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Harry Benson's Photos of The Beatles to (Briefly) Return to The George V Hotel in Paris

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  Site Where: 31 Avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
June 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've long known that the Four Seasons, George V Hotel in Paris has hosted many distinguished celebrities over the years (and some reality stars too) but did you know about their Beatles connection?

It turns out, The Beatles made the George V their home base when they were in Paris in 1964. A piano was actually installed in one of the suites and this is where John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote, "I Feel Fine." (This story we knew, the hotel we did not.) That moment was captured by photographer Harry Benson.

Benson also encouraged the lads to have a pillow fight in the room and his pictures of the Fab Four in 1964 are now iconic shots of the boys in their Beatlemania days. Another fun fact? The negatives of these photos were developed in the hotel's bathtub.

Now, the George V is planning to host a brief exhibit of Benson's Beatles photos in their lobby and in front of Le Bar from June 15-June 30. The exhibit will be run by hotel's in-house artistic director, Jeff Leatham.

And (very) lucky for us, Harry Benson himself has answered a few of our questions about his time at the hotel with The Beatles. (Excuse us, while we scream like a teenage girl again and again and again.)

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Some More Groovy Art on Display at Chicago's Hotel Palomar

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  Site Where: 505 North State [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60654
May 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

Chicago hotels are really upping their art game. We told you about Radisson Blu Aqua's special photography gallery and now The Hotel Palomar bringing back their popular "Sleeping with the Artist" exhibit.

The series is a partnership with the city's Revolving Collection Gallery, showcasing emerging artists on three floors of the River North hotel. Each of the artist's suites will feature an installation art piece that looks more like cool street art than museum classics.

Each floor is also transformed into its own gallery so a simple walk to the elevator might take a few more minutes as you stop and soak up the creativity. And if you're a guest of the hotel on a frequent basis, you won't get bored since the installations will rotate throughout the year.

Starting rates for a standard queen room hover around $329 and if you just need to "sleep with the artist", a night in the artist suit in June will set you back $609

[Photo: Hotel Palomar Chicago Facebook]

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Chicago's Radisson Blu Now Hanging Vivian Maier Photos in The Lobby

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  Site Where: 221 N. Columbus Drive [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
May 20, 2014 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago changed the city's skyline when it first opened four years ago, the first Radisson Blu on U.S. shores. Now the hotel has made some changes to its lobby, marrying an industrial-style with a modern twist.

Don't worry, they've kept the flashy gold disc wall. But now, the walls opposite this eye-catching feature black and white photography from local artist, Vivian Maier.

Maier, transplanted from the East Coast via Paris, lived on the North Shore of Chicago for 40 years prior to her death and captured the lively street scenes of the Second City in ghostly black and white. Radisson Blu's new lobby features the 11 best pieces from her portfolio, all of which are photos of Chicago's streets and avenues.

The framed images are a perfect addition to the brick walls in the lobby and offer up a little something to look at while enjoying a cocktail (or two) in the cool bar. If your visiting the city and want to see more of the acclaimed artist, head west a few blocks to Harold Washington Library where a full exhibition is on display until September.

Rates at the Radisson Blu start around $340 a night for a weekend in early June.

[Photos: Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago]

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More Hotel Street Art: Xenz Murals at the Renovated Malmaison London

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  Site Where: 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London, United Kingdom, EC1M 6AH
May 16, 2014 at 4:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen street art as a temporary exhibit at London hotels, but Malmaison is taking things further by making it a permanent feature: working with street artist Xenz, Malmaison London not only has completely new interiors, but a series of intricate murals by his hand throughout the hotel, from the lobby to the guestrooms.

We stopped by this week to have a look ourselves, heading over to sun-splashed Charterhouse Square, which the pretty red-brick building – a former nurses’ home – faces. It’s a quiet corner just north of Smithfield Market / the Barbican and east of Farringdon that’s easy to miss, but a short walk takes you into the City or to Holborn and St. Paul’s.

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Browse & Buy Banksy Street Art at ME London

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  Site Where: 336-337 The Strand, London, United Kingdom, WC2R 1HA
April 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

You’ve already had a chance to browse street art at ME London last year, but while at the time you were able to make some yourself, this month you can browse and buy: from today, an exhibition entitled “Stealing Banksy?” will display over $8 million of Banksy artworks in the hotel’s Norman Foster-designed space-age pyramid atrium.

The exhibition, “exploring the social, legal and moral issues surrounding the sale of street art”, includes pieces like ‘No Ball Games, ‘Liverpool Rat’, and ‘Balloon Girl’ (check them out here), which will all be auctioned off on April 27, with profits going to local charities.

Tickets are still available through this website and cost £17.50 ($25), which includes a charitable donation and a copy of ‘The Banksy Bulge’, a one-off Banksy newspaper created for the occasion.

We found a Vibe Room for just over $500 this coming Saturday, but special offers should be available if you are going to the exhibit by contacting the hotel directly.

[Image: Stealing Banksy]

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Spot Prince George, Mick Jagger, and More at Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar

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  Site Where: 252 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom, WC1 7EN
April 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Little George Alexander Louis of Cambridge may be making his Antipodean debut on the current royal tour (and looking as a cute as a button in the process, we might add), but closer to his home of Clarence House, the baby Prince can now also boast his first caricature at Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar.

Drawn by cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe, Prince George is in good company for many reasons: his creator’s credentials range from illustrations for the New Yorker to Pink Floyd, and aside from his immediately family (including QEII and one of her corgis), he is surrounded by everyone from James Bond and Simon Cowell to the Rolling Stones and David Beckham across eight large canvases.

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The Marriott Marquis Washington DC Already Has Its Opening Packages Lined Up

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  Site Where: 901 Massachusetts Aven NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
April 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

The singsongy sounding Marriott Marquis Washington DC is still planning to open on May 1, but right now, reservations are being accepted online only for June 1 at a grand opening rate of $269 a night.

Yet in an effort to capitalize on the summer travel to DC (did you know this summer will be the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner?), the soon-to-be-largest hotel in DC (with 1,175 rooms) has put together three opening packages and they are actually deal-worthy. Here they are:

· Summer Weekends Deal: From June 1-September 1, the hotel is offering 40 percent off two night stays and 50 percent off three-night stays from Thursday-Sunday nights. Suites are exempt. All stays must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable. Still, you can get a two night stay for just $108 a night or a three-night stay for just $90 a nigt. Book by May 23 to score the best rate. Use code NEW to book.

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Funky Friday: The 5 Funkiest Things About the Lobby at Hotel Barcelo Raval

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  Site Where: Rambla del Raval 17-21, 08001 Barcelona
March 14, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Barcelona is one of Europe's great cultural hubs that celebrates design and freedom of self expression. While we can probably all agree that 'anything goes' in 21st century hotel design, it is certainly going on in Barcelona. Hoteliers and designers shed their (aesthetic) inhibitions here, resulting in one new or radically improved hotel after another that just has no precedent. The Hotel Barcelo Raval is a perfect example and is the zesty subject of this week's Funky Friday.

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Funky Friday: The Room With the Dragon Tattoo at the Park Hotel Tokyo

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  Site Where: Shiodome Media Tower 1 -7-1, Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku 105-7227, Tokyo, Japan
March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Tokyo’s Park Hotel is kicking up its artwork a notch while integrating Japanese culture into the guest experience--one room at a time. Their new program, “Artist in Hotel,” aims to transform 31 guest rooms over the next three years, all designed by Japanese artists. Ultimately, all the new rooms will encompass one full floor of the hotel with each featuring original wall paintings or other decorative art that inspired an artist while staying at the hotel. Rent the entire floor and you can have your own artist-inspired block party.

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Funky Friday: Andaz Liverpool Street Wants You to 'Interact' with Veuve Clicquot

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  Site Where: 40 Liverpool Street, London, United Kingdom, EC2M 7QN
February 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for – and find a lot of – wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Every time we catch up with London's Andaz Liverpool Street to see what’s happening, we are blown away by their lust for life, creative spirit, and shear marketing genius. They have done it again with their latest artistic endeavor, an interactive art exhibit courtesy of Andaz and masters of the bubbly, Veuve Clicquot. This is just so way out and wonderful that we feel we must include it in our Funky Friday segment.

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The Waldorf Astoria Beijing to Open on March 1

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  Site Where: 5-15 Jinyu Hutong Wangfujing Dongch, Beijing, China, 100006
February 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The upcoming Waldorf Astoria Beijing actually wasn't on our radar when we released our Master List of Hotel Openings last month (mea culpa!) But with its March 1 opening just a few weeks away, we're honing in on what is expected to be the brand's most contemporary and art-conscious hotel to date.

Located in downtown Beijing, across from the Peninsula Hotel and within walking distance to the Forbidden City, the Waldorf Astoria is a brand-new building with an unusual bronze exterior, giving it a crazy cool effect. And according to general manager, Marlene Poynder, the bronze will cause the exterior's color to change over time. Even cooler.

Poynder also filled us in on some of the amenities expected inside the 176-room hotel such as AppleTV hookups (not available for sale in China), Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries and Samsung tablets that controls nearly everything inside the room.

The hotel's interiors were done by design firm Yabu Pushelberg but they still incorporate elements of Chinese design such as traditional dressers, intricate rugs and silk-paneled walls. The hotel is also filled with contemporary Chinese art including the Waldorf Astoria Clock (found in each Waldorf Astoria hotel) which "appears weightless while resting in its glass cabinet, creating the illusion that it is floating, or of 'time being suspended.'"

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The Iberostar Playa Mita is a Work of Art

January 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last month we attended the grand opening of the new Iberostar Playa Mita on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. The 452-room all-inclusive resort is the Spanish brand's first property on Mexico's Pacific coast and features 120 oceanfront junior suites, 18 adult-only Spa Rooms, two Presidential Suites, two pools and a spa. Guests also have preferred access to the nearby Greg Norman-designed course at the Litibu Golf Club

What really caught our eye, though, was the pieces of Huichol art displayed throughout the hotel, in rooms and public space. Huichol art is a traditional folk art form by the native Huichol people who live in Nayarit and Jalisco made with intricate designs, vibrant colors and sacred symbols to express deeply held spiritual beliefs.

Like this jaguar head in the lobby (pictured above), which has three million beads in it and it was made by one family -- grandparents, parents and children -- and took about three months to make. For Huichol Shamans, the jaguar is a power animal, considered messengers of the god of fire, Tatewari.

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