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Mandarin Oriental is in a serious party-mood these days. We’ve already talked about the $60,000 New Year’s Eve package that lets you ring in 2013 baller-style in Las Vegas, but next year will bring a whole range of celebrations on the other side of the world when Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong turns the big five-o.
Difficult as it may be to imagine, given the maze of skyscrapers in the city today, but when the hotel opened in 1963, its 27 floors made it the tallest building on Hong Kong Island, and the first in Asia with bathtubs in every room.
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.
Located somewhere in the Bay Area? Keep your eyes peeled for flying room keys. A Golden Room Key, to be precise. If this specimen (possibly still tied to a festive bunch of balloons) whacks you in the head or plops onto your car's windscreen, it's your lucky day. You'll get to play Charlie—only instead of a visit to a chocolate factory with a bunch of obnoxious kids you'll get three nights at the fancy Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
The Golden Ticket ... er, Key, is part of the hotel's 100th Birthday Celebrations, and was released into the overcast sky above San Francisco yesterday, inside a helium-filled yellow balloon. Whoever finds the balloon containing the key will win a three-day stay in the hotel's Presidential Suite. History Buffs may remember this as the room where President Warren G. Harding died in 1923. but as long as you're not easily spooked this shouldn't keep you from enjoying the opulence of 2-bedroom, 2-bath suite with its own grand piano.
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One of America's grand dame hotels is rolling out a special to commemorate its upcoming centennial. The Otesaga in Cooperstown, perched on the shores of Lake Otsego and a stone's throw from America's richest baseball museum, is surrounded by history and is history itself.
A century old on July 12, 2009, the hotel is part of literary history (the lake is referred to as "Glimmerglass" in writer James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales); was an architectural marvel when it opened, with phones in every room and central heating, designed by the same fellows that built The Dakota in New York City; and a celebrity haunt, with baseball players like Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio holed up.