By David Jenison
Why You Must Go: This gorgeous hotel is the perfect place to start your Sunset Strip flashback. Its 82-year-old walls have seen Led Zeppelin ride motorcycles through the lobby, Jim Morrison hurt himself playing Tarzan on a drainpipe and John Belushi party himself into the afterlife in Bungalow 3. Anthony Kiedis and HIM recorded vocals here, and Gram Parsons featured it on an album cover. Want to channel your inner-rock star? The walls are soundproof so go ahead and make Rick James proud.
Where To Eat: You’re staying where John Belushi bit the dust, why not eat at the Rainbow where he ate his last meal (lentil soup, table 16)? Located just down the Strip, this rockin‘ restaurant is featured in several Guns N’ Roses videos, inspired the band name Rainbow and claimed ’70s regulars John Lennon, Keith Moon and Janis Joplin before the glam rockers took over in the Reagan years.
What Else To Check Out: If you go on a Monday (which you should), finish the night with Steel Panther at The Key Club located on the same sacred rock soil that once housed Gazzarri’s. These spandex revivalists cover the ’80s glam-rock canon with special guests like Steven Tyler and Slash playing to sold-out crowds of young Hollywood celebs.
Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd, Hollywoos, (323) 656-1010, www.chateaumarmont.com; Standard bedroom, junior suites start at $370.