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The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori"

Posted November 05, 2010 to photo album "The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori""

In setting Somewhere at L.A.’s famed Chateau Marmont, Sofia Coppola tapped into that hotel’s mythic past. We look at other hotels whose histories define them.

Slide 1: Somewhere at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 2: Fantasy at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 3: High Jinx at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 4: Staying at the Chateau Mamont
Slide 5: The Algonquin's Round Table
Slide 6: The Algonquin's Vicious Circle
Slide 7: Life and Death at the Chelsea Hotel
Slide 8: Edie at The Chelsea Hotel
Slide 9: Eloise at The Plaza
Slide 10: Hitchcock at The Plaza
Slide 11: Truman at The Plaza
Slide 12: The Savoy and its Stars
Slide 13: The Savoy and its Scandals
Slide 14: The Savoy and its Subjects
Slide 15: Coco at the Ritz
Slide 16: Coward at the Ritz
Slide 17: Hemingway at the Ritz
Slide 18: A Meeting of Minds at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 19: A Parting of Ways at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 20: A Rendezvous at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 21: Hoshi Ryokan is Built
Slide 22: Hoshi Ryokan becomes a Hotel
Slide 22: Hoshi Ryokan becomes a Hotel

Slide 22: Hoshi Ryokan becomes a Hotel

Hoshi Ryokan, founded in 718 and as such the world’s oldest hotel (and business), has divine origins.

Each Hoshi Ryokan proprietor bears the name Zengoro Hoshi. The first Zengoro was was Garyo Houshi, the second son of woodcutter Gengoro Sasakiri, who guided Taicho Daishi to the top of t. Hakusan. Zengoro Hoshi XLVI (46) currently manages the inn. The Ryokan’s 100 rooms can house 450 guests, each of whom is welcomed to the inn with a Japanese tea ceremony, and provided with a yukata, a cotton kimono, for use after soaking in the single-sex indoor and outdoor hot springs. After doing as the God of Mt. Hakusan commanded—and helping establish the inn—Taicho resumed his spiritual training and experienced “satori” (a state of intuitive illumination). Stories of his mystical powers made their way to the Imperial Court in Nara, helping make Taicho the respected Etsu no Daitoku (Great Man of Virtue from Etsu).