I am staying at a fabled hotel where the debauchery and nihilism of the 1970s rock scene reached its zenith when it became the go-to destination for touring rock groups due to its close proximity to the clubs on Sunset Strip. It was often referred to at the time as the Riot House, a play on the hotel’s former name Hyatt House.
In fact, Room 1015 bears the distinction of being where Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards dropped a TV out the window in 1972. The Who's Keith Moon was also reported to have dropped a TV out of one of the hotel's windows. This is where Jim Morrison lived when the Doors were the house band at the Whiskey a Go-Go until he was reportedly evicted by management for hanging out a window by his fingertips, dangling over the pavement. The infamous balconies are now, alas, glass-enclosed sunrooms that overlook Sunset Boulevard.
The storied hotel, which came to life in 1963 as Gene Autry's Hotel Continental, was reborn in 2009 as Andaz West Hollywood. New York-based architecture and interior design firm Janson Goldstein LLP handled the renovation. Looking out on Sunset Strip and the purple haze of Jacaranda trees beyond, it’s amazing to think that Elton John would have shared this view when he and his entourage stayed at the then-Hyatt House on Elton's first trip to America in August 1970. It's kind of cool that as mere mortals, we get to sleep where rock gods once rampaged through the hallways getting no sleep at all while we deliberate on important things like which factor sunscreen to use.