Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles
Opened in 1927, the Hollywood Roosevelt hosted the first Oscars ceremony in 1929. In the Forties, its glamorous reputation was sealed when Marilyn Monroe moved into Cabana Suite 246 as she launched her modelling career. Overseen today by Thompson Hotels, it has recently undergone extensive renovations to its poolside cabanas and added three new entertainment spaces: the Public Kitchen restaurant; the Spare Room games parlour; and a Vaudeville-themed theatre, Beacher's Madhouse.
Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard (001 323 466 7000; thompsonhotels.com). Doubles start at $289 (£181), room only.