Iconic Hollywood Roosevelt With Its David Hockney-Painted Pool Undergoes $25 Million Revamp

  • HOLLYWOOD, California
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  • March 16, 2016

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The pool at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is set to unveil a new design, starting with the iconic tower, built in 1927, where Clark Gable and Carol Lombard had their tryst, which has undergone a 25-million-dollar renovation with rooms designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Next up comes a full re-branding and a sophisticated poolside F&B outlet in the Spring.  David Chang and Goodwin Gaw, owners of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, have appointed longtime hotel collaborator Brett Blass as their Chief Operating Officer to lead the repositioning efforts of the new look property and their new management company to be announced later in 2016.

"The Hollywood Roosevelt's reputation as an iconic, one-of-a-kind lifestyle hotel has been forged with distinction in Hollywood's history," said Blass, "It's an exciting time for the entire hotel team and for Los Angeles - our stunning guest room renovation celebrates this landmark hotel's character, charm and Hollywood roots while making us all very enthusiastic for the future ahead."

Renovated room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Yabu Pushelberg’s revamp features a palette showcasing subtle textures, beautiful leathers, and soft grey tones with persimmon-red accents, the new design maintains the integrity of the hotel's Spanish Colonial roots, but with a modern twist.  Under the new management direction, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will continue to maintain the individuality that has allowed it to forge a distinctive place in Hollywood history for nearly 90 years, while tastefully revitalizing its storied past.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has long been a meeting spot for both the well-heeled Hollywood set and creative industries. Spaces within the hotel such as the Library Bar and prohibition-era style cocktail lounge and hand-crafted bowling alley the Spare Room draw creatives for its intimate and picturesque surroundings- a welcome respite from the bustling Hollywood neighborhood and a world away from the nearby boulevard.

From secret spots to the vast Rooftop where revelers are invited to go behind the iconic sign the hotel boasts an array of choices and something for every mood or celebration. The Hollywood Roosevelt also includes one of Hollywood's most cherished oasis: palm tree encased Tropicana Pool. In 1988, famed British painter David Hockney completed a multi-million dollar mural painted on the bottom of the Tropicana Pool, which has since been hailed as one of Los Angeles’s greatest artistic and architectural marvels. Both the hotel and the pool have been designated Historic-Cultural Monuments by the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission.


The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has built a legendary reputation on history and fame in just under a century. Its rich history began in 1929 when the hotel hosted the inaugural Academy Awards, and over its almost 100 years it has welcomed illustrious icons through its doors, from Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe who resided there, to Prince, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Today, the hotel is still buzzing with industry executives and talent, and stands as a landmark attraction and popular destination for locals and tourists from around the world.  

Offering 298 guest rooms and suites, guests can choose from a variety of accommodations ranging from poolside cabanas to the new-look Tower Rooms with stunning views of the city and Hollywood Hills. To top it off, the hotel's heated outdoor swimming pool provides guests the only locale in the world where they can swim in a million dollar work of art painted by acclaimed artist David Hockney.

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