The Sunset Marquis was a hip boutique hotel decades before hip boutique hotels became a thing. The place is a bonafide institution with a history of hosting the biggest names in Rock n Roll. If there ever was a Hotel California, this is it.
“If God had invented a hotel for rock bands, it would look like the Sunset Marquis,” Rolling Stone magazine’s Dave Marsh wrote in an August of 1978 profile of long-time guest Bruce Springsteen. Rock and Roll icon Slash has been a fixture at the Marquis since record companies began courting Guns ‘N Roses in the mid 1980’s. “The Marquis was the stomping grounds for a lot of crazy shit,” he says. “Overindulgent, hedonistic, whatever you want to call it. It still is. From the bar to the bathrooms to the rooms to the pool, it was all going on.”
The Sunset Marquis sits at the end of a cul-de-sac on Alta Loma Rd, a quiet street in the heart of West Hollywood. You can’t just drive past it on Sunset Blvd, so its kept its underground vibe for all these years.
The lobby is home to the Morrison Hotel Gallery, which features an amazing collection of rock n roll photography by legendary artists such as Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, and Timothy White among others. Practically all the rock n roll icons featured in these pics have stayed here throughout the years.
Till this day, the property remains a community of artists. The lush grounds along with both pools, offer a bit of an oasis from the chaos that exists just up the road. Staff members tend to stay for decades and are quick to refer to you by name, with no need for a front desk print out.
The suites are spacious and well appointed and the bungalows are phenomenal spaces that feature the best overhead showers in LA and two rubber duckies that guests often sneek into their luggage prior to checking out.
The hotel’s Cavatina restaurant offers a wonderful California menu consisting of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The bar staff at all three bars is pleasant and experienced at creating spectacular craft cocktails.
Rumor has it that writer/producer Jed Leiber and Jeff Beck were staying at the Sunset Marquis in the early 90’s and were working in their room. After a few noise complaints the General Manager offered them a laundry room in the basement where they could make all the noise they wanted. Soon this became a destination for rock stars to go hang. Jed saw the opportunity and developed Nightbird Studio, a world-class recording studio just steps from the famous bar and luxurious pool at the Sunset Marquis. According to Billboard magazine, this year alone, 21 of the Grammy Nominated artists have recorded at NightBird Studio.
So there you have it. That’s why The Sunset Marquis will always be The Man Guide’s home in LA. Be sure to check them out the next time you’re in town.
The Sunset Marquis is located at 1200 Alta Loma Rd, West Hollywood, CA 90069