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  Hotel of the Week: Where Rock and Roll Royalty Stay

The Sunset Marquis in Hollywood, CA has quite a storied past – It has always been the hotel for rock and roll stars, possibly by a stroke of luck: Just as the nearby Sunset Strip clubs were getting going 50 some years ago, the Sunset Marquis opened its doors.

The musicians finishing at the clubs in the wee hours liked the proximity, yet also the privacy. It is located in a cu-de-sac away from traffic, set in a lush garden.

Today it is still a hotel where the “who’s who” go to get away from groupies. Not only is it a private sanctuary, but there is one of the best recording studios in the country in the basement – According to reports this year alone, 21 of the Grammy nominated artists have recorded at the hotel’s below-house studio, NightBird.

In honor of the hotel’s 50th anniversary, the hotel got a little nip and tuck Hollywood style… and hotel management published the book, “If These Walls Could Rock.”

I had a fun visit to the place where many rock star photo shoots take place… and where rock and roll fantasies come true. Check it out:

  Oscar Nominee Swag Bags are Packed w/ $30,000 worth of Trips!

Aaah it must be good to be Meryl Streep. Think of how many swag bags she’s received with all of her Oscar nominations. The notorious swag bag is the party favor for Oscar nominees… this year the satchel is reported to be worth a whopping $85,000!!!

Why so much? (Besides the fact businesses are clamoring for the PR) About $30,000 is travel gifts. Here are the places you may catch Sandra Bullock or Leo if she or he takes advantage of the trip offers:



1) Walking Japan. This sounds ULTRA COOL! Walk Japan is a tour company that won “One of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by Nat Geo. Guides talk you on trekking trips through many diverse areas of Japan – you can choose which itinerary sounds great to you . A Zen experience after a week of Oscar parties. A $15,000 value.

Koloa Landing, Kauai

Koloa Landing, Kauai

2) A $2000 5 night stay at Koloa Landing Resort in Kauai. Supposedly the largest villas on the island with plenty of privacy for Hollywood royalty.

3) A $6850 value on a 2 day Rocky Mountaineer train trip from Vancouver to Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Prettier than any set these actors have visited, they can enjoy gorgeous scenery while being pampered.


Imanta Resort, Punta de Mita

Imanta Resort, Punta de Mita

4) A $3,300 value for a stay at the Imanta Ocean Casa in Punta de Mita, Mexico.  Anyone would be ready for her close up here…

Riviera, Las Vegas

Riviera, Las Vegas

5) A $9,000 trip to Vegas, which includes as 2 night stay at the Riviera Penthouse.. along with a lot of other tours, perks, club tickets, etc. It’s Vegas baby. You know there’s plenty to do for Hollywood high rollers. Just hate to admit it – never heard of the Riviera…. so many places, such a big world

Hope your weekend has  Hollywood ending!



  Hotel of the Week: A Rare Gem Re-opens and Dazzles

When you are on the road a lot, many hotels start to seem the same. Then, there are those special ones that leave a mark on your soul. I can’t say that about very many hotels, but Hotel Bel Air is one of them. It is a spiritual and romantic retreat hidden high in the leafy streets of the Bel Air neighborhood in Los Angeles, which is part of its non-chain-hotel charm.

Now, after a two year remodel, (which it did need by the way) it will re-open this month with even more class and exclusivity. The iconic swans in the hotel’s lake are still there, as well as the signature Spanish Colonial buildings in “Bel Air pink,” but beyond the deliberate scene stealers, there are other new charms to disarm you.

The new design is amazing- Hotel Bel Air with a fresh, glamorous, and youthful face-lift in public spaces…

…and rooms.

There are 12 new accommodations, built into the hillside offering sweeping canyon views, expansive sliding glass walls, outdoor fireplaces and spacious decks with private spa pools.

Also new to the hotel:  a 12,000 square foot Spanish mission style structure featuring a new bell tower, fitness studio, three unique “Loft guestrooms” with open floor plans, double sided fireplaces and dramatically high ceilings as well as the brand new 4,134-square-foot Spa by La Prairie, the luxury Swiss beauty company.

I have always enjoyed the restaurants, or late night drinks at the hotel, and now there are expanded dining and drinking options, as well as famed Hollywood chef Wolfgang Puck taking over the restaurant services. Room rates start at $565, with a $100 food credit through the end of the year… If you can’t swing a full stay at the hotel, try to get there for lunch or dinner to experience something so special to LA, it doesn’t feel like LA at all.

If you don’t take my word, just check out the reviews on TripAdvisor. Have you ever seen more 5-star, rave reviews?

The legendary hotel is officially reopening October 14- but it is accepting dinner and room reservations now. I look forward to the return of something special…don’t we all? Life is too short. Enjoy it and have a great weekend wherever you are.