Hollywood's Hottest Hotels Exposed
As we write this, Britney Spears has probably checked in and out of yet another hotel but we'll do our best to keep you posted on her whereabouts. You know, in case you wanna compliment her on how crappy her comeback video is for "Gimme More."
Last we heard of Brit Brit she was causing a scene at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. But after one day there she shacked up at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire and left the next day. Now TMZ is reporting that Britney did a wham, bam, thank you mam stop at the Viceroy Hotel.
Spears hightailed it to the Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica, bringing her brand of crazazy for yet another panicked hospitality staff to enjoy.
Sources tell TMZ that Brit left the hotel with an unknown man in a white Lamborghini just before 2:00 AM, though it's not clear if she returned.
This is crazy for any celeb blowing into town--three nights, three different hotels--but Britney has a home in Malibu that she could be hanging out at. Or at K-Fed's place in the valley where her kids are. All this brings us to ask the question--is Britney secretly a hotel reviewer?
· Britney, the Hotel Hopper Part Three [TMZ]
· Britney Spears Celebrates Freedom From Kids at Peninsula Hotel [HotelChatter]
Alright so it wasn't solely because of John Mayer but his recent appearance at the Sofitel Los Angeles with a new girlfriend Minka Kelly in tow reminded us that this renovated hotspot needed a listing on the HotelChatter Hollywood Hotel Map.
Also thanks to our recent spotting of the Sopranos cast as well as a Conchord (Jemaine Clement), the Sofitel LA has well-earned the #17 position.
We're a big fan of the place from a hotel standpoint. The renovations were pretty striking and the room reviews are solid. Plus, the place has a happening lounge scene at Stone Rose and an excellent restaurant, Simon LA.
Whether it was good enough for John Mayer and friend, we aren't sure. The stalkerazzi spotted the duo later at the Sunset Marquis--star map stop #13. John was also once a fan of the Four Seasons hotel (star map stop #9) as he squired Jessica Simpson there last year.
Scandal Rating: Medium.
Witnessed a semi scandalous Hollywood hotel scene? Talk.
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This year, HotelChatter launched its first ever Google mash-up maps. Three to be exact and each map had a stand-out hotel we are awarding as the All-Star Hotel.
On the Hollywood Hotel Star Map, the Hollywood Roosevelt stands out because its celebrity scene has been off the hook since the day it opened. Then this year the whole Amanda Scheer-Demme fiasco happened. But even when her VIP club Teddy's reopened again without her, celebs still flocked to the place.
When it came to do a map for NYC, we chose only the downtown hotels because let's face it, who wants to stay in Midtown? The All-Star here is The Hotel on Rivington or THOR. How could we ignore the hash-hammock suggestion from the "Director of Luminous Detail" Nemo Librizzi? Then we found out from our Super Secret Insider that I-bankers are worse guests than touring rock stars. The hotel also rounded out its year by opening up a members-only lounge, the restaurant and the eclectic boutique Annie O. Of course, how could we forget the place has see-through shower windows?
On the Viva Las Vegas map, picking an all-star was difficult because all of the high roller hotels in Vegas we profiled are big stand-outs. But we're going to go with THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. The Alain Ducasse restaurant on the top floor is superb and the strip views are unbeatable. When you venture outside of this boutique hotel within a hotel, hit up the pool area where an employee named Moses is in charge of parting the water at the giant water park.
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Yesterday, our baby bro Jaunted unveiled the first-ever Jaunted Parking Guide, picking Los Angeles to be the inaugural city. Well, not long after it went up, a parking tip came rolling in about how park-friendly the Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills is.
In case you need some background on the Raffles, Angelina likes to stash her kinky toys and clothes here and before her and Poppa Pitt went all around the world saving and having children, she would always bring her new lovers here for a quickie. Also, the Raffles is where Angelina's mom lives. (Go figure.)
Anyways, here's the parking scoop:
Meeting for drinks at a fancy hotel is a very LA thing to do. Most hit you hard with valet or take a few bucks off the tab. Little known secret: the top hotel in Beverly Hills (we're talking five star/five diamond) with a stellar crowd does not charge at all for folks drinking at their bar or dining in their restaurant. Plus you'll get points from your guests for taking them to a classy place with no tourists. Where: Raffles L'Ermitage on Burton Way in Beverly Hills. Their Writers Bar and Living Room have lots of seating areas and you can actually have a conversation without shouting.
The Writer's Bar is exactly what the name conveys except in this town "writer" means screenplay writer and the walls of the bar are adorned with scripts and the names of those who wrote them.
Our tipster also reveals that smokers have a little outside area and that frozen maragaritas are out of the question since the bars don't have blenders as a way to keep down the noise.
Whatta classy place. No blenders, outside area for smokers and best of all, free parking.
· Free Parking with that Drink at Angelina's Sex Hotel [Jaunted]
This afternoon, we give you another hard-hitting question (as if the Nicky O/Nicky Hype were't a brain-twister enough, right?)
The reason being is because we were flipping through this notorious tabloid over the weekend (it was mysteriously dropped off at our front door and was in no way an impulse buy at the 10 items or less express check-out line at the grocery store) and we noticed that in the "Hollywood After Dark" gossip column* of the six items, four of them took place at the Marmont.
· Courtney Love repeatedly hugging a doorman on October 3.
· Geoffrey Rush ("Pirates of the Caribbean") that same day drinking with strangers while Nicolette Sheridan was dining with two guys and a girl (no pizza shop though.)
· Lucy Liu bumping into a waiter on Oct. 5 and almost knocking food off his tray
· Harry Morton, Lindsay Lohan's ex, arriving late at night on Oct. 7 perhaps to visit Lindsay.
The other two items were something about a Madden twin from Good Charlotte and Nicky Hilton's bday at club Arena.
We sincerely doubt Andre Balazs or his people are behind any of these items, so perhaps its about time for them to investigate the hotel's nooks and crannies for Enquirer reporters. That or figure out which staffer has been showing up in some new duds, wearing a new watch and driving a new car.
* October 23, 2006 issue, page six.
Image via Central 1179's/ Flickr
· HotelChatter's Hollywood Star Map Stop #2: Chateau Marmont [HotelChatter]
The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles got a boost again to their Scandal Rating. Despite the fact that it was publicity hungry Jessica Simpson and her PR boyfriend John Mayer, we're still upping the hotel's celeb cred:
The "Dukes of Hazzard" star and the singer-songwriter were reunited at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday night just weeks after breaking up. Jessica - who arrived at the bar with her producer Romeo Antonio - was having a drink when John turned up.
According to TMZ, after a brief conversation - in which John reportedly asked Jessica whether or not there "was anything going on" between her and Romeo - John led her to the elevator and they disappeared upstairs.
A recent review of the place claims that unless you're famous, you won't be getting the royal treatment at the Four Seasons.
Although in our minds it is debatable whether or not Jessica Simpson is worthy of her fame, we're guessing the hotel pulled out all the stops for the faux love-birds.
· Four Seasons: Star Map Stop #9 [HotelChatter]
· Jessica Simpson And John Mayer Relationship Reportedly Back On [All Headline News]
· Four Seasons Beverly Hills Reviews [TripAdvisor]
It pains us to have to write about yet another celebrity filled night at the Chateau Marmont, but this one differs in that the hotel actually underwent a bit of a costume change for the release party of "Marie Antoinette"--the new film by Sophia Coppola, starring Kirsten "Vampire Teeth" Dunst.
Styles and Scenes of the LA Times reports that the lobby was cleared out and decorated with set costumes and props from the movie:
The Chateau was transformed into a tiny Versailles with a ballroom, crystal chandeliers, Louis XIV chairs, period rugs, huge gilded mirrors and bouquets of pink roses/ gardenias.
Perrier Jouet was flowing and a decadent dessert banquet was piled with white chocolate boxes containing tiny berries, pastel-colored French macaroons, meringue, tarts, pink and lavender cupcakes and petite cotton candy.
Owner Andre Balazs went on to say that the other time the hotel cleared out the hotel lobby was for Sophia's 17th birthday.
Also spotted in attendance at the party were Dunst's co-star Jason Schwartzman, Orlando Bloom, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Courtney Love, Mischa Barton, Drew Barrymore and the Strokes.
We wonder if Lindsay Lohan was spying from the hotel staircase?
While his soon-to-be ex-wife Kate Hudson is thinking about riding the Butterscotch Stallion aka Owen Wilson, Chris Robinson is mending his broken heart while crashing at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, so says Us Weekly.
Number 13 on the HotelChatter Hollywood Star Map, this hotel has been known to host a few broken hearts, most recently Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in their first few months as divorcees.
But coincidentally, the hotel is a fave of Owen's as well, as he once revealed in an interview:
When we were shooting Bottle Rocket we were living at the Sunset Marquis and that was the real hot spot with the Whiskey Bar, they had really pretty waitresses. Even though we were staying at the hotel sometimes the bouncer wouldn't even let us in. We would always have to have our key to show them. Those bouncers will drive you crazy.
It's pretty obvious that now Owen doesn't even need those bouncers to get ass. But sorry Chris, he's got your woman and your hotel.
· Sunset Marquis: Star Map #13 [HotelChatter]
· Oewen Wilson is going to the chapel to crash some weddings [MovieWeb]
· Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas reviews [TripAdvisor]
What is up with crazy UK celebrities going beserk in Los Angeles hotels?
This time, it's "Scottish chart-topper," (which is akin to being famous in Philadelphia) Sandi Thom, who held an out-of-control party in her hotel room at the Grafton on Sunset Hotel. After repeated requests by management to calm down, the "I wish I was a Punk Rocker" singer was thrown out.
A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Sandi played a gig on Monday night at the Hotel Cafe in LA. "After the show Sandi, her band and some fans went back to the hotel to celebrate. "They were tearing it up at the pool bar making an almighty noise and were promptly told to leave. So they went upstairs to Sandi's room to continue the party. "After various warnings to keep it down they were escorted from their room by six LA police officers and ended up sleeping on Sunset Boulevard."
We have a feeling the Hotel Grafton wouldn't do this to some of their more famous clientele like Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Brad Pitt, who have all checked out the hotel's Balboa steak house and lounge.
Yet the hotel does seem to have a problem controlling its noise from the bar area as one guest found out the other month:
This hotel is the worst. Right now, I'm in room 316 and it's 12:30am. The room is right near the restaurant/lobby and the DJ is blasting the Pussy Cat Dolls. I called the front desk and they sent me a pair of earplugs. The guy working the front desk told me they can't turn down the music because it's part of the "hotel experience."
However, Scottish Ashlee Simpsons are obviously not part of the hotel experience.
Anytime we find something historic in Los Angeles (historic=before 1970s) we get real excited. The Culver Hotel has been on our list of things to do for quite some time and the other month we finally got a chance to look around.
What makes the Culver Hotel genuinely historic is a) it was built in 1924; b) it's currently a registered local landmark and on the state and national list of registered historical places and c) all of Hollywood's golden era stars spent their nights here, most notably Clarke Gable and Judy Garland.
The hotel was the vision of real estate developer Harry Culver who thought the land he would later name after himself, Culver City, was the perfect stopping place for those passing through from Hollywood to the beaches of Santa Monica. The first thing he did was attract the movie studios to film their movies and build their offices in Culver City. Once he had an influx of glamorous movie stars and film crews, he needed a place for them to stay.
Thus the birth of the Culver Hotel, a "wedged-shape Renaissance revival-style beauty, fashioned with sculpted stone, brick, ornate overhanging eaves and 200 magnificent windows." Indeed it is one of the most authentic looking things in Los Angeles, which is saying a lot. Inside the hotel has a wide open lobbyand a winding staircase that leads to the second-floor offices where Harry Culver had his personal office and where many folks today use as their own offices.
More on the hotel's then and now after the jump
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ANGELINA Jolie loves to eat out - as long as a woman is serving her. When Jolie and two pals breezed into the Dakota restaurant at the Hollywood Roosevelt the other night, she oddly requested "a female server only" to bring her halibut and salad, our spy says. "The theory is she feels guys gawk at her too much, and this is one way of avoiding that."
Normally, we would say this request must put Brad at ease, but given Jolie's past of lesbian romps, this might not be such a good thing after all.
On the bright side, with all the hoop-la over Tropicana and Teddy's we totally forgot the hotel had a restaurant, much less rooms for people to actually stay in. Thus the hotel's publicity plan to turn their hard-partying, guest-hating, celeb-loving image around is slowly working.
We have no idea who actor Sean Bean is. We know he's British and in the bond movie "Goldeneye" but has no relation to the Mr. Bean we know so well.
However, this unknown-in-the-states thespian has given the Four Seasons Los Angeles the scandal factor it so desperately needed.
British actor SEAN BEAN and his girlfriend GEORGINA SUTCLIFFE reportedly had an alcohol-fuelled fight at a luxury California hotel which left both bleeding. Security staff found the GOLDENEYE star's 28-year-old actress partner outside the couple's $540 (GBP300) per night suite with bruises on her face and body and scratches on her legs. Bean suffered marks to his face and arms, which were also bleeding, in the altercation at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Sutcliffe asked staff not to call police as she didn't want to press charges. The incident has been recorded in the hotel's incident log. It reads: "Ms Sutcliffe had numerous bruises on her upper body, face and scratches on her legs. Ms Sutcliffe said she did not want to press charges."
Hotel security manager RON MURPHY spoke to Bean about the fight and noticed "he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and numerous scratches to his face and arms, which were bleeding." Guests in neighbouring rooms had complained to hotel management about loud screaming and the sound of breaking items. Bean claims Sutcliffe started to throw things around and, when he asked her to leave the suite, she attacked him. When it was pointed out to him that he was bleeding, the actor responded, "You're kidding."
As we noted earlier, the Four Seasons does not have that high of a scandal rating on our Hollywood Star Map. Christina Aguilera making out with hubby in the lobby is about as juicy as it gets. And maybe the fact that dirty Hollywood producers like to hit this place up for cocktails on the rooftop with young "actresses."
But this should surely raise the scandal level to at least medium-high. Only a fight like this involving Pam Anderson and Kid Rock, can bump it to High.