One of Hollywood's biggest heart-throbs in the 1930s, Clark Gable, romanced the gorgeous Carole Lombard at the Hollywood Roosevelt when rates were just $5 a night. The famous couple's legacy continues to live-on with the Gable-Lombard suite, 3,200 square feet total and looking out to the Hollywood sign.1 In 2007, the entertainer Prince lived in the suite while performing a series of concerts in the Blossom Ballroom.2 Early in her career, Marilyn Monroe lived in the Hollywood Roosevelt, frequenting the rooftop pool where her first commercial photo-shoot took place.1 Another famed 1950s movie star, Montgomery Clift, lived in the Hollywood Roosevelt while filming From Here to Eternity (1953). To add to the intrigue, it has been rumored the ghosts of both Monroe and Clift still roam the Hotel.2
Despite its rich history, the Hollywood Roosevelt has survived its fair share of hardships. Before being declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1991, it had changed ownership multiple times and faced demolition. In 1985, a $40 million renovation saved it from demise and erased the graffiti that had been painted on walls. So bad were circumstances, a sale was held auctioning off items from the Hotel such as beds, paintings, mirrors, and even carpet from the lobby. The 2015 $25 million renovation restored the Hollywood Roosevelt to much of its 1920s charm.2 Thanks to new management and the lure of the history of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, it remains one of Hollywood's most prized structures.