What are Jonathan Morr’s favorite hotels?
My most favorite is Hôtel Costes in Paris. I’ve been going there since they opened it in 1991. I like it because I think they captured a moment, and they managed to really combine old French and new. For me, it’s a place where I can sit all day and kind of see Paris walking by you.
Another hotel I like is The Mercer in New York City. I live in New York, so I don’t really stay there. I moved once and stayed there for a month, and a couple of other times for weekends. It’s just a quality, simple hotel — very comfortable. The Soho location is good for me. My third favorite would be Chateau [Marmont] in Los Angeles. Again, it’s Old World, old school and captures L.A.
All three of those hotels, I just like being in the building; you feel something. And maybe it’s because I’m so used to these hotels — I’m there a lot. Anytime I’m in L.A., I stay at [Chateau Marmont]; anytime I’m in Paris I go to [Hôtel Costes]. I actually had an apartment in Paris for a few years, and what I didn’t like about it was the fact that I couldn’t stay at Hôtel Costes.