A rock-star magnet since it opened in 1963, this sprawling, Mediterranean-style, all-suite hotel has gone so far as to install a state-of-the-art recording studio for such guests as the Katy Perry amd the Rolling Stones. At most hotels, a steady stream of big names can leave the average tourist feeling like an afterthought, but Sunset Marquis staff is so blasé about the star power that all guests get the same friendly and efficient treatment—if you wind up next to members of Green Day at sexy Bar 1200, you’ll get your drinks just as quickly as the rockers do. Across from the bar, the Morrison Hotel Gallery exhibits fine-art music and sports photographs from a collection that also extends throughout the hotel. Guest rooms aren’t the biggest in their price range, but a remodel of its 101 suites, unveiled in summer 2014, brought in streamlined custom furnishings with plenty of color pop. Villas go all out with private alarm systems, butlers and even a few baby grand pianos. The new seasonal California/Mediterranean restaurant Cavatina opened just in time for the 2014 Grammys. Despite being just a block from the Sunset Strip, the hotel feels tranquil, in part because of the hedges, stone pathways and koi pond act as a buffer.
- Frommer's Staff