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It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
This was almost a tricky one. We were swayed by Snoop Dogg’s sweet behavior at a random Holiday Inn Express in Devon, and intrigued by Kate Middleton’s inroads into the hotel scene, first snubbing the Dorchester boycott to attend a party, and then wowing NYC with her stay at the Carlyle.
In case you missed it, the queen of everything, Beyonce, dropped a new music video for her song, 7/11, over the weekend. And it is, as usual, flawless. But also, a bit goofy. Can we borrow your foot phone, B?
The video features Beyonce and her back-up dancers extremely turnt up in their hotel suite, in the hotel hallways, the hotel bathroom and out on the hotel balcony. Have you ever danced like no one was watching in your hotel room? You have, you know you have. Well, imagine if you are Beyonce and you're blessed with fierce dance skills, gorgeous hair, a tight bod and tons of money. Then you will probably look like this.
Us being hotel nerds clearly identified with this video but also, we wondered where was this video filmed?
It looks to us like Hollywood when Beyonce was outside on the balcony but we were mystified by the interiors. That shot looks like a Westin but the hallways and lobby shots look very different too. It's very possible that she filmed the video in different locations, and not all of them are actually hotels. So we'll have to werk to piece it together.
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Your elevator shenanigans at The Standard New York are safe once again.
According to the Washington Post, The Standard Hotel has identified and fired the person who sold the elevator surveillance video of Solange beating up Jay-Z last week. Word is TMZ bought the video for a reported $250,000.
The hotel hasn't named the person (darnit) which only fuels our new theory that Beyonce leaked the footage because she was pissed at Solange for beating up her man. But drunk in revenge conspiracies aside, The Standard also said they would turn over "all available information to criminal authorities.” It's safe to say this person will never work in hotels again. So spend that $250,000 quick!
Also, whoever you are, The Dorchester Collection thanks you very much for taking the heat off them for a little bit.
[Photo: The Standard Hotel/Facebook]
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Celebrities are just like us! Their sisters try to beat up their husbands in hotel elevators!
Just when we thought Beyonce and Jay-Z had the most amazing drunk in love sort of fabulous life, comes this surveillance footage of B's sister, Solange, hitting and kicking Jay-Z in the elevator at The Standard High Line Hotel after the glamorous Met Gala last week while Beyonce stands by.
Who knows what set Solange off but what has set us off is that it looks like someone at The Standard Hotel decided to sell this footage to TMZ. Um, aren't hotels supposed to protect their guests' privacy? Especially those of such high-profile guests like Beyonce and Jay-Z? Fun fact: Beyonce shot one of her recent music videos at the hotel last year.
Of course, it would be different if a crime was committed in the elevator and the police released the footage to help with the investigation but we don't think smacking your brother-in-law is punishable by law (we could be wrong!)
The Standard High Line of course.
The hotel's resident "guest," Stan D'Arde, blogged about meeting Queen B in the hallway (or so he says) while she was shooting the music video. Here's how the
imaginary meet-up went down:
A few weeks back after a long night at The Top of The Standard, I was heading down to my room to see what was left in my mini-bar and maybe try to get some sleep. When I turned the corner from the elevator bank, I came face to face with Beyoncé and a camera crew…
ME: “Hey, B!”
B: “Hey, Boo!”
ME: “What are you doing?”
B: “Shooting a music video.”
ME: “You never told me.”
B: “I know!”
ME: “Carry on, B. Carry on.”
The whole thing seemed very mysterious, but I trusted her.
That music video turned out to be "Rocket" one of 17 videos she dropped suddenly last night along with her new album, titled, "Beyoncé." Of course. Now, if only we could get other Standard guests to replicate the Beyoncé pose during their stay….cue viral internet meme sensation in 5, 4, 3, 2….
[Photo: Standard Hotels]
By now, everyone's seen the images of a cigar-wielding Jay-Z, strolling hand in hand with his wife Beyonce through the streets of Old Havana. No doubt, Cuba is high on most of our travel wish lists, so it almost seemed unfair that the pair should not only be granted special licenses to travel there, but also parade around like royalty under the flashes of hundreds of paprazzi cameras.
Perhaps most memorable of all was a photo taken of them waving from their balcony at the Saratoga Hotel.
The 96-room hotel is pure Havana elegance: the three-sided, white-and-pink facade is wrapped with wrought-iron balconies; inside, the look is continued with marble staircases, plaster columns and large murals depicting Cuba's scenery. We like picturing Mr. and Mrs. Carter lounging on the rooftop pool, sunlight glinting off their Havana Club cocktails, teaching Blue Ivy how to dance the rumba.
Though the building itself dates back to 1933, the hotel recently re-opened in 2005, and remains Havana's top five-star hotel. Rooms feature big ol' claw foot tubs, double-glazed windows (to keep out the roaring Havana traffic noise), and views of the National Capitol Building across the street.
We're guessing Beyonce and Jay-Z opted for a top-floor suite, but for the rest of us normal folk (who will end up touring the city sans mob, rates start at $195/night.
[Photo: Raymond Espinosa/AP]
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Beyonce did the folks at Revel Atlantic City a biiig favor last weekend by choosing the resort as the setting for her first post-baby performance. Thanks to her, Revel was able to capture a whole new audience that likely wouldn't have taken the time otherwise—like Michelle Obama and the girls, who were reportedly in attendance at the show.
A friend of ours who was lucky enough to score tickets said that while the singer indeed put on a stellar performance, another major highlight of the weekend actually took place outside Ovation Hall. Specifically, during a post-concert dinner at the Distrito Cantina food truck, which serves up freshly-prepared Mexican fast food. And according to our friend, the tacos alone were worth the trip.
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UPDATE 5.7.12: Beyonce has just added a fourth date to her opening weekend shows. She will now be getting Bootylicious on May 28 as well. Tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com on Monday, May 14 at 10am EST. But Beyonce's fans will get a presale exclusive on Friday, May 11 at 10am EST.
The opening of Atlantic City's newest casino hotel keeps getting more and more exciting. With only a few more weeks until the hotel soft-opens, plans are heating up for Revel's big grand opening party over Memorial Day Weekend. And none other than Queen B herself will be there to
Beyonce is set to give her first live performance since the birth of Blue Ivy at Revel's Ovation Hall. Actually, it will be a series of live concerts over three nights, Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m., Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the shows go on sale on Friday April 6 at 10am ET at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com (Ugh.)
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At five months pregnant, she's still running the world
As we know, the Standard has a way of bringing out the best and worst in people. In this case, it seems Beyonce had a rather positive reaction to the hotel's penthouse space during a recent photo shoot with Terry Richardson.
The iconic photographer, who was shooting her for a Harper's Bazaar cover story, captured the star in all her radiant glory—pink trench coat, sparkly dresses and all—including an equally magnificent backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Imagine that. Her unborn baby hasn't even taken a breath of oxygen and already he or she has traveled to cooler places than us. Sigh.
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To start your week off right, here's a shot of one very pregnant pop star making her way out of a downtown NYC hotel that happens to be very popular with the celebrities. Beyonce, in town to promote her new fragrance, Beyonce Pulse, wore her golden hair back in a bun, along with some chunky gold hoop earrings and bright red lipstick. Not exactly another hotel fashion shoot, but she was certainly as ready for the cameras as they were for her.
They must be something doing something right at the Gansevoort Park to attract such a steady flow of high-profile guests. Just last month, it was Kim Kardashian who made headlines when she and hubby Kris Humphries moved into the hotel's $7000-a-night penthouse.
Beyonce may be shacking up at Le Meurice's crazy-expensive $20,000 penthouse for a Paris vacay, but she keeps sneaking in work, first turning some another hotel suite into a studio, and now hitting the Hotel Ritz Paris for some modeling.
Bee was spotted on a balcony at the hotel as part of a photo shoot for an upcoming issue of Harper's Bazaar. As usual, she was looking fierce, dolled up in a halter top adorned with red flower petal-like ruffles and a black flowing see-through skirt over a black bodysuit.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are living large at Hotel Le Meurice. The married couple are shacked up in a penthouse suite overlooking the Tuileries Garden for an eye-popping $20,000 a night. Beyonce better get on selling her new single, "Run the World (Girls)."
So what does $20,000 a night buy you? You get the two-story Belle Etoile suite with a private elevator, kitchen, glass-enclosed dining room and large private terrace at the beautiful Paris hotel. Le Meurice is one of Beyonce's faves, and it seems to be the hotel of choice for other hip-hop elite, with such fans as Eminem and Kanye West.