Though it might sound great to some, living out of a suitcase and eating all of your meals in restaurants isn’t everyone’s idea of comfortable travel — as everyone is different, some people may prefer to travel with the comforts of home. For those travelers feeling homesick at hotels, the inability to unpack their suitcase or put together a meal in a real kitchen may make it hard for them to feel comfortable; and while, in theory, having every meal prepared by a world-renowned chef might sound amazing, sometimes a person just wants to throw together a bowl of cereal and go.
West Hollywood has debuted a new Sunset Trip trolley service offering free nighttime rides throughout Weho in Los Angeles. The Sunset Trip is a convenient hop-on/hop-off trolley for getting around Sunset Strip venues and connecting to hot spots on Melrose Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard, and other West Hollywood locations including Soho House, Catch LA, and Sunset Marquis.
The last stop for the inaugural tour was the Sunset Marquis, the luxury boutique hotel tucked into a lush garden setting just off the Strip, with an amazing history of its own. Longtime General Manager Rod Gruendyke shared a few stories, as he lead us around a couple of the villas, including the 3,200-sq-ft residence that’s been home to more than a few well-known names.
The Sunset Marquis has been a place that members of entertainment industry have gone to create, recharge, or on occasion, escape the glare of publicity, since the 1960s, said Gruendyke.
What: For more than 50 years, the Sunset Marquis hotel has served as a home away from home for incredible musicians including Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Blondie, Black Sabbath, The Killers, Slash, Chris Cornell, Green Day, Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kings of Leon and many more. The music industry has played a significant role in securing this serene garden oasis its iconic status. To pay homage to those roots, Sunset Marquis continues its tradition this summer with its poolside acoustic music showcase.
Who: This year’s scheduled performers include Rob Leines, Meekoh, Ilsey Juber, Outer Reef and Emily Warren.
Know Before You Go: These intimate performances are held on the Villa Pool Deck and accommodate a maximum of 200 attendees. Doors open at 6 p.m. with performances from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood has housed some of the biggest stars in music since its opening in 1964. Many record companies were once located on Sunset Boulevard, so musicians needed a place to stay nearby. Thus the birth of the Sunset Marquis, which even has a recording studio, Nightbird Studios, for those late night jam sessions. And you don’t have to be a rock star to stay at the Sunset Marquis, but walking through the hotel makes you feel like you’re walking through a rock ‘n’ roll museum! They also offer live music so this is one true legendary spot that will make you feel like a rock star!
Cavatina will be serving a prix fixe brunch that includes complimentary mimosas and sparkling wine, a seafood bar, seasonal salads, a savory carving station, and a custom crepe station. The buffet will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $85 per person, $33 for children ages 5 to 11 and free for children age 4 and under. 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, (310) 358-3759, www.cavatinala.com.
The SPA at Sunset Marquis offers a variety of treatments, massages, and facials to both hotel guests and visitors right off the Sunset Strip. Prices for treatments start at $180 for their let’s go to the spa package and go up to their $500 spa-liday package. The spa-liday package allows guests to enjoy a 90-minute massage, 90-minute facial, classic mani/pedi, a day pass to the pool, glass of champagne and valet parking. Each service features organic products including Butter London nail polish, LashFOOD eye candy bars, and Lori Jack sandals.
An urban oasis nestled on a residential cul-de-sac just steps from Los Angeles’ celebrated Sunset Strip, the Sunset Marquis is the stuff dreams are made of. Conceived as the first all-suite hotel in the U.S., it has been a refuge for generations of rock ‘n’ rollers, actors, comedians, filmmakers, supermodels and moguls, a monument to luxury and casual elegance.
Sunset Marquis is a rock & roll legend. Located just off the Sunset Strip, it’s a secluded getaway on a side street yet close enough to all the action, which is why it’s become a home away from home for rock stars. Steven Tyler is pretty much synonymous with this place and there are always some rock dudes walking around that I know are famous but I just don’t know their names. The fab Cavatina restaurant with its pretty outdoor patio and laidback vibe is where celebs eat in privacy while enjoying one of the most romantic spots in LA.
Dinner done and set on a last hurrah? Head for the pretty glamour of Perch in Downtown and its twinkly outdoor terrace with superb city views. Or go rock and roll at the luxurious and legendary Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, designed with Mediterranean villas in mind. A music-industry favorite, it should come as no surprise to bump into Courtney Love or John Mayer in its tiny BAR 1200.