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Star chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain rarely stays in one place for too long. “I travel 200-250 days a year for work,” he said in an interview this year with Travel + Leisure.

But if he had to live out the rest of his days in a hotel, he wouldn’t go to the frenetic city of Tokyo or up-and-coming Marseilles. Instead, he’d retreat to Chateau Marmont.

“I would not feel cheated by life if I died in Chateau Marmont…” Bourdain said. “I love that hotel above all others.”

It’s one of the most iconic hotels in Hollywood—a veritable celebrity hideaway since the 1930s—and is easily recognized by its Loire Valley castle inspiration. Amongst the lemon trees, climbing vines, and bougainvillea are charming bungalows that provide privacy and paradise to even the most boldfaced names.

“I feel like I’m staying with family every time I go,” Bourdain added. “It’s the sort of place where, if you forget to put your pants on and walk down to the lobby in your pajamas, nobody’s going to care."

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Surprisingly, Bourdain suggested that the Chateau Marmont was a friendlier version of The Shining's Overlook Hotel, in that it's "an organic entity" with a "heart and soul."

Head to Bar Marmont for late night drinks (no earlier than midnight) around a candlelit, marble table, and you may even catch a glimpse of Bourdain among the star-spangled crowds. 

Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.

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