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The Ritz-Carlton, Dorado Beach Reserve in Puerto Rico has only been open since December, but a boatload of guests have already booked and stayed, even with their most-expensive-resort-on-the-island rep. However, even this high-class hotel's chops were tested when they had their first wedding of the season—a big ‘un with a $5 million budget to spend.
Plus, they only had one month to pull it off.
Who was this anxious-to-wed couple? Actor/musician Duane McLaughlin and his fiancé, Lumiere De Vie skin care product founder, Amber Ridinger. Originally the pair considered the St. Regis (at the time, the most swank space in PR), but after hearing about the RC Dorado and taking just one look, Amber changed her mind. Soon after, wedding invitations were sent out to the couples’ high profile pals (which included Khloe Kardashian and Scottie Pippen) for their April nuptials.
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It was a starry night atop the Mr. C Hotel In Los Angeles on Wednesday night as celebs, travel folk and the usual LA party eye candy feted the Leading Hotels of the World's 85th anniversary. Yup, LHW is the same age as the Oscars.
And what better way to celebrate the joint birthday than by spotlighting movies shot in hotels? Leading Hotels of the World, of course.
Playing on loop on several flat-screen TVs throughout the party was a video montage of 85 Leading Hotels that have been featured in movies around the world over the past several decades. LHW has even created a new microsite, In the Movies, to show off all their fancy movie set hotels.
Party guests also got into the cinematic spirit by posing for photobooth snaps, sipping on wine cocktails made with Drew Barrymore's Barrymore wine label, taking candy from a movie concession stand and chomping on freshly made popcorn. Naomi Watts, Eva Longoria, Minnie Driver, Michelle Monaghan, Giada deLaurentis and even our own celebrity reviewer Josh Flagg made appearances. Head on over to Conde Nast Traveler, which co-hosted the event, to see more of the party snapshots.
Eva Longoria has already set off the pre-winter season right with mini-getaway with a few pals at the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta.
The group of gals spent five days lounging by the pool, playing in the sand and ocean waves, and generally and literally letting their hair down. After enjoying brunch on the beach the girls participated in a private tasting of several varieties of Wahaka Mezcal, served to them by the co-founder of the company.
Longoria sent out these Tweets when she returned from the resort:
"Didn’t want to leave tropical paradise of @garzablancapvr! Could have sat by the infinity pool overlooking the ocean 4ever. Pure bliss!"
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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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In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel room photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Starting this week, we will begin featuring one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
As we learned last month, the Armani Hotel Milan is still taking its time to get up and running. Meanwhile, in Dubai, the mega-solar-powered Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj tower is enjoying a little daytime maintenance work. Namely, window-washing.
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria shot this pic from her suite at the Armani Hotel with the following caption:
Could recently separated celebs Eva Longoria and Tony Parker be reuniting? Honestly, we don't care. We just want to know where they had their post-separation meet-up.
TMZ reports that the duo had lunch at an LA-area hotel but surprisingly, TMZ didn't name the hotel. Yet we did some sleuthing and we're confident that the divorce discussion (or maybe they were just discussing the Wikileaks scandal) happened at the Coast restaurant on the bottom floor of Shutters on The Beach in Santa Monica. Those striped cushions totally give it away!
We hear Eva Longoria threw quite the tantrum at Chateau Marmont the other night. It all went down when Longoria ran into Victoria Beckham and started pulling up chairs for her and her posse to sit with Posh.
The LA hotel, always the center of celebrity meltdowns and public displays of egomania, seems to disdain the free publicity it gets from its visitors. It kicked Lindsay Lohan out after she lived there for a year, banned Britney Spears for rubbing a plate of food in her own face, and sometimes denies Ms. Beckham for tipping off the paparazzi about her dinner plans.
This time, the hostess had had enough. She told Eva, "You cannot bring any more chairs over here. This is a dining room." When Eva didn't listen, she and the head server got into a pulling match over the chairs. The server won.