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Avicii Checks Out of The Avicii Hotel Early

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
March 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last night a DJ did not save anyone's life in Miami. But rather, one DJ caused a major inconvenience for a big South Beach Hotel.

A month ago, we told you how superstar DJ Avicii was taking over the SLS South Beach during Miami Music Week by renaming the hotel, The Avicii Hotel. SLS then promised that guests would be treated to an “EDM-meets-luxury hotel featuring world-class programming and events, exclusive room packages…." Indeed, the SLS transformed itself completely into the Avicii Hotel even putting up the name Avicii above silver SLS letters in front of the hotel.

But it looks like Avicii himself checked out early.

TMZ reports that just before Avicii was to take the stage at Hyde Beach at the hotel for his set, he cancelled. Initial word was that he went to the hospital. TMZ later confirmed that Avicii was discharged from the hospital and that he also checked out of the hotel.

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Lindsay Lohan Was Living (and Smoking) at The Soho Grand for Nearly Two Months

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  Site Where: 310 West Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
March 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now, isn't this interesting? We learned from Lindsay Lohan's new reality show, "Lindsay" on the OWN Network, that the troubled star was actually living at the Soho Grand last fall for nearly two months before she was finally allowed to lease the apartment she wanted.

See, what makes this interesting is that we have Soho Grand at the very top of our list of hotels where Lohan isn't welcome. Back in 2007, Lohan had a drunken outburst that ended in her being carried back up to her room and then eventually escorted out of the hotel.

Granted, we published that story before Soho Grand took her in so somewhere over the course of the next few months, Soho Grand had a change of heart. (We suspect more likely the OWN production company convinced the hotel to take her in and showed them the green too.)

But throughout last night's episode, Lohan kept talking about how hotels remind her of her old lifestyle and bad habits and so she was desperate to get out of the hotel. (In a previous episode, before moving to a new room, her personal assistant had to make sure the minibar was empty.)

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Guess Who's The Newest Fan of Mandarin Oriental Hotels?

March 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mandarin Oriental has a lot of fans--both the kind you use to cool yourself down and the kind that means people really like you. But now actor and director Morgan Freeman is coming out as a proud fan and loyal guest of the luxury hotel brand by appearing in their ongoing advertising campaign "He's a Fan/She's a Fan."

Freeman was photographed by Mary McCartney, the portrait photographer of choice for Mandarin Oriental, at the Mandarin Oriental New York. However, he's also a fan of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London because there "quiet means quiet." We can practically hear Freeman saying those words, can't you? (We just hope they give him complimentary internet access whenever he's stays there.)

Other fans of Mandarin Oriental (there are a total of 27) include: Kevin Spacey, Christian Louboutin, IM Pei, Michelle Yeoh, Jane Seymour, Kenzo Takada, Jerry Hall, Vivienne Tam, Liam Neeson, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir David Tang and Harry Connick Jr. To show appreciation for their support, Mandarin Oriental makes a donation to a charity chosen by the celebrity. Freeman chose the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

[Photo: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas]

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Aaron Paul Feels The 'Need' to Hit Up The St. Regis Atlanta

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  Site Where: 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW [map], Atlanta, GA, United States, 30305
February 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Things haven't been so, er, bad for "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul since the show ended. He's got a new movie out--"Need for Speed"--and he got to indulge in the luxury hotel scene this weekend in Atlanta at the St. Regis Hotel.

Sources tell us that he was a guest of the hotel over the weekend, making good use of St. Regis Altanta Bar both on Friday and Saturday nights with his wife and several local Atlanta friends ("Need for Speed" was filmed there.)

Because the St. Regis is a respectable spot who won't dish on their celebrity guests, we don't know exactly what room he was in but if we had to guess, we'd say it was one of the hotel's nearly 700-sq.ft. Metropolitan Suites, which are the starting suite accommodations. Here's what's inside:

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Pool is So Chill Even a Boybander Can Go Unnoticed

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  Site Where: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
January 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has always been a fave hangout for celebrities du jour (remember the days of Teddy's?) but we never knew the hotel's pool area was so chill that a boybander could hang with his friends and not get accosted by a ton of screaming fans.

That's exactly what happened with Harry Styles of One Direction the other day. Paparazzi shots show him lounging poolside with his heinous tattoos signature floppy hair and Calvin Klein undies on full display. Joining him were It fashion girl, Alexa Chung and rock royalty's Pixie Geldof.

According to the Daily Mail, Styles hung poolside for a whopping three hours, largely unnoticed, except by the paparazzi. A fan would come by here and there and Styles would oblige with an autograph or photo. Indeed, one fan got a snap with Styles at the entrance to the Hollywood hotel.

This is quite a contrast to the last time One Direction visited a hotel. Hmm, maybe Harry isn't so hot after all. Strength in numbers, we guess.

Interested in kicking it poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt? You're in luck. Not only is it extremely warm in LA these days, rooms are open at the hotel this weekend during the Grammy festivities. Rates start at $309 a night but you can split that rate with your most loyal 1D friends.

[Photo composite: HotelChatter]

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Which Suite at the SLS South Beach Had Robin Thicke So Hot and Bothered?

January 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we all know, Robin Thicke was in Miami Beach on New Year's Eve, performing at the SLS South Beach for their New Year's Eve party. But what we didn't know was that the "Blurred Lines" singer threw a fit over the small size of his hotel room.

According to Page Six, Thicke demanded to pull out of the performance for a bigger room. He reportedly had his travel agent calling other hotels to get a bigger room. In the end, an SLS rep denied all the drama and said, "Robin has been a great guest.”

So which room did Thicke resist so much? We're not quite sure but the Tower Penthouse starts at around 1,000-sq.ft. with a 552-sq.ft. rooftop terrace. Meanwhile, the Villa Penthouse is a little bigger at 1,117-sq.ft with a 360-sq.ft. wraparound terrace. We think either of these options would have been just fine for Thicke, especially given the size restrictions of these older Art Deco buildings (The SLS was formerly The Ritz Plaza.)

But if they tried to put him in the "puny" 700--sq.ft. SLS suite then we think he had every right to complain. "What rhymes with hug me" indeed.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Best Celebrity Performance: Amanda Bynes

December 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2013 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...

Before we get into this award, the good news here is that Amanda Bynes is doing way better than she was back in July when she trashed a room at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park. Still, the damage that she did to the suite was commendable, by Charlie Sheen standards.

According to TMZ, Bynes was mean to hotel staff (she told one employee she was "too ugly"), smoked way too much weed, littered the room with bottles of Diet Coke, destroyed the desk by rolling joints on it and disgraced the bathroom with crazy amounts of face and make-up products. To top it all off, she disabled a smoke detector. Her total hotel bill was about $9,000 for nine days but she probably paid an additional amount for all this damage. Eventually, the hotel kicked her out and not long after that, Bynes fled to California and was placed in a 5150 psychiatric hold after she set a fire in someone's driveway and doused her dog with gasoline. Ay.

Bynes also had some other memorable hotel moments this year--hot-tubbing with a wig on at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City and going pants-less at the W Times Square. Fortunately for all luxury hotel employees everywhere, these crazy escapades of hers have finally come to an end.

Other notable celeb performances? DMX streaking a Detroit hotel, Sean Penn throwing a lobby tantrum and Angelina Jolie booking Jen Aniston's favorite Sunset Tower suite. But we won't even mention the pop star whose last name rhymes with "cleaver."

That concludes Day 1 of the HotelChatter 2013 Awards! Stay tuned tomorrow for more, including Best Hotel Scene, Best New Service and Hotelier of the Year!

[Photo composite: HotelChatter; Ritz-Carlton Photo: Flickr]

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Jennifer Lawrence Says She Would Be a 'Hotel Maid', if Not an Actress

December 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love Jennifer Lawrence. She's beautiful and she's talented but she's also funny and real. Girl totally speaks her mind, PR handlers be damned. Her post-Oscar win Q&A last year, where she admitted to taking a shot before the show and being a klutz in a fancy dress, won our hearts immediately. (Check out some of her other "real" moments here.)

So when she appeared on Conan O'Brien the other night she was just being her typical self, talking about how a hotel housekeeper found her stash of butt plugs once. NBD.

J-Law swears the butt plugs were a joke and she tried to shove them under the bed, but the housekeeper pulled them out and put them on display on the bedside table.

Funnily enough, the convo started when Conan asked her what she would be doing if she wasn't an actress and she said, "Hotel Maid" because she because "I love beds and bathroom and spraying and going through everybody's stuff," she said. Hmm…does she also like being forced to clean an entire hotel room in about 14 minutes? If so, then it might be the job for her! Here Jennifer, allow us to give you a quick tutorial on how to make a hotel bed, Ritz-Carlton style.

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David Beckham To Create Dining and Retail Concepts for Las Vegas Sands...in China

Where: China
December 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

David Beckham made his name as a top footballer in his younger years but now in his retirement, he's become a man of many leisurely pursuits such as underwear modeling, cologne-making and tattoo collecting. He's also dabbling in the hotel world.

Last week, the Las Vegas Sands Corp., announced that Beckham would be assisting in the development of "dining, retail and leisure concepts" at the Sands properties in Macao and Marina Bay, Singapore. Much of the press release about the partnership is a bunch of "we're so excited" type of statements yet the details are scant on what exactly Beckham will be doing.

Our guess is that someone else is going to come up with these new concepts which will obviously have a luxury element to them for which Beckham will lend his face and body. We're thinking David Beckham Steakhouse, David Beckham Watch Shop, David Beckham Cigars, David Beckham Men's Intimates, David Beckham Noodles To Go. Er, maybe not that last one.

However, given that Becks is now the global ambassador for Chinese Football, we're sure at least one of these concepts will have to do with the sport itself. All "Bend It Like Beckham" jokes aside, we're quite curious to see what they, er, he, comes up with.

[Photo: Las Vegas Sands Corp.]

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Justin Bieber Spray Paints The QT Gold Coast (And They Like It)

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  Site Where: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia, 4217
November 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Guess what? Bieber's in trouble again. Yeah, we're not surprised either. This time he's brought his punk-kid bad-boy attitude to the cuteness of QT Gold Coast in Australia.

Here's how things went down, down under. The Biebs and his entourage were visiting the area while on tour and planned to call the 1960s kitsch hotel home for at least one night. For that one night, the singer and his friends went all-Banksy and spray-painted a few retaining walls around the property's tennis courts. Early morning exercisers were greeted to a few brightly colored graffiti-esque objects of art painted by the star himself. This is when things got questionable.

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Sean Penn Has a Temper Tantrum in The Lobby at St. Regis San Fran

November 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sean Penn, the original bad boy of Hollywood turned grumpy old man, threw a scary tantrum at The St. Regis San Francisco when he was in town for a conference.

Apparently, a fan tried to snap a pic of the actor while he was hanging out in the hotel's swank Lobby Bar. Penn noticed the flash and went ballistic, lunging at the man fan and screaming "Do we look like f**king zoo animals?" (Umm....) Penn also threatened to make the fan "eat the phone" before telling him to "get the F out of here." You can watch the video of the temper tantrum here on TMZ. Incidentally, his outburst was caught on video...by another person in the bar. LOL.

Penn even went up to the hotel manager and told him that he "should do something about that." But hotel management actually asked the fan, who was attending the same conference as Penn, if he wanted to call police. Fortunately for Penn, he said no. After the whole kerfuffle ended, Penn went back to drinking at the bar.

Yeesh. Granted the fan should have asked Penn's permission, or at least not used flash, but we're kinda thinking Sean Penn should be grateful someone still wants to take his picture. No need to make someone "eat the phone." Which is going to be our new saying BTW.

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The Hotel Faena Kicks Out Justin Bieber; We Approve

November 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

This past year, Justin Bieber has gone about making a fool of himself on his world tour yet his fans are still as rabid as ever stalking, storming and stampeding the hotels he's been staying at. Finally, a hotel in Buenos Aires had enough.

The Hotel Faena, asked Bieber and his crew to leave the hotel after they were seized by crazy fans who started tearing down hotel property, apparently thinking this would get them access to the teen star. It did not. But he dis prompt this tweet from him:

Meanwhile, this photo above was snapped by Bieber's official DJ (Ed. Note: This is a thing now?) and it shows just how ridiculous these fans were being.

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