The Riot House on Sunset

The former Hyatt House, now the Andaz in West Hollywood.

The former Hyatt House, now the Andaz in West Hollywood.

8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

During the late 1960s and 1970s, the Continental Hyatt House earned a reputation as the place to stay for touring rock groups while in Los Angeles. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and The Who partied and lived out some of the most famous rock and roll clichés earning the hotel the nickname “the Riot House.”

Some of the more notable tales of debauchery include:

In 1972, frustrated with the television not working properly, Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards threw the TV off the balcony of room 1015.

Led Zeppelin would rent as many as 6 floors while in town. Drummer John Bonham and tour manager Richard Cole reportedly drove a motorcycle up and down the hallways.

In room 905, while being interviewed for Atlantic Monthly in 1975, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant stepped out on the balcony for photos. Upon seeing the billboard for his bands latest disc Physical Graffiti down below on Sunset Blvd, Plant proclaimed, “I am a golden god.”

Scenes from the movie Almost Famous were filmed here and the film’s main character even repeats Plant’s famous quote (albeit not filmed at the Riot House).

Paul Stanley wrote the chorus of the KISS classic “Rock and Roll All Night” in his room at the Riot House. According to Paul, “When I came up with the chorus for “Rock and Roll All Night, and party every day,’ I knocked on Gene’s door and said, ‘I think I’ve got it, this so-called anthem we need.’ Gene came and said, ‘Well, I have this song, ‘Drive Us Wild.” We put them together.”

Little Richard lived in room 319 in the 1980s and 1990s. Jim Morrison also lived there until he was reportedly evicted by management.

Lemmy wrote the song “Motorhead” on the balcony of his room here in the middle of the night.

In January, 2009, the Hotel was renovated and renamed the Andaz West Hollywood. The balconies that were the scene of many rock and roll legends were enclosed.

Required Listening:

  1. “Rock And Roll All Night” by KISS
  2. “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
  3. “Motorhead” by Motorhead
  4. “Rocks Off” by The Rolling Stones
  5. ‘Baba O’Riley” by The Who

 

The Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, formerly the Hyatt House.

The Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, formerly the Continental Hyatt House.

 

Robert Plant on the balcony of the Hyatt House in 1975, proclaiming "I am a golden god." (photo by Peter Simon)

Robert Plant on the balcony of the Continental Hyatt House in 1975, proclaiming “I am a golden god.” (photo by Peter Simon)

 

Robert Plant at the Riot House, with a billboard for Physical Graffiti in the background on Sunset Blvd. (photo by Peter Simon)

Robert Plant at the Riot House, with a billboard for Physical Graffiti in the background on Sunset Blvd. (photo by Peter Simon)

 

he Hyatt Continental House

The Hyatt Continental House.

 

Map of the Riot House.

Map of the Riot House.