Andy Warhol, Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix and Uma and Ethan all called the Chelsea Hotel home. For a few months while her L.A. home was being renovated, Lindsay Lohan was the Chateau Marmont’s very own Eloise. Yankees legend Babe Ruth paid rent to the Grand Concourse Hotel. Hotel habitation has long been a quick fix of easy living for the rich, glamorous and residentially commitment phobic.

“Celebrities love living in hotels because literally everything is available to them with the touch of a button,” says editor Juliana Shallcross. “And when the celeb gets bored, or, is called on a different project in another city, they simply check out. No need to sublet or sell the house, or even find a caretaker while they are away.”

Depending on the coast he is working on, screenwriter Joshua Solomon keeps things home-sweet-homey when he takes up residence in the Mercer Hotel and the Chateau Marmont. “I usually redecorate immediately. I always move the desk by the window,” he says. But the main reason why Solomon likes living in a hotel is for work: “You find most people want to come meet you for meetings, or, have that drink. I feel like I have them on my turf. Plus, it saves me a lot of driving time.”

– Shira Levine is a freelance writer living in New York City.


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