WHAT Bored with too-cool-for-school hotel staffs, beyond-trendy
decor, impossibly kitschy minibar treats, and loud, scene-y
lobbies? Seems a lot of people are. Which is why the old-school
comforts of L.A.'s Sunset Marquis -- for years a refuge for
rockers -- are attracting celebs with a desire for laid-back luxe,
like the newly refurbished Villa 1 South suite (55'' TV, private
Jacuzzi, fireplace). Jasmine-scented gardens and the friendliest
staff this side of Disneyland also included. On the other coast,
NYC's Maritime Hotel gets the guests for making them feel
like they're aboard a cruise ship, without the shuffleboard and
all-night buffets. Fleet Week sailors not included.
CELEB ENDORSEMENTS The Marquis' must-sleepers include Billy Bob Thornton and Mary J. Blige. The Maritime has hosted Tyson Beckford and Daryl Hannah.