. When my statement came, I found that the entire bill had been changed to my card entirely. This place is poorly managed by wannabes who really aren't cool as they think they are.  I will never eat here again.

    18/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    90. Bianca C.
    I am a pretty jaded Los Angelian.

    I admit it. I've grown up in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, and I started going to clubs at age 18. But the one thing in Los Angeles that STILL amazes me is the classic Chateau Marmont.

    Just TRY saying the name without immediately feeling high class. Shah-Toe--Mar-Mont! I love going on weekday evenings when the tourists are still at home and the true Hollywood locals come out to play. Their bar is simply unlike anything you will ever see. The first time I walked in, I felt like I was tripping out and I was completely sober. There's this odd Alice in Wonderland meets a Butterfly Nest meets Shabby Chic meets Outdoor Garden decor that just sucks you into imagining yourself in a different world.

    This may be, in fact, the best place in Hollywood to people watch - and let me tell you, the "normal" people are just as fun to watch as the ever-present celebrities that have given the Chateau it's prestige.

    07/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    91. darlene m.
    I love the Chateau lobby! It's my favorite place to have drinks. Such amazing character and the garden has an isolated feel, you almost forget you're right off Sunset Blvd.

    06/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    92. Marissa P.
    Haven't stayed in the hotel, but I have had the pleasure of dining here. Truly glamorous in what I'd imagine an old-school starlet environ to be.

    Watch the floors in the Chateau garden area -- my heels and I almost bit it one evening in front of Hollywood's finest.

    22/12/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Alphie O.
    I've been there only for lunch, great vibe, gorgeous atmosphere, good food, and the service can't get any better!
    LOVELY!

    26/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    94. Cody V.
    Sweet christ. I've been cool and I've been places that are cool, but never did I feel so cool in a place that is so fucking cool. Want to know why people live at the Marmont? Cause 5 seconds after you're there, so feel like you're supposed to be there.

    We treated ourselves to a suite with a balcony overlooking Sunset, and brother, it was amazing. From the funky 1920's refrigerator working as our minibar to the grossly outdated bathroom furnishings, everything has been left Old Hollywood (except, of course, for the ginormous flat-screen TV's and Ipod speaker docs). The check-in attendant told us "every employee is your concierge, and we're all available to you 24 hours," and the Bar told me "we don't make reservations after 9pm, unless you're at the hotel, in which case you can eat whenever you want." Ahhhhhhhh.

    Unfortunately, LA was overcast, so we didn't get to take advantage of the delightfully private pool. But we did skulk around the bungalows in our robes at 3am, stayed up drinking (and such) until 6am (the first night), had Veuve Cliquot for breakfast the next morning, and partied with a crew of degenerates* the second night until all retiring to the (heated) pool at 7am for a little naked swimming. Glorious.

    (*Best part about all of that was storming into the hotel at 2:30am, only to be met by security who told me the hotel "has a no party policy." We all laughed--as if!--and I told the guy "oh, we're not having a party." When our dealer showed up with more people at 5am, the guard gave me an even dirtier look, but what's he going to do? At $600 bucks a night, he and I both know we're going to do as we please! He should just be happy I'm not shitting on the floor and/or overdosing.)

    Anyhow: suck it up and stay there at least once in your life. No, you won't make your next month's rent, but who gives a shit? You will have stayed at the Marmont, and will always have at least one weekend where you really tasted COOL (and probably some butt, but concentrate on the COOL).

    09/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    95. dan h.
    so on my way into town, i decided to stay at the marmont.  now is $400 / night really worth this place, i thought?  well, i'd give it a shot.  why not.  i used to live in LA and i would come here for some drinks, as well as other spots on sunset and see the odd celebrity here and there.  and i'd heard all the stories about how this celebrity stayed here during their divorce and that celebrity stayed here after their breakup and on and on.  so why not.  and besides, the beverly hills hotel is 400/night also so let's just do it.  

    booked.  395, for the basic room.  room small but cozy.  and LOVED the private balcony and view.  the gf could tan her lovely, perky, full boobs on the lawn chair without fear of any paparazzi catching her on film.  bathroom features were original from the 20's i think, which i'm sure they do on purpose giving the place some character.

    service was out of this world.  they called me not once, but twice the day before we arrived to see if they could customize anything for us or if they could make dinner reservations for us.  i said the only thing they could do was make sure our brunch reservations were outside and they did that, so cool.  they did make reservations for us at the tar pit as well for 11pm on saturday but we were just too wasted to make it there.  wanted to get back and crash out.  

    the pool was a bit disappointing.  vincent chase wasn't there making out with lindsay lohan so it was a bummer.  but the ping pong table was an unexpected treat.  i can see why celebrities would love to stay here.  you're in the middle of sunset boulevard but the trees and landscaping give you so much privacy that you feel like you're in a country-side resort far away from everything.  definitely worth staying here but we'll try a different place on our next trip, i think.  love the marmont but you are mostly paying for the tip-top service and the exclusivity...

    22/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Calvin T.
    When I want to feel like a celebrity, I come here. Walking through the grounds with shades on like the celebs. I would go here for cocktails at the bar. It's a pretty neat place.

    05/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    97. Jael F.
    Chateau Marmont is where you go to get away from LA, without actually leaving LA. The service is excellent, the food is casual and average, but the surroundings and atmosphere is perfect for lunching with friends or to simply take yourself to lunch. You can also be sure to spot a celebrity, a writer or someone in the industry at a nearby table.

    26/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    98. Joshua P.
    Drinks and desserts.  Denied garden access even though I had been there thrice before.  Things have gotten understandably stricter since I was last there many years ago.  They also add a 15% gratuity so leave an extra 5-10%.  It's the right thing to do if you had a pleasant experience. That's why I enjoy it.  Marmont is the Smithsonian of Hollywood secrets.  I just want my garden table.  I'm there for business and expensive drinks.  I'm not there to gawk.  If you are there to gawk they will spot you and "black list" you.  Celebs are people too so just believe in yourself and you will be your own star!

    25/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    99. Rick T.
    Hmmm, this place gets the big FAIL - We sat down to dinner, but they're not really set up to handle it that well. It was kind of comical, because there were probably 15 staff with three tables of people, on a Saturday night, yet there was no service. Our designated waiter Jerrod, took 20 minutes to finally drop by to say hello, after we had asked two different bussers to see if they could let the waiter know we were there. The bussers were very nice, by the way, they actually salvaged something for the place. After probably 5 minutes from when he first was at our table, Jerrod appeared again and seemed distracted and not enthusiastic to be dealing with us, at all. We ordered some drinks, dreading how long they might take to arrive, and our guy did not disappoint. I'm pretty sure some receding glaciers have moved faster. Anyways, we ordered dinner, but our expectations were set by this point. The menu is very limited, and there was no concept of the regular things that normally go with a meal, like bread, condiments or cutlery, but you can ask, and  we got two out of the three that way. Our particular table was tiny though, so they couldn't have fit a lot of stuff on it, if they'd wanted to - and yes, you guessed it, the food took forever to arrive. After dinner was over, we discovered what might be a factor contributing to the poor service - they charge an automatic 15% tip, no matter how many are in your party, so there's not much motivation to try and make it a great dining experience for customers.

    Au Revoir Chateau Marmont !

    31/10/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    100. Maxi T.
    Here today for lunch as we had a couple of friends visiting from Hawaii.  We had lunch outside in the courtyard, the beet and goat cheese salad, and calamari were really good.  A little less impressive was the artichoke, there wasn't enough meat there.  A couple of glasses of champagne followed by a quick glimpse of the two bedroom penthouse (perfect for special events, it can hold up to 150 people and I think Fredrica mentioned it starts at $4000 a night?)  Anyway, this was the room from an Entourage episode ... Andre Balazs also does The Mercer in NYC and the Standard LA/Miami so it's an industry-friendly property which was evidenced by the quiet pool at 12:30 in the afternoon which may have been teeming with tourists otherwise.  People were working!

    01/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    101. J S T E W.
    Well, sadly it's not quite what it used to be, but then again neither am I when it comes to the late, late night scene in LA.  Even so, the Chateau is one of Hollywood's greats when it comes to rockin' good times.

    Of course, it always helps to know someone staying at the hotel (preferably in one of the bungalows) in order to properly extend the evening, but not necessarily.  Some of the best chicanery often involves scaling walls, or at least sneaking into places, crashing parties, whatnot.

    Should you venture into the bar, you'll find a relatively young, increasingly annoying crowd - stick instead to the patio for afternoon cocktails, or at least wait until the weekenders have vacated.  But again, the goal is to make it to the AFTER party, which is where the real fun is right?

    Anyone remember Liberace's?  --js

    06/12/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    102. Anthony B.
    Nice old Hollywood...

    Old style building, old known drinks and food, young hip crowd...Go see for yourself and have a few at the bar. Maybe you'll get to do some lines in the suite with Lohan like I did...

    AB

    14/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    103. Dan'a R.
    One of my favourite places on the planet. The staff is wonderful! Lee, Mary, Jonas and all the rest go above and beyond! The bungalows are adorable and the pool area is an oasis in the heart of Hollywood. 5 stars are not enough for this place, in my opinion.

    17/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    104. Tara M.
    This is my favorite place to stay in LA.  The Garden Cottages are so "Old" Hollywood with beautiful courtyard views and a private street access so you do not have to use the valet and walk through the hotel..
    The suites and bedrooms are large with balconies that open to views of the bungalows where the famous stay/live...

    My favorite memory other than the one I can not tell is the radio in every room - great Jazz radio station in LA.

    I promise not to tell as long as no one else does...

    12/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    105. Chelsea M.
    I love Chateau Marmont. It's reminiscent of old school Hollywood. The patio is a great place to have lunch and the food is amazing. It's absolutely worth trying, get your lunch date clothes on and go have a nice lunch in the garden with friends. It's tons of fun and a great little spot to eat, people watch and visit.

    17/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    106. Brent S.
    I've been lucky enough to come here for a few events, and minus the crazy parking situation, love the chateau.

    The bar, restaurant, bungalows, rooms and restaurant are all delectable full of gorgeous people.  I've meet many celebrities here, including an elevator ride with Mr. Josh Hartnett!

    Not as expensive as it should be really, but if there is a private event going on, you can forget it.  Every event I've worked there gets filled to capacity and good ol' fire Marshall gets to turn everyone away.  

    The view in the morning is to die for.  If you ever get invited to anything here, you must go. It will be a rememberable night for sure.

    30/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    107. Hywel J.
    Chateau Marmont is always described as having old Hollywood charm, which essentially means it's sort of shabby-classy. The hotel is nice enough, though a little moth-eaten. The real glories though are the gardens, pool and bungalows. These really are oases of calm just steps from the Sunset strip (it helps the bar is separate from the main hotel).

    When you open the gate into the gardens, it's like Alice in Wonderland. A narrow stone path leads you up the hill and you glimpse the pool through the trees. Periodically, paths lead off to the various cottages.  As you wander, you pass little wrought iron seats scattered along the way for weary travelers and, whimsically, come to a ping-pong table. It has a lot of charm.

    Perhaps best of all is the ambiance of the restaurant. In the morning it's quiet, with business folks pitching their scripts to pretty people. At night, it's wonderfully romantic. They use no electric lights, so everything is lit by candles and torches.....I read the whole of Doctor Zhivago sitting here in the garden of Chateau Marmont.

    03/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    108. Brandy L.
    Romantic dinner with Lots of history the food is good as well.

    19/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    109. Tess V.
    Outstanding ambiance, food and service!

    19/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    110. Gerry K.
    This is my 100th review.  

    Is the hotel/bar Marmont worth 5 stars?

    Who cares, I had to choose something for my hundredth review.

    My friend had a pair of sunglasses stolen by the valet parkers.  Other than that, Marmont is elegant and beautiful and a legendary place to go.

    25/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    111. Lauren M.
    I was hesitant to give this place 5 stars only because I am so over Hollywood but since that is just my own personal nuttiness, I am giving it 5 because I had a great experience.

    Went here for drinks with friends on Saturday night with some girlfriends. We just sat, chilled, and people watched. The wait staff was totally attentive and not bothersome all. Very fast with the drinks and totally friendly. At one point we had to change tables (from outside to in due to another reservation coming) and the girl who moved us was SOOO nice. We totally made pals with her. We laughed about our bad hair days and stuff.

    There was also some major celeb spotting happening. I guess this is where they hang. We saw Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds, Sophia Monk, Ryan Seacrest, and Michael Buble. Not bad for before 9pm.

    23/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    112. Simrin P.
    Had a lovely dessert here recently.  Very nice outdoor restaurant setting with lovely architecture.

    28/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    113. Laurie W.
    I went here for a Sunday brunch 2 years ago and it was fabulous. The food was great, the service was amazing. The courtyard where I sat was beautiful. In the 2 hours that I was there I spotted 2 celebrities. This is a very trendy and "L.A." spot!!

    30/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    114. Karen R.
    Where are the reviews?  Love this place for the authentic 1920's ambience.  It has wonderful lighting and paintings.  The lobby is very dark.  It's very low key.  A great place to meet for breakfast or lunch in the lobby or outside in the courtyard.  It's quiet during the day generally.

    05/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    115. Tressi J.
    This hotel is draped in history. It feels haunted. It is beautiful though.  I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, and exploring the grounds. The rooms were a bit small, but they were exceptionally clean. You must stay here at least once! Feels very old Hollywood......I didn't spot any stars here, but I wasn't really looking.

    21/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    116. Carrie E.
    While trying to be as laid back as I could during a recent lunch in the outdoor garden at Chateau Marmot, I experienced many, many emotions that whirled and swirled through my mind. The first was that I felt like a 7 year old girl who got the behind the scenes tour at Disneyland and THEN got to ride on the main float with f'ing Mickey Mouse during the Main Street Parade. (Note: I absolutely hate anything Disney related but this analogy worked so just go with it). The second thing I thought about was that I now know why Tom Cruise got so excited that he just had to jump up and down on Oprah's couch. Sure, it looked stupid, but he was feelin' it...luckily for my companion as well as the other diners (not to mention my own street cred) I was able to restrain myself. What I'm trying to say is that for a Philly girl who visited LA for the first time, this was a pretty big deal for me.

    I mean, seriously, what's to be said about the food and the service? They were both great. And the atmosphere couldn't have been more beautiful. Surprisingly, it was pretty douchbag free, too, so that was a bonus. Sitting there was one of the highlights of my year. Need a pick me up with serious style? Then treat yourself by wining and dining here. Sigh. I think I'm in love.

    24/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    117. E. B.
    Lovely atmosphere, fascinating history, common drinks and menu, poor table service, overpriced.

    10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    118. foodie i.
    It was a long long time ago that went here, but place was packed with celebrities.  I'm not a name dropper but it was a lot of fun.  I'll just leave it that.  I had the chilean sea bass and it was good but you can never really go wrong with that.

    12/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    119. Jennifer B.
    This place just exudes fabulousness.... probably one of the best hotels I ever stayed in, in my entire life.... From the moment you drive up to this place, the red carpet rolls out for you.... No detail is overlooked from the room key yelp.com/biz_photos/Z5zI… , to the bathroom stocked with Kiehl's products yelp.com/biz_photos/Z5zI… the letterhead with your name printed on it stating you are in residence yelp.com/biz_photos/Z5zI… .... Somehow I got upgraded to a suite and stayed in a room larger then my SF apartment.... The room overlooked the restaurant and I spotted Selma Blair brunching yelp.com/biz_photos/Z5zI… ... That's when the stealth mission began!!!!

    27/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    120. Penelope C.
    Had a wonderful birthday lunch there!  Got to see a celebrity!  I hear that happens a lot there.  The food was wonderful.  Casual and no where near as expensive as you might think.  $15-$20 per person.  It's a good experience and the place is filled with history!

    09/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    121. Adam L.
    Superb place to stay. The Chateau exudes Hollywood charm. Made a reservation for a room, ended up with a cottage.

    The cottage was everything we'd hoped for and more. Cozy bedroom, great shower replete with Kiehl's products and even customized Chateau stationary imprinted with my name.

    My girlfriend loved the intoxicating scent from the custom Chateau candle by Alessandra that filled the cottage.

    We took an early morning swim by ourselves and lazily read the Times by the pool. It really felt like we had the Chateau to ourselves. The pain au chocolat and cappuccinos served in latte bowls made for quite the room service breakfast.  

    It's tough not to fall in love with this place. Worth every penny.

    04/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    122. annonymous l.
    I took my friend there for lunch to celebrate her birthday.  The food was great, she got to see a celebrity and we just had a great time.  It was a great experience and I am happy to recommend it.

    09/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    123. Mona M.
    I had to take a client some papers here today. He is staying in one of the private garden cottages. Holy s***! I could not believe how beautiful it was. I also couldn't believe that in the 20 plus years I've been living in LA, I had never been here. Why? I guess I always thought it was going to be too hoity-toity. And that securities radar would immediately go off. "Midwestern girl alert! No plastic surgery. Not enough makeup. Boobs aren't big enough to make her tilt forward. Clothes off the rack. Send for the hounds!"

    Someone did approach me and ask my name and if I had a reservation. When I told him with whom I had the appointment, he got on his little ear phone thing and confirmed. So, no hounds. Phew.

    You can honestly feel the history here. I had some time to kill before I had to meet him so I walked around a bit. Stunning.

    Although I did notice a fair amount of rubber necking when I walked past the café. "Is that someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone's brother?"

    "Could be Jethro. Could be. Might be the cousin of the guy who did the thing in the thing with the thing. And then everyone blew up."

    Am attaching the website so you may view it yourself.

    chateaumarmont.com

    26/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    124. Jesse D.
    brittanyepage.yelp.com and I went here to a post Emmy party for a friend of mine and had a pretty good goddamn time.  I will say that on that end of Sunset Blvd parking is always a super pain in the ass so we used the Valet at the Chateau.  Drinks are pretty spendy but I never had to hunt down any of the wait staff to get me a refill.  I had 5 double Makers on the rocks and the bill was $131.00.  It's certainly the most I've ever spent for my brand but, it was a special night and, I believe, worth it.  After last call we headed up to the room and it was classic and vintage and pretty bad-ass with a sweet balcony and even equipped with a grand piano in the sitting area!  I think if you're in a group and want to celebrate something special and memorable the Chateau Marmont is spectacular choice.

    02/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    125. Aunny D.
    While representing 'Entourage-style' as I like to call it, sitting in the sun and eating a lovely lunch in the outdoor patio of the Chateau Marmont, I realized something...Holy shit! I haven't written a review about this place yet. When I was in college, going to the Chateau was like saying, "I'm cool. I like to pretend that I am more important than I really am by wearing a hat and sunglasses so that some tourist might mistake me for a celebrity." But hey, we were in college so that's to be expected, right? Gross.

    Anyhow, the Chateau Marmont is like having a little slice of Europe in our own backyard. It is nestled on the side of the Hollywood Hills, just above Sunset and near Cresent Heights/Laurel Canyon. The Bar Marmont sits just below the hotel, and in my opinion trumps the outdoor patio food any day of the week and twice on Sundays. This is a place where many an important industry meeting has been had; producers and actors discussing the importance of hair products and how disheveled their hair should look in certain scenes, over coffee.  You know, the important things in life. God I love this town.

    06/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    126. Cora P.
    I had a few friends visiting from Paris last week, and took them to Chateau Marmont for dinner on Sunday. Although I've been many times, this is the first time I've been inspired to write a review. We sat on the beautiful patio, and had Carmin and Jessika as our severs. They were both polite, friendly and knowledgeable about food and made excellent recommendations that impressed my very picky, very Parisian friends. We dined on charcuterie, crisped artichokes, and calamari with puttanesca to start, and shared a few heavenly bottles of rose. Both of our severs were remarkably attentive and very patient and accommodating as my dear Parisians and I took the French standard of three to four hours for dinner - something that is rarely tolerated, let alone celebrated in Los Angeles. It was a wonderful experience for my friends and I, who chose to spend their last night in Los Angeles at Chateau. Had they been here longer, we'd have most definitely returned. Cheers.

    08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    127. Arturo M.
    Love this place much history, great crowd a must when your in L.A. , gotta be on your bucket list .

    27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    128. Sylvie C.
    Although the ambience is absolutely exquisite, the food and service leave something to be desired. It's a fantastic place to take friends for the atmosphere, and of course, for the chance of a celebrity sighting. We sat at a gorgeous four top in the main room, with high back chairs, that made us feel as if we deserved only opulence. I was certainly not expecting the food to be the highlight of the meal, and surprise surprise, it lived up to my expectations. The baby artichokes were fried with a lemon aioli, and roast cauliflower came on a bed of polenta - both totally solid and hearty dishes. The entree of bass and shrimp, recommended by the waiter, was just a sad plate of food. I ate it all because I was starving, but it was truly just a piece of fried fish with a side of bland sauteed shrimp, with sliced avocado and a little lime. What a question mark. How this fit into the theme of the restaurant was beyond me, but I hastily made the decision once the waiter recommended it...silly me! The other entrees were similarly sad - the chickpea panisse was confusing, and seemed like an odd melange of flavors. If you want an amazing meal, please go elsewhere. But if you have visitors in town and want a meal with a little splash of decadence or a touch of lindsay lohan, le chateau is le place.

    20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    129. Theresa K.
    I came here with family and friends for brunch on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. This place is wonderful to visit for the beautiful architecture and inspiring design. Every detail is well thought out and deserves attention. Although the food is overpriced and average in taste and the service is bad, I still recommend going for brunch. It's a great opportunity to relax in the outdoor seating area and take in the splendid scenery. The Chateau Marmont has a "no photography" policy that I appreciate since it lacks that touristy feel. And the people that attend  definitely think they're da crème de la crème - drop-dead-gorgeous and rich!

    16/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    130. Kevin F.
    Fabulous!  Went here for a lunch, and it was too fabulous!  

    The atmosphere was gorgeous; it was a bright, sunny day and sititng outside and admiring the beautiful Chateau and the beautiful people was worth it itself.  And guess who happened to be sitting a few tables down, but a movie star, Penelope Cruz!  I wasn't sure it was her, but then she started to smoke a cigarette, and it was just like a pose she does in her movies!  Awesome!

    But while that was worth the experience, the place gets a bit expensive.  I got a mojito, and while there was no price on the menu, it did come back as $20.  The one nice thing about the drink though was that it was stiff, so that allowed me to put up with the arrogant waiter we had there.  Pretty much everything we said was met with some wise ass answer, but then again, that was kind of fun too.  Still was a jerk though....

    Anyhow, its hard to find, but its worth visitng once.

    29/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    131. Stacey L.
    What an experience. Good food, drink and a really cool place to hang out.

    17/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    132. David O.
    Living in LA, I've always wanted to check out the atmosphere at the Chateau.  What is it about this place that attracts legendary stars, I thought?   What's the big deal about the Chateau?

    Well, my wife and I came here to have drinks last Friday to check out the atmosphere.   Although it's tucked away on the hillside right alongside Sunset Blvd, it feels like you're miles away from the hubbub of the city.  In fact, this place reminds me of many an "Auberge" or "Mas" that you find in the South of France.   It's beautiful with a perfectly manicured lawn.   The decor is spot on and the service is wonderful.

    But it being in Hollywood, it's way way elitist too, and that's where they lose a star.   $15 for a Bombay Sapphire Martini is steep, but fine... that's the premium to pay to have a drink at the Chateau.   But you forget to bring me olives with that drink?   Worse, you don't even ask whether I want olives or a twist?  You assume, perhaps, that because you're the Chateau, you know how I should be drinking that Martini?   I've been doing it wrong all this time?!?

    Ha... ha.... ha....   Oh, Chateau, you know me so poorly.   If there's anything that antagonizes me more than anything in the world is people, no matter what their class, being condescending.   Well, you were, and I'm docking you a star.

    Now I know what brings the stars here...  It's most certainly elitist, and it's very beautiful, and the prices alone will probably leave 90% of the commoners by the front door.   I'm glad I came here to experience it, but I doubt I'd wish to return.   That would merely serve to line the pockets of those who wish to condescend to the rest of us.   Y'all may be rich and famous, but that sure as hell don't make you better than us... just rich and famous.

    17/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    133. mike w.
    I give the restaurant 3-4 stars. Good service but the food is ok and the menu is getting tired. As for the hotel, the rooms look like NYC tenement apartments. I'm not looking for tired Boho Chic in my hotel room. I have stayed in 4 different rooms from the penthouse to bungalows on expense. The pool is small and depressing, similar to a  shabby  apartment building . The rooms are large but def. not worth the cost. The Beverly Hills and the Bel-Air are def. better values, more professional, and better serviced. The hotel has def. made the surrounding neighborhood  decline in value.

    29/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    134. Ayelet I.
    Steps to a perfectly relaxing birthday, as experienced by me this past Monday:

    Pull up to the garage, full of nothing but BMWs, Benzes and Lexuses, along with one beauty that must be at least 50 years old. Staff is inviting and nothing if not professional as they explain how to reach the dining room.

    Take the steps up through the charming tiled entryway up to the lobby and out towards the garden dining area. Bask in the shaded sunlight as you sit in the elegant but simple digs and take in the beautiful arches, windows, fountains and lanterns that comprise the hotel architecture and detail.

    Watch the industry types like Selma Blair and her scruffy boy toy mostly chat as opposed to eat while smoking cigarettes lit by the hotel's matches featuring a naked flapper on the matchbook cover.

    Order a Tom Collins that is wonderfully refreshing, loaded with gin and accompanied by two cherries. Appreciate how wonderful lazy L.A. afternoons are while sipping said drink and engaging in casual conversation.

    Eat food that while by no means amazing, isn't all that expensive given that you can take 5 hours to eat it and the staff won't bat and eyelash. Salmon club and wonderfully seasoned fries are both tasty if slightly too heavy.

    After paying your bill ($53 for two including one drink, tax and tip) poke around the hotel a bit, enjoying the Forties vibe that convinces you that you were born in the wrong era and makes you promise yourself that someday you will stay a night here, whether one night in a room costs -minimum- half of your monthly rent or not.

    Drive out calm, relaxed, happy, and eager to return.

    09/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    135. SilverGirl G.
    [This is mainly a review of the hotel with a few dining comments]

    Upon my 1st ever trip to LA a few years ago, I put "stay @ Chateau Marmont" on the list things I'd love to do on some subsequent trip.Five  trips later, thanks to pure serendipity, I was close enough to LA over Thanksgiving to take advantage of cheap airfares and a (relatively) cheap room rate to stay there for 2 nights.

    And it was pretty damn great!

    Things I loved:
    --the warm welcome I received and the sincere pleasantness of the staff. I had figured I may be ignored or disdained, being the commoner that I am, but I did not get that vibe at all.
    --my room (a single on the 7th/top floor): it initially seemed tiny but quickly won me over w/ its charms, including:
    .....windows that actually opened! (as a fairly frequent traveler I've come to view them as a rare luxury)
    .....the ashtray and matches prominent on the desk (again, it's a rare luxury to even have the option of a smoking room, and I loved the presumptuous irreverence)
    .....the personalized stationery is a unique and fun touch
    .....roomy closet /dressing room featuring a not so-mini bar
    --the grounds! Oh, the grounds...beautiful and serene oasis that makes you completely forget that you're in LA. I didn't particularly set out to forget I was in LA , but while wandering about I just did. Little pathways that lead to hidden nooks...there's an extraordinarily gorgeous fountain back-lit in blue at night that just made my stay.

    Things I didn't like so much:
    --cleanliness: it's pretty hard to skeeve me out as far as cleanliness goes, but the bathroom mirror was so cruddy that it was almost useless; there was a big ol' hair in the bath tub; and when I ordered room service, my food came with 2 mini ketchup bottles, one of which had a broken seal/was probably used before. Not cool.
    --the service in the garden was as slow and indifferent as many previous Yelpers mentioned, but I think it may have been well-intentioned/meant to be unobtrusive. The price:quality ratio of the food was slightly off; atmosphere was lovely.

    Yeah, there were some negatives, and I'd be a hard-ass about them if it were a regular run-of-the-mill hotel; but it's not, and so I found my overall experience to be stellar enough to warrant 5 stars...but that's just me.

    21/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    136. Maria P.
    My friend suggested that we grab a drink here before a night on the town. I'm glad she did because this is a beautiful hotel. We sat inside because it was a little breezy outside. The service was great without being overly attentive/hovering over us as we conversed. The ambience was very conducive to conversation, a little dark and not loud even though the place was quite crowded. I had the cucumber Collins which was an excellent gin drink. My friend had a peach bellini which was also quite good. We will definitely be back if we are in the area!

    17/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    137. Faraz T.
    Nice place to have drinks and hang out. Food is horrible here. Don't go here for dinner. They have a drink called westside which is amazing.

    04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    138. Caryl F.
    :O!!!! Marmont is my all time fav!!!!  Old Hollywood glam at its finest! also no paparazzi allowed yay!!!! even a hidden entrance from bar Marmont :D makes the walk more appealing than sunset blvd. I truly can't compliment this place enough! stunning Hollywood views, grand piano lounge area and rooms that will bring you back to the days Marilyn hung out here! Andre mwah! thank you!

    09/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    139. Marisol R.
    Beautiful place to get a drink. You might get lucky and see a star.  I didn't care for the food, and wouldn't recommend this place to eat. It's a nice place to go once have a drink, and say I have been there.

    16/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    140. Dan K.
    I LOVE this place ,, great food, gorgeous atmosphere,  old hollywood --  eat outside,, very romantic and beautiful

    15/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    141. Jason P.
    This is my most FAVORITE place in LA to just relax in the garden, to eat, drink, & to just kick back & smoke...I LOVE IT HERE!!!!

    24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    142. Tea F.
    Some friends brought me here on my birthday for dinner and wine. We sat in the garden patio,very relaxing and romantic if you're on a date. It seemed to me that my friends and I were the only ones enjoying ourselves talking and laughing. Everyone else looked downright bored. Lighten up people you're at the Chateau! The food was good but not the best, though I did LOVE the crab cakes! I had a awesome time, service was great and our waiter was friendly. I even saw a few hot waiters walking about. I will definitely return to the Chateau Marmont for dinner.

    28/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    143. Tina C.
    they need to train their hostess. when i made my reservation, the person told us they had 6;30 open but we need to finish around 8.30 which was fine with me. however when we got there, this red hair hostess Lauren started off rude. Ignored us for a bit  and told us to sit and wait. then guided to the hotel lobby for dinner! i told her that the reservation was for the patio. she said that when i made my reservation that it's not a guarantee and she suggested i should try bar marmot!! wtf!! it's like she's asking us to leave!! to make the long story short, i have to say Lauren is far most evil person i had to deal with and she should not be allowed to work at any service related place!!
    i've been to this restaurant many times and i enjoy the food and the atmosphere however, this red hair hostess Lauren added a whole new level to this place.
    please, restaurant owners, don't hire stuck up bitches!!! it's not good for the business.

    09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    144. Joleen Q.
    Correction: Bar Marmont

    24/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    145. vladimer k.
    the chateau lives up to its mythical status.....   it delivers.

    i was so pleasantly surprised by how at home, comfortable and welcome i felt.    i feel a real kinship with this place.

    everything is original and old-school...  but everything is also brilliantly clean and flawlessly maintained....    it really is exceptional.

    24/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    146. Todd P.
    Had a party in the bungalow where John Belushi died.  It was fun and interesting.

    04/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    147. K. W.
    This is my go-to chill bar in Hollywood.  The architecture and decor are beautiful, and the service is always impeccable.  Everyone from the valets to the bartenders is lovely, and will go out of their way to help you with anything you need.  My drinks have always been perfect, and while I've only done appetizers here they were delicious and the menu was perfectly edited.

    14/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    148. Audrey X.
    My Favorite Hotel. Beautiful old hollywood charm.

    Breakfast in the garden.

    Dinner at the Bar Marmont.

    LOVE

    10/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    149. Rodney S.
    We had a party of 6 for brunch on Saturday.  We were there to celebrate a milestone birthday for a friend.  The food was fair.  However, the service was horrible.  I could not give negative "stars" so I had to give one.  We had to ask for our iced tea to be refilled at least 6 times and it took more than one hour to get our food.  FYI, 5 of us had salads and one had a sandwich.  We could not even find our waiter, so finally, we had to ask someone else when our food was coming and within a couple of minutes it was out.  There was no explanation or apology.  When the salads were cleared, the bill appeared.  No one asked us if we wanted dessert, coffee, or anything else.  We ended up leaving and going somewhere else for dessert to finish out the birthday celebration.  For what was supposed to be a very special occasion at a special place, this was a very big disappointment.  Also, the hostesses need to display some maturity at a location like this.  Giggling and talking about guests (attire, body, "having work done", etc.) as they walk away is very immature.    This is clearly not the place it used to be.  Certainly not up to the standards I remembered.

    19/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    150. Kate D.
    I'm here every weekend and really do adore this place. The wine is great, the food.....meh - sit in the garden, order the crab cakes and enjoy the ambiance with close friends. Make your reservations well in advance though if you're planning on coming in on a Friday or Saturday night.

    19/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    151. James S.
    I have friend's in high places
    I know Chateau Marmont quite well
    Not from the inside but as a pop culture junkie you read all the notorious things that has gone in here
    It's INFAMOUS because of the FAMOUS
    I was pretty timid rolling in my black accord behind an Aston Martin DB9, I had to give that impression that I am being economically smart today and my other car in the garage is a Lamborgini
    Moving on what I have noticed is that the further you go in the more obnoxiously rude the person who works there gets. Sorry I am not made out of money and in that case you don't feel like you should treat me differently than those who are filthy rich. Okay they may be hefty tippers but I more than make up for it with my friendliness and compassionate attitude. So show some decency!
    I am a pretty gregarious guy and I will make friends with anyone of shouting distances.
    Unfortunately I can't make everyone laugh/smile
    I knew a lot of actors worked as servers or other menial job and Chateau Marmont is no exception, I could spot that fake smile a mile away when I asked for a glass of water or when I said thank you after I received it. PUH-LEASE! you give me a smile than roll your eyes. WHAT DID I DO?
    I don't hit on people and I sure was not going to disrespect the person who invited me for drinks (btw, I don't drink except during Yelp events).
    Is it the free part of free food that made this meal exceptionally well or was it that the food was just exceptional? I would give them the benefit of the doubt that the meal was just mouth watering tastiness upon tastiness
    The People(for the most part) Suck
    The Food was  great
    The Valet were the friendliest employees I met
    So what if it is their job to greet all their guests, that should translate to all the employees no matter what position because you are a representative of the brand

    Would I be back?
    I would kill them with kindess
    I am still giving it 3 stars for the food and the valet for making up where the staff in higher position were lacking the compassion

    07/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    152. mae e.
    Oh what the hell, 4 stars!

    Called in to see if they accepted walk-ins for brunch. It was 11am on a Saturday, the hostess put us down for 11:30 am, got there at 11:45. No sweat! Not as busy as I thought it would. Got seated right away with no wait...

    Oh what, Keanu Reeves? Is that you? Didnt recognize you cuz ur so cool and casual with that messy dark long hair of yours. Instead of the Matrix coming to mind, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure immediately popped in my head and I almost wanted to ask him to do just one line in that California surfer retarded dialogue. But I refrained.

    Anyway, I took my best friend here since she was visiting from the Bay. Food was excellent but on the pricey side of course and service was great. The patio is very nice and calm but ridiculously quiet for a Saturday brunch! It was as if we gals coudlnt do any girl talk/gossip talk but only in silence or in whispers! But it was all gooooood. Being in the midst of celebs, screen writers, producers, directors is soooo LA but we had a great time.

    08/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    153. Angie B.
    I was on the hunt for a quaint brunch spot to take my family who was visiting from out of town.  I stumbled upon the reviews of the Chateau Marmont restaurant and had to give it try.  I called ahead for a reservation (at the suggestion of many fellow Yelpers), but didn't appear to need one as the restaurant seemed quiet that day.  Having never been here before, I drove right by the hotel without even realizing, but circled around and pulled into the valet lot (which is complimentary on the weekends).  Our quiet table for three was perfectly located on the beautiful patio.  The old-school charm of the hotel was a fun added feature - made me want to explore the whole premise.  The food was excellent (we had french toast and eggs benedict - YUM!) and the service was good, though our waitress disappeared for most of our meal.  Only eye roll was that they automatically included a 15% gratuity in the bill - really?  At a place like this?  I'm always inclined to tip around 20%, but if you're going to include it for me, I guess that's all you wanted.  Overall a great visit, and will definitely be back again!

    11/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    154. Teresa T.
    Forever a favorite.

    14/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    155. L'Vette S.
    Now keep in mind that the following is based on my most recent visit to Chateau.  It's still a fabulous place to see and be seen.
    ~

    late August, 2011

    I took a cousin, who actually lives in the area, out on the town Saturday night.  Our first stop would be Chateau for dinner. Mistakenly, I didn't make a reservation. So, the less than eager host encouraged us to "park up there and go to the Bar." Hmmmm....okay. I pulled up the alley, where I was almost run over by a Bentley. The 30-something driver was so busy flossing, he almost nipped by car.  lol  I turned around, did one more lap past Chateau's entrance...saw that HORID line in front of the bar entrance!  Average age was 23 and they were all wearing jeans and super-mini skirts.  Hmph, I was not in the mood to play with those kids.  Nor stand in a line for god's sake!!  I kept driving.  "We're going to the Beverly Hills!"  When we got to the Bev Hills Hotel, I was greeted like a queen once again. Those valets are sooooo cute and very nice! ;p  Anyways, I felt like I was returning home.  We had a great night in Bar Nineteen 12 and The Polo Lounge. I DID NOT have a reservation in Polo Lounge and they STILL seated us.  They are top notch honey!

    What was I thinking? Wanting to go back to Chateau?  No doing. My crowd is a more grownup, posh and sophisticated set.  I'll never stray again. Sorry Chateau. =/
    I love West Hollywood and all, but that's what I get for thinking I could go play in the castle's sandbox.
    xo

    18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    156. Marzan W.
    So I've been hearing about this place since I was a child.  And I hear of it because this is the place known as a hide-out location for celebrities.  Well, hey, they do offer 24-hour therapist if needed.  But, that's not why we stayed here.  Not only this hotel is historical but it's a beautiful getaway spot in a busy city.  We stayed in a one bedroom suite which came with a fully equipped kitchen, complete with cooking utensils, lots of storage space, closets, pantries, all the necessities one would need if one was planning to stay long term.  
    The pool location is in a secluded area once you pass the garden and some cottages/bungalows.  Communication with the lobby staff and valet were friendly and professional.  I don't about about the guy who brought up the breakfast for us.  From what I understand, he tried to be a gangsta from the hood.  
    Memorable moments. Fun times. So Hollywood.

    26/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    157. Erin H.
    Potentially the worst parking system ever created. Sure it's on a hill. In Hollywood. Off of Sunset.

    But I would rather park four miles away and take a public bus to the front door than experience that  "Where the hell is the entrance, where the hell is the entrance" moment again.
    When it takes 3 loops around the hotel on one-way streets to figure out where to go, I'm ready to give up.

    03/04/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    158. Burt B.
    Best outdoor drinking and lounging spot in LA. Not cheap, but that's the price you pay if you want to have a drink next to Johnny depp..

    18/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    159. christy k.
    Great food and room service. The full wk I was there was perfect and the staff were amazing and the gardens were beautiful. The private apartment I was in, was very cute. Love the full size old time refrigerator and kitchen.

    25/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    160. Omar P.
    It still does the trick.

    06/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    161. Sharon H.
    Great bar...even on a Thursday night packed with beautiful people. Drinks and service were top notch, parking stinks of course.

    21/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    162. Sarah B.
    I decided to spend the night at the Chateau Marmont for my birthday last year and it was fantastic. The room I stayed in was spacious and comfortable, with a large, flat screen TV, a couch, a coffee table, and a large and comfortable bed. The shower was excellent, too. They also provide complimentary Kiehl's bath products - lotion, shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner. The refrigerator was stocked (for a price), but there were complimentary snacks. You're free to take the candle and the robe, if you want (both for a price). Also, if you smoke, you can do so in the room.

    I found the staff to be very helpful and swift. When I pulled into the valet, they took my bags to my room while I checked in (and they never move my seat, which I appreciate). Finding the parking lot was not that difficult at all, but it is pricey. (It's $28 to stay, but if you are going to the restaurant, it's $12 for the first three hours and then $28 if you go past that.)

    I really enjoyed my stay here, and if you can afford it, I highly recommend it.

    I have eaten here on a separate occasion, and I also liked my experience then. The food is a bit pricey and the waitstaff isn't all over you, but that seems to be the style for this place - they give you your space.

    03/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    163. Isabel B.
    Love this place! One of my favorites in LA.
    Drinks are great, the food is delicious, the ambiance is awesome - day or night. Parking is not so great though.

    If only those walls could talk...

    28/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    164. D K.
    Extremely overrated! The hotel is in a great location right on Sunset strip, and has very interesting decor, but the rooms are not particularly luxurious. The Garden restaurant is absolutely delicious, but the service is horrid unless you're a celebrity (or a guest I assume). A better option is Sunset Tower across the street!

    01/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    165. Alexandra H.
    Our experience at Chateau Marmont was horrible.

    First, we drove up the steep hill to valet our car and they didn't even open the doors for us.  They told us to just leave the car there.  I've never been to a valet where they don't open the door for you.  It was hard to open the door with the incline of the hill... and yes the door fell on me.  

    Second, the hostess tells us that we would have to give up our table at 8:30 pm no matter what for a hotel guest even though we had a reservation and are a paying customer.

    Third, the table was so small for three people.  The service was so slow.  We had to ask for bread twice.  Also, we had to ask for water! We had empty water glasses almost the whole dinner.  

    The food was horrible that we didn't even finish our meals.  The hostess comes over and tries to kick us out of our table because the "time limit" was over.  We were done and were waiting for our check that was taking forever.

    The managers were walking around the place with straight faces.  None of them smiled at the customers.  Even when we were in the bathroom, the manager was in there also, didn't even say hi or smile at us.

    So we were telling the hostess our experience and she asked if we wanted to talk to the manager which we complied.  The manager, Seulgi Oh, came over to us and asked what the problem was with a defensive look.  We then explained to her our terrible experience.  Her comment was, "Our staff is trained to deal with high-maintence people." We were simply making her aware of the bad service and food.  Instead of apologizing and feeling bad that we weren't happy she argued with us by raising her voice and embaressed us in front of people in the lobby...She was mean.  Not only did she insinuate that we were high-maintence (which we are far from) she yelled, "I'm done" and walked away.

    We will never go back.  It shows what kind of people go here considering we were sitting next to the homewrecker Kat Von D and Lindsey Lohan is a frequent customer.

    27/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    166. Bruce G.
    I am always astounded that my friends who should know better want to celebrate special events at Chateau Marmont.  The building itself is charming, but not enough to offset the horrible rudeness of the staff.  From the parking valet to the restaurant hostess, the impression is that if you were lucky enough to have scored a reservation, nothing else should matter.  There are plenty of restaurants with just as much charm, much better food and far less attitude.  I would never choose this place on my own, and will pass on any invitations to sup there in the future.

    26/12/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    167. Kfir G.
    Great restaurant if you want to get the Hollywood experience.  Fun atmosphere on the rooftop.  Food and service are not bad, but you don't go there for the food and service.

    20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    168. Noah K.
    Ate in the garden area.  Very nice surroundings and well prepared food.  Pricey, as expected, and surrounded by many hollywood types, models, and blowhards.  Not sure exactly how many script pitches and name drops I heard through the course of the evening, lost count.

    Had a New York strip which was cooked correctly.  Don't remember the sides but I recall that they were tasty.  Also shared an appetizer which was good too.

    Was a little difficult to get the attention of the wait staff.  It was busy and I'm sure I don't come off as a high-profile Hollywood type...thank god.

    Couple glasses of Pinot which were surprisingly pleasant for the house selection.

    All in all a pleasurable experience, especially when you're not paying.

    20/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    169. Sophia K.
    My parents stayed here whilst visiting me a few years ago, so I had an idea of how snooty they were, and have only been back a few times since, mostly with people who have an 'in', and therefore have bypassed all of their BS.
    Tonight was different, I was catching up with a good friend and envisioned a casual dinner on their patio. I requested the patio, but on arrival the host/glorified maitre'd said there was nothing available, and plonked me down at what can only be described as a bar table inside. Before I could ask if we could move if anything opened up outside, he threw down menus and a fake smile and trotted away.
    I awaited my friend, truly pissed off as I'm eyeing the 15 or so open 2 tops  outside..........my friend arrived and I told him we were leaving. It's was 7.30pm and still gorgeous outside, it was a waste to be in their stuffy library like interior.
    As we left I told the lady at the front we were leaving as we had wanted a table outside, she said 'oh, well I did have something just open up outside, but if you want to go then go, it doesn't matter to me either way'.
    ??????????
    So I walked out. Naturally.
    Rude doesn't get u very far, not with me in any case.
    The lady @valet was at least apologetic and comped our valet.
    My verdict, skip it, it's not worth the attitude and total lack of manners. Someone should remove the sticks from their asses!!!!!!!!........or perhaps finishing school!?

    07/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    170. Jon C.
    There is no other hotel like Chateau Marmont! This place rocks! It used to be an old apartment complex in the depression era and since then they have turned this place into a prefect nirvana!! The Ambiance in this place is incredible!

    The Restaurant is in a beautiful court yard with amazing lighting and a cool atmosphere. You get this awesome vibe while sitting around and enjoying some wine with friends!

    I recommend the Fried Chicken on Sundays it is incredible and you need to call ahead and make sure they set some aside for you because it run out fast!!

    27/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    171. A D.
    Was in LAX on a long weekend, with a bunch of friends from NYC, one morning we decided to have brunch at Chateau M, based on recommendations.

    Called in for a table of 10, the chap who picked up the phone couldnt seat us outside together, but couldnt also do the math on being prompted that we could do a 4+4+2 configuration, or any combination thereof to get to 10. Gets flustered, and a girl comes on the phone, the maitre'd (more on her later) - and she says she can do a table of 10 indoors. I say we are enroute and we will work it out.

    Get to the place, she does have a table of 10 indoors, but outdoors, which is the charm of the place, looks tempting. We ask for an initial table for 5 while we wait for the rest of the party - takes some convincing for her to get us seated outside. Mind you, the place is empty at 1130 in the morning on a saturday.

    After we do get seated, she notices my Canon, and goes - we have a no camera policy - i say ok and have my friend's gf put it in her large purse and we settle in for some drinks and appetizers from the waitress - who seemed nice and service oriented. On being asked about the ability to smoke cigars, the blonde maitre'd says - no cigars anywhere on the property (although we are outdoors) but you can smoke ciggies. ok.

    Now, another staff member shows up, Ron Dunkin (? hope its his real name) - says " there have been complaints about a camera in use". My camera is safely stashed away, we arent paparazzis and we are about to embark on a long boozy brunch and drop some cash in this place. We ignore, but he insists on taking my camera (which isnt in sight and there are no people or things to take pics of...). I refuse, he persists, i refuse because i cant trust a place staffed by liars to handle my camera, and also now it was a matter of principle. My friend has had enough of the bad experience so far, makes the decision to exit the place and not take any more of the b-s - and we all left.

    It turns out, that the blonde maitre'd, told the staffer to come and take the camera, but it seemed to us that she was'nt very hospitable from the get-go - no commercial or economic sense, and even if she wanted to make it in LA, she will have difficulty with the attitude she was pulling. The one who suffered, was the poor waitress, who seemed very nice and probably lost a big tip because of her dumb blonde maitre'd superior. And Mr. Ron Dunkin was made to look like a fool.

    And Mr. Balasz or his staff if they care to monitor tripadvisor or yelp may want to look into this maitre'd's effectiveness in promoting his brand - Aug 13th 2011

    We went to the Roosevelt and had an amazing brunch in a lively setting with none of the faux pretense!

    21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    172. Adam X.
    Did dinner here Friday night outside. We were a little worried it would be a bit cold but the hostess sat us on the lawn (one of my fav spots in the world), and the heat lamps kept us toasty all night.

    Highlights included:

    Rich our server (who not only put up with us table hopping, my asking his name 5 times (was almost my death), but was super on the spot). Thank you again...

    The hostesses who made an exception so we could bring new friends together.

    The Food... it really is worth the visit. The Halibut (we asked for it seared), the Filet Mignon, artichoke, fries, and those amazing risotto balls.

    Always awesome.

    29/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    173. Cherie C.
    My only experience at the Marmont (despite 8 years in LA) was a private party for a former A-lister poised for a comeback that never panned out.  It was sad.  The food was okay.  The wine was okay. The building is beautiful, with gorgeous people milling about and dining outside.  Our guest of honor whined about the old days (80s) when the party went til dawn and people did crazy drugs everywhere.  But now Robert Downey Jr is clean and sober, and Madonna is a Jewish mom; those days are long gone.  We skipped out early and went to another uber-trendy hotel bar where we were ignored by the beautiful people.

    On the way out, we saw Scott Baio coming in for dinner.  Seeing Chachi was pretty cool.

    05/01/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    174. Linda C.
    This review is for the restaurant, I have never stayed at the hotel but I hope that day will come...

    This place is like the restaurant-equivalent of Tom Cruise, it has charisma. I have never been to a place with such a great ambience, I always get a little bit nervous when walking in here, it feels like you are in this magical place where anything can happen. And where they might throw you out at any time...

    Food is decent, nothing special, but that's not why you are here. You are here for that feeling of sitting in a beautiful, quiet garden right on the otherwise noisy and obnoxious Sunset boulevard. It smells good, people look good, and I have spotted a more or less famous person every time I have been here.

    Come for brunch or lunch. Oh, evenings are lovely here too.

    No photography allowed but I usually snap a sneaky picture or two (hence my fear of being thrown out).

    02/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    175. Daryl B.
    Very good service and atmosphere....valet parking....outdoor patio....Im not one to get star struck, but if YOU are...this might be a good place to have lunch...you never know who might be behind those sunglasses.....its a fun place to hit from time to time...

    24/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    176. Jordan P.
    Went to a party here in one of the bungalows. This is a landmark for a reason.

    23/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    177. John A.
    you guys are starting to lack

    18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    178. Jeremy G.
    Love it here. Eaten here, done shoots here (only with permission - otherwise no photos allowed in public areas), pro'ly overstayed my welcome at friends' rooms here, etc.

    This is true old world Hollywood - and better than anything new world Hollywood has to offer. Beautiful garden setting, an indoor lobby setting that is more comfy than my living room, nice service from everyone, hotel rooms that feel like great apartments - perfect for longer stays in particular.

    I wish I could say *something* bad about this hotel. Oh - they're in an AT&T dead zone spot, but so is half of Los Angeles, so I guess that's the biggest criticism I can level against them.

    Wine list (especially by the glass) is really nice. Caramelized brussel sprouts are awesome. Good burgers (not amazing), very good steaks, great caprese (may not be on the menu anymore?), tasty salads (all the ones I've had), etc.

    Make reservations and they only add 15% gratuity, so add a bit more if service was good. (people complain about this, but hotels that cater to international clientele have to do this as tipping is not customary in many regions)

    20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    179. Rita A.
    This really is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. You get the best people watching on the patio, its serene, and the food is never a let down. Have been coming to the Chateau for years and have never had a bad time. Admittedly, I have only come for brunch or lunch, so maybe it's different at dinnertime. Anyway, the service can sometimes be slow, but I have always enjoyed my meal and the atmosphere is just so classic rock 'n' roll. The seared ahi appetizer and cold artichoke soup are my favorite and all the salads are good. The best place to sit is the courtyard- it feels like you've escaped to some beautiful little hideaway far from the city. J' adorrrreeeee! having dinner outside and it was raining when I went....felt like paris.

    02/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    180. Thom K.
    Over rated hollywood hype,  i went to this place after reading the reviews and now having experiencing it 'I want to throw up' menu ltd....

    Service appalling, no cutlery, a waitress who probably is sharing Whitney crack dealer, no bread, no ice, no ice bucket for the wine, Rose wine ordinary and 4 waiters later and Matre de who didnt give a WTF, she went around like Lilo behind bars,  place a sham but positive nice garden.........

    Off to the Mondrian - Sky Bar

    P.S Bar Marmont  no better......dont go

    27/07/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    181. cheng k.
    **200th Review! Yay!

    I had the chance to stay here a few weekends ago and there isn't much that i can say that has not already been said about this place.

    Room = The hotel feels like.. home.The suite we had was 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, nook, private balcony, stocked fridge, excessively comfortable bed, funky antique furniture here and there.

    Room service = awesome, and fast. Spaghetti Bolognese is the order of choice, it's really really quite delicious.

    Restaurant downstairs = sit in the patio for breakfast. Put on sunglasses. Service is a little slow outside, but it's ok because it's not someplace where you really want to leave in a hurry.

    There really is something seductive about this place. Check it out if you get a chance.

    20/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    182. helen t.
    of all the years i lived in LA, i never made it out to the chateau marmont.  my friend had a surprise bday dinner held here on 12/30.  we had a long table set up outside on the terrace and a set dinner menu.  the food was pretty good, but i think you're here more for the ambience.  it's very dark and old school inside, which is particularly useful if you are a celeb trying to hide out here.

    04/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    183. Ron V.
    Had dinner at Chateau one saturday and had a lovely dinner - great experience will return again.  Food wasn't excellent, but definitely good.  Thanks Chateau Marmont!

    21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    184. Marina R.
    My friends and I were all looking forward to eating here, but after "dealing" with the rude hostess. I probably won't ever get a chance to. I read so many wonderful reviews about this place but unfortunately we had a horrible experience with the hostess and her rudeness. She not only scolded us like second graders but made sure to let us know how long we can stay.

    We said what's the point and left, we left a $20 tip for the water we were served on the couch and said thank you.

    I understand there is certain rules that one may need to abide to but being rude to your guests should not be part of the protocol.  I thought it was ridiculous to have us aware of the time limits when the place was 1/4 full on a cold Saturday evening.

    25/02/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    185. Kate K.
    Anyone who knows me knows that this is one of my most favorite places to stay! Each time my brother visits LA from NYC, I am lucky enough to get to stay here! Everything about this hotel is amazing...the history, the architecture, and the mysteriousness of all that goes on there! I especially love that they still use actual keys for their rooms. And Small but classic touch! Speaking of the rooms, I also love that each one is completely unique and different. The garden at the Chateau is beautiful and calming...and sitting out there on one of the couches while enjoying an afternoon martini is one of my favorite things to do when I'm there. The pool is also great, and the service throughout is fantastic. Along with the hotel, the restaurant is wonderful. Great food, outstanding service, and a wonderful selection of delicious wines! This is definitely my favorite place to stay in LA!

    19/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    186. Jen G.
    This was my first stop after landing at LAX and I couldn't have picked a better place for a delicious, leisurely lunch. The minute our taxi pulled up, our bags were taken and checked even though we weren't guests of the hotel. Every member of the staff was amazingly friendly and helpful! We sat outside even though it was raining (the garden is covered and enclosed) and enjoyed a few hours of people watching. The menu was extremely varied and there were so many things I wanted to order. I had heard so much about that burger that I just had to try it. In fact, everyone at the table ordered it and none of us were disappointed. It was delicious!
    On our way from the airport, a friend of mine contacted her friend who works there to let her know we were coming. We were surprised with a tour of the grounds and got to see what a room in the main building looks like. Unfortunately, we weren't able to see any of the famous bungalows since the hotel was fully booked for the SAG awards that weekend.
    If you're looking for a cool, LA spot to people watch and have a delicious, albeit somewhat pricey, lunch I would definitely recommend Chateau Marmont. We saw a few celebs while we were there including Richard Belzer (though I was in the restroom for that one, and my favorite character from MadTV, Stuart!!

    31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    187. anna s.
    I love The Chateau and have stayed here many times - the rooms are great - in an old fashioned charming hollywood kind of way.  unfortunately i was just there and did not stay at the hotel but had a big party/dinner in the garden - i don't know if i just didn't remember from previous stays but the food was awful!!  i ordered bronzino - very mediocre and my husband ordered the bolagnese which was highly recommended by 2 people - he said it tasted like a day old dish.  Really?  no excuse for crappy food from such an amazing hotel - and the prices are more fitting for a tastier meal!  on the upside the moscow mules were delish!!  oh and i just remembered i order the crispy artichoke as an app - it was breaded and deep fried - looked like a blooming onion - gross!!

    19/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    188. lisa u.
    im baffled that people think this is the "it" place
    Just because celebrities are seen here doesnt mean the food is great and its the most amazing place ever!
    granted i went on a sunday night and we had drinks and dessert out on the patio...there was nothing special about this place!
    I'm glad I finally checked it out, ive heard great things but COME ON! what a build up only to be let down by medicore food and a mehhhh type of crowd

    20/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    189. Valerie A.
    Very old Hollywood feel to it which is why I like it. Apparently this place does not comply to any rules like other strict places another like since I dont follow rules anyways I like to break them. They cater to over the top high maintenance people so what rules can their possibly be. It's a great place for any chain smokers and if you have the same dealer as Lilo because you can smoke on the patio and then trash your room and put the music up as high as you want for days at a time.  Or maybe only if your name is Lindsay I don't know but I got no complaints. The restaurant also has ambiance of a very chic old hollywood theme I mean if your thing is dinning with celebs this is the place to go which is disgusting if that's what your into. Hate people like that, but if you want to act normal and have a drink its the perfect place. It's as Hollywood as it gets, you cant get deeper in then this. Then the food well, not up to par but who cares no one comes here for the food anyway they don't have many organic/vegan options so I order take out from Cafe Gratitude.
    The bungalows, gardens, courtyard area are all so whimsical, you should come here on a weekday to play when all the tourists are still away.
    I can still see Jim Morrison here sometimes I sit there on the patio and have conversations with him while people walk by, I know i'm insane.

    19/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    190. Jaime W.
    Jenna, and what's yer face at the front desk, you're not that special. John Belushi died before you were born. Pull the stick out... It's LA, smile and dress slutty. Chill Brahh

    17/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    191. Vicki Y.
    FRONT DESK / CONCIERGE
    friendly & polite, but . . .

    ......but?  yup. but . . . ay, there's the rub!  when they're charging nearly $1K for suites, those are Peninsula-level prices. thus one would assume that a little piggy could encounter Peninsula-level service, no?

    alas, one would be sorely mistaken. we arrived at the hotel around 1pm and spent 10 minutes standing around as the only woman at the front desk engaged in an apparently fascinating discussion with a friend of hers about the party she'd attended the night before.

    when we inquired about checking in, she said our room wasn't ready, but said she could ring our mobile when it was. she didn't. at 3pm, the official check-in time, the room "was just finishing up getting cleaned" . . .  we ended up getting into the room at about 3:30.

    not good, said the little piggy! especially when little piggies have 5pm events to attend! eep! \(*(oo)*)/

    of course, wouldn't you know that the front desk's attitude toward punctuality showed dramatic improvement on the day of check-out? in fact, we received not one, but TWO phone calls: one at 11:30, and another at 11:50, "reminding" us that check out is at noon and that we needed to be OUT OF OUR ROOMS (emphasis included) by that time, or we would be charged for another half day, as they needed time to clean the room for the next guests

    ( ' (oo) ' )  

    must be extra-thorough cleaning they're doing at chateau marmont, since apparently they start at noon on the dot, and aren't finished 'til after 3? yes, that must be it. extra thorough . . . special . . . cleaning . . . by  . . . the . . . slowest . . . cleaners . . . in . . . the . . . world . . . one . . . carpet . . . fiber . . . at . . . a . . . time.    

    ROOMS
    our suite was large & airy, with a kitchen & breakfast nook in addition to the living room. the breakfast nook opens onto the balcony - what a great way to start the morning!

    furnishings suffer from Waldorf-Astoria syndrome, i.e. "this was all really high-end at one point, but now looks rather careworn 50 years later" . . . this includes the kitchen appliances .  . . perhaps we can chalk up the lack of a microwave to management's burning desire for historical accuracy? (^(oo)^)

    ******hair dryer: bring one!********

    the hair dryer provided is seriously the smallest known to mankind - you know those little sake sets for two? imagine trying to dry your hair with the serving bottle.

    wonderful assortment of refreshments in the fridge though - even piggy's favourite sparkling water, Badoit! safe is decent-sized; around 2 cubic ft,  not the usual tiny hotel safe - and the closet is a walk-in! yay! (^(oo)^)v

    RESTAURANT
    very tasty! two little piggy thumbs up: b(^(oo)^)d

    nice diverse selection of cuisines, all thoughtfully prepared. plenty of fresh & organic fare on offer. waitstaff are attentive & friendly without being too chatty. the patio is beautiful - sunny and peaceful, still with enough shade to keep it from getting too hot

    ROOM SERVICE
    24 hours - woo woo! \(^(oo)^)/ same menu as the restaurant and service is quite fast

    10/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    192. John K.
    I really love it here.  There outdoor seating is one of the best in Los Angeles... classy but not stuck up.  I wish I could go here more often but the price and my friends sometimes hold me back.  I can't say that I have ever had a bad experience here; and I've been maybe a dozen times.  Weekend brunches are best, make sure to call to make a reservation.

    I wouldn't recommend the bar or the hotel though.

    13/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    193. Noel J.
    I love la, really.  anyone who says they hate la is not going to the right places.   you can't find more renowned artists, ingenious thinkers,  modern architecture in one place.  the case study houses are heart-stirring, if any tours become available - jump on it, it rarely happens.

    when i stay in la chateau marmont is my home.  my romantic bungalow, cocktails in the garden, long baths to prepare you for those debaucherous evenings.  the restaurant will completely accommodate your vegetarian requests with ease.  with so many amazing accommodations, too many to list, i highly recommend this castle.

    07/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    194. Kiki H.
    Eating here is so great, staying here is so great and having cocktails here is soooo great.  I love Chateau Marmont and I come as often as I can.  I've had Christmas Eve dinner here with my friends (and my dog, ha!), had birthday brunches here, been to power lunches here.  It's all great.  Sunday Brunch is fab here and everything they make is really good, even their pancakes are excellent and I usually hate pancakes.  Weird!  

    All of their menus (brek, lunch & din) are small but they manage to keep the selection broad somehow.  The fact that all of it is prepared SO well makes it completely understandable:  You don't have to offer eeeeeeverything when you do what you do so well.  

    The patio is the best place for brunch.  For cocktails, sit in the lobby on the couches and you can order little bites (or dinner).  The ambiance is flawless, the people watching is great, the vibe is sophisticated, cool and quiet and their service is 5 stars.  

    If you stay here, they're all mini-suites or suites.  The rooms are roomy, tasteful and unpretentious.  The service staff is respectful and professional.  In the bigger suites you can get a huge terrace with killer city views.  

    They have valet but when I dine, I tend to park on Sunset and never have trouble finding a spot.  

    If you've never been here, you really should go.  It's a fantastic date place and you can totally get glamorous and dressed up for dinner.  You don't have to get dressy for brunch but if ya wanted to...it IS la la land afterall....

    04/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    195. Sophie L.
    My friends and I went there for drinks at the bar and we ended up eating desserts too! Out of the three desserts we ate, the pistachio crumble was outrageous. We couldn't get enough of it. My drink wasn't that great but I'm giving 4 stars for the delicious pistachio crumble, the outstanding service by the bar tenders and the waiters. We were very well treated! The ambiance was great after a certain time as more people came in. Overall, a great experience and i would gladly go back the next time in LA.

    28/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    196. Mary L.
    Only had lunch here, but it was so much fun.  Very Hollywood.  I'm from Chicago & we don't have places like that in Chi-town.  We sat outside for lunch on a gorgeous day.  The service was great & we had a great table.  The food was wonderful--my son had the chicken sandwich with fries & said it was very good.  I had the steak salad & it was so delicious.  Bread basket was not anything special, but adequate.  Prices are about on par for this type of place.  

    Didn't see any celebrities or special people when we dined here, but that's fine.  This place has lots of character & was definitely a must see for us for a trip to L.A.  My son def wants to stay here if he comes back.  A must even if just for lunch if you are in the city.

    10/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    197. Joy S.
    Went to check out what all the fuss was about. And the food is actually pretty good!

    We sat outside, and even though it was in the 50s and sunny, they had heat lamps going. Turned out we needed them with the wind. The outdoor area was tented, maybe for the winter?

    For lunch, I had the goat milk ricotta gnocchi with some chunks of what tasted like sweet potatoes. The dumplings were larger than what I was used to, good and filling, and worth the $23.

    My fiance had the BLT with avocado on 5 grain bread and fries, about $13. He said it was really good, and couldn't finish the fries (so I did. Yum! Thin shoestring fries).  They were out of ketchup, but we didn't need any - I used the fries to get the rest of the sauce from my pasta.

    We weren't dressed up, but were treated as well as everyone else. We saw two minor celebrities whose names and shows we couldn't think of, and someone we're pretty sure was Kelly Osbourne. But thinking about the Old Hollywood stars who'd been there years past was pretty cool.

    But for a "fancy" lunch for 2, I expected the bill to be higher than $50.  If we hadn't had to park around the block and walk up a hill, I'd go back.

    :::edit July 2011::: I've been contacted by a manager from the Chateau and told about parking in the garage. Next time I'm in LA, I'll definitely be back :)

    28/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    198. PendoLove A.
    My first dinner  at Chateau Marmont restaurant  back in the days  was so boring, tasteless and unmemorable that I didn't want to repeat the experience. So every time I  come here is strictly for drinks with friends or  for an event at the beautiful gardens on a summer day or night.

    So I was here  this past Sunday evening with a couple of friends who wanted to have some wine after a pool party that turned out to be more like an AARP BBQ next to the pool.

    Anyway, so  the 3 of us show up at this restaurant  with no reservations but we are thinking it is 6 p.m. on a Sunday  evening getting a table shouldn't be  a big deal-NOT

    So after finding out that we had no reservations the hostess gives us the usual  we are exclusive schpil " you know we are fully booked bla bla...and I  wouldn't want to give you a table and have the party who booked the table show up"  We informed her " we are just here for a drink or two  and then we will be on our way".  She goes " we have a bar next door, maybe that is where you want to go"  We are like "no we are sure we are at the right place"  So she is like okay I guess I can sit you in the lounge area instead of  the garden " We were like okay whatever is available, we just wanted to have a quick drink.

    So here passes this guy who is dressed like a waiter, dude doesn't even acknowledge us. So my friend asks him for a wine menu as  he was walking by. Dude in waiter uniform turns and said with sarcasm  " In front of you on the table" and kept on  moving.
    I am thinking  well maybe it is the end of his shift and he had just clocked out whatever. You know most actors hate that they have to wait on people so as soon as the clock hits clock out time they  are no longer waiters.

    So  shockingly after a while dude comes back  well I guess he is our waiter then and he is still on the clock. So he asks us what we wanted to drink . I wasn't drinking but the other two were.  So my American friend orders a red and my Russian friend orders a Russian Valley. The waiter goes "what"  Russian Valley repeat my friend " what" goes the waiter " in unison the three of us go"RUSSIAN VALLEY !!" And he goes " Ah Russian Valley"
    So yes I admit that my friend has a Russian accent  but logically if you are a waiter for such a high end restaurant you better be familiar with what you are serving even when ordered in a foreign accent.  I mean I don't speak Russian but was able to tell what she was ordering without even reading the menu.

    So he brings back the wines in glasses  didn't pour them straight from the bottle. And my American friend asks why that was so that they were not pouring them straight form the bottle? I mean how can one be sure that they are not pouring a $5 glass of wine instead of a $20" He gave some long winded explanation which did not make any sense.

    My Russian friend thought that the wine did not taste like Russian Valley and the wine that my other friend had was not that great either.

    Needless to say our waiter pulled a disappearing act  so we had to ask the  busboy for something to nibble on-nuts or chips you know the usual.

    After sometimes the busboy comes back with napkins and little appetizer plates and we are thinking-damn what did we order?
    He brings back a very tiny bowl filled with nuts. And I am thinking-that is the smallest order of nuts since my last plane ride.

    Anyway after they finished the wine they asked for the bill and my friends are definitely the kind that would heavily reward a good waiter but a rude waiter is someone they wouldn't tolerate.
    So here comes the check and  the total is what it shouldn't be. Now it make sense why the waiter could have cared less about doing his job right- the tip was included in the bill. To add insult to injury, they charged $4 for those 10 nuts they put in that tiny bowl.
    I  mean  I don't care where you are-the Four Seasons, the Beverly Wilshire, the Peninsula, Baja Cantina-NONE OF THEM CHARGE FOR BAR PEANUTS !!!

    You know it is deceiving for some of these restaurant to bill themselves as high end fine dining establishment when they suck at  things like customer service. And charging for peanuts is really tacky I might add!

    To show you how  full of crap this restaurant was the whole time we were there until we left , all dinner tables outside were still open. As far as I am concerned all these pretentious attempts to appear exclusive  is really bad business. I know for a fact that there are some people who come here  because they know the staff; they get seated outside drinking water the whole day because that is all they could afford.  And you are going to hassle up a paying customer because they are not on a page of US weekly?

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    29/06/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    199. Mike S.
    If I could give this place negative 100 stars I would. Unless your famous when you come here they treat you like S#*%!!!!!! Let me first say I made a reservation about a week and a half in advance cuz my girls and I were having a bachelorette party for myself. I thought this was a great idea. I WAS WRONG!!! So I get a call the morning of  our reservation confirming for our 6PM dinner reservation. Well that night my girls and I drive up to the valet and say we have a dinner reservation at 6. First off the Valets are rude and tell me there is a party going on for Rosario Dawson and the restaurant is closed for the evening.....WTF??? THEY CALLED ME THAT MORNING AND CONFIRMED??? so I said what do you mean they called and confirmed today and the valets asked for my last name and I told them. Then they said drive to this other valet and so we did and they let us in. WELL.....they told me at the valet that the restaurant was closed but yet we walked up to the restaurant and OMG IT WAS OPEN....IMAGINE THAT. So I complained to the waitresses which didnt really give a crap about the problem that we had experienced downstairs. They sat us at a tiny lounge table big enough for  SAY MAYBE 2 PEOPLE WITH 5 CHAIRS AROUND IT. It took 15 mins to get a server to come over to the table and when one shows up he walks over and says HEY WHATS UP AND WINKS. HE DOESN'T EVEN SAY HOW IS YOUR EVENING CAN I GET YOU SOME DRINKS??? I ask for a bigger table and they told me they can give me on but only for an hour. They said anything over an hour and we have to kick you out of the table even if we werent done with our food. I said we are just going to leave so we get up and they send the manager over or so called MANAGER. WHAT A JOKE.....He said Ill give you a free drink on me. I was thinking ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? SERIOUSLY??? A DRINK??? GIVE ME MY MEAL AND ALL MY GIRLS MEALS FOR FREE NOT JUST A FREE DRINK. We basically said shove the drink where the sun doesn't shine and WE WILL NEVER COME BACK HERE. IVE NEVER BEEN TREATED SOOOOOOOOO BADLY AT A RESTAURANT BEFORE. WHAT A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. IVE BEEN HERE TWICE BEFORE AND BOTH TIMES WERE BAD AND THE THIRD TIME IS A CHARM. ITS OVER PRICED AND THE STAFF IS RIDICULOUS. SO DON'T COME HERE UNLESS YOUR A CELEBRITY. Sad to know that people assume you don't have money if your not famous. Well, I DO AND HAD PLENTY TO SPEND THERE. Not anymore.....GOOD RIDDANCE Chateau MarNOT!!!!!!!!

    18/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    200. Marina V.
    Chateau Marmont is a beautiful place, great for lunch or a business meeting, perfect for hanging out with friends at night. Love the charm of the old hotel.

    25/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    201. Ulysses P.
    Right at the edge of the Sunset club & bar strip, this place is a true hidden gem! You can so easily miss. Known as a popular celebrity chill spot, this place is straight class. On a recent LA road trip, we came here to hang out at the outdoor lounge/restaurant. The outdoor area was a huge, dimly lit area filled with different tables and chairs to either have a meal or just have a drink with friends. There were heating lamps to keep us warm and the area is covered by a see through mesh tent type roof.

    They have a very nice wine list and the girls I was with ordered their house wine which ran somewhere around $80 for the bottle. I was just chillen with some beers. It's smoker friendly which i liked! Don't find many places like this in LA anymore. Looking at some of the food that was taken out to those that came for dinner, it looked and smelled great! It's definitely a great spot to take a date before hitting the town for some late night action! I will surely come back!

    27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    202. Gina K.
    Lovely lunch on the shaded patio. I've been here three times for lunch and the service and food were always great.  Validated parking free for three hours during lunch. Love the beet salad with warm goat cheese in puff pastry on top. Feels like vacation when you're here.

    18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    203. David M.
    If you're not booking a bungalow, ask to see the room. It's a crapshoot, but some of the non-bungalow rooms are perfectly fine.  Others.....not so much.  At $800 a pop you want it to be glam, no matter who is paying.  That being said, you're (or....)  paying for discretion and privacy here. It is the movie star version of rock star Sunset Marquis, or maybe vice versa? Either way, I'm neither, but I do love LA, and my stays here have been nothing but ideal.  I like the Chateau for privacy, the Marquis for glamour, and the Standard to get my groove on. I am from SF, and people here disparage LA non stop.  To them, I say "You're doing it wrong".

    13/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    204. sven v.
    If you grew up when I grew up - when the world changed from black and white to glorious color, independent of where you were actually located , you grew up in southern California---- and the neighbor girls , the girls you dreamed of at night  , had last names like Brady and Clampett .

    Now if you were dating Ellie Mae you know Granny would be out cooking possum at home by the cement pond  ---- -- If you were dating a Brady -( hopefully Marsha and not Jan), you know Mike and Carol would cover your bar tab at the Hotel Bel-Air or at least the Brown Derby...... but if you were lucky enough to be dating Marilyn Munster , ( arguably the cutest of the three), you would be dining at the Chateau.

    Up the steps , past the garage and into that dusty old relic of yesteryear-

    Enjoy the " old world vibe" indoors with the dark wood , brocade walls ,  antique chandeliers and rooftop butterflies as you pass through - but grab a table outside where the hipsters accumulate-

    The food has improved as of recent but you are still paying for the history ,         ( perhaps paying down the long abandoned tabs of Belushi and Gram Parsons -( or the more recent debts of Lindsay and " Billy Walsh"............  Hey , they have to cover the bills somehow and , the most popular table top items at the Chateau , cigarettes and cell phones , likely don't generate much for the book keepers)) .

    Bottom line - if your looking for substance , style and service you're better off at the Polo lounge or Asia de Cuba---- if you want to feel like a 1920's Prague junkie mystically teleported to the Sunset strip-the Chateau might be what you're looking for.

    Four stars

    23/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    205. Owen H.
    I was here for a quiet late night dinner on a Thursday. The atmosphere was great and so was the service. The valet was full, weird, so we parked across the street. The food was good, the oysters and cheese plate were great. My only complaint was the drinks were watered down. When you order a martini and then an old fashioned and even Hendricks on the rocks, you should taste the alcohol, all the drinks were watery.

    30/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    206. Julia M.
    My friend and I went to the Chateau Marmont for lunch on Saturday June 30, 2012.  The hotel is very lovely of course. I'm on a restricted diet right now, so I asked for no condiments on the chicken sandwich I ordered.  But they made a mistake and brought it with condiments.  The staff apologized profusely and remade it. Mistakes happen.  It was a lovely lunch on the patio in the sunshine.  The bread they use for the lunch has a very hard crust.  It would have been amazing to have warm sourdough...but then I want that at every restaurant lol.  In all it was a good experience.

    05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    207. Melanie C.
    What can I say?  I am a sucker for old Hollywood, and the Chateau is just that.  From the deliciously old school elevators to lunch outside, it was a lovely experience!

    It was a bit chilly on the patio, and so we asked them to move one of the heaters for us, which they promptly did.  A few other guests asked for (and received) blankets--that's service for you!

    My soy latte was lovely, and the goat cheese ricotta gnocchi with buttternut squash was phenomenal!  I shared, reluctantly, with friends and we all agreed.  The beet salad was also a standout.  My friends loved the crab cakes, but I wish they had a bit more flavor.

    I requested to see a room and we were graciously shown one of the more unique rooms--it has wood floors.  Elegant and simple.  The vintage fridge and stove were charming, and the private patio was surprisingly spacious.

    Staying here is definitely on the list!

    06/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    208. Britt P.
    The ambiance, wonderful food, and a glass of Dom... all any girl could ask for. I will make it back!

    10/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    209. E F.
    I had a good time here. We had 11:15 dinner reservations. They only had a table in the side room but it was comfy and filled up quick. Funky-type music, very "LA". Our waitress was sweet and attentive. BF's food came out fast and was delicious (burger and fries). The wine was good. Bartender made me a great martini. The staff was great over all. Strange crowd...lots of hipsters and other characters. We had a fun and relaxed time! I would go back

    15/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    210. S. T. V.
    I came here for dinner with 10 other people on a Saturday night. We were supposed to be seated outside (girl on the phone confirmed when we made the reservation), but when we got there the group was being directed inside. We were a bit upset because there were alot of people from out of town and they really wanted to sit outside in the nice California weather. Unfortunately they couldn't accomodate us but the manager was very nice to have bought us all one round of drinks. It was very nice and classy of her.

    I got the burger and it was very, very good. I didn't try other people's food but I don't think anyone was complaining!  Food was good, drinks were good, and although we were hoping to sit outside, the decor inside was very nice.

    The staff is very polite. Our big group was loud but they didn't say a word to us. I really liked my dining experience there.

    Valet is $12!

    09/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    211. Mark V.
    If you're looking for an escape to new world meets old, head to the Chateau for a quiet, romantic evening. After 2 years neighboring the Chateau, I finally decided to give it a whirl (dining and cocktails only). I would say I was pleasantly surprised by the relaxed outdoor patio environment. Despite the celebrity appearances at nearly every surrounding table indoors and out, there was no element of paparazzi, no element of star craze, and no element of Hollywood trash - a pleasant surprise for the Sunset strip!

    As others have mentioned, the vibe is overtaken by old Hollywood...the musty, older decor has an underlying tone of class...reminiscent of my New England prep school days, I rather enjoyed this past meets present experience (note: the men's room is identical to a prep school locker room circa 1925, with the urinals seemingly taken from Fenway Park in 1933)...perhaps some upgrades could be done!

    As for the food, nothing too memorable - some average hangar steak, pretty decent fries, neither great nor memorable, but certainly not bad for a landmark hotel. A bit pricey, but certainly not surprising for this establishment. If you're looking for something different, give it a shot...if you're looking for fine dining, you have many other options nearby!

    Note that the Chateau does apply gratuity to all parties, and that reservations for either dinner or drinks are a MUST.

    02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    212. Veronica S.
    Discreet at it's best, you see it from Sunset Blvd easily because of hits castle-esque structure, but as you go up the hill to enter, you only meet a door and a parking garage, how interesting

    Nevertheless, the Marmont offers a lot, whether you want brunch, food in general, or drinks at Bar Marmont, this place will offer a unique experience you can only find in the heart of Hollywood.

    18/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    213. Taylor L.
    How can anyone not love this place? I came here on a sunny afternoon with a friend.  We enjoyed a lovely bottle of rose, and a caprese salad - how LA of us.

    If you're looking for a gorgeous location with a classy vibe, you should definitely make a stop here. Their outside courtyard is perfect for an afternoon snack, romantic dinner, or just to have a nice cocktail.

    Well done Chateau Marmont. You lived up to the expectation!

    30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    214. D K.
    It's beautiful. I eat in the garden occasionally, which is really nice. The food is delicious but the service is so-so. Unless you're a celebrity or hotel guest, don't count on being treated like it. Seems like there's a lot of weird rules and restrictions, and all the help has an attitude (um, you're the help. How's that for attitude?) but it's fine. Great for celeb spotting. For a better experience, choose Sunset Tower across the street.

    02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    215. Emann B.
    A friend took me for a lovely birthday lunch and we sat outside.  Great service, tasty food, low key, easy atmosphere.

    Had the crabcakes to start, then a fried bass sammy on grilled ciabatta with the most delectable skinny frites.  Came with tart assortment of pickled veggies which offset the richness of the fried goodness and fresh tartar sauce nicely.

    18/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    216. Elsie N.
    We had a late dinner here.  I was starving but didn't feel like a meal meal,so we ordered crab cakes, brussels sprouts, shrimp cocktails, cauliflower, and another veggie dish that I can't remember.  I don't think we finished anything between the two of us.  Maybe just the shrimp cocktail.  So maybe the food wasn't so amazing, or maybe we were more engaged in conversation, or maybe I had a bit too much wine...

    The night was deliciously cold so we sat inside.  It was a Tuesday night and we got there around 10pm but there were still people requesting a table in vain.  My friend somehow got a last minute reservation...I didn't ask how!  

    I had a wonderful time.  Not because of celeb sightings.  Rather it was the company and the wine that made it great!

    07/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    217. Kimberly W.
    If you really want a taste of Hollywood, this is it. Not only is it loaded with Hollywood history, home to the best poolside lounging, hotel lobby, and outside dining, it is also home to the world's coolest cat; Pierre. Snuggle up on the sofa with this pussy cat and watch Hollywood at play.
    But don't walk in with high hopes of getting seen, because even famous people here don't get a head turn, the clientele is that cool.
    Unless you are staying here (recommended), you either need to come early, or make a dinner reservation or the welcoming committee at the driveway, will not let you pass.

    15/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    218. Devon R.
    Very swanky joint. Old hollywood charm with a reasonable price tag. $10 glass of wine is not that bad I was expecting it to cost much more. Here is a tip: be nice and the hostess will treat you good. We were seated in the VIP section just because it was Sunday night and I was gracious towards her. Fun spot to grab drinks, see and be seen.

    17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    219. Nique F.
    After a week in LA, I was growing very weary of everywhere being a total scene...everyone concerned about being seen, and wanting to be surrounded by other "important" people. Chateau Marmont didn't help my weariness, as everyone there probably is someone important (celebrities in disguise), and the others all wanting to be in the company of these in cognito celebs, to feel vicariously special. Ah, the tragedy of it all.

    HOWEVER, the Chateau itself is lovely, with a quiet, secluded feeling...a great hideaway for the bustle below. You've got to be pretty loaded to actually stay here -- most commoners will settle for an overpriced (but perfectly prepared) meal at the restaurant. The perfect brunch spot, with outdoor seating and a fabulous menu. I had a spinach & ricotta omelette...one of the best breakfasts of my life. Or maybe it was the drag queen and her Belgian actor boyfriend sitting next to me that made the experience so enjoyable??

    Oh, the eavesdropping opportunities here. Priceless!

    The valet boy was super nice and gave us a secret tour of the pool area. I would actually kill to stay here, as it's got all the glam of Hollywood, without people prancing around trying to prove how awesome they (think they) are. Go to the Roosevelt for that!!

    But, if you're stuck just eating at the Chateau, be prepared to be spat on if you don't have a reservation or aren't starring in a Blockbuster film. But still...just go.

    25/04/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    220. Rob H.
    I used to go to the Chateau all the time for food and drinks. My parents have also stayed there numerous times. But I recently went back on a Sunday night after some time off and was completely disappointed. First off the whole vibe has changed starting out front. The valet had to call up to make sure the restaurant could accommodate us. When they said "yes", the valet took the car and we headed up. Once we were in the lobby the young lady at the check-in informed us that there actually wasn't a table, and we'd have to wait in the little side bar. The entire living room area was empty, and outside was not packed at all. So we sat at the tiny bar and checked out the menu - cocktails for $18, wine by the glass for $15 and up, average entree over $30. Sorry, for those prices you can eat just about anywhere in L.A. - we left without ordering anything. The valet was nice enough to waive the $12 parking fee as he hadn't even parked our car yet. Not sure what happened at the Chateau but we won't be going back.

    14/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    221. Zoey J.
    The food was excellent, but the highlight here is really the service.  
    My two daughters and I dined at the Chateau Marmont, enjoying a leisurely and memorable breakfast during the week.  We enjoyed our meal on the patio, where the weather was fantastic, and since it was mid-week, there were only a few guests.  The staff could not have been more attentive.  You don't have to be a guest of the hotel to be treated liked royalty.  Did I mention the food was excellent?
    We ate from the breakfast menu, just slipping in about 10 minutes before the kitchen was going to switch to the lunch menu.  The staff recommended the "crunchy" french toast and I took them up on the suggestion.  My daughters enjoyed a garden omelette, and pancakes with fruit, respectively.   Everyone gave their meal an enthusiastic thumbs up.  Breakfast, with juice, milk, and a small pot of coffee was $86 (which was about what I expected to pay considering it was the Chateau Marmont).    Whenever I travel, I treat my family to at least one amazing meal at an upscale locale, and the Chateau did not disappoint.  A fun experience, and worth it for us.  If you have the opportunity to go, take it.  It's a fun, memorable time.

    27/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    222. Catherine M.
    Amazing space, good menu and the food was good. I had the Braseaola salad which was small, light, great taste.
    My pal had a burger and fries (typical man) and said it was good. (I skimmed some fries, loved em).
    Iced tea was very, very tasty - impressed.

    Only reason it's not 5 stars is the service was ... good when present? We had to ask numerous times for refills on water, tea, things to be brought, take our order, etc.

    23/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    223. gator l.
    Writing a review of this place is like Archie writing a review of God. Also, I'd imagine getting a job at this place is like taking applications from the local Rite-Aid for a job at the pearly gates.
    The place is really terrific, the wait staff - very hit or miss, when i told the guy at the valet from my car that i was here to meet a guest at the bar he tried to send me to the bar marmont (gross), when i specified that I had to go to the actual bar "oh, it's straight ahead to the left"... "and what do I do with my car?" thinking he was the valet, "you drive your car straight ahead... and then to the left". I'm not in kindergarten. don't patronize me because i mistook you for a valet, you were wearing a white coat and standing in the drive way.

    30/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    224. Sarah B.
    I went for an early dinner on Sunday. Had a reseveration which is probably the only way these people would let me into the joint...even though I was living around the block.

    After a back and forth about where they wanted me and my boyfriend to sit- they were transitioning from lunch to dinner and doing a new floor layout- we ended up on a corner table closest to the door leading outside.

    If you've ever been here you know the deal, eurotrash, young women with considerably older men, young well dressed men who look lost on their way to a frat party at the Spelling Mansion, and the occasional celebrity.

    On this particular occaision we had all of the above except the celebrity.
    We had the "I've been sitting out near the pool slamming margaritas since 10am and I also never eat" lady being helped to and from the bathroom almost out entire meal until she was escorted from the premises.

    As far as the food is concerned, It was all good. Not great but good.
    You go for the experience and that's it.

    We started with a cheese and fruit plate- which by the way- from the time we were seated til the time we were handed a menu was 45 minutes.
    I ordered a vegetable soup which was tasty followed by an arugula salad with shrimp. The salad was quite perfect.

    As earlier mentioned- don't come for the food or the service, unless you are A-List big money.

    Do you KNOW who I am?!

    13/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    225. William K.
    Had lunch there on Easter.  Everything from parking, to the food, to the friendly staff to the service was great.  I was actually expecting a 'Hollywood' attitude because of the Chateau's place in Hollywood history, but quite the opposite.  Very nice, very professional, very accommodating and great service.  Treat yourself to the Chateau Marmont and you won't be disappointed.

    01/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    226. Lisa L.
    This review is for  the restaurant, not the hotel!
    We went here primarily to people-watch. I knew from the Yelp reviews that it'd be good for that. I expected the food to be overpriced, underwhelming and the waiters to be snooty wannabe actor types. I'm glad to report that I was wrong!

    We found street parking and did not use the valet service.
    The hotel and restaurant are gorgeous! We came for lunch and sat outside in the courtyard. There are fountains, plants, and NO PIGEONS. We ordered a BLT and fries for about $13 to share. The waiter didn't give us any attitude for it either! It was delish. None of that applewood smoked bacon nonsense here. The bacon was crispy and had some spice to it.  They gave us a basket with little individual use bottles of dijon mustard and hot sauce! Class total!

    And as for the people watching, we saw a lot of the pretty people who can only exist in LA, but no familiar faces.

    17/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    227. Marcus K.
    As amazing as the hotel is, I wanted to leave a review for Sky Bar but can't find anywhere. Anyways: the club is popping; the hotel is amazing; the restaurant is great.  However, yesterday was the first time I ate out by the pool. 3 times, we have to ask for water. When we finally got the water there was no lemon of course, as we had asked for. This was about 10 minutes after we had gotten our food.

    The heater went out before we got our food. Same thing; asked 3 times and finally, when I went and complained to the manager, it's when we got the water and the heater fixed.

    The blond waitress (curly hair if you ever go there) was giving nothing but attitude after that - it was obvious that her manager had spoken to her and now she was mad at us...because she wasn't doing her job...

    Again, hotel and restaurant both amazing; eating by the pool, not so much.

    12/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    228. Matthew B.
    My wife and I went here for dinner recently with a guest from out of town. We chose it mostly for the benefit of our guest -- Chateau Marmont has quintessentially LA patio seating and high likelihood of spotting a celebrity. On those counts, it was a success.

    On all other counts, a failure.

    1) The curb valet refused to take my car. No, really. Instead, he suggested I take my car up the driveway and see if there was parking there. So apparently I was the valet for the valet.

    2) Our table was adjacent to several where people were smoking. On March 8, smoking near outdoor eating areas in LA was banned. Marmont apparently considers itself too cool to comply.

    3) The menu was boring and overpriced, the food mediocre. Spaghetti for $23? Steak and french fries for $33? Three deep-fried rice balls for $15?

    4) A service charge is automatically added to the bill regardless of the size of your party. What, am I ten years old? I could almost forgive this except that ...

    5) The service charge was calculated on the tab AFTER tax was added. This is ridiculous. Tips, service charges, whatever you want to call it are based on the price of the items BEFORE tax. You may think I'm quibbling about pennies, but when multiplied across all those tabs, every night of the week, that's a lot of money that Marmont is removing from customer's pockets without giving them a choice in the matter.

    So go. Park on the curb. Have a drink, a cigarette, and a $5 rice ball. Ogle the celebrities. And then go somewhere else for dinner.

    02/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    229. Max D.
    The food was just ok. The atmosphere and the ambience is great only if you get to seat in the comfortable arm-chairs. The rest of the tiny tables and wooden small chairs especially the places for 2 are the worst, no privacy at all and you feel like you're sitting in the corridor. All the stuff has huge attitude, even the bus-boys. Only the hostess was nice enough. They didn't want to bring us any water and made ton of mistakes with the orders, thank god there was only 2 of us. These people should thankful and grateful that they work there and should have a smile on their face. The food is not French authentic. Overall the biggest probes is the stuff.

    26/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    230. Kristy R.
    This review is for the restaurant.
    My husband, another couple and I recently had dinner out on the patio. We arrived half an hour early so decided to have a drink in the bar before being seated. The bar is VERY small and the bartender was not very friendly. The drinks were $20 each and took at least 10 minutes to get even though we were the only ones there at the time. I had the Eastside which was very good but nothing out of the ordinary. We then headed out to the patio for dinner.
    I do love the patio area. It is a true escape from the city and chaos that surrounds. The addition of the tents and heaters is great. I also appreciate the intimacy of the table arrangement. They are relatively spaced out as not to cram too many tables in the area. One bizarre thing... we were given only drink menus by the hostess... not food menus. When I asked for it she stated the server would bring us food menus. Not sure what that's about... but I found it irritating. We then ordered some drinks from our waitress. They were just as good (if not better) than the ones inside but were each several dollars cheaper! Point being... If you are going to eat outside forego ordering a drink from the bar inside. I would also pass on the bread they bring... it is very dense and the crust crazy hard! We were lucky enough to have come on a Sunday which is fried chicken day. My husband ordered it and it did not disappoint. The biscuit was delicious and the chicken very tender. I had the tomato and mozzarella salad which was good. Not a steal at $17 but it was still good. Best thing on the menu... the parm truffle fries. Spectacular! The bread pudding was also amazing and I don't even like bread pudding! Highlight of the night was the service. Our waitress was attentive, sweet and fun! Not stuffy or pretentious at all (which I have experienced at other higher end establishments.) She was super knowledgeable about all items on the menu and gave great suggestions for food and drinks. All that being said... It was a great experience and we will go back for sure!

    22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    231. David C.
    Me and my friends went this place yesterday , this place was very nice and romantic food is Delicious . We are planing to go back again with friends and have fun. I will recommend this place to all of my friends and family members.

    18/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    232. Lianne F.
    Every time I come to L.A. cocktails are a MUST on the patio at Chateau Marmont!  The drinks are yummy, the service is great and it feels like you are at home in the garden having a cocktail with heat lamps and tiki torches aglow.  I was there with a bunch of girlfirneds and we saw ScarJo and her hot hubby Ryan Reynolds having a quiet dinner.

    While I have attended events there, I have never stayed in the hotel, but I have heard nothing but great things about the service.

    24/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    233. Roy P.
    Beautifully decorated, very classy, and the atmosphere provides an amazing ambiance to have an elegant evening.

    I came here with an artist and her PR team for a dinner meeting and everything was perfect for us.  After a very filling meal, several glasses of champagne and wine, and a few good laughs, a very sweet old woman ended up paying for our entire meal.  There were 11 of us and needless to say our meal was well over $2,000.  

    What a night.  What a memory.

    02/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    234. Holly M.
    Marry Me???

    God, I just love this place.... I don't even know where to start!

    Rooms: in the main building there is a real charm to these older looking rooms - they are very spacious and some have beautiful views.
    Bungalows: This are freakin awesome - very mid-century modern - like little apartments with their own backyards - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE  and good for families or groups
    Pool: So 1950's chic, small, intimate, not crowded and just feels so understated cool. They do not allow people who are not staying at the hotel into the pool - so it doesn't get crazy crowded or turn into a party place like most hotels in Hollywood. Oh, and the bar/food service at the pool is perfection
    Restaurant: So good all around. The food, the staff, the piano! I have been there for a couple impromptu mini-concerts... the best was Rufus Wainright who played/sang Hallelujah! I almost started to cry, it was so beautiful!! (and I wasn't the crying type at this time), the people watching is fun as well.

    So much good stuff here... oh, and Patty - she's the coolest!

    10 STARS - if I could

    17/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    235. Elle R.
    This review is for the restaurant.  After one of many business dinners here, my husband brought me home a takeout dish--  a $16 Kale & Beet salad that I was so excited to eat.  When I opened it up, there was ONE piece of beet inside the salad.  I called the restaurant to tell them of the mistake and the hostess was dismissive and incredibly rude, asking "What am I supposed to do?".  

    This is a restaurant that seriously undervalues it's customers.  Reading through reviews, it appears I'm not the only one with this experience unfortunately.

    11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    236. Tristin T.
    Everything I ordered was DELICIOUS!!! Nothing needed salt or pepper! Fabulous lunch and I can't wait to go back!!!!
    Fries are amazing!
    Beet salad, oh so tasty
    Chicken sandwich had the best seasoning I've had in a very very long time!!!
    I want to try something new this time....perhaps I will splurge and order fish!!!!

    13/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    237. Jaime T.
    I have been coming to the Chateau Marmont for years.  Every time I come here, I love to sit on the patio of the hotel restaurant and people watch / celebrity hunt.  

    I've seen many A list  celebs and D list celebs as well.  

    The service by the staff can be hit and miss.  We were here on Sunday for breakfast and after about an hour of waiting, we asked what happened, when come to find out that they forgot to put our order in.  The manager came out and comped our entire meal.  

    That's an example of great service.  

    I've also come when the service hasn't been great, and the wait staff has had attitude. Which keeps this from being 5 stars.

    Rooms range from $500-$22,000 per night and some of the rooms can be a little older.  You're paying for the right to be elbows to elbows with Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and some of Hollywood's heaviest hitters.  

    The food is also hit / miss - which is another reason this isn't 5 stars- but sitting on the patio, drinking in nostalgia of John Belushi, Jim Morrisson to Lindsay Lohan this place is as Hollywood as it gets.

    16/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    238. Stephen J.
    What happened to the Chateau Marmont?  It's definitely not what it used to be ten years ago, not so long after owner Andre Balazs took over and fixed it up.  Now it's a tourist hotel, and the service is....well, let's just say NOT GOOD CASTING.  And we weren't impressed w/ the food.  But the biggest change is that it's no longer "exclusive".  Business types and badly-dressed tourists were scattered throughout the patio dining area...now doubled in size as they raised the sunken lawn and put up umbrellas everywhere to block views of the historic building.  In a word, it's gone down hill, cashing in--for sure--on it's great name, but now.... the glam is gone.  Very sad, actually, as we knew it well, and it WAS all the hype that was made of it.

    20/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    239. Laura F.
    This is a really cool fun spot to get a drink in LA. It is expensive, but you are really paying for the ambiance. Most cocktails are close to $20 and the wells were around $13. However, though I didn't see anyone famous, I think that you are paying to see someone famous. I didn't mind though and I struck up a lovely conversation with some nice girls close to my age. Though the hostess was a little rude (I came into the bar at 3, and she was like, you will need to leave by five for the dinner rush), I was excited enough to not care. The service was good and helpful-even offered to take back my cocktail if I didn't like it though I didn't take him up on it and he gave me a cup to take home the rest of my almonds when my meter was running out. All in all, I had a good time and I will be back for sure.

    23/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    240. S E.
    I normally don't like trendy LA restaurants where the focus is more about the scene than the food, but CM is special, and seated in the outdoor patio, and it's actually kind of cool to be in the "Hollywood" scene without it being trashy or obnoxious.

    I've been a few times and tried a few things. Last visit, had the fried baby artichokes, fried calamari, burrata, and dozen oysters on half shell for apps. All were quite good, as was the bread and butter, and the wine the server recommended.

    For entrees, had the branzino, which I wasn't too pleased with. A tiny piece of fish, skin on (not my favorite), but the saving grace of the dish were the lentils underneath it. Really flavorful! My table also ordered the burger (cooked perfectly medium, very tasty, accompanied by delicious thin fries), the salmon (did not personally taste, but it was more substantial than my branzino and was reported to be good), and spaghetti bolognese (the real deal, milky and rich).

    For dessert, had the flourless chocolate cake and sticky toffee pudding - both tasty.

    In a nutshell, the food is solidly good, and most entrees are $30 or under, which is more reasonable than one may expect here. And the service is not pretentious (well, other than the hostess in a friendly manner informing us pre-seating, that we had to vacate our table in 1.5 hours due to the next reservation - a threat that happily wasn't kept and we were permitted to enjoy our meal at leisure). It's always a treat to dine at CM!

    23/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    241. Kamie P.
    If you're in the mood to pretend like you're in Paris again and want to have a long brunch, on a gorgeous patio, with your Sunday paper or latest great read --the Chateau Marmont is your haven. Love this place so much, new Sunday brunch ritual without a doubt.

    04/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    242. Debra M.
    My favorite place to hang while in LA.

    06/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    243. K G.
    The hotel bar was surprisingly non-douchey until the short, scrawny, balding bar back yelled "have a nice life" after us as we thanked him. Very cordial.

    17/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    244. Daisy D.
    I would give it 3.5 stars if that was an option. The courtyard is beautiful & serene; great quiet place to enjoy a cocktail after strolling around Hollywood.

    Cocktails were good but they weren't anything special. Drink tab (3 cocktails) was just as much as dinner for three at a different restaurant. Crazy in my book!

    However, I am glad to say I experienced it at least once.

    20/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    245. Ulibka L.
    A classic Hollywood gem, in all its luxurious glory with a laid back and welcoming atmosphere!

    This is my favourite place to go with friends to have some wine in the garden. I've had dinner here too which is also amazing!

    The crowd is always interesting and artsy. The ambience is one of a kind. consistently a great place to go and I will keep coming back :)

    20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    246. Yurai C.
    I had an awful experience at "Chateau Marmont". We parked and walked to the sister location, down the hill. When were walking back a valet gentleman got in my face and hassled me about where I was going?! I was caught completely off guard, he grabbed my arm and shook me, I replied we are walking to our car! as I pointed to friends walking ahead. I cant believe this person felt it was okay to put his hands on me. I had to create a Yelp Account to share my experience.

    04/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    247. Hanie B.
    This hotel has its own charm. Beautiful. Great for meeting with clients. Enjoy drinks and lunch. I love the privacy of this place.

    17/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    248. Eugenio B.
    I used to love to go there.  Fun for lunch especially.  Nice garden, good crowd.
    But... one day we go there and are seated in a nice little 2 top in the corner that we often sit.  We are enjoying a couple of drinks before ordering lunch  when the hostess walks up.  She tells us that we need to vacate the table and move to another table because someone else was asking for it.  After a little bit of resistance they made it clear to us that we had no choice.  
    They never offered anything to make up for the inconvenience. I have never been asked to move from a table before.   I have to say it was a bit humiliating and unprofessional. It certainly ruined the ambiance for the two of us. We have not been back since.  (by the way, the table remained vacant for the whole time we were there)

    23/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    249. Carlos A.
    LOVE this place. It doesn't get more Hollywood than Chateau Marmont even if you're like me and you can't spell chateau. From its start in 1927 hosting stars like James Dean and F Scott Fitzgerald to the guys from Entourage, this hotel is steeped in history.  

    The architecture is lovely and if you spend more than 20 minutes here you're likely to run into a celebrity. When I arrived there was a paparazzi blocking the entrance (typical). That evening I ran into Seth Green, Paul Wesley from the Vampire Diaries and a woman from Samantha Who. The one celeb we managed to get a picture with was Sofia Vergara.

    See: farm5.static.flickr.com/…

    Parking is insane. Valet is close to $20 so you're better off trying to find parking elsewhere if you're short on cash.

    I tried the tres leches, white coffee creme brulee and banana creme pie. All were tasty with the banana creme pie taking 1st place. The server lost track of us as he chatted with a group of women in the corner but made it right by comping us some drinks. That is my idea of service: if there's an obvious mistake apologize and/or make up for it. I will DEFINITELY be going back.

    16/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    250. Anita D.
    Casual bite in a charming little outdoor terrace.
    If you are looking for a cute outdoor place to eat lunch, Chateau Marmont is the place to go. In the middle of LA a hidden French vibe with good food.
    We ordered a crispy bass sandwich which was good and a madame croquette which was delicious. Portions are just as good as everywhere else in LA and you get a chill relaxed lunch for a fair price. Try it!

    25/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    251. Nasim N.
    I love this place! It's so mysteriously cool and hip. Very old Hollywood and now all of new Hollywood's finest frequent it. Love the history and glamour here! My cousin and I ate at the restaurant and it was beautiful and the service exceptional. There was a large 40-person dinner party right next to us including the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Sofia Coppola. Josh Hartnett was also around, as was Lindsay Lohan who I bumped into in the bathroom.

    The meal was FANTASTIC! I had the beet salad to start, followed by a filet mignon, and topped off with vanilla creme brulee. One of the best dinners I've had in a while.

    Chateau Marmont will definitely be a staple during all of my future L.A. trips...I absolutely love it!

    20/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    252. Andrea R.
    FINALLY! After years of reading of celebrity sightings at the Chateau Marmont I made my way there for a drink...and celebrity sightseeing of course.

    While I've heard the food is quite good, my friends and I opted for drinks here followed by dinner elsewhere. I enjoyed a fabulous cocktail that tasted like a mojito (but it wasn't)...so fab that I can't remember what it was. My friends seemed to like their wine as well.

    After 1 drink and some olives it was time to leave for dinner. On my way out I expressed my disappointment (with a big sigh of course) that I hadn't seen any celebrities. My friend tried to cheer me up by pointing at Judy Reyes from Scrubs, but Lindsay Lohan, Brittany Spears, or other hot mess celebrities would have been more my cup of tea. Maybe next time!

    07/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    253. Jordan C.
    I came here for breakfast with full intentions to see celebrities. I only saw one... but it was none other than Usher. I'd trade 5 b-list celebrities any day to see Usher in person so I am not complaining.

    Anyway, the service there was surprisingly not that great. Our order took forever, no one came to check up on us, and they weren't all that helpful. Maybe it's because I'm just some random asian kid and not a big name celebrity. When I spend $60+ on breakfast, I expect much better service... especially from a staff that should be well trained on dealing with much snobbier people. I'm seriously an easy customer, but somehow I didn't feel like they were trying.

    That being said, I had the omelet with gruyere, bacon, avocado and caramelized onions and it was really, really good. They serve it with toast points and tiny little bottles of condiments.

    The crispy french toast on the other hand was bleh. Tastes like a churro... but not as good as a churro.

    05/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    254. Christopher N. W.
    I wish we had more time to spend at The Chamberlain but it was my last day in LA and we had reservations at The Chateau Marmont for breakfast. Known round the world as a celebrity hot-spot this Hollywood institution has been around since 1927 but only became a hotel in 1931 after the Depression made it difficult to rent rooms as an apartment complex. Belushi and Helmut Newton died here and Jim Morrison famously tried to swing from a drain pipe into his room, falling and nearly killing himself. Hollywood royalty and many famous writers have graced it's rooms and the dark tiny corridors and stairwells hold the pent up energy of the people who have passed through them.

    I'm not much for celebrity spotting and as far as I could tell everyone on the expansive patio were just run-of-the-mill folks such as myself, enjoying brunch and some serious 5 star service. Attentive without being overbearing is how I would define it. My water was never less than half full yet I hardly noticed anyone refilling it. I think we were served by 3 different people but it was never chaotic. Lindsay and I split a french press of coffee quite reasonable at $10. This is not the place to order a mimosa however as they clock in at eighteen bucks for about 6oz. They must be using some high end prosecco.

    I decided to veer away from my Standard and went with a 3 egg omelet that was more suited to my hunger levels. There are quite a few fillings to choose from. A variety of cheeses, veggies and meats. I went with Gruyere, avocado, and tomato. This came with roasted potatoes and toast (dry multi-grain please) I also selected the fresh seasonal fruit plate. Lindsay ordered Crunchy Almond French Toast & Berries.

    We chatted and enjoyed the pleasant summer day as the sun warmed the patio with the food arriving fairly quickly. The fruit plate was first. Honestly? Well, it's mid July and I'm California. So I'm thinking peaches, strawberries, blueberries, apricot, pear...... Nope. Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple. Seriously? I just got served the Save on Meats fruit salad. This is a cop out fruit salad. Sure it was fresh but for 6 bones? I want a strawberry damnit. It was cut weird to. The chunks a little too large.

    Moving on. My omelet arrived. Large and perfectly cooked with light airy folds and no gross brown spots. A decent amount of high quality swiss cheese and plenty of tomato and about half an avocado. Awesome. My only point of contention was that the tomato and avocado were just kinda mashed onto one side and I had to unfold and redistribute the filling. I asked for hot sauce and received two of the cutest little single serve bottles. Not all that green I suppose but screw it; these little buggers were just so delightful. The multi-grain was good. I mean it's toast right? The potatoes were a selection of baby red yellow and purple, split and roasted. Likely the best brekky potatoes I have had. As good as the Yukons at Locus in Vancouver.

    Then there was Lindsay's French toast. Ohmyfreakinggod. 3 massive slabs of brioche - the best bread for French toast. Cooked to sweet perfection and coated with some sort of mysterious almond crunch. Blueberries dotted the plate and a generous ramekin of Vermont Maple syrup provided a mouthgasming threesome. I finished my meal and helped Lindsay with hers. This crunchy outside with a soft yet still dense interior. Hand's down best French Toast either of us had ever had.

    I have to say my expectations hadn't been that high but The Chateau produced. It's expensive sure ($86 clocks in at the highest breakfast cost for me yet) but the service is superb and the food is solid. I wouldn't go every Sunday but when I'm in LA again I will make a point to go back for that French Toast.... Or perhaps the Croque Madam. Mmmmmmm.

    25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    255. Sandy B.
    I adore this place. I've yet to stay at the hotel but I love having lunch/brunch here. The service was all around phenomenal and the food is good. Get a spot on the patio and just sit back and relax. I love that it doesn't feel like a hotel and the staff puts you instantly at ease whether you are a guest or not. So charming and laid back.
    Withholding one star for the valet, who were slow, odd, and generally hopelessly incompetent.

    03/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    256. Wally C.
    I am real sorry but this restaurant does not deserve a star. It is a shame there are not minus stars. Getting a reservation is next to impossible and I surely don't know why. I got a 6:30 pm table for 3 and was told under no uncertain terns we had to be out of the table by 8:30.. The table was so small there was not even room for 3 plates to eat. My wife's seat was so close to the bushes bugs were crawling in her hair. Know up front that the !8% tip is added to your bill. That is because the waiter is so lazy your would think they were on Zanex. I always, always tip 20% this guy did not deserve 5%.. Oh well... There are too many really good restaurants in this town to waste your time at this one.

    02/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    257. Manuel D.
    This is one of the other places on my list of places to eat while in LA. I'm no where near the social or financial level of most people that stay or eat here. So I was pleasantly surprised to be treated like a valued customer. From the valet guy to the hostess, I was really impressed. I did have to ask for a waiter to come take my order, but everything was cool after that. I ordered the Chateau burger (med rare) and was brought one cooked medium. Still, the burger was very juicy and flavorful. The truffle oil french fries were absolutely wonderful!

    Expect to pay anywhere from $30 - 50 per person for lunch. They also add in a 15% tip.

    The atmosphere is great for people watching and enjoying a quite lunch. On nice days, it's popular to sit on the patio. While I was waiting on my food, the hostess came up and offered me a seat that had just opened up on the patio. Sitting inside was nice and the furniture will remind you of a nice antique dealership.

    ~Manny

    08/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    258. Remy-Anne V.
    Best place to go to get a glimpse of celebrity life and the old hollywood style.

    I've eaten brunch here twice. I must say a very nice, classy and an intimate setting. What I love is, it's open to the general public, not just celebrities! It's awesome, almost thrilling to think that you could be sitting in the same chair and table that possibly the Rat Pack, Brad, Halle or Denzel coulda been at?!

    First, when you arrive its so nice and posh, the hotel and the courtyard offer privacy and a serene feel to the area. I absolutely love how it's hidden amongst huge trees and bushes. It's like a well known secret hiding place. A nice sunny day is perfect since it's outdoor seating in their patio. Both times I went during summer and it was absolutely gorgeous out, who could ask for more?! Their patio is like a cross between-  a scene from the movie Secret Garden (great looking garden) mixed in with the Hollywood/Vegas lounge. It's just a beautiful place inside and out.

    Although you are sitting and eating in a piece of history it's a nice calm relaxing vibe you get- celebs and commoners lol. To the workers everyone is a celeb, they were all very nice and helpful. It's nice to walk around the hotel also and take a look at the pictures and artifacts that reflect the buildings history and old time guests.

    Food- I ordered the eggs benedict. It was good. Nice runny consistency, however they could have been a bit more generous on the Hollandaise sauce. EB's are always on my list of breakfast and brunch items to taste when rating a spot.  My friend ordered the french toast which was yummy and had a bunch of fresh fruit on it. Price wise, people complain it's a bit pricey...but common folks. You're in LA, and at a spot where celebs wine and dine. It's not exactly gonna be the MCD $1 menu!

    To top things off...On my first visit here it must been my lucky day because I saw KEANU REEVES!!! Holla! Another mighty fine artifact that graced our presence. He probably was reading the next script for Matrix 12 or something...

    Anyways, Chateau Marmont is definitely a chic place. If you're ever in the area and in the mood for some good food, a history lesson and a possible celeb sighting stop by here!

    18/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    259. Courtney B.
    Went here for drinks in the garden late on a Sunday night, and was so impressed we went back again for dinner the next day.

    The service is outstanding. They are friendly without being pushy and seem to know exactly when to appear by your table. It takes a lot to wow me food-wise, and so many of the things I ordered managed to do just that! I sampled the pineapple upside-down cake, which was heavenly. Very moist with a rich, buttery caramel sauce. I also had the ice cream sundae, which was good, but I guess I expected more. The maraschino cherry was memorable, though, for being fantastic!

    I also had the bufala mozzarella/speck/peas/salsa verde app. It was just perfect. The flavours complimented each other spectacularly.

    All in all, it's a great place to relax in a quiet, gorgeous setting without leaving LA.

    15/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    260. Lady L.
    This is about the restaurant...If you want to call it a "restaurant".

    We were sat, received menus, a busboy asked if we'd like water, I said yes, and no one ever came back. We had several servers make eye contact with us, walk right by, and still...nothing. I'd say we wasted a good 20 minutes waiting for service (I never got my soda water). To think, my hubby was going to start with a $20 glass of wine. No one cared. So we got up and left.  

    I did, however, get cocktails at the indoor bar a while back, and it was a wonderful experience. The bartender was friendly and made a mean drink. I guess this place is hit-and-miss.

    22/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    261. Bryan W.
    Pleased with my choice to take an NYC friend to Chateau Marmont for happy hour. Showcases differences between LA and NYC.

    Opted for outdoor seating and sat in the 'center of the universe' for a cosmic night. Spacious lounge afford aural privacy while letting you see and be seen.

    24/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    262. Debra F.
    We stopped by the outdoor bar for our last night at this famous hotel. The moment we pulled up at the valet till the moment we left it was a disappointment. To begin with the valet was rude. He asked where we were headed. But acted as if we were beneath him. Really? Guy makes min wage opening car doors and you have attitude. Geez. Then we headed to find the bar that was not easy due to the fact there are no signs anywhere. We get into an ancient elevator that got stuck. Luckily a guy that works in the place got in to figure it out. Get to the pretty outdoor bar to find out we must get seated by the host. The host was nowhere to be found but finally came up to the desk and tells us in a matter if fact way we can sit only until 6:15. Nice! We sit and order drinks and appetizer. Food was very good but should have been served with crackers on a charcuterie plate. No one came back by to ask how we were doing. Saddest part was no star sighting which I was hoping for. They need to lose the attitude which all staff has and take lessons from our hotel The Peninsula where everyone makes you feel like a star and welcome. I'll never return to this hotel and I'll be sure to tell all my friends! It's a beautiful, old , historic spot but they need lessons in hospitality!!

    13/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    263. Sarah K.
    Beautiful hotel.  Service was so nice.  Relaxing atmosphere.  Not too pricey.  Not much more expensive than any other restaurant.  Food is fantastic.  If you come for lunch valet is free for 3 hours.

    13/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    264. Eddie O.
    Old hollywood vibe.  Personally I like newer more upscale feeling bars but this place does draw in some talent.  Worth checking out on a Thursday or Friday but rather small and tight to mingle.

    Alot of history and art deco with a vintage feel.

    20/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    265. David A R.
    Meh. If you're not a beautiful young girl or paying a fortune to stay here they treat you like you're steerage class. A friend and I came for a drink at 5pm. The patio was less than half empty and they said every table out there was reserved so they parked us in two uncomfortable chairs from which we ordered our $13 glasses of $4 wine. They think they're all that, but they're just a bag of chips.

    28/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    266. Monica W.
    Beautiful space to have drinks outdoors, extremely nice staff that doesn't push you to order more.  Beautiful people conducting business or just hoping that other beautiful (or at least super wealthy) people rub elbows with them. Excellent spot for people watching; saw Adrien Brody.

    21/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    267. Nicola M.
    Some dreams really do come true. Always wanted to come here. Especially after perving over Stephan Dorff in Somewhere too many times. I never thought I'd be pulling up outside in a navy mustang, getting valet and lunching. With Katy Perry in sight.
    It was quite nerve wrecking getting in here, after the valet man took Bruce to park him, we had to find our way in- which is made a bit tricky. There is no real entrance. Through a bush/shrub lined driveway, past a garage with luxury cars and into a darkened narrow corridor is not how I imagined arriving into this haven. But it's oh-so-hip reality was much better. Up some (dark) stairs awaits a hostess by the main, tiny lobby. We said we'd have drinks as I was sure hubs was scared quite how expensive our little jaunt was going to be.
    We were led outside into the most 'chanelesque' with a hint of Moroccan ambiance courtyard. All white drapery, black details. Vintage look chairs, mismatched sofas. General hip elegance. Loved. Wall to wall fashionista's.
    Service was fantastic, flawless. I even got offered 'the black napkin'. Which I was certain meant something elitist as he said in a way that eluded exclusivity. Sure. But secretly I think it just went with my outfit better.
    Lunch menu was in fact not over the top so we decided to treat ourselves. It was my Rose vino that was one of most expensive drinks on menu...but all the ladies were quaffing it- why should I? And lunch itself was just delicious so well worth every penny.
    The toilets were interior heaven. So slick. Hermes hand wash. Enough said.
    Now, Katy Pezza. I was jealously eyeing this hot girl in a navy wide brimmed hat/dress combo and she stood up to say goodbye to one of the many big-wigs at her table, I caught a glimpse of her face. And blue hair. Oh sure. Katy Perry is lunching two tables away. Made my life complete. No photos though as that would've been tres tacksville. We waited until they left so she walked right by us, sooo tiny and pretty. Never really been a fan until now.
    Love the Chats. Amazebombs.

    03/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    268. Alexander R.
    Whatever happened to places like this? Why don't they build castles in the city anymore. Castles of make believe/self delusion/mystery?
    The Chateau Marmont is a hotel with an infamous and storied past. It's a hotel where you're required to see a celebrity roaming the halls like it's no thing.
    When you go here it's like being secluded from the rest of LA while being right in the middle of it all. My room was clean and old school and suited my purposes perfectly, my purposes are varied and infamous and I am self self delusional.
    The staff was calm and young and almost totally professional.

    Five stars because anything else would be selling myself short.
    I want to go back and become one with the Chateau, become a specter in it's halls. Maybe not.

    10/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    269. Sujan J.
    We were visiting LA from SF and decided to check out this old hollywood establishment for lunch. (and were hoping to catch a glimpse of celebrities if any lol)

    We hadn't made any reservations and we weren't sure if they would be able to take us.  So we called the restaurant as we were driving and they said that they could sit us at the time we requested.  I guess from all the hype I was expexting them to be fully booked but I guess I was wrong!

    We dined at their courtyard (I think they have a dining hall inside for dinners) for lunch.  It was a beautiful day and everything looked beautiful from where we were sitting.  

    Mimosas were tasty - but pricey (I think they were $15-18 each?)

    Our meals were reasonably priced and they tasted good.  They had enough of a selection for one of our friends who was vegetarian as well.  

    We killed good 2 hours here but didn't see anyone worth noting.

    Still we had a good time and enjoyed our visit.

    You can actually request a tour of one of their guest rooms (no extra charge).  Since we were playing tourists, we requested a tour of one of their rooms.  Chateau Marmont is an apartment that was converted into a hotel so all the rooms have basic kitchen built in.  While the rooms were spacious with good amenity, carpet looked old and everything looked too outdated for me to actually want to come back and stay.  But this is my personal preference (I prefer modern, new, cleaner look) and I'm sure some people may enjoy staying at Chateau Marmont.

    24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    270. S. F.
    Love the food here! The servers are amazing and attentive especially my French friend from Miami he rocks ! I know everyone loves sitting in the garden area I actually like the indoor area. The seats are fit for a little princess. I do not have a single negative thing to say about the place.. Love it!!

    05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    271. Erin S.
    For as much as I've heard about this place, and how hard it was to get in, and the celebrities you see here, I give it a solid C-. The wait staff is incredibly rude and slow. The food is average for what you pay. I recommend going once for the overall experience, but I'm definitely over this place! I took my cousin and some friends here a few weeks ago, and the woman we spoke with on the phone was incredibly rude and curt insisting that they were completely booked for dinner from 6-10. After a few mins of her "double checking" her reservation book, she said she could squeeze us in. We got there, and we were one of 2 parties on the patio. This place is lame, highly overrated and a snooze!

    21/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    272. Emily B.
    If you live anywhere near the LA area, a visit here should be on your bucket list! The interior style of Chateau is really glamorous and has a vintage art-deco feel, and it looks even prettier on the outside at sunset. A few film students and I had done some assistance on a studio lot earlier in the day and were treated to an outing here. That being said, this place is extreeemly expensive. I feel like I wouldn't have been able to even walk through the doors if I wasn't someone else's guest.

    There were a lot of people in our party so we got a more secluded private section. The only thing that kind of wigged me out was the waitstaff being on edge at all times. I'm not sure if it was a waiter or a busboy, but this one man literally stood at the base of the table and watched every person's glass and plate for the entire night. If I took one sip of my water, he immediately refilled it. It was definitely A++ service, but it made me feel kind of guilty about drinking my own water knowing that he would have to come by right after.

    The portions were much larger than what I was expecting, which was nice because most of these hyped up restaurants charge ridiculous prices for a minuscule amount of food. The grilled salmon was amazing! I wish I could comment on the drinks, but I was underage when I ate here. They looked pretty damn good though! If you're willing to splurge on one night when you're in the area, definitely stop by here, but just keep in mind that they don't allow photos in the dining area. That was a bummer but understandable.

    31/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    273. margs k.
    The garden/patio is a very lovely place for a casual lunch in West Hollywood. Although making a reservation here is a bit odd. You have to call during business hours, and there's no website or menu for the garden restaurant, which is separate from Bar Marmont.

    That aside, they have an assortment of standard American lunch fare (sandwiches, salads, crab cakes, etc, and they will even make a omelette if you so wish) and there is plenty of street parking on the street behind the hotel. (Not that you really need to park on the street, as they will validate your valet parking with the meal.) Overall, a nice place to lunch with some friends and take in some of the hotel's rather understated Hollywood charm.

    28/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    274. Jan K.
    Restaurant has a wonderful ambiance - very romantic!

    Food is forgettable, but then again - do you really come here for the food?

    31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    275. Beth s.
    I've lived in LA most of my life. Took some clients to dinner here to check out the scene. Made reservations-they said we'd be seated on the patio but could only stay for 1.5 hours to make room for the next set of guests... Okay, I guess, but on a Tuesday night? When we arrived they said there was no room on the patio and we'd be seated inside... Warning! You don't want to sit inside. It's old and small. We spoke with the manager who was finally able to seat us outside, but told us we'd have to leave in 1 hour. Within 45 mins, 10 mins after our meal was served, they started asking us to leave. The hostess, waiter, and manager were complete snobs. Unless your famous, pick a different restaurant. The food was pretty good but nothing special and small portions.

    20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    276. Michael Joseph C.
    fancy, classy, luxy!

    17/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    277. Amanda H.
    This review is for the lounge only which you will find if you go to the elevators and go up one floor or take the stairs up one floor.

    If you're coming in the evening/night hours, you will need a reservation. Luckily we when we got there at 6:30 it was still early enough for us to be able to get a table.  That table was inside since the patio was already booked.  We were told we would only be allowed to have our table until 7:30.

    We were there for drinks only and let me tell you kids, drinks are not cheap or even moderately priced at the Chateau.  Sure you can get a glass of wine for around $10 but if you want something a little better, it's gonna be $17-$23 a glass.  Mixed cocktails are $17 and their limited beer menu ranges from $8-$23 a glass.  Gratuity of 15% is included if there are 2 or more of you in your party.

    The staff was friendly and nice.  Atmosphere was cozy and inviting.

    If you're gonna valet, it's $12 without tip.

    All in all, worth it to go at least once in your lifetime.

    23/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    278. Philippe H.
    Must have reservation, otherwise its not easy to get in.  I enjoyed the Three Cheeses  & Accoutrements...didn't care for the salad.  I love their ice tea just perfect in an idyllic garden terrace hoping to catch a glimpse of some famous celebs.  Although they said refrain from taking photographs:(  I love the setting, very Hollywood in the old days.  I can sit there all day.  However, this is not Starbucks.

    20/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    279. Brandon K.
    Great atmosphere for a night out, but service is just as average as the food.

    10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    280. K.S. A.
    I hear there are "celebrities" here, but every time I've been here, I've been too...thirsty...to notice. Great brunch, great drinks. Great lunch. Never been here for a nighttime meal other than a couple of olives on a toothpick, so I can't speak to dinner, but it's a nice place to have a few and watch the world spin on.

    24/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    281. Dimple- LudMilla B. F.
    Make sure you have a small car, streets are narrower than narrow.  

    Brunch at Chateau Marmont on a clear, blue California morning will have you smiling the rest of the day.  Had the banana bread with yogurt & glazed plantains....to die for!  The outdoor patio decorated in crisp white linens with hints of moroccan lighting added a contemporary feel to a classic, Old Hollywood landmark.  I would definitely come back here in the evening for cocktails with friends.  

    A very friendly Chateau indeed...the valet & staff were more than happy to engage in small conversation about the hotel.  Our server was excellent & very attentive to our party of 5.  All in all, an absolute experience & beautiful place to be a part of the sunset scene.

    21/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    282. Melissa N.
    A place to see and be seen! A very beautiful old school castle with the service of a millionaires mansion. You are not supposed to be able to get a reservation here unless you are famous, but for such a beautiful place and great service the food left me dissapointed.
    The patio is beautiful and we sat out here during a very cold but sunny day which was perfect because of all the electric heaters they have around.
    I had the salmon which is mediterranean styled and it was nice but cooked all the way through and lacking something crunchy to pair the hummus it comes with. We ordered also the arancini to start which was delicious but also ordered the chilled crab with avocado and didn't even finished it...meh.
    My husband ordered the Burguer and this was really good! He gave it a 10 out of 10 on techinque, nothing fancy though. We would go back for sure for the parmesan and truffle fries, and having Stan Lee eating by our table!
    We finished with creme brulee, very nice but a bit soft, and the cheese cake which was meh!

    Overall nice experience but average food. Amazing service and beautiful place.

    16/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    283. Wendy C.
    Whenever I go to a place that I know is frequented by celebrities or high society clientele, I always have the bad habit of feeling like I don't quite belong and I'm being judged for dining there.  Of course this is silly of me to assume, and even sillier for the person or establishment that actually does judge their clientele like that, but I can't help it.  Chateau Marmont was one of those places where I just felt super judged.  They gave me the impression that unless you look like you have "90210" written all over your face, you will be given less than decent service here.

    I was taken here for a surprise breakfast last saturday and let me tell you, I was not all too pleased with how I spent my morning.  Came in and was seated in a timely and polite manner by the host.  A waiter or at least someone who might have been our waiter(no one actually came by and ever formally introduced themselves as our server) came by and took our drink orders.. juice was promptly brought to our table.. okay so far so good.  We placed our order with someone else who simply asked us if we were ready to order.  Okay, yea I suppose so..  After about nearly an hour of  sitting around and just chatting about our week, I realize everyone around us is getting their food and not us.  Hmm, I'm pretty sure the two affluent looking blonde ladies next to us just got seated 20 minutes ago and they already have their food.  What is going on?  Finally the food comes out without any apologies as to how long it took, and of course my order is wrong.  I alert the person who brought out my french toast that this was the wrong french toast, to which I got a reply of.. "don't worry don't worry, we'll just replace it for you okay?" He said it in that tone like I was making some sort of big deal about it like they wouldn't replace it for me or something.  Whoa whoa attitude check Mr. La de Da.  In the end I did end up getting the correct order but I felt pretty offended at that point.  The rest of the meal just kind of carried on like so.  No one really came to check up on us, or really gave us the time of day.  

    Food was pretty good but I'm not coming back.  I don't really care if it was just an off day, or if they really were just being preferential towards certain customers.  Either way its a big shame on them for delivering less than decent service for the prices they charge and the amazing reputation that they are supposed to have.  Disappointing.

    06/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    284. kandy k.
    Had sunday brunch there with a few friends.  
    The interior and patio are great but the service horrible and snotty.
    The food so-so.

    I hate it when you order your food a certain way and they completely ignore it.

    We ordered our burgers medium rare and they all were well-done.  
    The eggs were to be medium hard and came out runny.
    For such a fancy place the chef sucks.
    Get the order straight.

    Oh and there was no discount or compensation for the wrong orders.

    Not Classy and Overpriced.
    No Thanks

    22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    285. Terence N.
    This review is based only on their restaurant, not the hotel.  The restaurant overall was disappointing, most of the small plates and entrees we tried were unsatisfying.  Maybe it's because we had a very late dinner at 10:30pm and the head chef went home.  But the quality of food served at this "classy" establishment was mediocre at best.

    For appetizers we tried the calamari, truffle n' mushrooms, and crab cakes.  Most were decent, but nothing to crave for.  The crab cake was okay and the truffle and mushroom were good, but they only serve a small portion enough to feed a petite person.  The calamari was over breaded and not crispy.  The appetizers might have been the most enjoyable part of our meal.

    For entrees I had the burger cooked medium.  My burger came out well-done and very bland.  This was by far the worst burger I have ever eaten at a restaurant.  The patty was overcooked, cold, very dry, and had no seasoning whatsoever.  I was shocked when I took a bite and realized that my burger was dry to the bone and flavorless, plus it was slightly cold.  This is unacceptable for any restaurant...I would have enjoyed a superstar at Carl's more than this.  The burger was also very plain, topped with sliced tomato, onion, lettuce, and a slice of gruyere; served with ketchup and mustard on the side.  The fries were very salty and no better than the burger.  What a disappointment!  Do not order the burger!  It might be a hit or miss type thing, but clearly the chef left my burger on the grill way too long, and then left the burger sitting on the counter until it was cold...unacceptable!  

    Some of the other entrees were only slightly better.  The spaghetti bolognese was decent but the sauce was very thick and dry.  The noodles might have been the best part of this dish, and even this was not cooked al dente, it was soggy.  My friend ordered the seafood paella.  The seafood was good, but the dish was also dry with very little sauce.  The dish reminded me of dirty rice or dry jambalaya, because they use a similar Cajun seasoning.  It was an okay dish, but I would have liked a little more sauce.  Portions for entrees were large compared to appetizers, but the dishes weren't cooked well enough to actually finish.

    The waiter was nice enough to serve my friend a slice of chocolate cake for his birthday, the cake was very rich and thick but tasted pretty good.   I was not at all impressed with the food served to us, and if it were not so late, would have complained and sent it all back to the kitchen.  The small plates were satisfying, but overpriced for such a small portion.  The entrees were all disappointing and unsatisfying.  

    The interior décor is nice, and the waiters left us alone for the most part.  The only complaint I had was that the waiter gave us too much time, and it took us about 30min to get a check.  There was a party going on outside, so maybe our table was not given the attention we should have deserved, both inside the kitchen and out...but for a classy establishment this is unacceptable.   I will not be coming back to eat at the restaurant and would not recommend anyone dining here...there are plenty of other restaurants in West Hollywood which serve better food.

    I do hope the Hotel lives up to a higher standard than the restaurant...

    09/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    286. M H.
    Beautiful hotel. Great food. Good cocktails. Okay wine. Can be loud at night- I know the place is old, but the walls are paper thin. Oh, and I'm pretty sure the place is haunted. However, I suppose will deal with the ghosts because I always seem to have a great time here.

    28/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    287. Danielle F.
    This review is for the restaurant which is too cool for anyone except want to be rock stars and skinny Europeans that smoke way too many cigarettes. While the outdoor garden patio is ripe for people watching, prepare yourself for some pretty terrible service and some so so food.

    Portions are small and way over priced. It's amazing people pay this much to eat with the cool kids but I guess it's worth it if you want to pay for it. I can't remember what I ate, mostly because I was sitting in an uncomfortable chair trying to get the waitress's attention for most of the evening (they include the tip on your tab which explains why they don't care) and the food just wasn't that memorable.  

    Also, they give you your table and then ask you to be done in less than 2 hours because someone else gets your table then. That's always nice.. It's $100 per hour to dine here and then they throw you out.

    Appearances are everything here. Its not like anyone cares about the food. The ladies are just going to throw it up later and the men are just using the awe of the place to get the ladies out of their panties.

    That said, I still like it here. The old Hollywood spirit that haunts the hallways is classy in a Ginger Rogers kind of way. I'm just sticking to drinks from now on.

    08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    288. MalibuRum B.
    Some Hollywood wanna-be actress is a restaurant hostess here. I think she needs to eat some of the food here. She's skinny, crabby and acts like she owns the place. That pretentious ahole act of hers loses all stars from the get go.

    Wanted to sit out on the patio and have a drink before meeting some guests at the bar (which didn't open for an hour or so). She was adamant about if we were REALLY only there to have drinks, how long we were planning on staying and oh my, they were going to be booked for dinner so we couldn't POSSIBLY stay there.

    Clean your ears out, honey. I said we wanted to have A drink. We were seated out on the patio. Our server was very nice. Friendly. We had a Moscow Mule and Pale Ale beer. By the time tax and the service charge was added, it came out to $31. Plus tip it was $35.

    SO NOT WORTH IT. Nothing special about the patio, drinks, atmosphere or anything else. Didn't even want to stay and hit the bar. Went down Sunset to another bar and had great service, food and company.

    17/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    289. Jennifer J.
    The weather was perfect for lunch on the patio. The hotel itself is dimly lit, and I'm not surprised to hear that it could be haunted. I took a wrong turn and found myself in a creepy hallway a la the Shining.

    Food was yummy, drinks overpriced. I really didn't expect to see any celebrities, but I saw Christina Applegate, Russell Brand, Rose McGowan, and Eva Longoria. I was thankful I wore my huge dark shades so I could ogle without making it too obvious.  

    I recommend the burrata over bruschetta as an appetizer. Upon first bite, the burrata was not to my liking but I found myself enjoying the flavors exponentially with each chomp. The BLT looked more like a club sandwich, and it was quite tasty. The cucumber avocado salad was plain old rabbit food, if you're into that.

    18/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    290. Walter M.
    The most famous hotel in Los Angeles. Yeah I said it. A must stay for anyone who has an appreciation for the good things in life. Fair warning I did not stay here on my own dime. I was on a business trip so of course I soaked it up. I did however pause when I saw the bill, maybe I did it too big.....naw. I planned it perfect. Scheduled the meetings for Thursday Friday and Monday. Drove in from San Diego instead of flying and renting a car for the weekend. No they wouldn't let me upgrade if I rented. Forget it I have friends in LA I have foodies in LA and the meetings were cake. Unlike NY where a few years of living in the city and toughing it out grows your sense of validation about being a New Yorker and to a certain degree LA is like that too, though much more spread out and more regionalized sometimes no matter how long you've been here, you'll never be from LA. Take for example the actors who flock here the fans that follow those actors, the fake smiles and jadedness that latches onto you like a shadow. A little off topic my business associates half expected to see celebrities and socialites which they saw a few out and about, but not like they see in magazines or tv, just tabloids.

    Some words that come to mind are vintage, glamour, art-deco, classy, classic, and so and so forth. I found the rooms to be average in size for the pricepoint, the bathrooms to be nicely furnished, but nothing spectacular, it's more the hotel as a whole. The garden the pool are two really big selling points. A super romantic quiet garden to steal some moments away with someone special and a pretty intimate pool/lounge area that gets a little too upper class for me and like I said earlier about the prices. NY prices, so although we started elsewhere, it was nice to have a quality cocktail and finish up here, packed, but not crawling. Turns out I did it too big on Friday and my associates flew home early, unprepared for that level of partying. It's the place to be seen if your worth seeing. It's expensive and a bit pretentious. Half the staff is amazing and the rest treat you like you don't belong not just at the hotel, but in their city, all with a smile on their face. I'm a self-sufficient man so aside from valet and checking in I really only tipped when I was at the bar. You'll forget your in LA and just sat in traffic for an hour by spending 10 minutes in the garden and an afternoon by the pool. No pictures to show as it was frowned upon, or is it actually prohibited.

    03/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    291. Putri A.
    It only took 10 minutes driving from our hotel to Chateau Marmont. We pulled over near the gate and had someone valet our car. Once we stepped inside the gate, we saw many luxury cars in the garage. Oh gosh! I could not help but imagining whose cars are they! LOL.Then we stepped inside the hotel and hell yes, this hotel is so luxurious!

    We were greeted by the staff and we asked to be seated on the patio as it was beautiful outside and the weather was perfect. Oh gosh they have the most beautiful patio with posh sofas everywhere!

    We were seated on the table and started to order. I chose huevos rancheros and my friends chose eggs benedict and pancake. We waited for about 10-15 minutes before the food came. Not bad huh?

    To be honest, my huevos rancheros did not look appetizing at all.Unfortunately, it also did not taste that good. With a price tag of $16, I expected it to be mouth watering no? But well.. I guess , people (incl me) come here to enjoy the ambiance. My friends' food (the egg benedict and pancake) also were not that good. Nothing special. But well they swooned us by the ambiance.

    Read the rest of the review at thetwotales.com

    05/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    292. Arika S.
    EXPENSIVE but I saw at least 2 celebs over 2 hours. You are definitely not paying for service or quality. The servers are not there to talk with you. Props to the bar for splitting a 6 person tab.

    Remember - no photos inside - we did get in trouble for that one...

    Be ready for a steep bill - 2 kettle one martini's around $20 each. They were quite strong though.

    22/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    293. Grace B.
    We dined there.  The food was good and the atmosphere was  charming and quaint but not outstanding.  The building is quite old which adds to the charm but also feels a little too old.  They need to get STEVIA to serve to sweeten their beverages  naturally and helathfully and with few calories instead of servinf splenda.

    27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    294. Mark A.
    What a fantastic place, renewed my love of LA and dispelled all that is bad, and there is so much, about the city of angels.

    A place of history in every crack, a magic moment in every elevator ride, this is a great hotel.

    I had no idea what to expect, I am not a millionaire, a Hollywood type, or even frankly much of a capitalist, but this hotel really has a certain charm to it that you submit to and enjoy incredibly.

    It's a secret hideaway for you from the cars and traffic outside.

    They have a 24 hour pool, liberal guest policies that mean you can do whatever you want, great soundproofing (there were tons of parties going on in the rooms when I stayed there and yet heard none of it), and random celebrities walking around.

    We ate at the little restaurant inside, it was during a heatwave but it seemed cool in there nonetheless.  It's a nice chill-out place with some funky soft furniture and random weirdos eating and drinking (one old lady was berating the waiter about her salad - asking "what is this!" pointing to something on it, "cheese ma'am" - "cheese?!" - "yes" - "well can you take it off?" - "of course ma'am" - "what is this basil? I can't eat basil" - etc.

    Some other girl was reading a novel and not ordering anything.  A middle aged couple from the UK in day-glo golf clothes ordered three bottles of champagne.  Do whatever you want here, it's cool.

    The thing is - if you are a hotel guest, you get priority like you are a rock star - at the restaurants, and at the nearby bar marmont, where you don't even have to abide by the dresscode, just dangle your magical key at them and the seas part.

    The rooms are decent size, funky old school style desks, little decor, clean, with some funky wrinkles.

    They have a 24 hour gym with a boombox and punching bag and all sorts of equipment and a 24 hour pool that is the perfect place to float around in a mystical trance at 4 in the am admiring the high quality of the nearby Gucci billboard and wondering, with all the jungle-like foliage and secret staircases, if you were really in LA or in the Ecuadorian amazon.

    All the staff were super cool and chill, but very prompt.  The pool bartenders saw me coming, did my order in seconds, the valet was cool, everything.

    The best thing for me is this, and it's going to sound strange but who cares.  At the Chateau Marmont they have real Q-tips in the bathroom to use (along with tons of fancy soaps and all that crap).

    I mean real ones.  Not even the Four Seasons has real Q-tips, I have no idea why but every single hotel I've stayed at in the world has these fake, cheesy cotton swabs that bend left and right and don't have any cotton on them.

    Chateau does it right, real man.  Big props for that Chateau.

    One bad side - $8 for a bottle of beer, and it was warm!  WTF!  Warm Corona is not good!  Especially in a heatwave.  In the lobby lounge and by the pool the beers were warm.

    We wised up quick, there is a liquor store about 100 ft. from the hotel with the best prices I've ever seen.  And they have delivery.  

    Gonna make this my home one day after writing my incredible screenplay.  Whenever I stop writing reviews of restaurants for free online.

    22/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    295. Kathryn B.
    We ate here this past weekend to celebrate our engagement, and I'm so glad we did! The food was pricey, but not as much as I had expected. We had a great garden seat, and though gratuity was included in our bill, the staff was very friendly. The vibe wasn't very relaxed - maybe because everyone eating there had loads of money (including Tobey MaGuire and Kristen Wiig!), but overall it was very special and enjoyable. The food was EXCELLENT- one of the best meals we ever had. HIGHLY recommend the appetizer Arancini of Black Truffle with Wild Mushrooms & Parmesan. Absolutely amazing!
    I had the thyme chicken and my fiance had the salmon. Both delicious. Also had an ice cream sundae for dessert + delicious sparkling wine.

    05/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    296. Bita S.
    This is an absolute gem in Los Angeles - there is nowhere like it in the world. Service is hit or miss but it really doesn't matter. Feels like an European oasis - if you have an opportunity - GO.

    17/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    297. Elysse P.
    Chateau Marmont is my little escape from reality. Sunday brunch at the chateau is our newest tradition! It is sooooooo relaxing to just wind down from a crazy weekend and enjoy the beautiful SoCal weather and a delicious brunch, sip on coffee/mimosa (depending on your mood ;)), read the Sunday paper, and just enjoy the beautiful setting. A treasure in West Hollywood.

    08/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    298. Todd S.
    All I can say is ridiculous.   We made reservations for a one bedroom suite with a balcony months ago and we get to the hotel and there are no suites available.  I do not understand how this place stays in business.  The staff was not helpful at all.  If you're looking for a place to stay on Sunset Boulevard, I have no doubt there are much better options.

    26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    299. Sean K.
    I'm from New York City and here is the deal, this place is unexpectable; in service, food, price and comfort.  Food: The Sunday speical was bland and uneventful. The bass and shrimp dish was hacked by a blind seaman.   The table was unveven and the poor waiter never was able to solve the problem (it's hard to balance a table when you are an idiot). We waited far to long for our starts (soup and salad). Oh, they automatically add 18% tip to the bill (shame on them)  The most enjoyable event of this tacky Disneyland want-to-be kitchen haunt was the drunk hustlers trying to make a buck at the bar. This place is lame.

    29/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    300. David L.
    This is the coolest hotel in LA by far. We came ere for a private event a couple of weeks ago and the room was enormous with a HUGE balcony. I want this room for by birthday for sure! Also, I have been eating and drinking here for years. Its a great and classy spot. I strongly suggest having a reservation or you will most likely have problems getting in the hotel.

    06/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    301. Tennessee E.
    I love love eating Brunch here.  Great place to take clients and also the staff is very accommodating.

    14/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    302. Bart Z.
    The golden 1920's era ambiance is quite nice but we were a two-top seated in what basically amounted to a service corridor.  It wasn't particularly busy at the time we sat down but became more of a distraction and annoyance as the evening went on with waitstaff shouting to one another from 20 feet away as the restaurant got busier.  Service was adequate but certainly nothing special.  Food was well prepared but the menu is uninspiring with prices that are pretty well over the top.  The most annoying part of the experience is that when you make reservations, they tell you that you have the table for a maximum of two hours at which time you are then are "welcome" to move to the bar.  Two hours is certainly more than enough time for a leisurely meal, but by the end of our meal, the restaurant was nowhere near capacity so I certainly don't get the need for this snotty little qualification.  For me, It basically set a negative tone for the entire experience right from the start.  Probably won't be back here anytime soon.

    27/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    303. E T.
    I will admit to being a semi-snob when I am on business in LA. Its always nice to have a break from mundane Massachusetts and when I am in Hollywood ... I go Entourage style. The Chateau Marmont is a legend and unfortunately one that is attracting more and more tourists.

    I USED to go to the Chateau because it did have that relaxed, low key vibe but unlike a lot of reviewers say ... when you check into the Chateau, it doesn't matter who you are ... they treat you like you belong. Sure, no staff member is going to try to sneak a photo of you from behind a potted plant if you aren't a celebrity, but if you are ponying up the $500 for a standard room here ... you will at least be treated like royalty within the walls (including scoring a coveted dinner reservation). Naked billiards party optional.

    Unfortunately, the Austrailian Anthony Bourdain must have done some sort of show on this place because the last two times I stayed there, the place was literally overrun with foreign tourists who were taking pictures everywhere, being loud and obnoxious and just generally making the Chateau vibe into the vibe you'd expect at the Standard Hotel. There was one Austrailian girl who was on her boyfriend's shoulders in the pool screaming, 'Look at me! I'm at at the Chateau Marmont Pool at midnight!' while her friend took 20 photos of her for facebook from every angle. Yeah, congratulations ... you paid $500 to stay in a room that looks like a skid row hotel room with a $700 cashmere throw on the bed. Tell the world. They need to know.

    The last few times I've been in town, the Chateau was completely booked. On a Tuesday. And there was no awards show in town. No movie premiere. Grrr. First my quiet, peaceful, picture free sanctuary was invaded by a Spring Break '99 crowd giving it the vibe of a sorority party after the big game. Now, I can't even get a room there when I am in on town.

    I have stayed in just about every room in the Chateau except for the penthouse suite. I am saving that for a special occasion like a honeymoon, movie premiere or I just hooked up with Lindsay Lohan night. I will say that the best value these days are the bungalows because you can get away from the facebook tourist photo nonsense going on in the rest of the hotel. Well worth the $1,000 per night and I've not yet been harassed by the ghost of John Belushi waking me up in the middle of the night asking to borrow money for a handle of Jack and cocaine.

    Any room you book comes with use of the pool and the Moroccan themed sitting areas around the pool. There are no cabana charges here. There is a ping pong table that has probably seen its fair share of ping pong games and tawdry love making. I am embarassed to say I ate caesar salad and shrimp cocktail off this ping pong table at 4 a.m. not too long ago.

    Aside from two headed prostitutes from Thailand ... and apparently hot food after 2 a.m. lately ... you can pretty much request anything at the Chateau and expect it be sent to your room. They will deliver you alchohol, party supplies and condoms upon request. In fact, this is the only hotel I was told to throw a party in my room at, which is cool.

    The rooms themselves look a little like a skid row hotel room you'd expect to see a junky shooting up at in a Tarentino movie. In a good way. Everything in the hotel is pretty much left old school. It could be the 1940s in most rooms. While the rooms and suites look dated and old, they are kept immaculately clean and do have some modern updates here and there. Most people love the $700 cashmere throw blankets they put on the beds.

    One thing they do give you the more you stay there is the social validation that you probably require if you are staying here in the first place. While the 'concierges' are 20 something year old kids who really can't make anything happen for you in terms of reservations at hip spots you couldn't get into on your own ... the expectation is that if you are staying at the Chateau, you probably shouldn't need that anyways. However, if you are staying at the hotel you are more than likely almost guarenteed a dinner reservation in the coveted outside restaurant. If you are not a guest of the hotel, or not a frequent quest who is staying off property, you'll probably be directed to eat in the restaurant at the Bar Marmont.

    Same chef. Different social class. Hearing them suggest a reservation at the Bar Marmont 'instead' is akin to being told to eat out back next to the dumpster for any Hollywood social climber, although in my opinion the Bar Marmont's dining room is as nice as any you will find in the area. The actual outdoor dining area has more of a Paris bistro type of vibe and you will see some celebrities here. But celebrities actually don't eat real food like you or I. They just hang out there.

    In conclusion, please don't stay at the Chateau Marmont so I can get a room there. But if you do stay here, you will feel like part of the Hollywood culture.

    28/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    304. Amy F.
    I went here for lunch with my family just to check it out.  The vibe of the Chateau Marmont was as expected. It's an old hotel that is dark inside but very glamorous.

    The service was decent and the food was okay but nothing fantastic.  I ordered the "Chickpea Panisse with Kale, Quinoa, Walnuts & Beets" but I was there more for the atmosphere then the food. And the atmosphere was great. We went on a nice, warm day and sat outside in the shade enjoying our meals.

    If you're going here to celebrity watch, I can't stay that you'll definitely see someone but keep your eyes open...This is definitely a hot spot. It's a very private, secluded area with a nice vibe, so I can see why A-listers might enjoy it.

    The food is a bit pricy but you expect that. They also add on gratuity so be mindful of that.

    19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    305. Jay N.
    What a wonderful patio setting that is totally compromised by its extremely uncomfortable seating, complete lack of service, and overpriced mediocre food that is served at room temperature as part of the hotel's ode to sustainability.  Other than these few negatives, what a lovely way to go Hollywood and join the Stepford diners who frequent this great façade with no soul.  The highlight of the meal was the check which provides tip assistance starting at an ambitious 20%...

    15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    306. Patrick O.
    This is by far as cool as it gets in my book in Los Angeles.

    Old world Hollywood just seeps from the walls, the ambiance and atmosphere impressed me more than anything, and it takes a LOT to impress me.

    I almost felt at home in this castle nestled high in the hills - which is saying a lot from a guy who lives at the beach, the cool night air that drenched the lobby with the faint smell of cigarettes made me feel like just for a moment, things around me weren't all about facebook, vegan diets, fads, trends or anything else that is annoying as hell about society this day and age.

    This is a place where I put all that nonsense aside, this is a place where I can turn my phone off, this is a place I sip a glass of scotch and this is a place where I have good and, intelligent conversation- with other patrons at the lobby bar.

    This is a place where you are snuffed for being a poser, this is a place where dreams are made, this is a place that I really enjoy.

    Avoir Chateau Marmont, until we soon, soon, meet again.

    -That guy that never gets out of the South Bay

    24/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    307. Rose K.
    Went for brunch with a couple of girlfriends.  The dining area is really pretty, and that's what earned 2.5 of the 3 stars I awarded to this place.  Another .5 star for the fact that the food was edible, though nothing noteworthy.  The service however, was atrocious.  Every aspect of our orders was fumbled, from drinks, to mains, to sides, to condiments....they would likely have screwed up post-meal sweets if we'd given them the opportunity.  Instead, we wisely decided to have coffee and dessert elsewhere.  They do validate parking if you've dined inside, but since we consolidated into one car to go off for coffee for one hour, and they happened to see us return, they charged for parking (I think it was $13).  Apparently, you can't leave the premises. This is the kind of place out-of-towners might appreciate more than locals who are used to, and expect, great food, great service and great ambience, all in one place.

    08/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    308. Alex S.
    This is THE spot.  The bolognese is amazing, the steak is great but nothing beats the fries TRUST.  I do miss the old BLT they used to have, I think it was on texas toast, something about it was just amazing and they used to have my favorite pinot nior ever.  That being said this place is still a stellar place to go and grab a bite, a drink or even a tea and just relax in the garden or even sit in the dinning room.  That being said the dinning room used to be way more fun back when people would just hang and drink there and play the piano.  Still this place is pure history and is a perfect night out.

    13/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    309. Jennifer L.
    This review is for a dinner experience only. I've lived in LA for almost a decade and finally went to check this place out!
    Overall- neutral. Better food than I expected, but I expected it to be horrific so it didn't take much to surpass my expectations.

    A few things I wish I had known:
    Most mixed drinks are $20. Even for Sunset I was surprised.
    Parking: (When they don't tell you they are full)- even when validated for a normal length of time for dinner was $24.
    The waitstaff: Personalities of mops. Just because you don't recognize my face doesn't mean I'm not someone who could hire you. And even if I'm a janitor, who cares? You're serving me, be a human being. A smile wouldn't kill you. Basically the attitude of most who work here is passable at best. They know they are getting their 18% automatically, so they phone it in.

    I will say, the interior lobby/dining area is very well styled- it feels like a European parlor- dark colors, amber lighting.
    The outdoor patio is charming and cozy and really beautiful. I would love the look/feel of this place if it were a bed and breakfast out of town.

    Food:  Truffle fries are worth it, salmon is ok but bland, prime rib is overpriced but ok, drinks are insanely over priced but decent. I don't mind paying for something that is simply outstanding but here you are paying for the name, the experience, and (in my case), for eating next to a B-lister. I'd rather spend the same amount and have an AMAZING meal at the Pacific Dining Car, Beso or Asia de Cuba or (more often and realistically) pay a quarter of the price at any other restaurant in town that is equally decent but without the spectacle and price-tag of fame. Plus, if you're just going hoping to run into a celeb, this is LA- you're just as likely to do that at the grocery store.

    Been there, scratch it off the list, but probably won't return.

    19/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    310. LoLAloveaffair ..
    Chateau Marmont is and will forever be deeply rooted in my top three hotels in LA. The one and only drawback for me, is the pool location. Due to the placement of the pool, peek tanning hours are cut in half due to architecturally induced shadows. Beyond that, this hotel has everything a Lola could ever desire. Constant action from the ever flowing industry fueled clientele, plenty of great hiding spots, a life size painting of "the virgin" in the main stairway, Dalí prints housed in most rooms, and more importantly a well known n' well respected rule: "see no evil, hear no evil, and do no evil". You are free to be, and just be at the Chateau. Thanks to a lady friend called "Luck" and a male friend called "John" I've been fortunate enough to experience a variety of suites and bungalows at the Chateau, but most memorable will always be 64. If you insist on a space above the rest, enjoy sun kissed skin all day long, endless Sunset views, his and her bedrooms and a fireplace large enough for cremations, then this room is for you. I should also note for those who have never visited, the Chateau rooms embody a feeling of grandma's house growing up in Cali. The rooms are kept in their original charming 1930's appeal. (Bungalows in the back feel more like the late 60's)  This infamous boutique hotel, practices an almost nonexistent standard, real life metal keys and locks. No cheesy plastic cards here. All in all, the Chateau is place of the life, sin, secrets, and art. It is truly a legend, a true gem.

    On a side note, the restaurant, has ever changing moods. Just like yours truly, dependent on the time of day, parties involved, and climate, moods can greatly vary. Strictly speaking culinary points, I give it a 9 out of 10. This includes room service as well. My food has always been seasonally fresh and on time.

    Favorite in room dining orders:
    2 Sides of Bacon (their bacon is superior) and maple syrup for dippin'
    Chateau Burger
    Truffle Parmesan Fries
    Cheese plate

    Favorite plates:
    Branzino, Sweet Corn Polenta & Roasted Heirloom Tomato
    Black Truffle Arancini & Wild Mushrooms
    Crab Cakes & Smashed Avocado
    Sheep's Milk Ricotta Gnocchi, Fennel Sausage & Peas

    15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    311. Katie L.
    Had dinner here with an out of town friend in the evening and had an overall wonderful experience. *My friend was a guest of the Hotel I should add.

    The lighting was flattering and the food was delicious!

    In my experience I feel this is the place to be seen yet act as if you don't want to be seen. HAHA!

    SIDE NOTE: I agree with some of the below comments about the Host. I think Chateau would benefit from replacing the thirsty host. Feed her some HUMBLE PIE. That type of behavior is so unattractive. =)

    21/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    312. Candice A.
    Great for a Friday or Saturday night, or even mid week for breakfast. Jesse is the best, overall great service, if you're not from LA you're likely to know about the notorious Chateau Marmont already.

    Start with a couple mules, the bartender is always on point and they serve them in the authentic copper mugs.

    Salmon for dinner, eggs benedict for breakfast!

    Tourists complain, but you should know better, NO PICTURES. It's one of the few places in LA we have to ourselves, let's keep it that way.

    31/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    313. Michelle Lei W.
    Visited the bar/lounge area this past Saturday night after a fun evening of art with friends at the LACMA.

    I really like this place, so there was a long line, I was not too happy about that at first but it moved relatively quick, the door-woman knew my Friend and acknowledged that had she known we were standing in the back she would have called us up front (that made me feel better about standing in line lol)

    anyway so we walk in, very dark, very red, very sexy..kind of railroad style with small tables to the left and plush seating to the right. The bartender quickly acknowledged us, she was styled very nice and I appreciate the strong drinks she made.

    The bathroom is unisex and small but that only made sense due to the venue appeared to be pretty small. Apparently there is some VIP back section but I did not make it past the plush sofa part.

    I sat with friends and ordered tequila sunrise one after the other. I ordered a cheese plate and a cheeseburger (1:00am food don't judge me) which was very good, the cheeseburger was made perfectly anyway the music was a mix of techno, house hip hop and a very fun lively crowd. I would totally go back.

    26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    314. Mauricio P.
    I love the Chateau Marmont, everything about it!  I've stayed there a few times and I've even thrown an event there in 2009.  The only complaint I have to say is that the girls who stand in the lobby taking guests to the restaurant tables are extremely rude.  I just stayed there Sept 2013....and As a guest of the hotel I should not have to have these girls snapping at me as if I was a homeless person who walked off the streets, when I was simply going to look at the patio area or when I was going to the sitting room in the lobby.

    I understand that they were doing their jobs, but the management at the Chateau should school these girls on the proper and polite way to speak to people.

    Aside from that...the rest of the staff was lovely and the hotel is a dream!

    21/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    315. Dana R.
    My wife and I met my brother and sister-in-law at the restaurant at Chateau Marmont.  We received a parking valet ticket, and we were told that they would validate it if we dined at the restaurant.  It was their anniversary and they were also staying at the hotel as guests.  We ate there, validated our parking ticket, and then we all took a cab to the Kings of Leon concert.  When we got back, the parking cost us $35!!!  We couldn't believe that a hotel and restaurant would have such an egregious policy for patrons.  We will never go there again!  Apparently, this hotel has adopted the very same policies that are bankrupting the state of California...create excessive fees so that no one will ever come back!  By the way, the $28 a plate for Spaghetti Bolognese was no deal either (didn't come with anything else).  We were very disappointed to say the least.

    04/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    316. Chess O.
    Energy is very relaxed and cool.  I've been coming to this establishment for 5 years merely for design and ambiance.  Tuesday nights was my routine to write here and one night I accidentally broke a plate or two...  My server said to me "this is nothing on a Tuesday night." Another night my friend went through a bad break-up clearly shown on her face and a staff member said "the party's is where we're at."  The Cool recognizes cool.  From the staff to the person with the best seat everyone is self-assured people-about-town, one of the last spots that captures the true artistry of Hollywood.

    02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    317. Carla M.
    I've been wanting to dine here ever since my first trip to L.A and I'm so glad I went. The setting is so picturesque an you never know who you might see dining there. Aside from the atmosphere, the food was really good. Sucks that they were going through a renovation because there was a limited menu but food on hand was very good. No one in my party had complaints. Excellent service as well.

    09/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    318. Antoinette B.
    Absolutely LOVE! I've had lunches and dinners in the restaurant and bar on numerous occasions and it has ALWAYS been delicious (a lot of places can be good on some days, then not on others). Both the staff and fellow patrons have always been really nice and approachable; surprisingly, I've managed to meet so many nice people here.

    The mineral pool feels amazing, and whenever I go to an event here it's always fun, light, and with great drinks.

    05/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    319. Shirley K.
    The decor was okay. I ordered the bolognese and my friend got the salmon. My pasta was okay, I've had better bolognese. The service was a bit slow even though the restaurant was pretty empty. I got pretty irritated that our server rarely checked on us. I probably wouldn't be back.

    17/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    320. Carole J K.
    Unlike the other reviewers, I am sad to report that my recent experience at the beautiful, historic Chateau left a lot to be desired in the service dept.  Stopped in this evening to have a drink in the hotel - with its understated, elegant, Christmas decorations, while waiting for Bar Marmont (down below) to open,and a friend to arrive. The Chateau is NOT inexpensive. However, I'm the sort who has no problem paying more for great drinks and great atmosphere.

    But there ALSO has to be great service. This town has waaaay too many wonderful upscale bars and restaurants that DO fulfill these criteria. For starters, the wine I ordered was no longer being offered. Update your menu, people. Instead, I was recommended to purchase a more costly wine. It was just a bit more, and the wine was indeed superb. But on principle, this as just annoying.

    When the bill arrived,  I noticed an automatic gratuity had been added. When I queried politely about the automatic gratuity - I always tip 20% but resent being charged an auto-gratuity unless it is clear to me beforehand that this is the policy -  she snipped: "We have an automatic gratuity; we're a HOTEL."

    Excuse me. I formerly WORKED at upscale hotels and just because you're a hotel does NOT ALWAYS mean an automatic gratuity for a party of two is som kind of norm. And if it had been... I was WELL aware that we were sitting in a hotel; I did not need to be reminded of it in condescending tones. I've been to plenty of luxury hotels and again, worked in one...so this kind of service in a fine establishment is jus offputting and somewhat shocking.

    Try that attitude on with the celebrities who enjoy staying there, and see how far you get, sweetheart.

    I decided I was annoyed enough to complain to the maitr' d,who comped my friend's drink.

    My friend however had asked for something on the fruitier side. The server recommended a Malbec which is hardly a fruit-forward wine. I

    had a feeling this would not suffice and I was not wrong. However, since it was comped, my friend just kind of gave up and choked it down. Recommending a port, for instance, or a German riesling, would have been a much better server suggestion.

    So for all its comforting Old World charm and elegance, sadly, re, tonight's experienve  was the complete opposite of what we'd been looking forward to and had previously experienced as  guests.

    On the upside, we had an entirely opposite experience at the wonderful Bar Marmont  - great food, great drinks, fantastic, professional service.

    It'd be a shame if the venerable Marmont is presently hiring servers who do not live up to their formerly splendid standards, much less those of other fine luxury establishments. Hopefully, this was just an isolated incident. You'll find out soon enough!

    16/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    321. T. C.
    came here for lunch..

    great food .. yummy mimosas

    a bit of slow service .. but nothing to ruin
    the experience...

    love the ambiance.. !

    03/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    322. Cici T.
    Mediocre restaurant reviews for Chateau Marmont (not from yelp but other sources) had me concerned. Food critics lamented uncreatively executed Mediterranean-American dishes and unforgiving prices. CM's reputation for its romantic and sunny ambiance and my strong curiosity to visit this iconic building in Los Angeles meant lunch was a go for an early birthday and Mother's day celebration. I had my fingers and toes crossed.

    The antique chateau exterior shelters you when you sit out on the patio. I can't quite muster what I took in on that sunny day but to say that there was a bit of Old Hollywood glam, a taste of French rustic meets Moroccan grunge, and even.. a safari theme. And yet it worked for me. The large canopy with white drapery was simply refreshing.

    And the food, although somewhat predictable, was highly enjoyable. Portions were perfectly sized and balanced. To please our table of less adventurous eaters we started with the calamari (lightly battered) and puttanesca (tangy tomato and garlic sauce) that was devoured. We proceeded to dine on the grilled chicken sandwich, the grilled salmon, the spaghetti bolognese, and the chateau burger. I repeat - predictable - but not a single complaint was murmured.

    The grilled chicken sandwich came with generous slices of avocado in a light dressing on whole wheat bread. The fries were skinny and crispy, which lent a lighter taste and texture meant to be served with a light sandwich. The grilled salmon came with grilled vegetables (not disclosed on the menu). I'm biased towards charred and smoky flavors, so I was pleasantly surprised with blistered zucchini and softened peppers. The hummus and babagannouj were decent. The chateau burger, like any gourmet burger, was offered with standard additions like avocado, cheese, bacon, and onions. We said yes to the avocado and bacon. The burger was tall and thick (as opposed to wide and short), with a chunky patty and a semi-dense brioche bun. The accompanying fries were skinny as well. Lastly, the spaghetti bolognese came with al dente pasta, the usual tomato meat sauce, and a few large ground beef meat balls. I wouldn't order it again, but for our especially conservative eater, it did the job.

    For some relaxed yet fanciful ambiance, CM may be the destination for you. Prepare to pay a little more for your meal (15% service charge included), but don't fret about mediocre food. While dishes are less creative, they should still fulfill you. Reservations definitely recommended (drop-in at your own risk).

    18/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    323. Dan K.
    The food is great. Sitting in the garden is nice. I like staying here with my girl. Sometimes I party here. A good mix of "stuffy" and "cool."

    18/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    324. Betsy R.
    I love this hotel - the history, the ambiance, the architecture. It's amazingly private and quiet being that is located on Sunset. The gardens and the trees are beyond beautiful. And the food is very tasty! We started with the mushroom risotto ball appetizer (can't remember the exact name but it has truffles, porcini cheese, and tastes divine). For my main coarse I had the vegetarian dish which was freaking AWESOME!!! My friends had the chicken and steak and they were also in love.

    Upon arriving we had a lovely table in the garden, but ended up moving before our appetizer even came b/c we didn't realize we were sitting in the "smoking section" which is the entire garden area. Thankfully we changed waiters too b/c our first waiter was kind of a jerk. He was very no nonsense, didn't really care to chit-chat nor say "hello, how are you tonight?" These people should be nice to everyone, it shouldn't matter who you are or what movie you were in. That was kind of irritating but whatever, I wasn't going to let it ruin my time. Our second waiter was much nicer and very attentive. The hostess was also very good. She followed up with us a few times and I watched how she oversaw that things ran smoothly.

    After dinner, we stopped in the bar area - cozy seats and a very cool space that offers the same menu as the restaurant. I may eat here next time. Either way, you can't go wrong. Chateau Marmont is a legendary hotel that is worth seeing at least once and the food is pretty fabulous too. I would most def stay at this hotel if I wasn't living 3 miles away!! I will def be back here again. This is a great place to take friends and family visiting from out of town.

    22/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    325. Dana L.
    We came here for dinner.

    While our meal was yummy and I felt prices were fair, it's not worth coming back to -- it felt like they took a much longer time than needed to bring out the food and my seafood paella was over-seasoned (I think I downed half a dozen glasses of water). What IS worth a return trip is the ambiance in the outdoor courtyard at dusk.

    Two complaints --
    1. I know it's an old old hotel, but the valet is dangerously narrow to get in and out of. Especially with much larger cars these days, it's about time they widen the entrance or make it easier for guests to arrive/depart.

    2. The hostess blew me off with a flick of her hand when I asked her where the ladies' room was. Wow. One person almost nearly ruined an otherwise lovely evening. For its reputation, I expected more. Their busboys provided better service than this hostess.

    I wouldn't mind bringing an out-of-town guest here for drinks if they want the ole Hollywood feel (especially when there's paparazzi outside the valet scouting for celebs - that was a funny sight), and while I enjoyed the atmosphere, I'm deep down a foodie, so for the food, this would not be a regular for myself.

    11/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    326. Christine Z.
    I am giving Graham the bartender five stars.  We sat at the little bar after we were snubbed by the host who was too busy kissing up to the c-list celebs coming in on a boring Tuesday night.  

    I really appreciated Graham making us feel special and making a fun cocktail for us that wasn't on the menu -- I think it's called Paper Planes.  You rock!

    14/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    327. Sarah W.
    I'm new to LA and got invited to dinner here with some friends. I really enjoyed the old Hollywood vibe. I think this is a great place to take your out of town guests - if you can get a reservation. Yes, they are snobby. Yes, it is expensive. And, yes, they will rush you out so that they can reseat your table. But it's fun people watching and the building is gorgeous.

    28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    328. Victoria W.
    Ate dinner here - ordered the heirloom tomato + buffala app. While eating the cheese I noticed something strange and flipped it over to reveal a whole, pickled wasp on my plate.

    Took 10 minutes for the waiter to come to our table, and we pointed out my plate - his response was to laugh, take the plate, and said "I'll get you another one."

    NO APOLOGIES. NO EXPLANATION as to why there were insects in my food.

    Outraged, my friend alerted the head host who was mildly apologetic, but also offered no explanation or response that seemed appropriate for their transgression.

    I've gotten better service at Dennys.

    Your money is better spent elsewhere.

    06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    329. Jerry R.
    Forty bucks for parking. Really Next time I'll stay at embassey suites, skip the polished columns, get a decent breakfast, and handle my own bags.

    07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    330. Iris I.
    Oh my dear... I was so ribbed off my this restaurant.

    When I came to the restaurant I wanted to know if this place was something special , if there was something unique with this place which it was not and when I did order my food the food was not well done and I did not eat the food and the waiter was nice enough and let me pay for everything else except the food, which is something plus and I truly appreciate him doing that , but the total became almost 100 dollar for one person , not worth it and then there is a lot of talk that there is celebrity , but now I know , even though I did not see any at this place  that there is only people who will be reconginze that is hanging on this places , because this place is pretty small and full with International tourist expecially  Italian tourist , because the have money and thinks this is a place to be at , but I would say you can find better and more unique and where the money is worth , but this was not .

    30/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    331. Reham A.
    Dark sexy like a time in 1920s in Paris. The ambiance and style is eclectic. I love the gentleman style of bartenders and welcoming outdoor staff. Very artistic place and I could smell their food as I walked in and it smelled heavenly. The whole experience will take you back in a time you dream off or feel when you look at a painting by Fabian perez or something sensual. They carry an amazing selection of wine. Hubby had the pinto Grigio and I had the pino Gris. We will certainly come back for more. I did see the bartenders make crisp to die for martinis and other beautiful drinks but my man and I are winos. I will certainly try a special drink there soon when I get that craving. Very low key and straight up sexy. We parked by the liquor store parking lot for 10 bucks. You can leave the car there overnight. Only a block away from this place.

    23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    332. Kristen H.
    The best part about eating at the Chateau Marmont is easily the ambiance.  You walk through the doors, and it feels like you're in the Mask of Zorro castle.  Make a reservation to sit on the outdoor patio, and do what everyone else is doing - people watch.

    The waiter recommended the steak sandwich, but I ordered the BLT with avocado and fries ($16) and crisped artichokes appetizer ($15).  The fried artichokes were cooked perfectly yet we still forgettable, and the BLT was okay.  Sure, the portions were bigger than expected for a fancy schmancy place, but the BLT was nothing notable.  What's strange is that we had a party of 4, and the tip was already included with our bill.  Hmmm.

    Anyway, I'd come here again but order something else.  I read somewhere that the best deal at the Chateau Marmont is the coffee! lol Sit on the patio, people watch, and sip on that coffee.  Better sip slowly.

    05/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    333. Saba A.
    Reviewing the Restaurant:

    This place is EXPENSIVE but it is the celebrity spotter and you are not paying for service. The servers are quite to themselves and not there to sit and talk with you. We know that there was a patio but when we asked our server said "no". We came once and they wouldn't seat us because I think there was a celebrity there.

    I paid 18 for a mimosa! I asked the server how much he thinks it is since it wasn't on the menu and he said maybe 13 so I was a little surprised but what can I do? It wasn't super strong or anything, but again, it's a beautiful tent surrounded by nature in the month of December. I know during the summer everything is opened up.

    The parmesan truffle frites for 10 dollars were delicious. We saw many people dining here having burgers and sea food, but my fiancé and I split the generously served frites. There was freshly shaved parmesan pieces served over frites that came out perfectly and crispy baked from the oven (or it seems).

    11/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    334. Angela G.
    Food ok, not a foodie joint. Nice app menu and great cocktails. A good selection of seafood entrees. Bar Marmont down the hill is a better bang. Servers are pretentious (looking for their big break). crowd is what you would expect. Directors and agents....etc. Atmosphere is absolutely lovely - beautiful outdoor setup and of course the building is gorgeous - hang in the lounge for a min pre dinner if you can. Best for couples and business dinners. Best in the later evening. Or breakfast.

    25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    335. Lorna B.
    Lovely and charming! Everyone was nice and accommodating. We had brunch at the restaurant and it was delicious. I highly recommend the Croque Madame!

    31/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    336. Angela C.
    The food is not good at all.
    My date and I went there for dinner.
    Hostess was super nice.
    Sat us right away.
    Our server Randy was cool and nice.
    No attitude.
    Hung over from night before so we werent drinking. Had the shrimp cocktail and it was gross.
    Sauce was from a jar for sure.
    I had the Bass and shrimp dish. I should have known better from the shrimp cocktail.
    The fish was dry.
    The shrimp was limp and the sauce again tasted like it came from a jar.
    My date had the filet mignon and it came with charred brocoli.
    The steak tasted like steak did.
    Nothing special.
    Broccoli was large and not tasty at all.
    The truffle fries were delicious.
    Dessert was really good.
    I had the pot de creme which was chocolate mousse in a coffee cup.
    It was delicious but a fancier presentation would have been nicer.
    Over the service was impeccable.
    The food not good.
    Would I return ....the answer is No.

    30/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    337. Mandy N.
    We enjoyed a night at the Chateau to celebrate the hottie husbands birthday and it was great! Contrary to some of the other reviews regarding the staff we had a pleasant experience with every staff member that we encountered. The hotel is full of old charm and character and they still use real keys; gotta love it! The experience is totally worth your dollars!

    22/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    338. Vanessa N.
    When we showed up there was no line and I had a party of eight. There was a woman with curly hair at the door and one bouncer. The bouncer was respectful and nice but the woman on the other hand was extremely rude. When she asked to get into the bar the woman immediately shut us down and said we could not accommodate  our party. Which the reason being was she "need a big group to come out" in order to let us in. We said we has oj problem waiting and going in twos. When suggested she very rudely said " I can't so anything for you" she represented that three times! While people were coming out. We were all dressed very nice and we're not being rude. I don't now what this woman problem was but she'll expect a call to her manager come Monday. Therefore no stars, all about customer service!

    01/02/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    339. Sandra V.
    I don't know, maybe I'm biased--my first brush with the Chateau came ten years ago when my boss at the time and I celebrated our joint birthdays here in the suite (NOT as scandalous as it sounds!)--but to me it is the perfect place to come and enjoy some low key Hollywood glamor.

    This review is for the bar only. My friend knows one of the bartenders there and wanted to take me out for belated birthday drinks on a night he was working.

    Dimly lit and with an appropriately French vibe, the tiny bar's natural elegance is the kind of ambiance a place like Pour Vous can only desperately attempt to manufacture. And yet there was none of the attendant snootiness you might expect at a place as exclusive as the Chateau. Our barmen Matt and Jaimie (ask him--that's how he spells it) were extremely friendly and helpful, and best of all, made stellar drinks; Moscow Mules in copper mugs, the off-menu Paper Plane, and a concoction of Matt's own creation called the Valet. At $18 a pop, the drinks aren't cheap (they even have some $600 scotches kept in a locked cabinet behind the bar), but when you consider not only the care with which the drink was made and the quality of the ingredients used--and the fact that you're at the freaking CHATEAU--they're well-worth the price. Everything I tried last night was delightfully complex. This is not a place for amateur drinkers.

    Pro-tip, the bar only seats six, and there are only about four tables for larger groups, so call ahead to make a reservation. Yes, reservations for a bar; just trust me.

    29/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    340. Stacey C.
    Review for the Restaurant at Chateau Marmont

    The patio at Chateau Marmont is very charming, but our table was a little cramped.  We arrived just as the menu was turning over from breakfast to lunch, and ordered off the lunch menu - unfortunately, there was a mix-up with the kitchen, where they thought lunch started a half hour later than what the servers told us, so it took over a half hour to get our lunch.  The wait staff was also very slow.  

    When the food finally arrived, it was delicious.  We had the chickpea panisse and the crispy bass sandwich.  I was a little disappointed with the experience, and would only return to entertain out-of-town guests.

    02/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    341. Dorin E.
    I've been here a few times for lunch, and had a great experience. The atmosphere is great and most likely, you'll spot a celebrity or two. The fried artichoke is the most amazing appetizer, and I usually get the vegetable sandwich, which is great. Great drinks and even better desserts.

    23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    342. Sepi H.
    So, I'm giving it a 2 star right now simply because of their restaurant service.  I will start off by saying I am actually a huge fan of this place and having drinks and dinner.  But every single time I try to make reservations, even in advance, for some reason they never have a reasonable time available.  I've even gone once and sat in the inside area and watched them say that the table was going to be seated in 30 minutes.  After TWO hours, the table still was not set.  When we brought it up to the attention of the host and manager, they said that there must have been a misunderstanding.  The issue I have realized is that they set too many tables aside for their hotel guests, but what ends up happening is that the seats stay empty longer than they anticipate until it gets later in the evening.  On top of that, when people call to book in advance, they automatically do not have any space available other than really ridiculous hours.

    My star rating will remain this way until management goes out of their way to contact me to show they care about the image of their business and perhaps some legitimate suggestions of how to improve the restaurant reservation process.  Ridiculous!

    13/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    343. Nik D.
    This place is a joke
    The worst service ever The food just mediocre. I went there with my wife for my birthday Honestly what a waste. $800  a night To stay there
    OMG. We travel a lot we been to over 60 countries in the world I guess is the reason why is called Chateau  Marmont I don't know. We for sure Not going back.

    18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    344. James L.
    The mens restroom was absolutely disgusting. If I'm paying $18.00 for a cocktail then you can afford to pay someone to clean that nasty piss room.

    24/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    345. Jessica S.
    I finally feel like I've experienced enough of the Chateau Marmont to write a proper review!

    The Bar:  No great shakes.  It's nice, you can come here, the drinks are good, but you won't get the fabulous Chateau Marmont experience that this hotel is known for.  

    Lunch on the Terrace:  Beautiful, and delicious food!  Lovely setting, and keep your eyes peeled for actors you recognize (I saw a very respected actor when I ate lunch there).  

    The Rooms:  Beautiful, magical, sexy, a little masculine, not too overdone "designy" (that's a good thing), it just feels right.  Natural light, good lighting inside, airy, fresh, and still has some character- just my style.  Great view of the city.  The hallways in the hotel are old and kind of ugly, sorry.  Could use an update!

    The Restaurant:  Now THIS is where you want to be!  Came on a Friday night, it was just a bunch of beautiful people (couples, primarily), dressed to the nines in old Hollywood style, and a bunch of hipsters.  This place is magical (again, I'm using that word- my friends started out calling this place "magical," I've picked it up- it's true!), the lighting is soft, the place feels comfortable and romantic.  We saw a couple of tabloid actors enjoying the nightlife here, as well.

    The Bungalows:  I would maybe call them cottages?  The one I was in was small, like big dollhouses, and I would definitely like to live in one.  It is the perfect little living space, I want!!  You take a meandering path through lush greenery and past the pool to get to the secluded bungalows (which means I got lost, like, twice), and the best word to describe them is CHARMING.  

    Now!  Seeing as I've taken a friend from out of town to the bar to experience the Chateau Marmont, I would strongly advise to NOT do that; instead, book a reservation at the restaurant at night (Friday is great), or book lunch, because it's great here during the day, too.  If you are lucky enough to be able to stay here, that's great too!  This place is definitely an experience!

    20/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    346. Susan L.
    I already wrote the GM and am not satisfied with the response, so Yelp, here it comes.

    We came here a couple of months ago on our wedding day.  We got married in the morning, so it was breakfast.  The service was truly awful. I actually was okay with not getting the orange juice and not getting someone else's bacon... After all, have fun.  Y' know?  We just got married!  But if "truly awful" can get worse, it did.

    My daughter noticed a famous actor right near her.  Jonah Hill.  Trust me when I say I would never have noticed him -- ever.  But he was seated within a foot of her and she was thrilled.  When he stood up, she did and asked for a photo.  TO HIS CREDIT, he was kind and smiled for a picture.

    And that's when the Chateau Marmont Nazis descended and nearly yelled at us that PHOTOS ARE NOT ALLOWED.  When we left  (not long after) and it was clear we were mad, the girl (NOT woman) at the front desk intoned, "It's NOT legal to take pictures..."  EXCUSE ME???  Illegal???  Are  you kidding me???

    So I wrote to the manager (or someone I hoped was the manager -- they told me it was).  

    And I don't like the answer he gave me.  You see, he told me that "NO PHOTOS" is specifically stated on the menu.  I quizzed my breakfast party and no one remembered anyone telling us that no photos were allowed. But the Chateau Marmont boss said it was written on the menus.  But, ummm, we were there for breakfast.  It is NOT printed on the breakfast menu -- and it wasn't in May on my wedding day.  Surprise -- if you look on their web site NOW -- it's STILL not on the breakfast menu (on the web site). I TOLD the manager.  I guess he didn't care to fix what I KNOW is a PROBLEM.

    The service was arguably the worst I've ever experienced. The waiters were incompetent and rude.  They told me it was printed on the menu not to take pictures --  yet it WASN'T.

    Thanks, Chateau Marmont, for ruining my wedding day.  Trust me, I've told and WILL TELL a LOT of people.

    Get it together.

    06/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    347. tony h.
    We have been guests of Chateau Marmont several times.  On one visit we were married in our suite at sunset.  Our dogs were our witnesses.  We were in bare feet. The hotel sent us a bottle of Champagne.  Every year we get a greeting card in the mail after Christmas wishing us the best in the new year.  Each year on our anniversary we return to The Chateau.  Once I had a conversation with Christopher Walken in the garage as we both waited for the valet.  Once I saw a painter I admire at the next table eating lunch.   But that's not the reason I visit The Chateau.  I visit because it is filled with good memories, I can recharge my batteries there, and it is truly one of my most happy places.

    30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    348. B. A.
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city.

    Aside from the great outdoor dining area, I've always had great service at the Chateau, and the food is tremendous.

    Last visit I had the arancini appetizer which was great, my friend had the classic spaghetti bolognese which is amazing, and I went with the Herb Roasted Chicken which is unforgettable.

    Seriously, that chicken is something that you can not miss; served with sautéed greens and pomme puree - get it, you will love it.

    03/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    349. Elizabeth F.
    I fell in love with Chateau Marmont during our last visit. Perhaps it was because we had an extremely personable waiter, the calamari were so so good, the kale salad was delicious and I had a fantastic Moscow mule. We didn't even see any celebs, which was surprisingly nice and made for a more relaxing lunch. The hotel has a lot of character and I loved the architecture and old-school feel. We'll definitely be coming back for dinner!

    25/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    350. Melinda F.
    Probably my favorite place is LA. Especially in the day time. I usually come for food and libations, and is the perfect place to bring friends from out of town.

    I know everyone raves about the patio at lunch, but I love the cozy lounge inside. That's where the real cool people are in my opinion. (we are talking daytime of course).

    The food is good - never had a bad meal, but the service (all over) my god is terrible!
    The rock star waiters that give that "I wanna F**k you in the closet" eyes, need to step it up! Now granted - I have seen them have to run food over to the bungalows across the street and serve our table at the same time. So I'm understanding.

    At night time I like to be outside with everyone else. Such a welcoming hidden exclusive spot that makes me feel like I'm never in LA.

    YES!

    06/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    351. Tracy S.
    Amazing! Great food, wonderful vibe and an amazing room to call home for a couple of days. Such charm, character and mystique behind CM's walls.

    Wonderful staff across the board!

    20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    352. Laurence D.
    A four for service but the noise from the restaurant is intense. Especially after midnight.

    The best advice that I can give you is to not stay in suite 11. It is located right next to the restaurant and you can hear the roar of people talking as well as dishes being cleared. The occasional plate breaking is a nice wake up call in the middle of the night.

    For the amount of money these rooms cost I would expect a little more soundproofing and not just giving me earplugs.

    13/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    353. Nicole S.
    Came here for breakfast on Sunday with friends who were visiting from out of town, and I honestly had very low expectations for the food. We were literally going to see what it looks like after hearing so much about it, and also in hopes of seeing a celebrity (we did!).

    The food was surprisingly good. I had an omelet that had I enjoyed with all fresh ingredients in it. They substituted fruit for the potatoes which I also liked. Drinks are expensive (bloody mary was $18 and it was small and nothing to write home about) as is the food, but you are going more for the experience.

    If you're new to LA or showing people around from out of town, I'd definitely recommend coming here. I'd like to come back for lunch or dinner, or even just some drinks.

    08/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    354. Michelle P.
    Deliciously discreet and glamorous location...also the perfect place for a Sunday brunch...had a memorable surprise birthday party with a few friends here a couple years back and would highly recommend others to follow suit ( just plan on inviting a few close friends as the hotel isn't a fan of parties over 8 celebrating)...also request Penthouse 29 if you're into playing the ivories while vacationing away from home and want a view of the LA skyline.

    18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    355. Ruth M.
    Like the Sam French Bookshop, I would live here too. Old Hwd, style and history.

    16/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    356. Adam O.
    Went here for dinner and drinks recently. It's fairly pricy but so is everything on sunset. I did however had the absolute best fried chicken (daily special) on earth, along with a bunch of other delicious appetizers. The athmosphere is awesome sitting outside in the courtyard and you're always looking over your shoulder to see who's getting escorted in and out the back door. It's really a very good Resturant and I can't wait to go back next month when I return to LA once again.

    17/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    357. Anna L.
    Perfect place for a tourist to grab a fancy-shmancy lunch while visiting Hollywood.  Or at least that's how I did it.  It was fun to see a ton of paparazzi waiting for Lady Gaga outside as we were exiting, but too bad we didn't get our own glimpse!!

    Everything about our experience at Chateau Marmont was superb except for how slow the service was.  There were hardly any guests on the patio for lunch on a weekday, like 3 or 4 other parties, but getting our food & receiving our check took forever.

    That said, the food was incredible.  The venue & food are well worth the price you pay.  I had the kale, beet, citrus, hazelnut & goat cheese salad with a side of salmon - the perfect sized lunch!  Holy smokes was it delicious...the salmon was beyond perfection (I made everyone at the table have a bite).  The salad was fantastic as well - kale can be bitter, but with the other salad ingredients, I couldn't get enough of it.

    I also had the bottled "greens" juice, 100% juice, packed with vegetables & fruit, and oh so yummy (if you like that sort of thing).  The lemon and ginger really stood out in a tasty way.  $12 for the bottle, but it felt great to be so healthy that day!

    I also have to RAAAVE about the crispy fried artichoke hearts.  I'm not usually impressed by artichoke hearts, so I rarely eat them.  And I doubt I ever will again, after experiencing how lovely they are at Chateau - no other preparation could compare!   These are a must-try.

    20/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    358. Tammi H.
    By far the best experience in my life. They treat you like gold and you never want to leave. Stayed in a premier garden cottage and I loved the fact they kept the old charm to everything with updates where needed. Service from housekeeping, waitstaff, valet, pool service to front desk excellent, not one complaint!! This will definitely be my go to spot when returning to the area!... Oh and I also found food quite amazing for a hotel. Never experienced a good meal at a Hotel until now!

    27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    359. Mike C.
    Bar Marmont is great if you like low lit lounges with chairs ~20 inches off the floor. Good service and food. Expectedly pricey. Decent soundtrack.

    27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    360. kari z.
    I have day dreams of retiring here.

    13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    361. Diane B.
    This review is for the entire experience at the Chateau this weekend. This trip has been on my bucket list for years. Where do I begin. My sister and I booked a two bedroom suite for $1,300 a night. It was a real splurge for me but when do you get to stay in such luxury supposedly surrounded by stars?

    We pull up and yes the first thing you see is the fancy cars parked in the garage. Then we checked in and met Rickey who had been helping us with arrangements prior to visiting. He was much friendlier in person as I wasn't getting a great vibe on my phone calls and emails with staff. Not the "five star" treatment I expected.

    We walked into our room and was immediately put off by how old the room was. I guess I should have known that. "old hollywood" Didn't realize really what it meant. The bathroom could barely fit a person and definitely not much room to do anything with towels or your toiletries. I think our reaction to the room was based on personal experience in living in an older home at a different time in our lives.

    The suite came with a kitchen, little table and chairs and a living room. It had a lovely balcony. The kitchen and my bedroom overlooked the path to the pool and the streets. Gorgeous windows in the suite. The whole Chateau is covered in trees and so forth. It does create a very homey atmosphere which is what they want. It took about a half of a day to appreciate it. The hotel definitely has a feel like nowhere else. VERY different.

    So aside from the tiny bathroom the rest of the suite was fine. The bed was comfortable. Each room had a flat screen. So we started our stay by checking out the pool and having drinks out there. We were well taken care of by Brian. Lovely guy. The pool area is secluded. Not impressive at all but comfy. Cute tennis table. Lemon tree that hangs over the pool. We then went into the garden bar. Now that is really cool. I guess this is where the scene is. This was a Friday early evening. I will say this was the low point of my stay. We would chit chat with the servers but you never felt like they cared if you needed anything and certainly didn't ask unless you ran them over. I finally got so tired of it I said something to the manager (Brendan) and he immediately took care of our bill and service completely changed.

    We then proceeded to have dinner as planned but a bit earlier. The menu was ok. I ordered the hamburger just to be done with it. I ordered it medium rare. Came out medium well. The fries were good. I think the prices are a bit much and quality is average overall. What really shot the rating overall at the hotel was when I found out after checking out that they add gratuity to the bill. No wonder everything seemed to cost too much. What a disappointment. I have only seen that in large parties. I tip over 20 percent so I am not happy about this at all. No one said a word nor did I notice.

    Brendan is in my opinion in the wrong place. He is the only person who really seemed to care about service. The rest are kind of laisee faire. Though will say Brian at the pool was excellent but even he didn't say anything when I tipped him $16 for two rounds of drinks which was apparently above the baked in tip.

    We then spent Saturday by the pool. I figured we would have some star sighting there. NONE. In fact didn't see anyone the entire trip. Amazing. We did have lunch at the pool. Don't order the BLT. Horrible. Fell apart. Chicken sandwich was ok. I think the issue is that the bread was not the right kind and too toasted. Again we double tipped here I think.

    Saturday evening we spent at the Bar Chateau as we heard that was the scene. Once they knew we were staying at the hotel the service could not be better. The lovely girl at the hostess stand was wonderful! And April took good care of us throughout the evening. Lovely girls. We spent the evening watching the young and not so beautiful have fun. It was fairly good people watching but not exciting folks.

    The best service we received aside from Brendan (who did by the way comp our drinks at the garden bar - which makes up for overtipping) was Brad (??? staff - his initials I know are BLT) in valet/bell staff. He was AMAZING. So sweet and helpful throughout our stay. He was the saving grace of this hotel.

    Even though I wanted to see stars I could have thoroughly enjoyed this scene much more (because hotel is unique and can be enchanting) if people seemed to care about the service or making you feel special without being pretentious. There is an air of why are you bothering me. Just real strange for what you pay. You can make someone feel at home without being pretentious.

    I won't be back. But if you want a unique experience in an old hollywood setting there is nothing like the Chateau. (Oh unless you want internet - that is a whole other story. Sent up an engineering rep to help me who was a lovely Mexican man without a lot of English and certainly didn't know the internet.)

    06/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    362. Anna A.
    You feel like you are in a very old place when you go to the Chateau. The floors are the slanted the doors are creaky, it has an old charm to it. I'm glad I went there, I can check it off my list, though I do not think I would come back. We sat on the patio for drinks on a Wednesday afternoon. I ordered a Hemingway Daiquiri. Sounded like a perfect drink for the location. Upon taking my first sip, I think I looked like Lucy Ricardo taking her first sip of vitameatavegamin. "It's so tasty too, just like candy." Not! This was singularly the worst drink I have ever had. Do not order it, it was disgusting. This drink probably was named after Hemingway when he was a full blown drunkard, I guess I'm not there yet, where I can appreciate this drink.

    05/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    363. Daniel A.
    This is a great place. The people are awesome. Beautiful building.
    Great food.
    Great drinks                                                        
    The patio is great.
    The bar is great too.                                              
    The calamari is really good.

    07/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    364. Lino C.
    always my go to place when in LA! I've introduced many people to this place and all have left with a nostalgia of what Hollywood is! Thanks for the great service... I wouldn't change a thing!

    11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    365. Jessica B.
    In my 20's, this place was for
    picking lemons from the trees to use for shots
    making s'mores in the fireplaces of the hilltop bungalows
    2am swims in the pool
    stealing magnums from Lohan and her posse
    late night dinners and early mornings in the garden cottages
    and some other stuff that shall not be mentioned
    with folks who shall not be named.

    It's been a couple years since I've been back
    mainly because at nearly 31 years old
    Chateau Marmont has not changed
    but I certainly have

    Gone are the days of being impressed
    by the sweet peach puree in my Gold Tooth cocktail
    by the succulent and crispy bacon wrapped Bourbon apples
    and butterflies on the ceiling at Bar Marmont

    My newly matured eyes now explore every storied crevice
    of this exclusive wonder on a hill
    taking in all the different lines and textures
    and magically dark places that beg you to spend some time in them
    and discover their secrets....or make some of your own

    Somehow
    I got an invite to their "secret bar"
    where only a thick brown velvet curtain
    and an air of pretentiousness
    separates us cool kids from you simpletons

    And I am impressed by the creativity and skill
    of François Vera (formerly of Harvard & Stone) and his Hanky Panky
    his maple/Bourbon/raspberry/lime Wig Wag
    his fig bitters and blood orange in The Professor

    Sorry
    to crush your birthday/bachelorette/divorce party dreams
    but this joint seats an intimate crowd of 12 or so
    and you gotta know someone who knows someone
    who can get you on the list
    Yes, there's a list and you're definitely not on it
    (unless you're a guest of this fine establishment, in which case I believe they'll let in any ol' rift-raft)

    This is not a place for tourists
    If all you can afford is a Standard Room
    do yourself a solid and book at The London WeHo instead
    same price range, with none of the stained carpets
    dirt and grime of CM's standard rooms

    However
    If you are splurging on a bungalow or cabana...
    Call me, because
    "If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont"

    26/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    366. Honest D.
    A place to see and be seen.

    Over the course of a few nights during the week, I arrived with a relatively well-known group of people in the fashion industry and we were seated in the patio area of the restaurant. Had I arrived alone, I would definitely not been let in. I also heard that those being refused entry were referred to the bar down the driveway. Every table adjacent to us had at least one celebrity that I recognized. It was entertaining.

    As far as food, I nibbled on the burrata and enjoyed the filet. The service was wonderful and the drinks were plentiful. We had a table of about eight or so and the bill was a few grand. I will be back.

    03/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    367. DineGirl K.
    Home away from home.... chateau marmont is a unique place in that it has that classically old school hollywood vibe, but manages to stay current.  The bungalows are actually better value than the suites and more private, complete with large living room / kitchen for entertaining. They also have their own back entrances which I love - makes you feel like you have your own little house. The pool is basic and no frills, but relaxing and quiet. I like that you have to call into room service if you want food there - that means that you are completely left alone to "read your scripts" or just relax.  They take care of their guests very well here which is what a sanctuary is supposed to do.  

    Food has improved over the years - I always crave the spag bol after a long flight, and the service is always friendly and unobtrusive.  One of the best all around spots in LA.

    29/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    368. A. O.
    Came here on a Tuesday at 11:30 for lunch. Food was good. We sat outside saw a celebrity pretty cool! Super pricey but you are paying for ambience and the portions were great. Except for drinks. Free parking validation was nice! Depends on time of day btw. Over all I would come back. Really good!!!

    19/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    369. Arik K.
    An American original!

    05/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    370. Yanyan H.
    Great for a late night dinner and people-watching. Love the outdoor garden area but also love eating in the dimly-lit lobby. Good for day or night. Delicious gnocchi and filet. Also, you might have the luck of being seated next to Parker Posey ;)

    25/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    371. Lisa E.
    Went here for drinks and an appetizer and to hopefully star-gaze. The staff is classy, friendly and I never felt disrespected for not being rich. :)

    The wine was delicious, the calamari was pretty darn good (but not the best I've had). All in all it was a really fun, nice experience. We sat in the outdoors patio and it was perfect and relaxing. I had a great time! Prepare to spend a lot of money though!

    05/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    372. Mayer D.
    This is possibly one of my favorite hotel/restaurant combos in Hollywood. It is beautifully said right on the hillside, with an old very rustic woodsy  feel to it.
    You and your downstairs and take a short elevator ride up to the restaurants entrance. Where your nicely greeted and probably going to wait a couple minutes in the nearby lounge. The whole restaurant is filled with different sorts of people from all over Los Angeles, there are many actors and other local celebrities calmly visiting the place so I have meetings or stop by for drinks. Pretty good, a little bit on the fancy side for me, but I seem to enjoy it every time.  Interview stuff during the day, or meet with buddies/business friends late at night for drinks or dinner. Over all five stars, the only one con is it is little bit difficult to get a table quickly and a good seat in the house if you don't know anybody so beware. Otherwise enjoy

    14/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    373. Oliver S.
    A BLACK TIE AFFAIR NOT A 2CHAINZ AFTER PARTY!!!

    This place is beautiful and a hidden oasis just off the Sunset Strip.  Even though our bungalow was right next to the street you would have never known it and it truly felt like a hidden secluded and relaxing from the city life.

    That being said my problem with this place has to do with the front desk staff, more specifically the pretentious Caucasian front desk jerk.  First of all I had booked a private bungalow to entertain a few guests after my wedding 2-weeks in advance.  When I received the confirmation I noticed something at the bottom about informing the hotel staff if there would be more then 10 guests.  I had my sister call because she was making all the arrangements for me and she called and let them know we would have 10-12 ppl over for a toast after our wedding.  The person doing the reservations said it would not be an issue and that for convenience we could leave the names at the desk so they would not have to call the room every time the guests arrived.  Everything seemed on the up and up.

    Fast forward to check in day...when I bring this up at check in the pompous ass at the desk gets this weird look on his face and says that there is nothing about this gathering on the reservation and that he would have to speak to the manager about this.  This is where the story starts to take a turn and I begin to get upset.  He returns and informs us that the hotel has a strict no party policy because the rooms are so small they can not accommodate a lot of people.  I never once said we were having a party in fact when I checked in I only said 8-10 guests even though we had already been cleared for 10-12.  Apparently he says that he is only comfortable with around 5 people in the room at a time.  Really!  I'm about to loose my shit at this point...I then told him that we had just got married today and that we specifically booked the bungalow of this size with the intent of having people over for a family toast.  He goes to the back again to speak with the manager and then comes back out and says that a few people will be fine and to leave their name at the desk, he also says that he will have security periodically check in throughout the night.  

    Frankly this guy just rubbed me the wrong way and all basically because I am a person of color and I showed up in a tee shirt and jeans.  The pinnacle of his rudeness is the fact that he didn't congratulate my wife and I after we told him we had been married earlier in the day...even the bellhop congratulated us!!! WTF is up with this rudeness?!!!  I seriously couldn't be concerned with the hostile treatment I was getting at the desk.  Apparently if you are black and show up in a tee shirt and jeans your money is not green enough for this asshole!  I was pretty determined not to let him ruin our day but even after I had my sister (who sounds white on the phone) call they acted like there was no problem having guests...apparently there was only a problem when I ask.

    Anyway I said screw him and I snuck all my guests in thru the private entrance off Sunset.  The "party" went off without a hitch and security only came by once that night with some bullshit story asking us if one of our guests were wandering around knocking on all the doors.

    I have to say my experience with all the other staff at the hotel was above awesome!!

    To Chateau Marmont Management...this is 2013 and I know your hotel has this early 50's elegance but get off your effin high horse you can and should not discriminate on people based on their race or looks....

    12/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    374. Sirc S.
    Reminds me of France without the annoying French. People will complain about portion sizes. Not me.
    Truffle fries are amazing but careful with them because they will overpower the flavor of the rest of your food.
    Very comfortable environment. Laid back. Go for Sunday brunch.

    26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    375. Ana J.
    Canned tuna on a $19 nicoise salad??? I expected much more! Service was fine. It really is a beautiful hotel with a beautiful garden. I am sure its cool to hang out here, but I expected much more!

    31/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    376. Todd D.
    When I first went there in the 1980's the place was on the down slide back then. A bungalow would run you 300 a night - No shit! It was an odd a place -  French Gothic hotel trying to be 80's big hair cool back then, though It was never a place that old Hollywood liked much and was rundown by the time I cocktail'd there in 1983-85. It was refurbished in the 90's and done very nicely by the new owners. It's the new Hollywood, and a place to see and to be seen. Its a place that you would see a Kardashian or a Rap star, not a Pacino a Duvall nor a Pitt. Food and Drinks are over priced (no surprise) Food is just OK - lots of great places to eat within 1 mile that most sane movie industry people would choose over this place. Bunch of B and C listers, Call Girls, rich foreigners in their rented LAX Porsche's lots of "I wannabe a star" doing the Strip types . If that is the type of evening you are looking for then this is the place.!

    Don't forget to push Kanye West in the pool if you see him - do it for me - it will be fun!

    16/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    377. Mary Anne D.
    This review is for their brunch only.  Every time my mama comes to visit, we like to brunch at some of the fancy hotels in LaLa land.  Normally our go to is the Langham in Pasadena, but since we made the move to Burbank we decided to branch out into Hollywood.  The Chateau Marmont is beautiful but the patio dinning area leaves something to be desired.  It feels a little bit like an event company set up a cheesy tent for someone's outdoor wedding reception.  

    The food was tasty.  I had the almond crusted french toast and I savored every bite.  My hubby had the eggs benedict and he gobbled it down.  The price for the food wasn't outrageous.  The dishes ranged from $14-$18, however, the drinks were astronomical.  My hubby had a bloody mary that cost $18.  Now mind you, I don't mind forking over $20 for an outstanding cocktail but this bloody mary was far from outstanding.  In fact, aside from the price, it was completely forgettable.  My orange juice was $7, and it was questionable whether or not it was truly fresh squeezed.  Like I said, I don't mind paying high prices for quality food/drinks but the most memorable part of my meal should not be my surprise at the mediocre quality.  

    Although I enjoyed my brunch, I would say the Chateau Marmont isn't quite the total experience.  The service was at best OK, and the wait for food and drinks was a little too long.  Overall if felt like the hotel did not pay attention to the small details that make your experience truly outstanding.

    14/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    378. Kimberly J.
    "We went to Chateau Marmont, and NOTHING happened!"
    - Said no one ever.

    29/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    379. Dan C.
    We've had dinner here several times, and we always have an enjoyable experience.  Last night was no exception.  Gabriel is a fantastic server.  We'll be sure to request him on our next visit.

    09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    380. Aimee C.
    Such a special spot of sacred luxury and delight! I try to come once every few weeks just for the Kale salad, it's absolutely worth it!

    While is popular with the celebs, the staff treats everyone like a star.  I don't feel like anyone is snobby. It's just pure class.

    I love how the champagne is served in special old-fashioned style glasses!

    10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    381. Judy J.
    Love having lunch here.. With friends, clients or out of towners. It works regardless of who I bring. Food is very good, service excellent and sitting outside in this charming space, with all it's history is amazing.  The people watching is also very good. So good, that out of towners  can barely focus..which gets old quick. But hey it's part of entertaining friends and family and is definitely better than going to a theme park.

    22/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    382. Kiki H.
    Had a great time at that classic so cal institution. We had lunch outside on the patio and I tried the chop salad. I typically hate salads but this one was delicious! It had so many interesting ingredients that were really fresh. The dressing was also excellent. I'd definitely come back for this salad and atmosphere!

    01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    383. Jerri T.
    We stopped here for Sunday brunch (last minute reservation made by our incredibly thoughtful hotel staff at the Magic Castle) before attending our nephew's law school graduation. Didn't see any movie stars, but to be fair we weren't really looking. We enjoyed a few mimosas, yummy Croque Madame, fresh fruit, perfect bacon, and a delicious chocolate croissant. The twins couldn't get over how cute the tiny condiments were (tiny Tabasco was a big hit) and insisted we take them home.

    The food was fresh and delicious. The service was warm and friendly. The hostess quickly seated us and made us feel welcomed. The servers were wonderfully accommodating and super sweet to our girls. Even the valet, which was reasonably priced, was attentive and friendly. My only complaint was the group seated next to us dropping f-bombs. Thankfully we were almost finished with our meal when they arrived.

    20/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    384. Baba Al C.
    The Chateau Marmont is one of my absolute all-time favorite hangouts in LA. The garden and hotel itself are beautiful, and entering the Chateau's always-cool (in every sense) lobby is like walking into Hollywood history. So much has happened here that it would take a book, not a Yelp review, to chronicle. Sadly John Belushi's death is one of the most famous incidents, but there is nothing sad about the Chateau.

    An afternoon or night spent eating, drinking, chatting with friends or quietly reading or writing at the tables around its beautiful lawn or pool, behind its secluded bushes, is one of the most fulfilling ways to pass time in the City of Angels. It's also a great place to stay. Get a cottage or the penthouse (pleasantly understated), if you can!

    10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    385. Chrissy W.
    SNOBBY SAD WAITERS ALERT!
    Went here on a Friday night, with 6 girls all 8's and 9's and dressed in nothing less than Louis Vuitton! Ok, so the Waitress acted like she had somewhere better to be and then mid-way through? disappeared for 40 minutes. The busboy helped us out with refills and additional drink orders, WTF???!!!!!!!!!? that is just crazy! Anyway, we DID GO THERE as in we completely stiffed her! and we kindly asked her if she was our server at the 45 minute mark and she said, "uh, yeah." with an attitude because she felt the hostility--and like a bad dog! knew she did wrong.

    END OF STORY:
    So we sat an extra hour (to tie up her section) in hopes it'd teach her a lesson (by leaving a big ol' ":. (" sad face written in the tip section on the check).

    Go here if you must But, yelp somewhere else around here for a better time Guaranteed!

    22/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    386. Maria G.
    THE WORST FOOD AND STUFF IN A WORLD!!!!!!!    
    The person who runs business in such way - should go to PRISON!!!!!!
    I had never seen such unrespect to people as was shawn in CHATEAU MARMONT!!!!!!!

        WARNING!!!!! People, don't go there!!! Do not bring your money to those IDIOTS who own the place!!!!

       I' am shocked from horrible and not fresh food which made me feel bad!!! Talking about stuff - can' find words to describe their IDIOTIC behavior, I had feeling that they forgot brain at home!!!!

     I don't' respect interpreneurs who don't respect their clients!!!!!!
      The owner of Chateau Marmont - SALE business to someone who would run it better!!!!!
                                   Russians.

    24/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    387. Suzanne C.
    Okay, this was a surprise. I've lived in LA for a while and haven't  been here because I've heard it's just a place where celebs go. But we had friends in town who had been and said they loved it ... so we all went for lunch.
    The patio, on a beautiful day, is awesome! It's like a lovely little getaway. The food was good and so was the service. We had a great time. I wasn't expecting the food to be good. I really wasn't. Now, don't get me wrong ... it's not the best ever. It's just solid. But along with the ambiance, i think it's great.
    I had:
    Burrata & Tapenade of Niçoise Olives
    Cucumber, basil and avocado sandwich (on tumeric bun) with radish salad.
    Then I had a fudge sundae - yum.

    Like I said, the food was solid. Very nice. not mind blowing, but you are really going there for the quaint lovely atmosphere.

    Note: haha, we learned the "hard" way that you can't take pictures there. We wanted to take a group pic, but we told very nicely that pictures aren't allowed. I guess it makes sense as there were some celebrities there, but honestly, we weren't taking pics of them, just us. Oh well. I managed to get some pics of my food  - I'm a rebel. ;)

    3 stars for food
    4 stars for ambiance on the patio

    Note: They will try to squish you around a small table. There were 6 of us around a very small table. haha.

    23/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    388. jessica e.
    Bottom line: you're paying for the ambiance, history, and C star sightings. The food is average and overpriced. The drinks are okay and overpriced.

    Ate at the restaurant for the first time, round 9:30pm on a Sunday, party of three. Was sat right away on the patio. Hostess was alright, server was good, a bit casual. Bus boys were impeccable and on it. The food is priced on the expensive side so I was expecting the quality of the food to reflect the price.

    Hahaha, nope.

    The food is pretty average.  I got the asparagus gnocchi. The gnocchi was about a half an inch in diameter and there were only 12 of them. The rest of the dish was asparagus and peas. I think it cost around $27 or $28. It was cooked well, but nothing special. My friend got the Sunday special, fried chicken with a biscuit, kale and mash potatoes. It was okay. They did give you a lot of chicken.  That was $28. My husband got the bass and shrimp for $31. It was OK. It was a small strip of bass, a few little shrimp and a lot of sliced avocado.

    07/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    389. Alex G.
    Where do I begin? Well at the beginning, I guess. I call the restaurant on Tuesday, and just as a precursor, I have been there to the bar many times and sat at a dinner table once before but without having dinner just joining friends for a degestif. For the first time after living few years in Los Angeles I decided to call the Chateau Marmont because my brother is in town and I wanted to go to somewhere that's new for all of us. So, I decide on Chateau, I call for reservations on Tuesday morning, and I was told they did not have anything available for the time that I wanted which was 8:30pm. The woman on the phone then told me that 6:30pm was available, but I did not want 6:30PM and I told her I wanted 8:30PM.  So, this is where it gets weird, then she tells me that she's going to put me on the waiting list. I say great, she takes down my telephone number and my name. You can imagine where this is going...

    So, Saturday rolls along and at 10AM I call to see if anything had opened up, and lo and behold they tell me that they don't have a waiting list. Not only was I not on a list but they do not have a waiting list system. She asks me, about what I am talking. I told her that their system is broken and that one of their employees told me I was on a waiting list for a table. They refused repeatedly until I told her, I was never going to have dinner there because she was implying that I was lying and that I would take that seriously, and my business elsewhere. My review is a big fat zero times a billion since they do not have a wince of manners or the decency or the professionalism needed to get more than one star. Simple as that and I have a nice day.

    25/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    390. Alice A.
    Great service, nice vibe and great food.  Outside patio is an oasis in the middle of Hollywood!!

    02/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    391. James G.
    I love the older style hotels so Chateau Marmont was a great Los Angeles. The second you walk in through the lobby, you can see the history of the hotel. Staff was very friendly and the rooms were very nice. Being an older hotel, some things are going to be dated but if you look past that, this is a great place to stay in a great part of Los Angeles.

    11/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    392. Alexandra D.
    "If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont." -Harry Cohn.

    I am beyond obsessed with Chateau. It is an exquisite experience. I've lived in the neighborhood for a long time and yet still find myself spending unexpected nights there in a bungalow or country house.  There is something that continues to draw me back. Is it the ambiance? The old Hollywood vibe? The eerie feeling I get when I walk by the pool...or downstairs in the garage filled with old cars? The elusive corridors and gardens? The speak easy bar? Bar Marmont?  I don't know what it is. The hotel is alluring. It's a character. It's my go-to. It's a secret. I love the privacy the hotel offers. I love Chateau.

    25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    393. Melissa M.
    2 Dallas girls traveling by Metro. First impression was the hotel isn't very friendly with people on a bus. No signs welcoming you into their hotel or restaurant. No staff to direct you inside. You walk in the bottom floor and have to figure out everything is on the next floor, by stairs or elevator. We roamed around to find the restaurant and was nicely chased down and asked if we had a reservation. No, we did not. The hostess took our name and telephone number and immediately seated us in a restaurant that was less than half full.
    The waiter was unbelievable helpful and gave us fabulous recommendations. Within an hour of being seated our table was directly in the sun. 95% of the tables had umbrellas but ours did not.
    We ordered the omelette which was decent and the pumpkin bread with a glazed banana and Greek yogurt which was fantastic!

    19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    394. Cc R.
    I LOVE the Chateau. You can feel the history permeating everything. The environment is luxurious, but antique, like you're in a different era altogether. The food is delicious (brussels sprouts and mashed cauliflower omg. Also, the sticky toffee pudding), the drinks are perfect, and it's great any time of day, any day of the week, inside or outside.

    21/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    395. Jeff S.
    Love this place.  Such charm and history.  I love the cafe/restaurant.  Location excellent.  Service is great.

    14/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    396. Crystal K.
    Chateau Marmont is such a beautiful place! Built in the 1920s the hotel really has a vintagey feel.  I haven't stayed in the hotel rooms but from the old school elevators to the lobby reception area, everything has a historic feel to it. Came in for coffee and dessert earlier this afternoon and I instantly fell in love with the outdoor "garden" patio area.  The place was pretty packed esp because it was on New Years day but even with the place being busy, the host and servers were really friendly and attentive.  We got an order of coffee (Intelligentsia) that came in a cute silver pot which had a smooth taste with every sip, a grapefruit juice that was really fresh, and the Affogato which was really good. Our water cups were never empty and the heating lamps were turned up high. This is known to be a celebrity spot so don't be suprised if you see them or some bougie people having brunch with their dogs and a cup of mimosa. I can't wait til I bring my gfs here for Sunday brunch soon! =)

    02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    397. Aaron M.
    This eclectic hub of glamour and greenery played host to our first restaurant meal of tripUSA2014. We gorged on succulent steak and delicious broccoli amidst a cacophony of well dressed highfalutin L.A hedonists. If there is a better way too overcome jet lag than that I haven't found it

    Things I loved
    - We saw Paris Hilton - this helped us fully adjust to the fact that we were in Hollywood
    - Our second steak of the night was delectable, we used a butter knife to cut it... Not sure if our table was set wrong or if the server knew how easily the steak would fall apart
    - I got walked to the toilet by a server not just shown where it was

    Things I didn't love
    - The table was uneven... Yep that's the biggest issue I had #firstworldproblems
    - Paris Hilton didn't come and speak to me

    07/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    398. Linda V.
    this has been one of my favorite places for awhile;  stopped in yesterday for late lunch.  the hostess advised  we could keep the table for 2 hours and if we wanted to stay longer, it would be fine but we'd have to move inside...(ok no biggie)  

    Server was quite attentive with drinks.  We joked about the verbiage printed on the menu "Please refrain from taking photographs".  Weird but ok!!!

    We ordered a burger and 2 bass sandwiches.  While waiting for food, the ambient temperature was dropping so we asked to have the heaters turned on, we were told "sorry, can't turn on the heaters because they'll under the umbrella"  what's wrong with this picture?  First of all, why would you put the heater under the umbrella?  second,  sun was going down, why not close the umbrella?  15 minutes later, the server brought me a blanket.  

    Another 10 minutes passed and finally food arrives!!!  Now we've waited 25 minutes to eat.  The sea bass sandwiches each have a 2 oz fillet on a huge foccaccia  roll, no lettuce, tomato, etc....worst of all they're cold!  completely inedible;   Now we know why they did not want pictures taken.... Filet of Fish Sandwich at McDonalds looked and taste better.

    Very disappointing experience.    

    P.S. The burger was delicious.

    28/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    399. Heather C.
    I have had the pleasure of attending several invites and parties at this particular hotel and every single time I have been to an event hosted by Chateau, I was not disappointed.  The hotel just feels like a classic old Hollywood film. Walking through the halls, you really can feel the energy.... although.... in a weird way... it sometimes feels like a 'sad' energy.

    Stepping outside to have a drink and you feel the cool air breeze by you. It's very relaxing, even during Hollywood Movie events. I have met my agent here once and my manager here twice and each time during that lunch, it was flawless. The service is just impeccable.

    It's pricy, yes, but very very worth the experience. Throw on your Jimmy Choo's and Little black dress and go for it.

    05/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    400. Ray U.
    One of my favorite places in Los Angeles.

    You can feel the ghosts of Hollywood coming through the walls as you hang out here.

    Food is better than you'd think.  Obsessed with the Spaghetti Bolognese. The Original Sazerac will knock you off your feet.  And you'll ask for more.  Service is spectacular, coolest bartender in Hollywood, lots of dark shadows for those who want to sit back and watch the entertaining clientele make their way through the lobby and onto the magical patio...

    25/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    401. T Z.
    I would love to be able to give a more accurate review, however I can only review the first ten minutes of my experience.

    After a very long flight from Chicago, and of course sitting in the treacherous L.A. Traffic we had finally arrived at Chateau (on a recommendation from a friend) to have dinner and check out the rich history it has to offer. We pulled up to valet to be greeted by a gentleman who asked if we had a reservation (which we did, I had booked 2 weeks previous) and he called over an older woman who had a list in her hand. She checked it and could not find my name, and called someone who said our reservation was for the following day. I tried to explain that it was an error on someone's part and it was just for a party of two and we would be happy to sit at the bar and order. She was very insulting and showed no regard for the reservation error and just kept saying she had two events that night which meant nothing to me. She was very insulting and condensing, even laughing and making some off remark about my name (which honestly made me wonder why a 70 yr old parking lot attendant would be so horrible) and said I had a previous reservation in March and was a no-show, which was not true. She absolutely would not budge on allowing us in. This all happened last night and I realize via Instagram the two events had some a-list names attached to it and also (via the older woman's Instagram) she seems to only be concerned with her celebrity guests.  Oh, and the reservation error that was actually for tonight, I was in fact a no-show because I didn't want to get all the way there and deal w that attendant again.

    LA, you're weather outshines Chicago's even on it's worst day, but your people need a lesson in humanity and kindness. Life isn't about celebrity and trying to be someone you're not.

    27/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    402. John M.
    I agree that  the service can be a bit negligent, and it has a few downsides but I am giving it a full-bore 5 stars because it has something that very few places have in Los Angeles. Character. It goes beyond mere style. To me, that not only makes up for any occasional lapses, it totally overwhelms them.

    I worked just down the street from the Marmont for years and visited every week. I heard little complaints, but they made no sense overall. It's like buying a true vintage couture dress from the 50's and complaining that there's a bit of frayed fabric or something. It's not new and shiny. It's old and glorious. If that's not your style, this place is not for you. If you do enjoy bygone elegance, a quiet space to hang out with friends, a world apart, I think you should give the Marmont a try. It's not for everyone - I have a few friends who were not that impressed - but for a lover of classic Hollywood, there's no more splendid and lovely place on the Strip.

    24/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    403. Melissa P.
    Old hollywood history and glamour. We loved our weekend here. Pool area was great to relax in...very private and dinner was fabulous. All staff were friendly and accommodating!

    07/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    404. Patrizia C.
    There are really no negative things I could say about this place, and I have been there for brunch as well as late afternoon drinks and apps.

    For brunch we were seated outside and the atmosphere alone was worth five stars. Quiet, welcoming, serene. The waiter overheard us say we were starved so he brought over a complimentary bowl of fresh berries to snack on while our food was prepared. I had the eggs Benedict and we shared the basket of pastries. All top notch, fresh, delicious.

    We came back the night after for appetizers and drinks. They had Aperol Spritz on the menu so I was happy right off the bat. We ordered french fries and a salad, both great.

    This place is known for a reason, and now that I've experienced it, I don't think it's due to the amount of celebrities that hang there.

    07/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    405. Brennan C.
    There once was a time that Chateau Marmont would have gotten 5 stars.  7+ years ago, they were the epitome of class and food.   They used to have fabulous service, exceptional food - really just one of my favorite and most recommended places.

    I always try something or somewhere twice.  You can't judge a place based on one visit.  The bartender, host, server, chef/cook...may have had a bad day which can impact the quality of your visit.  We all have those days.

    I've tried this place at least a dozen times over the years.  Two years ago the services, food, quality of staff, went into the dumpster.  This place at this point -  is only busy because of the hype and "repuputation" - past reputation that is.

    I'd suggest avoid Chateau at all costs and read other yelp reviews on other places.  

    We literally came up to the hotel, was turned around by the car attendant, to which I immediately made a reservation and was allowed into the hotel to spend more money than the food / service was worth.  She bit her tongue at the fact that she denied me service initially, due to a  "full restaurant", or some other frivolous reason .  On entry the restaurant was nearly empty.

    The "car attendant" suggested we go to Bar Marmont before I made the reservation.  The audacity for she to deny me entry, then have an "attitude" when three minutes later I made a reservation -  perturbed me more than you can imagine.  She even told me when we walked back "yes I was just informed you made a reservation 3 minutes ago, go on in".  With an attitude and sarcasm that can't be measured.  I wish I remembered her name,

    My bill was 92.65 for 4 drinks and a shrimp cocktail, one drink of which I specifically specified light olive juice.  I never send things back.  The drink was was pure olive juice - I try to avoid sodium.  The drink returned to me after the complaint was "reasonable" - and not in price.

    You won't see anyone special here, only people wanting to feel special.  Celebrities with any class or taste would know better than to go here.  I'm sure some go at times.

    Avoid this place.  Years ago it was the best, but as of my past 6-7 visits, it's garbage.

    I actually complained to the manager.  He removed something from my bill, I told him - "that isn't why I'm complaining, I'd pay double for the "removed" item just to prove my point of the horrendous experience...again.

    He was nice enough.  I appreciate that always.  

    With so many restaurants in weho, Yelp! and choose somewhere of quality, not quality based on past reputations.

    23/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    406. Liza H.
    F.A.S.T review

    Food:  got the calamari as an appetizer and it tasted good but typical.  Had the Alaskan artic as my entree which tasted good but again nothing special just good.  I did like the fresh veggies they used (cucumber and radia) it was different.  My friend got the chicken which was dry and I also had a bite of their chickpea panisse which had a nutty flavorful taste but only good to try not to have as an actual meal.

    Ambiance:  we sat outside which was perfect for the current weather.  Our surrounding was pretty.  The table was too small for three people but we made it work.  It's definitely a dressy place and a good place to have conversations in.

    Service:  waiters were  very attentive and did a great job! Food came at the right time.  

    Tips:  you CAN NOT take PICTURES even if it's of yourself.  We walked downstairs and took a photo by the couch and were just sitting there and talking,  then a guy comes up to us and asks if we're stating at the hotel we replied no and he said I understand you just has dinner here but you have to go.  We looked at him puzzled then he said I know you guys took pictures of yourself but that's not okay and you need to leave.  I was super offended by how condescending he was.  BTW valet is $12 and there's always paparazzi by the valet.

    18/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    407. Alexander V.
    The Chateau Marmont is a must when visiting Hollywood. So many famous faces & scenes took place here. This is also, where Helmut Newton lost control of his Cadillac and died. Check out "Californication" or "Somewhere", if you want to see the inside. By the way, if you did not make a reservation at the restaurant, you can always eat at "Bar Marmont" & if you are single and looking for love or digits, Bar Marmont is da place, good luck.

    31/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    408. koa h.
    One nights stay in the Chateau will always be a memorable experience for my wife and I. We received an upgrade and were floored by the cottage we stayed in. Old Retro Hollywood charm, the details are all well taken care of. The hotel and cottages were all in exceptional condition too. There was personalized stationery in our room, and a bottle of champagne and chocolates were delivered to help commemorate our celebration. It was everything you would come to expect from a Hollywood institution of this caliber. However, it excelled in its treatment of its guests? Never once did we feel like we did not belong or that we did not get treated with the utmost consideration from the staff. In that way the Chateau exceeded our expectations genuinely, and made us feel so at home that we could have lived there for a long time, as people with the means tend to do. In all these ways, the Chateau will always be a fond memory to my wife and I.
    The restaurant was a beautiful tented garden atmosphere with various vines and plants throughout. The food was wonderful and the waiter was professional and attentive.

    17/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    409. charlotte c.
    I stayed at this hotel for a few days in room 11 with two others. I highly recommend this room as it is spacious and they bring in a super comfy roller-bed to accommodate a third. The service was above and beyond and would absolutely stay again. Thx for a great wknd!!

    20/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    410. Armine K.
    In celebration of our friend's Birthday, we decided to kick off the day with a fabulous breakfast at the chateau. While the setting definitely was, the food and the service were lacking. The courtyard was beyond charming and tranquil. Although there were only a few occupied tables and plenty of staff to service everyone, we found ourselves constantly trying to get someone's attention to get a cup of coffee. The food was just average.
    I think it's totally worth a try at least once, but don't go there expecting a great experience.

    25/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    411. Jonny M.
    Went back for my 4th visit to give it a try after my friend brags about his experience. And... yet again the restaurant and experience fails me tremendously.  

    It all starts with the very rude welcoming process - or shall I say lack of... the head of security - some lady that is probably the rudest person in LA has mastered the rolling eyes and 'make you feel like shit' entrance ritual. Call her out on her BS as she is testing you - just be as rude back to her and she'll simmer down. The valet and security act as her henchmen at the driveway. Every time i refuse eye contact with her and roll my eyes back considering her as low as she is and voila - I'm in. I really wish they would replace her and that experience already. It actually makes me laugh out loud when when walking in with celebs in my party.

    The service inside is pretty good - they hover over your table with a team of servers and busers so you do feel taken care of once seated. The food is average at best - thats my primary issue. You can do so much better at other locations around the area I always find it hard pressed to justify eating here. Perhaps due to the late operating hour...however one would equate that then to diner food. I do however really enjoy the broccoli - that is always terrific. The setting overall is almost duplicate of the Disney California Adventure thrill ride - Hollywood Tower of Terror. Its creepy here. Lots of people have died at this hotel and you kind of feel it walking through the corridors and lobby. No thanks.

    20/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    412. Kristin M.
    Awesome bar inside hotel w/ amazing food & drinks. Don't get caught taking pix like I did:) Loved the atmosphere and decor. Beautiful place to stay/hang.

    29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    413. George K.
    This is the place you come when you have visitors from out of town that want to get a glimpse of 'Hollywood'. I prefer coming here for breakfast and always go for the patio area of the restaurant.The menu is pretty standard and the quality of the food descent, although it runs on the pricier side. The service is awesome and they always do their best to accommodate the patrons' requests.

    23/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    414. Bill H.
    Food: 3 Stars, very nice, well prepared but nothing spectacular

    Service and Hospitality: 1/2 Star..that is simply for being there.
    Arrival:  Sloppy reception and haughty attitude.  The brunette hostess is so full of herself.  Such an LA idiot.  She made sure to tell everyone in the party that our table (7pm reservation, having been booked for weeks) was reserved at 9pm and we had to be finished by then.  This dame has no class.  You inform the person that made the reservation and treat the guests with grace....totally missing from her ability.  
    Service:  At 8:45 she starts circling the table and throwing "glances" in our direction.  Finally she approaches as we are finishing dessert and asks if she should reserve a couch for us in the bar area.  By that time we are so uncomfortable we decide not to continue the evening there.  This place is a scene for sure...and they have hired the wrong staff to run it.  It can be done with class, but these LA messes have no idea.  But the fish smells from the head down as my grandfather used to say.  
    Management is to blame...but it's evident they don't care.  It's simply a "whatever" attitude with no improvement on the horizon...it was bad last time..this time it was embarrassing.  
    But like most LA scene locales, they just muddle along unconcerned....waiting for the next celeb to walk in...totally expected demeanor.  What more can I say?

    04/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    415. Sonam R.
    I've been to the restaurant a few times in the past but always with the Chateau VIP's. Got treated well and the service was impeccable. I went there with some friends from London and had the worst service I've ever had in my life. Happened twice in a row!

    The serve came upto us. No greetings. "What would you like to drink.' We asked him to give us a minute. Another guest joined later and by then we had just ordered a bottle of wine but she wanted a cocktail. So, we requested one. We ordered some appetizers and waited 20mins. Still no drink. after we finally managed to flag our server down, he told my guest that he thought she would like her cocktail with the 1st course.

    Why exactly would someone wait for their drinks until the 1st course is unfathomable to me. She was clearly having water as he didn't serve her any wine.

    Then he came back periodically rushing for our main course. We were still waiting on appetizers at the time. Felt like I was going to be reprimanded for not ordering food immediately. Didn't tell us the specials or suggest any recommendations. Just stood there with a blase look on his face.

    Food was terrible. The steak looked like something you would eat in a school canteen. No garnish nothing.

    My friends from London had booked the whole hotel for an event for the following month. She is now reconsidering other venues. I understand that sometimes restaurants are more biased to their regular VIP'S but an establishment such as this hopefully realizes that they need to treat every group that stays there as they in some way(although small) are bringing revenue in.

    03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    416. Elizabeth S.
    This review is for their breakfast; we did not stay at the hotel itself.

    But the breakfast was just wonderful.

    Every ingredient was so fresh and delicious, that their combinations created real treats that, even with the Hollandaise sauce, felt far healthier than other breakfast fare.

    One person in our group ordered the breakfast burrito, which was extremely hearty and delicious. Another got the omelet, and I ordered the eggs Benedict. They loved their omelet, and the Benedict was outstanding. I particularly appreciated that it came with a side of greens and only a few potatoes so that it wasn't overwhelming.

    We sat in the courtyard which was crowded with people, yet didn't feel overwhelming. Our server was a perfect combination of attentive and giving us space to enjoy our meal. We never felt rushed for a moment.

    Even though Marmont says "we don't have brunch" when you call for a reservation, our meals lasted us the entire day. Speaking of which -- definitely make a reservation, this place is so popular I can't imagine you'd get a table without one.

    I hope to be able to stay there someday as well! Wonderful experience.

    26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    417. Dorthy S.
    Staff was very professional at check in and check out. Room was good size and clean. Staff was helpful on local attractions. I would definitely stay here again. Nice restaurants in every direction

    09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    418. Vesta P.
    Brunch Review:

    Went here for brunch with my family for my 21st. We waited an incredibly long amount of time for food. They seated us in the most tiny, isolated, bushy corner of the patio, when there were other, brighter, comfier tables available. I didn't have a say in this, because I arrived later than everyone else and didn't feel like making a fuss.

    The food though, the food was delicious. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. I ordered the eggs benedict and disappoint they did not. The hollandaise was light and citrusy, in the most beautifully startling way. The ham was an excellent salty contrast to this point. I usually hate roasted breakfast potatoes, but these I did not! They were deliciously roasted and rosemarie'd.

    Given how hungry I was and how long I had to wait, I wished my plate of food were double amounted in double the benedicts that they did. Especially considering they costed $22/plate, that would have deemed them worthwhile. Alas, since the ambience in our bushy little corner did not amount to anything special, we probably could have gone to Clementine and had an almost as good brunch at half the price and half the time.

    14/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    419. Lori T.
    Chateau Marmont isn't worth the $.  I stayed in room 62. Super small room with an old super small bathroom.  The best part of the room was the balcony.  I'm guessing you need to stay in a suite or cottage for any type of luxury.  The elevator reminds me of the tower of terror ride in Disney.  Pool is small and right on Sunset. Go there for lunch or dinner.  Food is really good / waiters are aloof.  Good for people watching.

    09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    420. Les F.
    Not worth what we had to pay for this. Had to stay there for a convention/work function. The double bathrooms were nice!

    10/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    421. Daniel K.
    Fillet steak was cooked to perfection, sides were also fresh and hot and the service was also good.

    Live piano music made sitting in an LA icon for dinner a great experience.

    06/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    422. Nijole T.
    Beautiful, timeless, very Hollywood.
    The stories behind these doors, you can feel it is in air, it is as thick as the curtains.
    Service, exceptional, decor, dated but still relevant, iconic, best left just as it is.
    Old, dark, mystical, we had a wonderful stay here and felt part of Hollywood Royalty, fun to people watch, great for drinks and food, all around a must see if you have not yet!

    23/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    423. Brittany F.
    I had a wonderful dinner here out on the patio last night. The setting couldn't be more pleasant. The candlelight and table layout make you feel as though you're in a secret garden. We had the Sancerre, which was wonderful and shared several things to start. The kale salad was light and refreshing, really flavorful with tomatoes and cucumber and feta.

    We shared the branzino with curried cauliflower and the chicken and short rib and everything was really well prepared. A side of the vegetable gratin was probably my least favorite thing of the night but we were all really happy with our dishes. For dessert we shared the sticky toffee pudding and the sundae. The sundae was so, so good! Little brownie bites were hidden under the ice cream and so delicious. I would eat here again in a second.

    16/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    424. Scarlet R.
    Hotel:

    Wow, this place really is trading off it's reputation.. It's 5-star quality appears to be a thing of the past.

    We stayed overnight for a special occasion despite living in LA. Our suite was huge (full kitchen, separate dining, lounge, bathroom (not an ensuite), huge balcony, and had the old world feel you desire from the CMH) without the charm. The fresh roses, wine, cookies couldn't quite make up for the fact that this place needs a fresh coat of paint and some serious maintenance (e.g. locks broken so can't open double doors, bathroom fixtures scum coloured and or broken).
    The smoking policy could also use an update since the smell had clearly worked its way into the carpets (with ashtrays and matches everywhere inside). A little quality control by the cleaning staff would have been appreciated too since we had to request our bedspread be changed after discovering a big stain of unknown origin. A simple glance would have been enough to save everyone a little time and frustration.

    Like most hotels it's very dry having the AC on - we would have loved to sleep with the doors ajar but security (our balcony adjoined the other room with not much of a barrier,) and the sound of Sunset Blvd made that impossible. We could also hear some thudding coming from somewhere in the hotel but nothing our white noise player couldn't drown out.

    The AC worked well - heating or cooling quickly. As did the water. Good pressure with immediate heat. However, the inconvenience of not being able to plug your phone in on the bedside table was annoying.

    I loved the feel of being tucked away with the gardens delightfully overgrown but cared for, with cute little places to sit and chat.

    Although the pool was perfectly heated, the pool sun beds also required serious cleaning, and despite a pool bar with regular staff (not busy) the beds were covered in everything from the trees above (including bird poop).

    The staff, although appear to talk the talk, don't seem to quite know how to walk the walk. We were never offered drinks while lazing by the pool, wine glasses were left outside a neighbouring room all day, staff seemed more intent with socialising with each other throughout all areas of the hotel, and didn't acknowledge us when walking past - a higher level is expected from 5 star establishments.  

    Restaurant:

    Our first impression was the beauty of the outside/inside decor. The sun lights the outdoor restaurant beautifully but the table & chairs are beauty without brains. The table wobbled incessantly threatening to topple our drinks and was not big enough to seat three comfortably. The bench seat was also split in the most inopportune of places - if you get my drift ;)

    We ate here twice (lunch & dinner) hoping for slightly different experiences. Not only were we almost sat in the same place but the food, subpar service, and atmosphere was unchanged. There were a few exceptions to this: the dinner maitre de was lovely & met our request promptly to be sat in a different area. And we had one waitress who was very attentive and appeared to genuinely care about our questions, as well as a waiter who was very kind when we got his attention for one thing or another.
    Disappointingly, the menu remained much the same with very few changes. The offerings did not excite and nothing was described as organic or grass-fed, which was also reflected in the taste and quality. We were not offered bread until our very nice waitress discovered this and offered to get us some. We declined but told her we appreciated the offer. At both lunch and dinner we were surprised at the clumsiness of staff (dropping silverware and clanking it loudly in the service area) as well as yelling out to each other, and even swearing!
    Between the three of us we were able to sample most of the menu. The salads appeared not to he properly washed or checked for old, dead or decaying leaves, the avocado in the crab/avo stack was green and crunchy, with pieces of crab shell through it. The prawn cocktail sauce was lovely and bitey, but the prawns were small so the cocktail was short lived. The strip and hanger steaks were not fabulous, but the bourguignonne sauce was delish, the calamari puttanesca was (surpisingly) fried (from frozen?) with a dipping sauce on the side, the clam chowder was thin and watery with 3 small chopped pieces of clam, the prime filet mignon was overcooked, but the truffle Parmesan fries were perfect! The Hot fudge Sunday lacked hot fudge and had too many soggy nuts, while the brownies seemed out of the packet, and the ice-cream tasted watery with icy pieces through it.

    Conclusion: This place will no doubt be here forever. Bathed in history, with a glamorous reputation, it won't be going anywhere anytime soon. I love what it almost is, but am saddened by it's not-quite-there lacklustre approach. Attention to detail would do this place good!

    11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    425. Talia D.
    A beautiful spot with wonderful service. I was here late night, for several drinks, I'll have to come back to eat soon.

    15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    426. Keith G.
    The place to be scene!

    Pros: the perfect Hollywood setting when you're traveling through LA. The drinks including the Moscow mules are delicious at the bar. The whole hotel is perfection when it comes to decor. Wow. Nailed it.

    Cons: pricey but worth it!

    Tips: if dining for lunch, go during the week as you'll be sure to see some familiar faces!

    04/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    427. Lil Mami And LD On The Track. B.
    CHATEAU MARMONT IS OUR PLAYGROUND. #chateaulifestyle.

    side note: their truffle fries are gods gift to earth.

    12/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    428. Brittany G.
    This place is absolutely amazing! We managed to get a reservation here on Sunday night, and everything was perfect. The staff were absolutely stellar, and the food was simply delicious - not to mention was served quickly, and was also reasonably priced. We were aware that we were dining with people that were a lot ticket than us, but we were never made to feel that we were any lower class than anyone else there. We left a 30% tip, and don't regret a cent of it. Thank you, Chateau Marmont; you brought our holiday to a perfect end. :)

    20/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    429. Sanjuana E.
    I found the quality of the hotel and the efficiency/prefessionalism/friendlyness of the staff to very quite good for the price. The hotel was clean and tidy overall. Though I actually found it hard to find at first. The rooms were clean. The staff was friendly and accomidating, helping as much as they could. Valet parking was nice, as we found it quite hard to find decent parking in the area. Internet was OK. But I didn't really need it. Not a bad place to stay for the price. Lot's of places to go around the hotel.

    02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    430. Jennifer A.
    I've never eaten here but I have been for drinks on several occasions. I enjoy the staff and I really like he atmosphere. It's a great place to come one any night of the week.

    21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    431. Cindy S.
    It's all about the ambiance here. I sat down outdoors and it was nice! Even saw a celebrity, which of coarse that's what Chateau Marmont is known for.  
    The waiters were nice but took forever to appear.  I think I waited maybe 40 minutes for my meal.  They changed my candle on the table three times before I got my food!  But when it arrived it was good but nothing out of the ordinary.  My next adventure is to try out their bar, Bar Marmont.

    20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    432. Holly L.
    Came here for breakfast and went for the eggs benedict which was so so good! Yes it's expensive but it's worth every penny for the service, location, food and hopes of seeing Lindsay Lohan!

    21/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    433. Shawna P.
    There is a ton of hype here. I appreciate the history of the building. It's beautiful, historical and tragic.  Built in 1927, the hotel is old.  John Belushi died in Bungalow 3 in 1982.

    Come for lunch or just for drinks. The food and service are top notch. Plus, you will probably see a celebrity while dining. I saw Randy Jackson in the corner eating lunch, dawg!

    13/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    434. Katherine Y.
    I came here for brunch when my friend from the UK was in town.

    The food was okay, though a little hard to work with my diet restrictions. Certainly overpriced.

    The reason I will be going here again is the ambiance. It just FEELS good sitting outside, enjoying a cocktail in the courtyard area.

    Definitely somewhere to take an out-of-town visitor!

    Oh, and Jared Leto was there.

    13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    435. Gigi D.
    I was invited to Chateau Marmont and the first thing I was told: "Do not wear yoga pants!"

    DAMMIT! Minus one star for that Chateau! Lululemon is classy, expensive AND allows me to order more because the waist line is ELASTIC! Chateau, you should welcome this fitness clothing line into your hotel/restaurant with open arms! Think $$$$

    After struggling to wedge myself into overly tight jeans (that make my booty look Chateau Marmont sexy) and heels, we made our way to the oh so swanky establishment to listen to some phenomenal piano (Jason plays Mondays and Tuesdays- YOU MUST go listen) and devour some, what I expected to be, over priced food!

    My expectation about the food, ON POINT, however, every menu item sounded really delicious... So much so my dining companion had a very hard time picking something. If only there was a sampler option...

    Our food arrived what felt like only minutes later, however, I think the phenomenal piano playing is truly what made it seem like we fast forwarded through time. Luckily, time was not on hyper speed when we were eating, because the food was really good (I would have loved to travel BACK IN TIME and re-eat it about 5 times over). In fact, the crust on my arctic char was deemed: Sex Crust - While that sounds downright disgusting now that I write it down, I promise you, it was meant with the best intentions - AKA: the crust was phenomenal! My companion's eyes almost popped out of his head when he took a bite (without asking me first - GRRRR) because it was THAT GOOD (and let me be the first to tell you, he is VERY HARD TO PLEASE when it comes to food, ha! Oh but he did in fact like his Seafood Paella too).

    While the prices are far higher than they should be for the relatively small portions, it should be expected considering this is one of Los Angeles' most famous establishments. The food was delicious, the service was great and again, the music, top notch, so really, I would come back here, but only when I get my paycheck... And I promise you, I will be wearing my yoga pants!

    07/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    436. Alycia A.
    Excellent food... I was surprised at the service considering it was not busy, it took 15 minutes to serve our table of 6 water on a hot day and another 20 minutes to ask if we were ready to order. We received 3 cocktails that were made with the wrong ingredients. They did apologize and give us new ones at no charge. We had to ask for the check 3 times. Bathroom was out of toilet paper and napkins to dry your hands. Atmosphere was perfect however will not come back.

    03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    437. Nancy S.
    Ambiance is romantic, dim lights, music, and great atmosphere. Drinks are delicious and food is good too. Dress chic, you never know who you might run into... Celebrities are always hanging out here. The bar can get pretty crowded.

    03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    438. Penny L.
    Things to try if you're eating there: Fried chicken, truffle fries, Spaghetti Bolognese (!!!!!!!!), and the shrimp cocktail.

    You cannot go wrong with any of those, I promise.

    Swing by for brunch and you won't be disappointed.

    Rooms and bungalows are all well taken care of (obviously) and the service is FANTASTIC.

    Honestly one of my favorite places in the city.

    But please, please, please do not go to celebrity hunt and bother them. :)

    This is a great place to stay or just to eat.

    ALSO: don't show up in yoga pants or sweats. What's the deal with that? Maybe it's tourists who don't know (I'm not sure??) but this is a nice establishment. Treat it as such!

    09/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    439. Margaret H.
    Very beautiful hotel hideaway!
    Love the service, atmosphere, drinks, and dinner.
    You'll never know who you'll see... Home to many celebs.

    19/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    440. Sarah S.
    Crowded, pretentious, and a staff with an awful attitude. If you want to be surrounded  by people trying to get noticed, then this is your place.

    However, I do love the history, and architecture of the building, but that's it.

    Moreover, parking is horrible. There is a small driveway, which is used for entering and exiting. Top that, with a rude valet, that speaks little English, and you have a nightmare. Also, expect to wait  to receive your car.

    Then, there is the over priced, below average food, served by a less than gracious staff. They take themselves so seriously! OK!? But, do you they realize they are a server at an old hotel!!!  Gee, trying offering good service, rather than having a chip on your shoulder. You might earn a better living!

    Here is example, of unacceptable behavior of a staff member. Before, I entered the café. I was in their small lobby, awaiting for my guests to arrive. I glance at my phone, for their text, informing me they had arrived. This rude woman promptly walks up to me, and states, that I can't use my phone to take pictures!  What?!  How dare she just assume I was taking a picture?!  At any other time, I would have asked for a manager. But, my guests had just walked in.

    Then wait till you meet the employees at the reception desk. They were chewing gum, and annoyed that guests were asking them questions! LOL!

    I really can't think of one reason to recommend this place, other than to appreciate the beauty of the building.  Even then, it seems a little creepy, and dark inside.

    To be fair, I guess it is OK for lunch. Staying there is another matter. Their staff starting from the valet, to front desk, needs to be trained on the virtues of hospitality.

    06/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    441. Bradford C.
    I had late lunch there on May 6. I have lunch and or dinner there every time I am in LA, because of 3 things. The food, the service and the atmosphere.  Let's start in order with the food. I am a creature of habit and order the same thing every time I am here, the sea bass. It's by far the best i have had in amy resteraunt.  Always cooked perfect and always fresh.  This time I also ordered a kale salad, which was also deliscious.  For desert I tried something new and ordered the chocolate mousse.  Now they call it something fancier than that, but it was excellent. The semi fredo was also ordered and demolished.

    The service. Always on point. I forgot our waiters name, but he was great as usual. The front desk host and hostess were friendly and accommodating.

    Atmosphere.  It was a pretty gorgeous day out in LA so it made the outdoor area even nicer. I love that you can't take pictures,  so all the selfie queens have to make due with texting only.

    By far the best place to relax and have an excellent meal. If you don't at least have a meal here when you visit LA, you would be remiss.

    08/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    442. Anne A.
    I have always had the Chateau Marmont on my bucket list of things to experience in Los Angeles!  

    I recently spent the day taking people from out of town around LA and dreaded the crowds and tackiness of Hollywood Boulevard on the weekends.

    A better substitute was to take them to the historic Chateau Marmont. This hotel is where many celebrities still stay or live when they are in town.  Built in 1929, the hotel has hosted many Hollywood celebs and Hollywood parties through the years.

    I really wanted to visit even more so after Anthony Bourdain highly recommended a visit to look around after he stayed at one of the bungalows at the hotel. Once I arrived, I was already impressed with the design details in the small elevator similar to what you'll find in Europe. I also appreciated the Old Hollywood feel of the place.

    As you walk in, you can't help but feel how special this hotel really is.  We walked in at around 3 pm to take a look around and have some afternoon tea and cocktails.  I was really surprised to see how quiet and peaceful this place was.

    The outdoor patio was gorgeous and was calling my name to come sit and enjoy a drink and people watch.  

    Everyone here was well dressed and good looking. It really felt very chic and very LA.  The staff were all very nice which would make anyone feel special or at home here.

    I love the Chateau Marmont and will definitely be back for a drink or dine in their lovely patio.  

    They offer tours of the hotel, so speak to the front desk to schedule a tour or call them for more information.

    If you see a celeb here, it would be very un-LA like for you to bother them for a photo or even acknowledge their presence.  You'll see "no photographs" printed on the bottom of the menu.  I don't think this would be a place for you to gawk at celebrities. I would recommend respecting their desire for privacy here at the hotel. If you must stare, wear your sunglasses.

    The food and drinks will be expensive which is pretty standard when dining at a hotel. A craft cocktail will cost you $18 and a bottle of Badoit sparkling water $10, for example. If you come in during the afternoon, they serve food, light bites, and desserts. We enjoyed hot tea as well as shared a bowl of gelato and cookies.

    Come visit looking stylish to blend in, people watch, and enjoy.

    List of Some of the Celebrity Guests and Visitors at the Chateau Marmont:

    Howard Hughes
    Rock Hudson
    Heath Ledger
    Errol Flynn
    John Belushi
    Bob Dylan
    John Lennon
    Yoko Ono
    James Dean
    Natalie Wood
    Elizabeth Taylor
    Jim Morrison
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Robert DeNiro
    Sofia Coppola
    Sidney Poitier
    Lindsay Lohan
    Clark Gable
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Jean Harlow
    Kristen Stewart
    Robert Pattinson
    Spike Lee
    Greta Garbo
    Mick Jagger

    Scandalous Chateau:

    John Belushi famously died of a drug overdose in one of the Chateau's bungalows in 1982

    Clark Gable and Jean Harlow were said to have had romantic trysts at the hotel

    Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald had a heart attack there

    Members of Led Zeppelin rode their motorcycles through the lobby one night

    As chronicled in the Oliver Stone film The Doors, Jim Morrison stayed there, and injured himself when he fell after hanging from a drain pipe

    Photographer Helmut Newton crashed into a wall by the driveway of the Chateau and died, in 2004

    Source:   losangeles.about.com/od/…

    23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    443. Ian S.
    This is a stand alone thing.  There are better and worse hotels, better and worse restaurants, cleaner and dirtier carpets... but it's the Chateau Marmont!  Have a cocktail and a bite and think about where you are!

    Last time I was there was the morning of the 2015 Oscars (maybe the day before) and it was about 7:30 in the morning and we just stopped in to see what was up and the place was deserted.  We hung out in the in the bar until the kitchen opened and I ordered a croque madame.  It was very good but the best part was just my wife and I eating breakfast in the deserted bar of the Chateau Marmont.  Afterwards, we explored the hotel, went out on balconies, snuck back to the pool area.

    Before that, it had been a few years (maybe 14?) and I was eating outside at an umbrella table around noon. My date and I were having champagne and hamburgers and were aware that Marisa Tomei was seated at the next table.  When she got up to leave we laughed and thought it was quite the celebrity sighting... within 2 minutes Cameron Diaz sat down in the same chair.  Where else is that going to happen?

    The time before that I lost control of my motorcycle on the steep (it seemed steep after several mimosas) driveway at the entrance to the hotel.  I wasn't even going two miles per hour so fortunately I only slightly damaged the door of the BMW that was parked there when I careened into it.  And THAT'S why they don't get five stars.

    07/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    444. Brendan C.
    Remarkable establishment on Sunset Blvd. I enjoyed running into Randy Jackson from American Idol, Soccer player Tim Howard, among other bigwig  Hollywood personalities. Staff is really pleasant. The patio reminds me of a Roman setting and is an ideal location for drinking champagne.

    Great place to take a date or to have a business lunch meeting. Lunch for two with drinks and dessert will run you near or over $100. Worth it in my opinion!

    09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    445. David D.
    We were visiting friends in the LA area and wanted to treat them to a nice lunch. They had not been to Chateau before. I had, and it was a great experience the first time.

    This visit was horrible. Took 15 minutes to get a drink order. Had to ask for water refills and future drink refills.

    The food that we ordered was great. That's the reason for the two stars. Then we didn't hear from the waiter for twenty minutes. We had to ask another waitress passing by to get our bill.

    And the bigger picture is that the day we went was Mothers Day. The table next to us had a family that had the same waiter. They were extremely PISSED. Took them 15 minutes to talk to a manager to discuss their dissatisfaction with their service.

    Overall, the visit was a letdown.

    11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    446. Paul D.
    Regardless of your reason for going to Chateau Marmont (business, pleasure, celeb hunting), you're going to have a good experience. The hotel itself is set off Sunset in a lovely, quiet location. The staff are very attentive, friendly, and relaxed (a great thing!).

    The lobby is bright, comfortable, and casual. You won't see screaming kids running around here, or wait in massive lines to check int. The layout of the hotel and rooms are very homey, this isn't a big chain hotel, so it has a nice old world boutique feel to it. When you head to Chateau Marmont, prepare to relax, kick back, and enjoy the experience!

    Pro tip - There is a good chance you'll see some celeb, but if you do, it's L.A. rules - ignore and enjoy yourself.

    18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    447. Erin L.
    This place is beyond delicious and beautiful.

    My Amazing boyfriend brought me here for our Birthday Lunch, Yes, we share the same birthday. It was my first time at this lovely venue, but he has raved about the food and that it's his favorite place when he comes to LA.

    We sat outside in the courtyard and enjoyed a great lunch.  It was so peaceful and has such a charming ambiance.

    Our waiter was very nice and very professional. I felt Like I was getting white glove service

    We started off with the clam chowder soup. Now, both of us being from New England, we are sometimes hesitant to hear that any other area has "The Best Clam Chowda". But this place nailed it ! And was indeed "The Best"! It wasn't your typical heavy potato base but was just right. And the amount of actual real clams was appealing too! Not the chopped canned clams either. Much appreciated !

    Next up was the Kale with cucumbers salad. Very clean and light with some feta cheese. Really good ! We then had a white fish for our lunch entree with this most amazing sauce ! I wish I could remember what it was but damn! It was fantastic !! Hands down one of the best meals/lunches I've had !
    Compliments to the chef ! Will definitely be back soon!

    20/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0