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First Look at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, Opening on May 15

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90048
March 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Voilà! At last, we have a room photo of the forthcoming Mama Shelter Los Angeles located in the heart of Hollywood.

We've been tracking this hotel's progress since we first learned of its existence (and exact location) back in August. But now, you can finally begin to plan your night with Mama in LA.

Room rates will start at $139 a night on May 15. Currently, booking is not working on the hotel's website but we expect that to be in action very soon.

The ground floor of the hotel is set to be a free-flowing reception area, lobby, bar and restaurant (from chef Benjamin Bailly of LA hotspots, Petrossian and Fraiche) while upstairs there will be just 70 Thierry Gaugain-designed rooms spread out over six stories, but tricked out with king beds and 27-inch iMacs which will serve as the room TV. As you can see, the rooms are very much like other Mamas, complete with those funky nightstand lampshade masks. (Hello Burt and Ernie!)

Mama Shelter Los Angeles will also have an outdoor rooftop gym which we kinda can't wait to see in action. #workoutselfieoverload

Want to learn more about this Mama? She's already "written" you a "letter." Here it is in full below.

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'American Horror Story's' Next Season Will Take Place in a Hotel with Lady Gaga

March 4, 2015 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

If hotel occupancy begins to plummet next fall, we might know who's to blame---the Fox TV show, American Horror Story. The creepy show has announced its "theme" for its next terrifying season, which will be "Hotel." (Last year's was "Freak Show.") And no, we don't think it will be about some fancy luxury hotel. It will be a straight-up haunted spot. Also, Lady Gaga plans on joining the cast.

Huffington Post reports that the show could be based on the famed Garden of Allah, a legendary hotel on Sunset Boulevard, which opened in 1927 and was pretty much the Chateau Marmont of Hollywood's Golden Age, where famous people went to get into trouble. (Coincidentally, Chateau is across the street.)

Today it's home to a bank, a McDonald's and a Subway but nearly a hundred years ago, it was just starting out as a hideaway for many actors and creative types like Marlene Dietrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Humphrey Bogart and Orson Welles.

The hotel was demolished in the late 1950s but you can still see a replica of its ground at Universal Studios in Orlando. That's where we snapped this shot.

No word on what type of character Lady Gaga will play but we don't think playing an eccentric, possibly possessed, hotel guest would be a stretch.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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It's All Change in Hollywood (The Hollywood Hotel, That Is)

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  Site Where: 1160 North Vermont Ave [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90029
February 23, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s only the morning after the Oscars, and already changes are afoot in Hollywood. At least, they are at the Hollywood Hotel (The Hotel of Hollywood, as it somewhat presumptuously likes to style itself), which is celebrating awards season with a multi-million dollar “refreshening” of its 130 rooms.

Contemporary yet classic is the name of the game for the rooms – wooden floors, neutral colors, custom-designed furniture and “interactive” flatscreen TVs. Don’t get bored, though – there will be “fashion-inspired artwork” and a “freestanding, vintage-style clothes rack” to make you feel like you’re in a photoshoot. Very Hollywood! Bathrooms will be in monochrome, but we don’t have photos yet.

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Mama Shelter Los Angeles Probably Won't Make That February Opening Date

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States
February 3, 2015 at 2:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mama Shelter is expected to open their Los Angeles location in February, which HELLO!, is this month, but judging from these snapshots we took yesterday, we're going to have to say, "Non."

The site, a block south of the happening Hollywood Boulevard, looked very much like it did in August, except there was some serious filming going on (maybe TV, possibly a movie.) Upon getting closer to the building we could see that significant work has been done on the facade and that serious construction is continuing on the inside.

So progress is indeed happening, but a February opening is laughable. This mama is going to be late! Which is typical of Hollywood stars. Ugh.

However, Mama is looking for some Mama's helpers as evidenced by this jobs posting. Looks like they still need a sales manager and an F&B director. Interested?

You can read more about what this Mama Shelter will be about here.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Here's Your First Look at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, Opening Later This Year

Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
August 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mama Shelter in Bordeaux

There's been no formal announcement but there's been no secrecy surrounding it either. We're talking about the pending Mama Shelter Hotel for Los Angeles. See, it's right there on the Mama Shelter Twitter bio.

But aside from a LinkedIn job listing looking for a hotel restaurant and general manager, we were having a hard time uncovering the exact whereabouts of Mama Shelter LA. But today, we've found our Mama.

Previously, we've heard West Hollywood and Hollywood flung about as possible locations but those are two very different areas. West Hollywood is trendy and expensive. Hollywood is gritty chic and more affordable. Since the latter practically describes Philippe Starck's Mama Shelter concept to a T, we suspected that's where it would open.

We put in a request to our contact at Mama Shelter hotels on the exact location, but while waiting to hear back, our resourceful European editor uncovered this article. Even if you don't understand French, you can understand what it says.

Des négociations sont aussi en cours pour l'ouverture dans un ancien hôtel des années 1920, dans le quartier de Hollywood, à Los Angeles, «fin 2013».

So Hollywood, it is. And an old hotel from the 1920s too. But still, we wanted to know exactly where. So, we dug a little deeper.

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The Best Room to Book at The Loews Hollywood Hotel

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  Site Where: 1755 N. Highland Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA , United States, 90028
June 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Loews Hollywood, smack dab in the middle of all things well, Hollywood (like the Dolby Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl), recently completed a $31 million renovation which has transformed nearly every inch of the property from a former Renaissance by Marriott hotel into a sleek, stylish and cosmopolitan Loews hotel.

While all the guest rooms are sporting the new, heavy-on-the-grays look, the best room to book is clearly this junior suite on the top floor. Room 2017 to be exact.

There isn't a separate sitting room but the suite does has 622-sq.ft of space to spread out in and a sleeper sofa to accommodate an extra guest (or two.) But what's really the star of the show here is the killer view of the Hollywood sign which is entirely unobstructed. You are actually looking out on the hillside where the iconic sign stands. (Our nighttime picture really doesn't do it justice.)

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Pool is So Chill Even a Boybander Can Go Unnoticed

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  Site Where: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
January 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has always been a fave hangout for celebrities du jour (remember the days of Teddy's?) but we never knew the hotel's pool area was so chill that a boybander could hang with his friends and not get accosted by a ton of screaming fans.

That's exactly what happened with Harry Styles of One Direction the other day. Paparazzi shots show him lounging poolside with his heinous tattoos signature floppy hair and Calvin Klein undies on full display. Joining him were It fashion girl, Alexa Chung and rock royalty's Pixie Geldof.

According to the Daily Mail, Styles hung poolside for a whopping three hours, largely unnoticed, except by the paparazzi. A fan would come by here and there and Styles would oblige with an autograph or photo. Indeed, one fan got a snap with Styles at the entrance to the Hollywood hotel.

This is quite a contrast to the last time One Direction visited a hotel. Hmm, maybe Harry isn't so hot after all. Strength in numbers, we guess.

Interested in kicking it poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt? You're in luck. Not only is it extremely warm in LA these days, rooms are open at the hotel this weekend during the Grammy festivities. Rates start at $309 a night but you can split that rate with your most loyal 1D friends.

[Photo composite: HotelChatter]

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Here's Where You Can Order Taylor Ham Through Room Service

January 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here's another reason why we still love room service--we found the New Jersey specialty meat, Taylor Ham, on the room service menu at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Florida.

Normally, taylor ham (or pork roll as it's also sometimes called) can only be found in Jersey, and most often, in diners and bagel shops. It's a specialty that's favored by many Jersey natives (especially for nasty hangovers) but scorned by outsiders who would rather just eat bacon or regular ham.

So imagine our surprise when we saw it on the menu in our hotel room in Hollywood, Fla. All in all it took about 10 seconds from the time we saw it on the menu to ordering it up from room service (along with an iced coffee.) And no, we aren't quite sure what's in taylor ham but we're ok with that.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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The Loews Hollywood Has a Helipad and The Views From It Are Spectacular

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  Site Where: 1755 North Highland Ave [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
December 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've got a thing for hotel helipads (check out the one time we visited one in Hong Kong) so when we saw this photo of the helipad at the Loews Hollywood, our knees got a little weak. And not just because the helipad is so high up.

For starters, we didn't even know that the Loews had a helipad. So that's pretty baller (and obviously useful too in emergency situations.) Second, look. at. that. view. Spectacular.

The hotel, in the heart of Hollywood near the Dobly Theater, aka home of The Oscars, is currently undergoing a $31 million top-to-bottom renovation that's expected to be finished in March. Just in time for the red carpet to be rolled out.

We'll have more on the new Loews (it was formerly a Renaissance Hotel) in the new year so stay tuned!

[Photo: Loews Hollywood]

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9 Rock Star Touches at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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  Site Where: 1 Seminole way [map], Hollywood, FL, United States, 33314
December 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've already told you about one big rock star touch at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla.--the free WiFi. But during a recent stay in this sprawling casino hotel just outside of Fort Lauderdale, we discovered a few more rock star amenities that got us amped up.

Of course, these room items shouldn't come as a surprise from a Hard Rock Hotel, where the entire guest experience revolves around music. Yet after a few not-so-good experiences at the Hard Rock in Vegas, the Seminole Hard Rock has restored our faith in the entire rock n' roll hotel concept. And best of all, none of these rock star touches involve loud music or wild parties. Well, not if you don't want them to.

Keep reading to see how the room is a-rocking at the Seminole Hard Rock

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Something We Never Thought We'd See: Free WiFi at a Hard Rock Hotel

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  Site Where: 1 Seminole Way [map], Hollywood, FL, United States, 33314
November 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

While Hard Rock Hotels might be the perfect place to party, it's not a brand that we usually associate with free WiFi. Typically, it's an additional charge or folded into a resort fee.

But lo and behold, when we signed on to the network at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, this is what greeted us:

Hard Rock Unplugged: Free Wireless Internet Access for Our Guests

Party on! For us, working nerds anyways.

In the mood for a quickie tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock? The property is actually sold out this weekend (weekends are typically sold-out at this resort.) But a deluxe room is available on Monday for $189 a night and there's no resort fee. Rocking.

We'll have more on the other rock star touches at the Seminole Hard Rock for you next week.

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Does The Hollywood Roosevelt Want to Escape The Commune?

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  Site Where: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard [map], Hollywood, CA , United States, 90028
November 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Thompson Hotels' Jason Pomeranc and his partners left the Commune Hotels collection the other month, they walked away with Thompson's prized NYC properties but had to leave a few choice hotels behind as well as the beloved Thompson name.

Now, as Pomeranc and co. toil away on their new boutique hotel brand, we're getting word from some super secret hotel insiders that the Hollywood Roosevelt wants out of the Commune. We're not exactly sure of the reason but there is speculation that the hotel's owners liked the Pomeranc association. But again, this is purely speculation.

Indeed, a spokesperson for Thompson and Commune told us that the Hollywood Roosevelt "will remain a Thompson-branded property under Commune's management."

Keep reading for some hotel rumor mongering!

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