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This Month’s Hottest Hotels

From L.A. to Istanbul, we round up some of the world's most unforgettable accommodations

Los Angeles

DESIGN NOTES: Opened in 1912, this wonderfully nostalgic establishment is a blend of art deco and ’40s-style Hollywood glamour. By 2015 it will complete a major refurbishment, though the iconic banana-leaf wallpaper and pink exterior will remain.

CLAIM TO FAME: Guests have included Gloria Swanson, Buster Keaton, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Yoko Ono and John Lennon. Howard Hughes lived here for years, booking up to four bungalows a night so nobody would know which one he was in.

BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Most of the action takes place at the Polo Lounge. Frank Sinatra, never publicity-shy, liked the booth next to the piano—the most visible table in the restaurant.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: For last year’s centenary celebration, the head bartender created the 100-Year Sidecar: Hennessy X.O. Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice, served up in a gold-dusted cocktail coupe that’s yours to keep. The price tag, appropriately, is $100.

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