For every hotel that exists just to put a roof over your head when you’re traveling, there are more that serve as destinations in their own right, whether for their history, architecture, or status as a world-class resort. Here are just four of the most legendary hotels in the US. If you get a chance, make your way to one and see what all the fuss is about (all prices in U.S. dollars):
Hotel Chelsea (New York City, New York, USA)
Located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Hotel Chelsea is a landmark renowned for its place in pop culture as the long-term residence of numerous artists, including Bob Dylan, Sid Vicious, and Dylan Thomas, to name just a few. The building no longer accepts long-term stays, capping residences at 24 days, but the iconic location lives on in film, music, and books.
Cost: A one night-stay with a king-size bed will run you $249.
The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York City, New York, USA)
Originally located on the block that’s now home to the Empire State Building, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel currently resides at 301 Park Ave. in Manhattan. At times in the 1950s and 1960s, Herbert Hoover and Douglas MacArthur lived in suites there, and the hotel’s also been home to stars like Marilyn Monroe and gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. The Waldorf-Astoria is also the origin site of the Waldorf salad, consisting of apple, walnuts, celery, and mayo. The lobby currently houses Cole Porter’s Steinway grand piano.
Cost: A king-size bed for one night starts around $450.
Chateau Marmont Hotel (West Hollywood, California, USA)
The Chateau Marmont began life in 1929 as an apartment building but switched to a hotel in 1931 thanks to the crunch of the Depression. Because of its Los Angeles location, it was built to withstand earthquakes, and the roof has weathered tremors pretty well over the years. The hotel also owns nine cottages built next to it. Located on Sunset Boulevard, Chateau Marmont is a classic piece of Hollywood history that’s been home to dozens of film and music stars for decades. It also hosts a popular restaurant.
Cost: Standard bedrooms start at $370, suites start at $605, and the bungalows start at $1,800. (That’s all just for one night, too.)
The Beverly Hilton Hotel (Beverly Hills, California, USA)
This Southern California hotel is best known for hosting the Golden Globe Awards, which it’s done since 1961. The hotel was owned by Merv Griffin from 1987 to 2003, during which time its glory faded a bit, but recent renovations have returned it to the top of the rankings.
Cost: Booking in advance and paying in full can lower your nightly rate to $184, but the suites can run much higher.