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It would be accurate to report that every time Britney Spears checks out of a hotel, the minibar has been cleaned out. But it would be more accurate to report that the minibar is actually emptied before she even gets there in the first place.
Us Weekly is reporting that, as a preventative measure, Britney's team requires all hotels to remove the contents of the minibar before the star arrives. That way, she won't be tempted back into her maniacal old head-shaving ways. She's got a proper job these days, crushing the dreams of aspiring pop stars. She ain't got time to be boozing it up in hotel suites!
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For most people, an engagement party involves a little champagne, some friends, and a chance for the bride-to-be to show off her ring. Britney Spears is not most people. Well, we knew that already, but we sure got a chuckle out of seeing these photos released of the betrothal festivities that went down this past weekend at Planet Hollywood in Vegas.
Celebrating first at the resort's Strip House Steakhouse, a very visible "ph" emblem was positioned on top of the cake so it would show up in every photo. We doubt the couple ever actually sat down to taste the cake, but it's the
thought publicity that counts.
Also on the agenda? A night at one of the resort's 3,100-square-foot, Jonathan Adler-designed "mega suites" (which we couldn't even find on the website, but apparently include a Murano glass chandelier, living room, dining room, and a jacuzzi). Then again, let's face it: she wasn't exactly about to get stuck with a Spaceballs-themed room, now was she?
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In our new "Hotel of the Week" feature, we look at a property that everyone is talking about and give you the lowdown of what's going on at the hot spot hotel.
This week, we're seeing a lot of buzz on the hotel page for Four Seasons Maui, so we decided to take a look at what’s happening at the property.
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You know that famous story about Van Halen demanding M&M’s with all the brown ones removed in their dressing room before concerts? Well, that got us thinking: What do world-famous celebrities these days demand of the hotels they stay in? As we found out after a little bit of digging, the answer is quite a lot. All this week, we’ll share some of the more bizarre, befuddling, and downright diva-licious celebrity demands we came across. Oh, and for the real story behind those Van Halen M&M’s, see what Snopes has to say about it.
When investigating this topic, it became clear right away that divas of the music and theatrical world were at the top for craziest demands. Babs, Mariah, J-Lo and Britney are all very particular about their homes away from homes.
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Views of Downtown L.A. from the rooftop of The Standard
Awards season has hit its stride in Los Angeles, ushering an even greater influx of A-list celebs, parties, and traffic jams that are already all-too-common in the entertainment capital of the world. It's also an immensely popular time to travel to the city, meaning hotels, especially those luxurious playgrounds for young and rich US Weekly regulars are more packed than usual.
This weekend's Grammy awards are taking place at the gargantuan Staples Center, and there's still time to book it to La-La Land in hopes of seeing Taylor or GaGa or Beyonce (cue heart palpitations and OMG-ing). Rather than try to find rooms at Chateau Marmont, the Roosevelt, or other West Hollywood/Hollywood hotspots, we opted to do some research into what's going on Downtown, where the awards are being held.
We'd like to take this moment to reflect on the year that was 2009 for Ms. Britney Spears.
After winning back-to-back Best Celebrity Performance awards here on HotelChatter in 2006 and 2007, we're happy to say that thanks to a court-ordered conservatorship overseen by her father, a new album, a new stable boyfriend, a new tour and probably, some new drugs, Brit Brit will once again not be in the running for the award this year. (Eliot Spitzer snapped up that award last year.)
But what will 2010 hold for Spears? Considering that she showed up to the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood the other day with a darker hair color, we're a little nervous.
The Mondrian and Brit have a complicated past. The Mondrian is where "friends" of Brit sold-out some poolside photos of her. But she later buried those demons by doing her "True Life: I'm Britney Spears, Bitch" MTV Special from the penthouse suite at the hotel.
We say, as long as the crazy pink wig doesn't come out again, hotels in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills should be a-ok.
There's always been a lot of talk about Space Hotels opening in the near future but it looks like mice--yes, mice--have beaten us humans to the Final Frontier.
MSNBC reports that six mice are shacking up in a little "hotel" inside an international space station:
The small rodents are part of an Italian study investigating the effects of bone loss in space, and researchers have set the mice up in orbital style. "Basically, it's a little hotel," said Joe Delai, Discovery's payload manager, of the cages holding the space mice. "They have a room and a place to eat and sleep."
The mice will stay in their space hotel for three months. The longest any other mouse has lived in space before is 30 days. Other mice have gone on expeditions within space shuttles before but this will be the longest stay in space, proper. Hopefully, keys to the minibar have been confiscated.
In other news:
· The Roosevelt New Orleans Bringing Hope Back to the City [NPR]
· Chris Noth DJs at the Fasano Hotel [NY Post]
· We're Not the Only Ones Who Love Tree Hotels [ABC News]
· Jamie-Lynn and Britney Spears Takes Their Babies to the Mandarin Oriental Miami [JustJared]
2009 is the year we all became reacquainted with a newly-reformed Britney Spears—a grown-up pop princess who grew back her long locks, kept crazy public outbursts to a minimum, and made sure the public knew she was no slacker in the parenting department. We're well-accustomed to seeing paparazzi pictures of Britney with sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, and this past weekend, the happy family threesome spent some quality time as well-monied families are wont to do: with an afternoon by the pool at The Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey.
The Britney Spears comeback train will be taking its show across the pond next month for an eight-show stint at London's 02 Arena and someone at CBS News got a hold of the contract rider given to The Dorchester Hotel for when Brit checks in.
· A room that has "never" been smoked in at all.
· Humidifiers in all areas.
· A selection of the latest magazines.
· A fresh selection of flowers that she will then arrange herself.
· DVDs of her favorite Marilyn Monroe movies.
· Books. Ideally, topical chick lit novels.
· Lighting must be 100 watt bulbs - no low lighting.
· Running routes for nearby Hyde Park. Also, horse-riding opportunities.
· A list of different routes to the venue from the hotel to keep the paparazzi at bay.
Horse-riding opportunities? Flower-arranging? "Topical chick lit novels?" These are hysterical. Since Britney is planning on staying eight days and since the Dorchester is a legendary hotel for celeb breakdowns and panic attacks, we fully expect some drama to happen. Hopefully, for Britney's sake, it won't be too major.
When in Miami on the latest stop of her tour, miss Britney Spears apparently had no interest in being the center of attention when offstage. It didn't surprise us in the least that the once-troubled (still-troubled?) songstress opted for the Mandarin Oriental Miami to host her during her stay, bypassing some of the trendier, more see-and-be-seen options on South Beach like the Delano, Gansevoort South and
Viceroy Miami Tides South Beach.
The Mandarin which has been a fave with celebs like Jen Aniston and lovah John Mayer in the past is a little bit of a drive (about 20 minutes, according to TripAdvisor guests) from most of the action in South Beach, but the Asian-inspired decor and quiet luxury was a bit more conducive to the chill-by-the-pool-with-the-kids type of stay that she was looking for.
As Britney Spears gears up for her upcoming tour, which kicks off this March in New Orleans, the back-on-her-feet pop princess seems to be doing a bit less of the Frapuccino-guzzling, flipping-off-paps stuff and has been engaging in more... grown up, big-girl things.
She's been laying low lately to get into fighting shape before she hits the road, and according to PopSugar, she took a bit of time to hit up the brand new Montage Beverly Hills with her mom. From PopSugar's pics, it looks like she and her mom were in the hotel's tea room (Also: If we swap our Frapuccinos for tea, will we get abs like Britney's new ones?)
Perhaps the ladies were discussing what's up next for Brit-Brit's hairdo maybe the two were getting ready to pay a little visit to Brit's hairstylist, Kim Vo, who has a salon in the hotel.
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Your favorite celebs have been making news in and out of various hotels this holiday weekend, so we've rounded up the highlights for you right here.
It's Britney, Bitch(ing)
In case you missed it, Britney Spears' epic MTV Documentary (yes, we realize that is an oxymoron), "On the Record," aired last night. While we were not physically able to reach into the screen and scoop out Britney to take her home and soothe her crying, we were able to notice that parts of the documentary were filmed at the Mondrian LA. Lots of teary gazing out the window went down; not a whole lot else.
Later on, we spotted her seeking refuge from the paps at Soho Grand after a New York shopping experience turned into a bit of a mob scene.