By <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://www.flickr.com/people/75683070@N00">Ken Lund</a> from Reno, Nevada, USA - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kenlund/2996359037/">Hollywood Boulevard from Kodak Theatre</a>, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
The hotel was built in 1926 and named after the 26th US President – Theodore Roosevelt. It was financed by a group of the most famous people of the time including: Mary Pickford, Sid Grauman, Louis B Mayer and Douglas Fairbanks. It was constructed for a cost of $2.5 million (39 million in 2022 dollars).
The hotel is 12 stories tall and has 300 rooms including 63 suites.
It was completed on May 15, 1927 as one of the most luxurious hotels in the city and a playground for the rich and famous.
By the 1950’s the hotel had fallen on hard times and had become more of a flophouse. The owner painted over all the gorgeous murals on the walls and ceilings making the entire building sea foam green.
In 1985 Radisson Hotels bought the building and – using the original blueprints and old photos – did a $35 million renovation to bring the hotel back to it’s glamourous past. In 2005 another multi-million-dollar renovation was done.
In 2015 a $25 million renovation was done to the rooms.
Some of the most famous legendary Hollywood stars have stayed or lived in this building including: Clark Gable and Carol Lombard – who used to stay in the Penthouse now named after them for $5 a night; Marilyn Monroe lived in the hotel for the first 2 years of her career; Shirley Temple – who learned her stairstep dance routine on the hotel’s staircase; Errol Flynn; Charlie Chaplin; Ernest Hemingway; Prince; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
The one and only legendary – and one of Hollywood’s busiest ghosts – Marilyn Monroe haunts her old room; Room 1200. She is frequently seen in the mirror in the room. This room is now known as the Marilyn Suite.
Now, personally, I’d love to see Ms. Monroe but some people became upset and it is said the mirror has been removed from the room.
Montgomery Clift haunts Room 928 – where he stayed for 3 months while making From Here To Eternity – he is accused of patting today’s guests on the shoulder. Other reports say he has pinned guests down while they were lying on the bed and a shadow figure that both watches guests – and the maids – as well as pacing back and forth outside of the room door.
The phantom sounds of Clift playing the trumpet are also heard.
Carole Lombard is seen floating around on the upper floors of the hotel.
In the Blossom Ballroom – where the first Academy Awards were held – there are 2 ghosts witnessed: a man in a white suit and a man in a tuxedo. Ms. Monroe has also been dancing around this room.
A 5 year old girl in a pink jacket and jeans – who has been named Carol – forever wanders the hotel looking for her Mother. She has also told a medium that she worries about her mom getting hurt. She has been seen both crying and laughing while skipping around.
There also reports of a piano being played by an unseen presence and ghost locking people out of their room and stomping around in the hallways late at night.
An apparition swimming in the pool has been seen on the security cameras.