Chateau Marmont owner plans to convert LA hotel to private club by year end – deadline

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The longtime owner of Chateau Marmont wants to turn the Los Angeles landmark into a private club as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the status quo.In an interview published Tuesday in Le journal Wall Street, André Balazs said he wanted to move away from the traditional hotel business and that he was looking to convert the nearly 90-year-old Marmont into a private residential space by the end of 2020. He told the newspaper that he’s been considering the idea for about three years, and the COVID-19 era has accelerated his timeline.

Balazs, who also owns the posh Mercer in Manhattan and the Chiltern Firehouse in London, is also considering the idea of ​​selling stakes in his properties to clients who become members of the club and who would own part of several residences in his hotels. He noted that guests would be cool to stay where they know a lot of other people staying at the properties.

“There is something to say to get to know people,” said Balazs, owner of the Marmont for three decades. WSJ. “You can chat with them; you know where they have been.

The celebrity hotelier had to lay off almost all of his employees because the virus took hold in the spring, and he said WSJ that he isn’t likely to bring them back because he wants fewer workers and a lot of people with different skills for his planned private properties.

Overlooking Sunset Boulevard east of Roxbury since 1929, the historic Chateau Marmont has a reputation as a celebrity residence and is part of the fabric of Los Angeles. He has been featured in films ranging from Myra Breckinridge and The doors at La La Land and 2018 A star is born. Its more infamous story includes being the site of comedy legend John Belushi’s overdose death in 1982.



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