Formerly known as The Sunset Tower, The Argyle Hotel was a landmark from the moment it opened. Its dramatic siting on the Sunset Strip and elegant Art Deco styling, together with its proximity to the famous restaurants and nightclubs of the Thirties and Forties, contributed to its appeal.

West Hollywood has always been an area which has catered to celebrities, on their way up or down the ladder of success, but in either case, wishing to give the impression of achievement. The Argyle Hotel embodied all that Hollywood aspired to be. Former residents include Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Billie Burke, Joseph Schenck, Paulette Goddard, Zasu Pitts, and even gangster Bugsy Siegel.

Remember the pool patio with palm-tree sculptures and a non-stop view of the city lights in the movie "The Player"?

That's what you see out of the window of this swank, art deco-style dining room in the recently renovated Argyle Hotel. This hotel is so stylish that it's a regular tour stop for the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.

Built in 1929, ignored for a while, then lovingly restored, the Argyle is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. With its stylized concrete friezes, futurist skyscraper imagery and period-themed indoor furnishings, it's easy to see why it's a landmark.

Originally, the building was divided into luxury apartments. In fact, under the old studio system, Paramount Pictures housed its contract players here. Those deep entertainment roots still show: The hotel's popular restaurant, Fenix at the Argyle, is a wide open space just perfect for Hollywood dining and dancing!


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