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GARDEN OF ALLAH HOTEL

The Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Blvd. at Crescent Heights Ave. was, not only famous, but also infamous for the publicity it received as one of Hollywood’s hotels. 

Built in a Spanish-Moorish style of architecture, it derived its name not from Islam but from stage and screen actress Alla Nazimova, its original owner. Originally known as The Garden of Alla, it was a mansion at 8080 Sunset Boulevard, built in 1919. It became notorious for the wild parties allegedly held there by the openly lesbian Nazimova.

As her acting career declined, Nazimova built a complex of 25 villas around the main building in 1927 and was located at 8152 Sunset Boulevard. Though Nazimova later sold the property, she continued to live in one of the villas on the grounds.

The Garden of Allah became home to many celebrities...