The longtime owner of Chateau Marmon wants to turn the landmark of LA into a private club, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to violate the status quo.
In an interview published Tuesday at Wall Street Magazine, Andre Balash said he wants to leave the traditional hotel, and he wants to turn almost 90-year-old Marmont into a private living space by the end of 2020. He said he has been considering the idea for three years, and the COVID-19 era has accelerated its time frame.
Balash, who also owns the chic Mercer in Manhattan and London’s Chiltern Firehouse, is also coming up with the idea of selling shares in his property to guests who become members of the club and who own part of several residences in his hotels. He noted that it would be great for guests to stay where they know many other people who are in the apartments.
“You can say something that people know,”; said Balash, who has owned Marmon for three decades. WSJ. “You can communicate with them; you know where they were.”
The star hotelier had to fire almost all of his staff when the virus contracted in the spring, and he said WSJ that he probably won’t bring them back because he wants fewer workers and many with different skill sets for his planned private facilities.
The historic Marmont Castle, housed in a celebrity residence, has been above West Boulevard east of Roxbury since 1929 and is part of the LA Cloth. He has been featured in movies from Myra Breckenridge and Door to La-la-land and 2018 A star is born. His more infamous story includes the place of the legend of John Belushi’s comedy about death from overdose in 1982.