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The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori"

Posted November 05, 2010 to photo album "The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori""

In setting Somewhere at L.A.’s famed Chateau Marmont, Sofia Coppola tapped into that hotel’s mythic past. We look at other hotels whose histories define them.

Slide 1: Somewhere at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 2: Fantasy at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 3: High Jinx at the Chateau Marmont
Slide 4: Staying at the Chateau Mamont
Slide 5: The Algonquin's Round Table
Slide 6: The Algonquin's Vicious Circle
Slide 7: Life and Death at the Chelsea Hotel
Slide 8: Edie at The Chelsea Hotel
Slide 9: Eloise at The Plaza
Slide 10: Hitchcock at The Plaza
Slide 11: Truman at The Plaza
Slide 12: The Savoy and its Stars
Slide 13: The Savoy and its Scandals
Slide 14: The Savoy and its Subjects
Slide 15: Coco at the Ritz
Slide 16: Coward at the Ritz
Slide 17: Hemingway at the Ritz
Slide 18: A Meeting of Minds at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 19: A Parting of Ways at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 20: A Rendezvous at the Hotel Pont-Royal
Slide 21: Hoshi Ryokan is Built
Slide 22: Hoshi Ryokan becomes a Hotel
Slide 14: The Savoy and its Subjects

Slide 14: The Savoy and its Subjects

In 1965, Savoy guest Bob Dylan filming the music video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in an alley near the hotel.

Theater stars, from Noël Coward and George Bernard Shaw to Sarah Bernhardt, loved to stay at the Savoy. In 1925, George Gershwin held the British premiere of “Rhapsody in Blue” in the hotel. And the hotel repaid the compliment by paying special attention to its guests, keeping meticulous notes on their various desires. The staff, for example, photographed Coward’s toilet paraphernalia, so they could lay them out in the bathroom exactly as he liked when he came to visit. But the Savoy also opened its door to all sorts of artists. Claude Monet and James Whistler both painted pictures of the River Thames as viewed from their windows. Frank Sinatra would sing at the hotel’s cabaret. In 1965, the year before he took up residence at the Chelsea Hotel, Bob Dylan stayed in the Savoy, filming the clip for his song “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in an adjacent alley.