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Wes Anderson's upcoming movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is set to premiere in two months and being lovers of Anderson's films and hotels, we're obviously very excited for this debut. But now we've just stumbled across two clips from the movie on ContactMusic.com and we're even more intrigued.
The premise of the move is about Gustave, a concierge in a legendary hotel in 1920s Europe, played by Ralph Fiennes. He embarks on a friendship with a Lobby Boy, named Zero, who eventually becomes his protege. The movie also involves "the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century." There's also a murder, as you can tell from the second clip below.
Aside from Fiennes and Edward Norton, more bonafide stars are expected to check-into the hotel, including Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, and Bob Balaban.
The film is pure Wes Anderson all the way--quirky yet stylish and a bit of perfectionist when it comes to historical accuracy, at least as far as design and fashion are concerned. And that's what make watching the lobby scenes so thrilling for hotel geeks like us like spotting the "Reception" sign and admiring the staffer uniforms. Although, we're not really sure a hotel put the words "Lobby Boy" on a hat. Did they?
Keep reading to watch the clips from The Grand Budapest Hotel!
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A few months ago, we told you about the new Paramount Pictures movie-themed hotel coming to Dubai. And now, we have a few more details on that project thanks to a recent interview in Hotelier Middle East.
In it, the CEO of Paramount Hotels & Resorts (keep in mind, this will be the company's first-ever hotel) explains that while Paramount Pictures is one of the biggest movie studios around, and its films are very well-known, people usually aren't able to connect the actual movies to the company (Grease, The Godfather, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, and Forrest Gump were all Paramount movies, in case you were wondering).
Thus, the hotel will attempt to kill two birds with one stone: create the ultimate movie-lover's hotel experience, and by doing so, educate people on the impressive Paramount Pictures back catalog.
The CEO told HME:
"In-room entertainment will be home theatre surround systems inside the guestrooms as a minimum because I’m convinced that this will be a top expectation from all our guests.
We’ll look at themes for the entertainment throughout the year; give each month a theme, so in February with Valentine’s Day it could be love films. The hotels will also have a screening room; a high-end luxury theatre with lounge seating, a multi-functional environment."
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Boston's newest hotel, The Revere, is enticing guests with a new "dinner and a movie" program called "Reel Chefs" in which award-winning local chefs pair their favorite movies with a multi-course themed menu to match the film. Count us in!
To kick it off, Jamie Bissonnette, the head chef and owner of two top Beantown eateries, Coppa and Toro (not to be confused with Richard Sandoval's successful Toro Toro brand), will be showing up on March 19 to whip up four dishes he's calling "Pinxtos of Power," "Truffle Shuffle," "Chester Copperpot Pie," and "Rocky Road." And in case you didn't already guess, Bissonnette's movie of choice will be 80s cult classic The Goonies.
The best part of this new series? The venue. As we noted last year when the hotel was announced, The Revere is attached to Theatre 1, a state-of-the-art movie theater with ambient lighting, nifty projection and audio technology, and 225 super-comfy seats, each equipped with personal fold-out tray tables. Now, that's what we call dinner and a movie!
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It's not too late enjoy the last few weeks of Summer in Australia, especially in the place where, it seems, the season shines. We're going to take you to Palazzo Versace in Gold Coast where they are holding onto every last bit of Summer with a Gin Palace and Open Air Movies for the rest of the season.
In the Aussie state that claims to have 'endless summer' it seems like no better reason to have a party and we're fine with that. The fashionista hotel celebrates the equally fashionable drink with a full menu of gin libations. Hosted in the lobby bar, Le Jardin is transformed into a gin palace featuring live music and summer-y cocktails based with the juniper-berry spirit. Every Saturday night, the lobby turns into a place for everything glam and super trendy—after all, it is Versace.
Few things pair as well as gin cocktails and classic cinema under the stars, so if you prefer a little more a more subdued evening, out in the super posh, Fountain Terrace, movie-buffs can sit back in a bean-bag chair or a private cabana and relax to various films. Guests are offered salted popcorn, chocolate top ice-cream and a signature slurpee for $30 per person. If you prefer a little more sustenance during the movie, you can pre-order a picnic-basket dinner for $45 per person.
[Photo: Palazzo Versace]
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In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite "Twitpic of the Week." Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
It's no secret that the James Chicago likes to offer fun little "extras" at the hotel: whether that's a pop-up ice cream shop, or a noteworthy artist-in-residence program or an in-room cocktail amenity. And so we weren't too surprised to see a recent guest tweet this photo of one of the hotel's 26 in-room DVD projectors.
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It's Guess the Hotel revealed!
Were you able to figure anything out from the video we posted on Friday? Two people called out The Chatwal, which was correct! We were there last week, in the Producer's Suite on the tenth floor, to watch a new promotional video by Luxury Collection called HERE.
If you're at all restless like us, you might wind up booking an impromptu trip to Vermont, Scottsdale and/or Hawaii after you watch it. The 15-minute film is set at Equinox Resort & Spa, The Phoenician and The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki successively, and each hotel comes off looking more idyllic than the next.
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One of London's ongoing summer events, a Rooftop Film Club hosted at a popular Hoxton bar, inspired something of a cult-like fervor among local film buffs. Piggybacking on Londoners' love of all things cinema and all things, uh, rooftop, is the Berkeley hotel, who is transplanting the concept from East to West and taking full advantage of their posh terrace climes (not to mention outdoor lamp heaters).
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Brownstoner is reporting on the projected May opening of another new boutique hotel in Williamsburg—literally just a block and a half from Hotel Williamsburg. The newcomer will likely be called The Wythe, and rooms will go for around $200 a night. So, not to jump the gun here, but let's just get things straight: it hasn't even finished construction yet and already it's got better rates and a more original name?
They're making it too easy to pick sides!
But we're not gonna hold our breath. After waiting an entire summer (and then some) for their sleek, pool-equipped neighbor to get the motor running, we're not so quick to get our hearts broken again. At least not until getting a good, long look at the finished place.
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As unhappy as we are to admit it, summer is over and the warm weather is quickly receding. And to think, we only made it to the beach once this entire summer! But nevermind. While New York temperatures are still lingering in the high 70s, we thought we could all benefit from one last hurrah of outdoor hotel spaces. From outdoor movies to pizza ovens, we found something for everyone on this list.
Next time you find yourself on Fifth Avenue and 55th St with nothing to do, book yourself a 75-minute spa treatment at the Peninsula New York. The session will automatically grant you access to the hotel's Sun Terrace, which we were lucky enough to visit two weeks ago. If we had to pick our favorite spot, it would probably be the wicker chairs around the coffee table. Who said magazine browsing and sunbathing can't happen at once?
Well, that's a relief! It seems we're not the only ones who get excited about hotel toys. After waiting eagerly for some like-minded souvenir hoarder's response—photos, url links, tips, anything!—our patient geekery was rewarded yesterday when we received this photo from reader Pam.
It was quite a lively scene on Wednesday night when we visited the Standard New York to check out graffiti artist André Saravia's short film, The Shoe. A little perspective for you: Saraiva wrote the script on a whim after sharing a productive plane ride with Purple Magazine editor Oliver Zahm, who already had roots at the Standard via last September's well-attended Purple Magazine fashion week party. Sure enough, the word for Wednesday evening's event was spread. And the ensuing twenty-minute film proved, once again, the hotel's insatiable appetite for all things sexy.
The third-floor, 1440 square foot, wood-paneled Highline Room was so packed that surplus audience members had to plop down on the floor in between the already-filled chairs. Posters (see above) were on display by the elevators, but didn't explain much. To say the least, we were curious what all the fuss was about. A quick sum up: a leather-jacketed, slick-haired, cigarette-smoking male goes through the course of his day in Paris—wake up, pick up girls, have sex in their apartments, steal their boyfriend's shoes, get beaten up, take his revenge, go back to sleep. You know, the usual.
The Roosevelt Hotel wants to do more than just get you drunk—they want you to get drunk and take dance lessons. At the bar. On the roof. To promote their summer movie series, which kicked off last week with a screening of Top Gun, the hotel bar is experimenting with new ways to give audiences the full movie experience. Mad46, where the movie nights are presented, is amping up the evenings with themed drinks, giveaways, trivia contests, and other prizes. Guests last week went home with free aviator sunglasses!
For next Monday's screening of Dirty Dancing, a hired dance instructor from Dance Manhattan will be rallying the crowds for two rounds of mambo lessons. The first class takes place at 8pm, followed by another at 8:30pm. The themed drink of the evening is a tequila mojito ($10), though their full menu of beer, cocktails, and wine is also available. We want to know: how qualified is this dance instructor at teaching a bar full of drunk people?