Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – haunted luxury in the heart of Tinsel Town!
Located on Hollywood Boulevard just one block west of the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is one of the few remaining treasures of the glamour of Hollywood’s heyday. Founded in 1927 by a syndicate of Hollywood luminaries that included Douglas Fairbanks and Louis B. Mayer, the Roosevelt was conceived as a spot for east coast movie makers to stay while working on the west coast. Iti s notable as the location of the first Academy Awards ceremony, taking place in 1929 and lasting all of five minutes as Fairbanks and Al Jolson handed out thirteen(!) Oscar statuettes. The Roosevelt has hosted its share of celebrities throughout the early days of Tinsel Town, with visits from the likes of Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, and Will Rogers. The Roosevelt currently offers 320 rooms, 38 suites, 65 poolside cabana rooms, valet parking, and celebrity spirits – it is rumored that the ghosts of Marylin Monroe and Montgomery Clift now roam the Roosevelt.
Clift stayed in room 928 while filming “From Here to Eternity”, and is said to have been witnessed pacing the halls, reciting his lines and playing the trumpet. Many reports state that loud noises can be heard emanating from the room, and numerous incidents have occurred in which the room’s telephone is mysteriously taken of the hook.
Monroe often stayed in poolside suite 229, and witnesses claim that her image can be seen in the full-length mirror that once hung in that room (it is now located next to the elevator on the lower level), while a number of visitors claim to have seen her dancing in the ballroom.
Of further note is that there is said to be a cold spot, some 30 inches in diameter, in the Blossom Ballroom – the very hall where that first Academy Awards ceremony was held.
Did Oscar curse the hotel, offering up an unlucky thirteen statuettes in 1929? One could speculate. Whatever the catalyst behind these legendary hauntings, when planning that next trek to explore haunted America, you may want to plan on a short stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Who knows WHO you might bump into in the dark…