What does Anthony Bourdain love most in a hotel?
I don't like an intimidating level of formality. You really feel at the Chateau [Marmont] that if you forgot to put pants on, and you went to breakfast nobody would begrudge you. They don't say 'Welcome back, Mr. Bourdain.' It's 'Hey, Tony, how ya doing?' I like that. And I don't like oppressively over-designed or stylized places, with that sort of loungey-modern feel. I like old, classic, dark, homey. I think the Chateau does that just right.