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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 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.