Heard Around the Hotel World: Hollywood Edition
· The scariest lodgings in all of Hollywood? The suites at the Celebrity Centre run by Scientology. The New Yorker says there are 39 hotel rooms to accommodate visiting Scientologists. (One suite is even designed by famous Scientoloigists like Kirstie Alley.) If you don't want to stay overnight, the Centre has a restaurant called Renaissance that's open to the public. Enter at your own risk.
Studios with a king bed and kitchen start at $129, and many rooms have balconies. Added perk -- stay at the hotel and you are permitted entry to the Magic Castle, a private club where magicians do their thing.
· While the Writers' Strike has effectively cancelled the Golden Globes, the swag suites will still go on. The Sofitel LA and the Peninsula are two local hotels hosting gifting suites. But the HBO's Golden Globes "Luxury Lounge" at the Four Seasons Hotel will not be open. Poor celebs may actually have to buy some clothes with their own money this money.