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If you're in Milan to for Fashion Week and would rather have a run-in with a celeb, visit the Hotel Principe di Savoia. Not only did we name it the No. 1 Milan Fashion Week hotel awhile back, but it is the home away from home for powerhouse celebs when they hang out in the northern Italian city.
Madge checked in with 40 members of her staff there during her tour. And when David was bending it like Beckham for the AC Milan soccer team, he lived at the hotel. Even George Clooney has been a guest.
The Dorchester is known for being celeb crazy central, so it's no surprise that it's also the scene of some political drama.
London Mayor Boris Johnson revoked an invite to World Cup-governing FIFA officials to shack up at the hotel's posh suites for free during the 2012 Olympic Games in the city. The suites cost £1,000 or $1,562 a night, and the officials were slated to stay for more than a week.
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While the rest of the world is fully in the grips of World Cup fever, London and the snobbier bits of Britain have a side fascination: Wimbledon. And to see watch Venus Williams and Roger Federer run up and down the courts in the world's oldest and most prestigious tennis championships, you can't just go sit at a bar and cheer like with World Cup games. Wimbledon is proper, and you'll find tennis-themed afternoons teas around the city.
The best of them all is at the 5-star Dorchester Hotel at Hyde Park, where even the teacakes dress up in their tennis whitesor rather take the form of tiny green courts and tennis balls.
Rapper Eminem is currently in Europe promoting his newest album, Recovery and he decided to shack up at Le Meurice for his stay in Paris. We love Le Meurice because they have cute bikes and even cuter cakes but Em is probably fond of his $20,000 a night Belle Etoile penthouse suite.
In a piece about the eccentric history of the Le Meurice with guests ranging from Orson Welles to Barbra Streisand, Bloomberg writes:
On a recent spring afternoon, the walls in rap artist Eminem’s 14,000 euro ($19,476)-a-night Belle Etoile penthouse suite pulsated with music and perhaps the memory that Le Meurice served as German army headquarters during the Nazi occupation.
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The Polo Bar at the Westbury: scene of the crimeski.
So, you’re a billionaire. A Russian one, no less. You’re in London. And instead of buying up half of Chelsea to sleep in on your odd visits, like all the other RBs, you want to stay in a hotel. How quaint!
Don’t worry, though - you don’t have to lose face among your (insanely rich) fellow countrymen if you follow our HotelChatter suggestions for where to stay, and you shouldn’t get poisoned, either. These places aren’t any old five stars – they’re five stars worth of Abramovich et al. Enjoy-ski!
This week, they sent out a teaser email promising us “The simplest of pleasures with just a hint of the unexpected”. Which then took us to this page on the website. Sleek!
According to the other pages, it’s a Georgian manor near Ascot (so under an hour from London) set in 240 acres of parkland. There’ll be 70 rooms – 30 in the manor and 40 in an annex – with an “understated design palette with playful, creative accents.”
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Paris in Le Spring Time
We’re not normally fans of cryptic stuff here, but when the cryptic stuff could lead to a stay at Le Meurice in Paris, that’s when we’ll give it a go.
We’ve been studying the hotel’s Facebook page for a while now, but our ears (metaphorically) pricked up last week when they posted a notice telling us to follow their page to:
Discover in the coming days the question and the link to enter the Dorchester Collection contest to win a magical two night stay at the exceptional Le Meurice this spring!!!
Next we heard of it was on Friday, when they told us to study the Dorchester Collection’s Facebook page. They say:
The answer to the question that will be revealed in 5 days to win the contest is there
Wannabe luxury fashion designers, listen up! The Dorchester Collection of hotelswe're talking places like Hotel Le Meurice in Paris, Principe di Savoia in Milan and Gossip Girl-favorite New York Palaceis launching a fashion prize which will award £25,000 prize ($38,000), accommodations and an event to one talented person with a promising vision.
It's The Dorchester Collection's own version of Project Runway, since there are very strict rules and very influential judges. For example, entrants must already be established as designers for two years in the country where the prize is offered. This year it's the United Kingdom and in 2011, it'll be the United States. Each aspiring Fashion Prize winner must create in the spirit of Dorchester; this means "individuality, luxury, style and craftsmanship."
We actually think that, because Project Runway has been such a snoozefest these last couple seasons, that this Dorchester Fashion Prize could be excellent entertainment based on their judges: fashion writer Bronwyn Cosgrave, shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, style icon Daphne Guinness, fashion designers Giles Deacon and Yasmin Le Bon and Milliner Stephen Jones.
To apply for The Dorchester Fashion Prize and find out more, go here.
We hit up Bar Nineteen12 inside the Beverly Hills Hotel last week for some "work drinks." Coincidentally, it was St. Patrick's Day but that wasn't a problem as there were hardly any people there. What was a problem was trying to get our waiter's attention--to take our order, to bring our order and to retrieve our check. On the latter task, he failed entirely.
Additionally, the hotel had a few booths roped off with an obnoxious velvet rope stand. We guess in Beverly Hills, merely placing a sign that says "Reserved" just will not do. We were there for close to two hours and no one needed to use this booth. We left at 8pm so maybe things pick up around 10? Who knows?
That said, the drinks and appetizers are very good here. A little on the pricey side but extremely satisfying.
Pretty pots of nail polish may not quite be what we had in mind yesterday when we asked what secrets the doormen at the The Dorchester could tell us, but anyways. These pictures make us happy so we thought we had to share.
We were privy to a tour of the new (relatively – it opened last year) spa recently, and were utterly enchanted by the manicure room.
Not that the Dorchester would sell sex, of course – in fact, it’s not even mentioning the word. But it just so happens that its Girls Weekend package is available around the same time that a certain flick is being released (from May 1 to April 30 2011), and it just so happens that it’s designed for four ladies with a love of cocktails and corsages.
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If watching Tom Cruise in Cocktail made you want to start bartending, belly up to a hotel bar for a mixology class. Okay, you'll likely be focusing on not spilling the liquor rather than tossing bottles in the air, but at least you'll finally be able to mix yourself a decent cocktail.
Find out where you can shake up some drinks after the jump.