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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 4: Staying at the Chateau Mamont
An early photo of the hotel, and the cover of Chateau Marmont Hollywood Handbook, the definitive history of the hotel edited by its current owner André Balazs. Helmut Newton, who took the picture of a model on the hotel’s penthouse for the cover of the book, died on January 23, 2004, when his car crashed into a wall as he was wending his way up the Chateau Marmont driveway.
Chateau Marmont Hollywood Handbook, a compendium of stories about the Chateau collected by its owner André Balazs, tells the history of this West Hollywood hostel in loving and sordid detail with anecdotes from many of its long-term guests. Jay McInerney, who adapted for the screen Bright Lights, Big City, his own novel about life in New York, while staying at the Hollywood retreat, quips, “It’s the kind of place where you feel over-dressed in a tie and underdressed without a cigarette.” For Sandra Bullock, “It has an incredibly seductive atmosphere. No wonder people come here to have affairs—it's got that air of history, where you know a lot of people did things they weren't supposed to do.”