What Babs Wants, Babs Gets
We like a bathroom that’s spick and span, but during a recent stay at Castletown House in County Kildare, Ireland, Barbra Streisand demanded rose petals in the toilet, peach-colored tissues, and 120 designer bath towels in peach too…because they matched her complexion, according to This Is London.
She also required 10 specific designer lamps, and requested that the hotel’s security team wear dark sweaters. We wonder if the singing superstar even knew she’d checked into a different hotel once she got to the celeb-centric Dorchester Hotel in London later on in the trip since she’d submitted the same rider to them. Still, all that’s a step above (or in a different direction) from the instructions given to the staff at the MGM Grand to enter and leave the star’s room backwards, so as not to look directly at her.
Mariah Had a Vision...of a Perfect Bathroom
Mariah Carey insists on new toilet seats and gold faucets installed in her hotel suites, and flies in her own personal bed linens and enough of a certain kind of mineral water for her and her dog to bathe in each day. She also made Claridge’s Hotel in London install a fitness center next to her penthouse.
And the Dorchester Hotel thought it had it hard when all it needed to do was shlep her 23 suitcases around this past June. When she stayed at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco for the World Music Awards in 2008, Carey summoned superstar Chef Alain Ducasse to cook a private dinner and teach her how to make linguine with clam sauce…boy toy hubby Nick Cannon’s favorite.
Brit Does Some In-Room Strippercizing
CBS News managed to get a hold of Britney Spears’ rider for her stay at the Dorchester last May during her Circus tour. The pop princess demanded humidifiers for her room (which also had to be one that had never been smoked in), Marilyn Monroe DVD’s, and 100-watt light bulbs, fresh flowers for her to arrange herself, celebrity magazines and “topical chick lit novels.” She brings her own pillows.
Perhaps most interesting: she asked that a chef from Nando’s be on hand to make her spicy chicken whenever she wants it…and that the hotel install a stripper pole in her room so she can do her workouts on it. Sure, Brit, "workouts."
Can You Bounce a Quarter Off Nic's Bed?
Nicole Kidman is known to be one of the world’s most demanding hotel guests, and even sends ahead 800 thread count Italian sheets…along with a diagram showing how to make the bed properly. There had better be hospital corners!
At least we know from the Intercontinental Sydney that the power couple are considerate guests, though even we are puzzled as to why Kidman made the staff of one hotel change out the standard 60-watt bulbs in her bathroom for ones that radiated at 40-watts. Apparently this diva didn’t want anyone or anything to outshine her.
J.Lo Still Flossin' in Hotels
She might claim to still be "just Jenny from the block," but J-Lo’s got a list of demands that’s sure to send hotel staffs to Threat Level Delta, with the specificity of a guided missile. Not only does she require Egyptian cotton sheets with a 250+ thread count, but they must be white…like the rest of the room and its furnishings, including special candles from Jo Malone. Even if that means a total redecoration and new paint job.
The room temperature of exactly 26 degree Celsius—the list converts that to 80 degrees Farenheit—keeps things steamy for the exotic songstress, so hands off the thermostat.
And either J.L or someone in her entourage likes to snack on soft-baked chocolate chip cookies, sour cream and onion chips, fruit platters (with mangos, pineapple and honey dew), a veggie platter, plain M&M’s (thank you Van Halen!), Ritz Crackers, and Dentyne Ice Spearmint gum, among other munchies.
Looks like the Daily Mail actually published her 2-page list of demands for a stay at the Dorchester in 2007 if you want to check it out here.
Think this brief list of demands was out of control? Wait till you see what we have in store for the rest of the week! Find out about Justin Timberlake’s no talking policy, Rod Stewart’s blackout drapes, and Sarah Palin’s coffee stirrers (which are Republican red, of course). All that and more as we continue our Celebrity Hotel Demands series!