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120 Years of Hollywood Hotels Both Shabby and Fabulous

It's been a busy year for hotel developers in Hollywood, and a busy year at Curbed LA trying to keep up with them all. Right now, there are at least 12 new hotel projects in the works in and around Hollywood. Some may complain about the rapid change these hotels are bringing to the neighborhood, but Hollywood actually has a rich history of housing out-of-towners. From its first hotel, the Glen-Holly, built in 1895, to the Hollywood Hotel that stood proudly for decades on Highland Avenue, Hollywood has always been a prime destination for tourists and hotel developers. The area changes, though, to be sure—whereas nothing less than the most luxurious of accommodations will suffice for hotel guests nowadays, back then the boutique amenities included access to a post office or five-cent beer.

The Sackett Hotel, at the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood, 1910

The Hollywood Hotel, now the site of the Hollywood & Highland shopping center

Hollywood and Highland in 1937 and today

These days it seems not a month goes by without developers unveiling renderings of fancy new hotels planned for the Hollywood area. Turns out, it's kinda always been like that.