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The Waldorf Astoria Syon Park Finds Its New Poster Girl

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
June 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Last year, London archeologists were having had a field day—literally—at the Waldorf Astoria Syon Park Hotel, whose grounds were full of ancient Roman goodies like road fragments, jewelry, and even some skeletons. And thanks to the Daily Mail, those items essentially became some of the first images to be associated with the iconic London hotel. Now, the saga continues with the discovery of a certain snake-haired female.

Most likely, the hotel was hoping to be known for something other than a Medusa head, but we like how these archeological finds keep popping up. Nevermind the pastoral appeal of picnics in Syon Park's "secret garden," or the exotic "butterfly house" located inside the lobby. The real draw of this 200-acre hotel, which opened in March, is its history. Though Waldorf Astoria Syon Park initially said they would honor the discoveries with an exhibit in the hotel, nothing has materialized. May we suggest snake-hair wigs for all the staff members? No? Too much?

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A Matchbook From The Old Palm Beach Hilton

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  Site Where: 2842 South Ocean Boulevard [map], Palm Beach, FL, United States, 33408
May 28, 2010 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

Here's one last photo to admire before we bust out of this joint for Memorial Day Weekend.

Check out this old matchbook we found at our parents' house for the Palm Beach Hilton. Ladies and gents, this is a piece of history you are looking at.

For starters, the hotel no longer exists. Well, it does but as the Omphoy Ocean Resort, which has given the oceanfront resort a brand-new boutique hotel look. It also has a restaurant from a James Beard award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein's.

Also, check out that area code on the matchbook. That's now just the Miami area code. Yes, once upon time Palm Beach and Miami-Dade (formerly just Dade) counties shared the same area code. Now PB phone numbers are preceded by 561.

Lastly, this is just further proof that the new Hilton logo is essentially the old one, but tipped over and painted half-gold and half-silver. (Golf claps.) While we appreciated the antiquity of our matchbook find, we still prefer the Maritime Hotel's kinky ones instead.