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And this one's a goodie. Described by the Daily Mail as an "eccentric businessman," UK-based Alfie Bubbles has purchased an old narrowboat and transformed it into a psychedelic, fully-functional 3-bedroom hotel that's inspired by, and remains faithful to, the Beatles' original yellow submarine.
OK, so this news won't be really that exciting if you're a) a former Beatle, or b) indifferent to rock 'n roll. Since that rules out pretty much no one, come get excited with us about an announcement from London's The Savoy that their in-house design team will be heading the renovation process at Abbey Road Studios.
As a result of the new partnership, guests at Fairmont Hotels (which owns The Savoy) will be able to go in and record their own music. Awesome! Also, waaay more sensible (and cost-efficient) than Kanye West's method of renting out an entire floor at The Mercer to work on his Jay-Z collaboration album, Watch The Throne. For starters: Abbey Road has been a functioning, successful recording studio for 80 years. The Mercer, though super cool (and pretty), is, at the end of the day, just a hotel.
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Despite just having opened a new branch on Liverpool Street last week, Tune Hotels is now aiming for yet another two new hotels in London between now and the start of the Olympics. And don't think they'll be taking a break after that, either. Oh no. CEO Mark Lankester told The Star that though the Olympics is good for business, "we are in [it] for the long term."
What this means is rapid expansion throughout the rest of the UK. And now we've gotten a few more details on the upcoming hotels, the first of which Lankester confirmed would pop up in Edinburgh and Liverpool (the city, not the London street) by 2013. And just to throw in a little extra excitement, he added: "With a name like Tune Hotels, we have to have one in the birthplace of the Beatles."
If you're an American traveling up to Liverpool, there's a pretty healthy chance that at least a portion of the trip is going to be The Beatles-related. And you know what? That's perfectly okay. There's pop music history all over the place in that city and they embrace it quite well, partially evidenced in the existence of The Beatles Story museum at Albert Dock.
And, if you're really serious about hitting all The Beatles hot spots, you'll probably either be staying at the Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel or as close to The Beatles Story experience as possible. For the latter, that means the Premier Inn Albert Dock.
We hope the Hard Day's Night Hotel, The Beatles themed hotel in Liverpool, is keeping "warm below the storm" now that a flood has forced the hotel to close down for a few days. Er...maybe that should be "warm above the storm."
According to Click Liverpool, a leaking pipe burst in the basement yesterday, flooding the space where the hotel's power supply is located with hot water.
Guests had to be moved out of the luxury hotel but managements says they hope to reopen again on New Year's Eve. A message on their website apologized for the inconvenience and that guests with bookings for tonight and tomorrow should get in touch with the hotel, if they haven't been contacted already.
If you're looking to stay there on New Year's Eve however, you're out of luck as the hotel is sold-out.
You may be asking yourself: Hey, HotelChatter have you gone all sixes and sevens? Why should we care that the Hard Days Night Hotel has rooms open on 9-9-09? Wot's that got to do with anything, guv'ner?
Ok, lame attempts at cockney slang aside, you might really be confused about rooms being open on this date but 9-9-09 is the day that the Beatles Rockband comes out as well as when the Beatles remastered albums will be released.
If you haven't been watching VH1 during bouts of insomnia like we have, then we can't fault you for not knowing that 9-9-09 is like an Apple Scruff's judgment day. But if you're looking to celebrate the Beatles in Liverpool, you're in luck.
It seems impossible to believe that at one point in time, hotels refused to host The Beatles, the most brilliant band of all time, whose impact on rock n' roll and pop culture continues to this day, even though it's been nearly 40 years since the band last played together.
Why just the other night we were having a discussion over which Beatle would we want to marry even though it's 2009 and there's only two Beatles still living and only one of which we would actually want to be with (Sorry, Ringo.) Nevermind the fact that we are already married. Ah, the strange things tequila makes you do!
But yes, in the early days of the band's history, old folks were not keen on anything to do with the Fab Four from Liverpool. And that was true for Seattle hotels when the Beatles arrived in the states for their first world tour. All except one----The Edgewater Hotel. Here's their experience with Beatlemania:
The year was 1964 and the Beatles were embarking on the Seattle leg of their first world tour. After other hotels in the city apparently refused to accept them as guests, The Edgewater Hotel happily welcomed the Fab Four.
During their stay, the band famously fished from the window their suite, the photo of which has become legendary. On August 21, The Edgewater will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Beatles’ stay at the hotel and the band’s first Seattle concert, with a line-up of special events.
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[Photo: Ellie Laycock]
The Beatles-Themed Hard Days Night Hotel opened last week and thanks to Stefano at Epoque Hotels, we were able to get our hands on some great snapshots by of the hotel's rooms, suites and public areas.
Just check out this killer shot of the John Lennon Suite which comes complete with a white piano. While the Times UK reviewer had some issues with the public spaces, you can't say this hotel won't make a Beatles fan very happy.
Check out more photos below.
Here's some Hotel History for you readers stuck working the day before Fourth of July.
The Beatles only went to Tokyo once as a band in 1966 and stayed at the Tokyo Hilton in the presidential suite. Since then, the hotel has become the Capitol Tokyu Hotel and like many businesses and people over the years, decided to cash in a bit on Beatlemania by restoring the suite to how it looked when they were there. The room will cost close to 440,000 Japanese Yen or about $3,800.
There is some good reason behind it: the entire country of Japan is doing events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fab Four's concerts.
Beatles cover bands are battling to be voted the best and thousands of fans have visited an exhibition of photos in Tokyo taken during their three days of concerts.
All this will indeed give new meaning to the term Japanese Beetles.
· Fans flock to The Beatles' hotel [BBC]