Where: Chateau Marmont

8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046; 323-656-1010; chateaumarmont.com

What: "You basically have to know someone in [hotel owner] Andre Balazs' office to get a room," says Kaplan. Those who can swing it shoot for one of the two- or three-bedroom bungalows (starting at $2,000 a night) that have private entrances.

Who: Legend holds that in the 1960s ­members of Led Zeppelin rode through the lobby on a ­motorcycle. Under Balazs, guests have included Courtney Love and Thom Yorke.

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