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Earlier this week we paid a visit to check out the newest addition to The Dorchester London's accommodations: 22 suites redesigned by Alexandra Champalimaud. Lady Gaga unfortunately wasn’t around to offer us a free hotel room, but we did pass Sir Anthony Hopkins in the lobby, which was good enough for us.
This is the flagship of the eponymous Dorchester Collection, which includes sister hotels such as the tony Plaza Athénée in Paris and Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles. So, we knew these suites had to be something to behold.
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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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When we fall in love with a hotel, we do what we can to bring the hotel experience home with us. Sometimes, we settle for the bath toiletries or the note pad and pencils. Other times, we shell out money for limited edition items like scented candles, plush bathrobes, tote bags and even flip-flops and sneakers. And while we've yet to personally shell out thousands of dollars on jewelry collections inspired by a hotel, it's nice we could do that...if we had the funds.
But for now, we're eying a less expensive way to wear our love for a hotel around our neck--a printed silk scarf from British fashion designer Teatum Jones inspired by The Dorchester Hotel.
Measuring 54 inches by 54 inches, the scarf is made of 100 percent pure silk double georgette and features the metalwork of the hotel's balconies juxtaposed with old black and white photographs of the hotel's staff from the early days. Catherine Teatum, creative director of Teatum Jones, explains more about the design:
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Inside of all the guestrooms, not just the fancy suites, are the finest thrones you could hope for--Neorest 500 automatic toilets, complete with remote controls. Do you hear bells ringing? We do!
While it's not as advanced as the cans at the Peninsula Tokyo, the Neorest still rises to greet you (see video below) and is heated at all times. Plus, when you're done you can look at the remote for all sorts of other "activities" to do.
One of the reasons we love luxury hotels so much is that we get to live in the lap of luxury for a little bit and the Hotel Bel-Air is certainly giving its guests that chance with their new bathrooms. Not only are there La Prairie amenities but in addition to a shower, there's a deep soaking tub with a TV appropriately positioned above. Heaven.
But if you plan on taking the Neorest home with you, it will cost upwards of $3,000 and no, the hotel does not sell it in its boutique store.
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.
The Dorchester Hotel, home to many a celebrity breakdown, is having a birthday, and not just any birthday--an 80th birthday. Congrats! They've outlived Liz Taylor and Michael Jackson! (even though he was banned from the hotel.)
But yet instead of hosting some crazy party filled with all the crazy celebs who've had crazy times at the hotel, The Dorchester is doing something rather, well, sane, to mark the occasion.
On April 18, the hotel will be planting 15 Future Great Trees throughout the city. It's not very rock’n’roll but at least it’s eco friendly. The idea is that these trees will become London landmarks like the tree which has grown outside The Dorchester for many years. A special cocktail is also in the making and a selection of suites will be refurbed to mark this joyous occasion.
We wish the Dorchester nothing but the best in the next 80 years...the best of celebrity meltdowns that is.
Willow and her yellow hit the road in Manchester
The Dorchester Hotel has more than its fair share of celebrity guests - and it was only a couple of months ago that Nicki Minaj got the boot after her fans caused mayhem. However there were no reports of trouble when their latest guest, Willow Smith stayed, as she supports Justin Bieber on his UK tour. In fact Willow was pictured meeting and greeting her fans and signing autographs as she left the hotel.
We just hope she didn’t flick her hair anywhere near the other guests' food or faces for that matter. Especially with those new yellow braids she has been sporting - she could take someone's eye out!
It's official--The Dorchester is THE hotel for crazy celeb behavior. Here's yet another tale to add to the collection.
Hip-hop darling Nicki Minaj always seems to grab attention, whether it be for her Lady Gaga-esque ensembles, crazy wigs or fierce rhymes. But when she checked into the Dorchester in London, it wasn't her zany fashion or singing that was causing controversy.
It was her unruly barbz, or fans. They flooded the hotel in hopes of getting their own "Moment 4 Life." But things got outta hand when the barbz scrawled graffiti on the Dorchester's elevator. We can only imagine how officials at the oh-so-proper Dorchester reacted. Then, a fight broke out that required an ambulance to come along.
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.