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With all the brouhaha regarding the Government of Brunei’s archaic and decidedly evil new law approving stoning to death as proper punishment for being gay or having an affair, some celebs have either quietly or openly decided to boycott Dorchester Collection Hotels, which are owned by the Sultan of Brunei.
During our recent stay at Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris we were interested to hear that the last celebs to stay at the hotel were none other than Jay-Z and Beyoncé, formerly fans of The Dorchester Collection’s Le Meurice Hotel.
In fact, the couple is such fans of the food at the hotel’s restaurant, La Petite Maison de Nicole, we hear they have it delivered to wherever they are in the city.
Fouquet’s Barrière’s past is directly tied to the music and film industry. In 1898 Fouquet’s restaurant opened at the corner of the Champs-Elysées and Avenue George V (where it still is today). When the very first theaters opened in Paris in the 1930s, Fouquet’s was close by and became the go-to place for socializing for both the dealmakers and stars of the shows. Here contracts were signed, cast parties were held and films were premiered.
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What came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, we turn the question toward the Bedford Post Inn and ask what came first, the restaurant or the hotel?
The answer is the restaurant, as the Bedford Post Inn opened in 2008 when actor Richard Gere and partners swept in and saved the historic 18th century buildings from demolition. Still, it had been an inn (named the The Boot and Spur) in the early 20th century, after exhausting pastoral pursuits. The celebrity backing, exquisite food, and membership in Relais & Chateaux put it on the map, but it's the addition of the eight rooms that truly makes the Bedford Post Inn a destination.
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On a good day, the Bedford Post Inn is a straight 45 minutes' drive north of Midtown Manhattan. On a bad day, well, we'll just say the extra wait in traffic will be well worth it.
Up here, in the heart of Westchester County, it's horse country. The Bedford Post Inn is something of an oasis, a restaurant/yoga studio/hotel in buildings from the 1700s. It's partially owned by Richard Gere and a member of the Relais & Chateaux "fellowship" of independent luxury hotels and restaurants.
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Lagoon Bungalow at Turtle Inn
Ever wanted to live vicariously through a Coppola? You know, make a film or two, become a household name, travel affluently?
Well, we can promise you only the latter, friends, as we now have the official 4-1-1 on where Francis, Sofia and Roman stay when they travel to Belize. Obviously, they're going to crash at the Turtle Inn, a 17-acre beachside property FFC bought back in 1999.
But which rooms do they shack up in?
First, let's talk about Turtle Inn. It's the only luxury resort in the fisherman village of Placencia, Belize, reachable by a 30-minute puddle jumper from Belize International Airport. There's 25 rustic villas and cottages, two salt-water pools, three restaurants, a beach bar and a memorable staff to boot (shout out to Rudy!).
Accommodations come equipped with outdoor showers and gardens, homemade cookies (in a bottomless jar), screened porches and thatch roofs reaching up to 30 feet. The spa is fronted by Thai masseuses who can have you knackered in minutes and the new Miss Ellie dive boat that can drop you off at a deserted island within an hour.
Should you want to do the Coppola resort like an actual Coppola, you have three accommodations to choose from...
Oh man, Taylor Swift and her new boy band-er beau Harry Styles are, like, sooo busted. The pair were reportedly hanging out in NYC on Monday night—you know, just doing regular kid stuff like singing karaoke at Hudson Hotel. By 4am, the pair still weren't ready to call it a night, so one thing led to another, and soon they were back at Taylor's suite at the Greenwich Hotel.
What happened after that, we'll leave up to your imagination. But we're willing to bet it didn't involve more karaoke.
The next morning, paparazzi caught each of them leaving the hotel at separate times. Ah, the classic walk of shame, just like we used to do in college, except with dorms instead of expensive hotels. And nobody cared about taking our picture. Phew!
Need more facts? E! Online writes:
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A bearded Russell Crowe waltzes off to his uptown hotel...
So far, we've brought you Sandy-related reports on pressing matters like price gouging, the Park Hyatt's rogue crane and the surge in hotel cancellations. But moving on to the real question on everyone's mind: how have celebs managed to cope since Sandy hit the Big Apple?
Quite well, as a matter of fact. While plenty of downtown New Yorkers were busy digging out candles from kitchen cabinets and wearing blankets to compensate for lack of heating (actually, some downtown hotel guests were doing the same thing), a flock of A-listers were ditching their power-less TriBeCa, SoHo and Greenwich Village apartments for a plush uptown refuge, where the electricity flows like honey and the shoe shine kiosk stays open all night long.*
Yup, we're talking about The Mark.
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A new photography book depicting celebrities in various states of slumber at the Chateau Marmont will be released next month. According to a review on Artbook, Asleep At the Chateau will be the first illustrated book devoted to the iconic West Hollywood hotel, despite plenty of afterparty recaps, Lindsay Lohan-related gossip, and other tabloid stories published about the place on an almost weekly basis.
However, despite being one of the most publicized hotels in all of Los Angeles (and maybe even the world), the Chateau remains notoriously private, rarely allowing photographers inside the rooms. The fact that Jork Weismann was given an all-access pass, and managed to capture stars like Orlando Bloom, Justin Theroux, and Usher looking all cute and snuggly, only adds to the book's hype.
Well, that and the above photo of Eva Longoria's butt.
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The ever-wandering Kardashians have descended upon Miami—again.
Since we're assuming you follow the show as religiously as us, we don't need to remind you Khloe and Kim already "took" the city back in 2010, and now it's Kourtney and Kim's turn, as E! announced a new spinoff, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami will premiere in January.
On Saturday, all three sisters turned up the Eden Roc: film crew, fluffy white kitten, newborn baby, and all. But before you start reaching for the phone to cancel your reservation and find another Miami hotel far, far away from the Kardashian k-ortège, rest assured: this is only a temporary pit stop. At least until their house, which TMZ estimates is worth close to $6 million, is all set up and ready to go. So, isn't that a relief?
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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The perks of being a celebrity are numerous: restaurants fall over themselves to give you the best seat in the house, stylists are employed full-time to make you look fab, and you even get to show up unannounced at other people's fancy hotel weddings! What a life.
But once in a while, celebs like to give back. No, we're not talking about obscure charity foundations or flying to Africa to pose with schoolchildren.
We're talking about the stuff that matters. Like a Deluxe Room at London's The Dorchester.
According to ABC, Lady Gaga recently made friends with a UK couple who were hosting their wedding reception at the swank 5-star hotel. After speaking with them, and, apparently, liking them, she offered up a deluxe room at the hotel as a wedding gift. (Which, we should remind you, typically goes for around £475/night.)
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Over the weekend, a few guests were enjoying some light jazz during dinner at The Carlyle in New York when one of their fellow diners got up on stage and join in with the band for an impromptu singalong.
Normally, this would not be cause for much concern, except for the fact that the amateur singer in question was no amateur at all but Mariah Carey, dressed in an iridescent gold Naeem Kahn dress, honey locks flowing down her shoulders.
The appearance, we're guessing, was slightly more than guests had originally bargained for when they booked their dinner reservations. Waiters, meanwhile, kept busy afterwards picking up jaws that had dropped to the floor.
Hey, did you know that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first screening of a James Bond movie? The film was Dr. No, of course, and it premiered on October 5, 1962. To mark the occasion, Christie's auction house will be selling off a multitude of Bond gems, such as two of the cars used in recent films, as well as memorabilia such as signed posters.
You can read about those items over on our brother site, Jaunted, but really the magic for us lies in one particular hotel-focused lot: "Skyfall Premiere and Aston Martin Experience"