Hollywood's Golden Age

Northern view of hotel

Southern view of hotel


 The most recent hotel, built in 1939, the year of Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz, remains exquisitely intact to this day. Designed by Paul Williams, one of America's foremost black architects, the distinctive original Art Deco elements of the Arrowhead Springs Hotel are closely reminiscent of the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel, another Hollywood landmark. And with a budget of $ 1 million, the famed interior designer, Dorothy Draper, created the unique furnishings and decor of the hotel which still exist today.

Dorthy Draper & Hotel Furnishings

 The grand opening in 1939 featured stars, including the Marx Brothers, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Rudy Vallee and Jimmy Durante. This was the destination of choice among celebrities. Elizabeth Taylor spent her honeymoon in the penthouse at age 17 with Nicky Hilton. Humphrey Bogart, Lucille Ball, Susan Hayward, Clark Gable and Eleanor Roosevelt frequented the hotel.


 The swimming pool was named after Esther Williams whose movies were shot on-site.

 Later, stars including Danny Thomas, Jerry Lewis, Mitzi Gaynor and Rocky Marciano were regular guests.


Humphrey Bogart , Esther Williams, Jane Powell, Judy Garland. The Marx Brothers and Judy Garland performed opening night.