Ravishing Roosevelt Hotel


It’s Sunday evening here in Chicago.  I’ve been in a rather reminiscing mood all day today.  I was thinking back to incredible vacation we had last year in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.  The above photo was taken at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.  This hotel is a true icon of an era that epitomized Hollywood in its heyday.  It was constructed in 1927, and has such a surreal feel to it.  I’ve never been one to take an interest in celebrities, gossip columns, or anything related to the somewhat ‘shallow’ end of the pool.  Yet the history, the buildings, the intrigue of nineteenth and early twentieth century North American culture fascinates me.

When walking through the halls of the Roosevelt Hotel, there were moments that seemed to somehow slip back in time only to be jolted back into the here and now by the ringing of a cell phone.  I did find myself trying to envision what it was like ‘back in the day’ (I’ve always liked that phrase; it never identifies a particular day – *LOL*).  What did everyone look like?  What were they thinking about?

Have you ever experienced a place, location, building (time-period in general) that you were drawn to for no specific explanation whatsoever?  Fascinating, I think.

I hope your Sunday (or for those of you located in other parts of the world) Monday is pleasant and with moments to ponder.

  23 comments for “Ravishing Roosevelt Hotel

  1. Don
    September 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Looks like an amazing place Cher. Your image is magnificent.

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    • September 6, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Well thank you so kindly, Don! It was quite a fascinating building!! Cher xo

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  2. September 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Love this stuff, Cher. Great photo. Sounds like a beautiful vacation!

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    • September 6, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you, dear Carol! We absolutely love LA and Long Beach! In fact, we are going back for a vacation in October! I’ll be posting all about it!! I plan on going back to the Roosevelt and talking more photos! What a place! Cher xo

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      • September 6, 2015 at 10:32 pm

        Looking forward to that post and those fantastic photos!!! 🙂

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      • September 6, 2015 at 10:33 pm

        Ah, thanks my dear! We’ve been saving up for about 1 1/2 years in order to go back to LA and Long Beach! So I am super grateful and very excited! I’ll be posting for sure!! Thank you, Carol! Cher xo


  3. September 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I stayed here some years ago. In fact, parts of the public areas of the hotel were closed off for part of the day because there was a motion picture crew shooting a movie. Great fun!

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    • September 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Oh did you, John? That’s so cool to hear! Ah, now I am curious as to what they were filming! What a place! I am sure it was great fun!! Cher xo

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      • September 6, 2015 at 10:42 pm

        I never did hear what movie they were filming, unfortunately. Besides the trailer dressing rooms around, the most conspicuous thing I saw was the food spread out that morning for breakfast under the Kraft Services tent. 😀

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      • September 6, 2015 at 10:44 pm

        *LOL* A movie about food, perhaps? *biggest grin* Cher xo

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  4. September 7, 2015 at 3:27 am

    yep, these places are funny… full of people one minute, empty the next…
    same where i am working… it’s like “The Shining” 😉 on a good day 🙂
    xx love love to you


  5. September 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

    This is fun to see Cher 🙂


    • September 7, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you, Irene! It has such a fascinating history! Cher xo

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  6. September 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    The Roosevelt Hotel is one of my favorite places! Love it! Beautiful. It’s especially wonderful at Christmast. I used to go frequently. I have stories! Time for another visit.

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    • September 8, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Oh Karen, I would love to hear your stories!! I bet it is spectacular at Christmas! If you would be willing to share your stories, please email me at: cher72@hotmail.com Thank you! Cher xo

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  7. September 10, 2015 at 3:52 am

    I love old buildings and the sense of history that permeates them. Those grand 1920s hotels are pretty fabulous, that’s for sure. And I’ve always found stories of Hollywood in the 20s and 30s to be fascinating – it seemed a golden time. Lauren Bacall said that Hollywood in the 1940s was gorgeous, and these hotels offer us a glimpse of what it was like. I also went to Heart Castle, just along the coast and that, despite all my travels since, remains one of the most magical places I’ve been – just breathtaking.

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    • September 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

      I too love these old buildings, Helen! They really do give us a glimpse into an earlier time. Me too; I’ve always found stories of Hollywood during that period to be fascinating as well! Oh did she? I bet it was gorgeous, and the thing I like to do is walk around these old gems and literally envision people walking around from decades ago (or in some cases, even longer). That castle must be beyond grand! Wow, and I know you’ve traveled extensively, so I must put it on my ‘must see’ list!! Thank you, Helen! Cher xo

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      • September 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

        Well, I’ve still a lot of places left to see, but that certainly stayed with me as somewhere very special – the story of how it was built, the beauty of the landscape – it’s a glimpse into a lost time 🙂

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      • September 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        I absolutely love how you said, “it’s a glimpse into a lost time” I really have to see it, Helen! Thank you for your wonderful description!! Cher xo

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