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The Sunset Marquis is a luxury hotel in Hollywood, California known as a favorite in the music industry. The hotel installed a recording studio in the basement to attract entertainers.[1]

Courtney Love's memoir includes a letter, on hotel letterhead, written to Kurt Cobain and her daughter. Love named a song after the Sunset Marquis,[2] and she reportedly wrote another song, "How Dirty Girls Get Clean", on Marquis notepaper.[3] Both songs are slated to appear on Love's second album.


The bar at the Sunset Marquis is known as a hangout for models and celebrities.[4] Now called "Bar 1200",[5] it was formerly called the "Whiskey Bar". It is located off The Sunset Marquis Hotel's lobby, and only musicians and hotel guests can get in. U2, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and Eminem have been regulars.[1]

In 1996 Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan overdosed from a speedball while at the hotel, he was hospitalized and later arrested due to cocaine possession and being under the influence of heroin


  1. ^ a b Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas. New York Times Travel. Accessed 2007-11-23.
  2. ^ Jennifer Vineyard (May 30, 2006). Courtney Love Discusses Last Happy Day With Cobain In Memoir. Accessed 2007-11-23.
  3. ^ Chrissy Iley (October 22, 2006). Courting disaster. Accessed 2007-11-23.
  4. ^ Neil Strauss (December 28, 1997). The Young and the Restless. New York Times. Accessed 2007-11-23.
  5. ^ Dining Accessed 2007-11-23.

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