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By now, everyone's seen the images of a cigar-wielding Jay-Z, strolling hand in hand with his wife Beyonce through the streets of Old Havana. No doubt, Cuba is high on most of our travel wish lists, so it almost seemed unfair that the pair should not only be granted special licenses to travel there, but also parade around like royalty under the flashes of hundreds of paprazzi cameras.
Perhaps most memorable of all was a photo taken of them waving from their balcony at the Saratoga Hotel.
The 96-room hotel is pure Havana elegance: the three-sided, white-and-pink facade is wrapped with wrought-iron balconies; inside, the look is continued with marble staircases, plaster columns and large murals depicting Cuba's scenery. We like picturing Mr. and Mrs. Carter lounging on the rooftop pool, sunlight glinting off their Havana Club cocktails, teaching Blue Ivy how to dance the rumba.
Though the building itself dates back to 1933, the hotel recently re-opened in 2005, and remains Havana's top five-star hotel. Rooms feature big ol' claw foot tubs, double-glazed windows (to keep out the roaring Havana traffic noise), and views of the National Capitol Building across the street.
We're guessing Beyonce and Jay-Z opted for a top-floor suite, but for the rest of us normal folk (who will end up touring the city sans mob, rates start at $195/night.
[Photo: Raymond Espinosa/AP]
Are you one of the lucky fans going to Jay-Z’s final two concerts tonight and tomorrow at the Barclays Center? Or do you plan on exploring the new center in the future and hitting the bars along Smith Street? Well, then you’ll need a place to crash, won’t you?
It just so happens that NU Hotel Brooklyn has a “Sleep It Off” package for late-night revelers. What you’ll get is a room and two cans of Mercy (a supposed hangover prevention beverage) for $199.00 plus tax.
But, here’s the thing, you can only get the room by showing up in person after midnight for the same day. So, you’re basically losing 9 hours of hotel luxuriating from the normal 3pm check-in time, but you are getting a cheaper rate, which can be as high as $299 mid-week. You’ll also bypass the “3-night minimum on weekends” rule when being spontaneous.
BTW if you didn’t get Jay-Z tickets (like some of us), you’ll be able to watch Saturday’s concert for free as it’ll be live-streamed to kick-start his new YouTube channel, “Jay's Life + Times”.
For starters: will tourists start to see Brooklyn as a viable alternative to Manhattan when it comes to hotels? In the past year alone, Brooklyn acquired five new hotels. And we managed to visit every one of 'em. Here are a few places to consider resting your head next time you visit the BK...
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To start your week off right, here's a shot of one very pregnant pop star making her way out of a downtown NYC hotel that happens to be very popular with the celebrities. Beyonce, in town to promote her new fragrance, Beyonce Pulse, wore her golden hair back in a bun, along with some chunky gold hoop earrings and bright red lipstick. Not exactly another hotel fashion shoot, but she was certainly as ready for the cameras as they were for her.
They must be something doing something right at the Gansevoort Park to attract such a steady flow of high-profile guests. Just last month, it was Kim Kardashian who made headlines when she and hubby Kris Humphries moved into the hotel's $7000-a-night penthouse.
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Dwayne Wade's Fantasy Camp may be going down at the Miami Beach hotel this weekend, but there's even bigger fish in this pond. It is reported that Jay-Z blew $250,000 on champagne for his Watch the Throne release party. And $50,000 in tips at Scarpetta, where he noshed on posh Italian with his entourage. We shudder to think what kind of numbers were on his room folio.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are living large at Hotel Le Meurice. The married couple are shacked up in a penthouse suite overlooking the Tuileries Garden for an eye-popping $20,000 a night. Beyonce better get on selling her new single, "Run the World (Girls)."
So what does $20,000 a night buy you? You get the two-story Belle Etoile suite with a private elevator, kitchen, glass-enclosed dining room and large private terrace at the beautiful Paris hotel. Le Meurice is one of Beyonce's faves, and it seems to be the hotel of choice for other hip-hop elite, with such fans as Eminem and Kanye West.
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We here at both HotelChatter and VegasChatter are totally buggin' over the forthcoming Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino which is set to open in Las Vegas on December 15. The resort will have 2,995 hotel rooms, a casino, a sexy pool complex, a Sahra spa and a mouth-watering selection of the best restaurants.
While the hotel opens to visitors on the 15th, the real party goes off on New Year's Eve which will double as the hotel's official grand opening party with Jay-Z and Coldplay expected to perform. Last week, when VegasChatter checked rooms for New Year's Eve, the hotel was sold-out. But we got word that a limited number of New Year's Eve packages are now up for sale.
The packages went online at midnight and there are only 125 left. Here's what they include:
Staying in a New York hotel with prime star-spotting opportunities usually means forking out celeb-level cash, but last week guests at the humble Ameritania Hotel got a surprise front-row seat for a show by Jay-Z and Eminem.
The pair appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman on Friday night, and filmed the spot earlier in the week on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater. Despite being a modest 'boutique dorm', the Ameritania shares the roof that hosted the two rappers—and the hotel's owner decided to throw a small party to celebrate the occasion.
We might balk at staying at a Premier Inn in the UK, given the state of UK's budget brands, but it's apparently all right with Beyonce and Jay-Z. News of the World reports that the famous duo stayed in a Premier Inn, whose rooms go as low as £29 a night, when Jay-Z performed at the Isle of Wight music festival over the weekend. AND they even reportedly skipped a specially-prepared meal, opting to eat at a nearby Pizza Hut instead. Jigga-what?
That said, we can't blame them for choosing Premier Inn. The brand not only has low rates but also modern amenities like king-sized beds, flat-screen TVs, black-out shades and WiFi, although that's not free.
Ok, yeah, this isn't working. We tried to make sense of this but we can't. Why Beyonce and Jay-Z would stay here is beyond us. Maybe News of the World has it wrong. Anyone else who can verify a B and Hova appearance at Premier Inn, let us know.
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Celebrities are known for demanding the very best (and bringing out the very worst) in hotels around the world. This week we’ve been uncovering a few of the most outrageous requests divas like J-Lo and Justin Timberlake have made during recent hotel stays.
So it only makes sense that some of these needy nabobs think they can go into the hotel business for themselves. And sure, sometimes it works out (see Gloria Estefan below). But other times? Not so much (see Jay-Z).
We thought it would be interesting to update our Celebrity Hotel Report Card. Especially given the news that set the blogosphere atwitter last week: that Posh Spice was offered $40 million to design a hotel in Dubai!
For more about which celebrities are looking to conquer the hospitality industry, read on!
Perhaps Beyoncé travels with a supply of throws.
We’re getting slightly
jealous bored of these celeb-filled hotel launch parties at the moment, but we also like our lodgings to come with a little sprinkling of stardust. Luckily, Beyoncé has helped us out this week with the bash she threw at the weekend in honour of Jay Z’s 40th birthday.
She flew 50 of his mates (including Diddy, Oprah, Kate Hudson and A-Rod, Kanye and Amber Rose and Alicia Keys) out on private jets to the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic.
The theme was old-style gangster. There were two dance floors. There were fireworks. There was Alicia duetting with the birthday boy. There were even synchronized swimmers.
Ok, so here's something we just don't understand. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, 50% of Jay Z's 40/40 Club Las Vegas inside the Palazzo was bought out by the hotel-casino's owner, Las Vegas Sands. In return, LVS closed the 40/40 Club at the Palazzo and replaced it with a sports book.
The Las Vegas 40/40 Club was rumored to be closing for months, even though it opened only eight months ago. But apparently this deal will allow the 40/40 Club to expand internationally, with the first location being in one of LVS's Macau Casinos as well as in London.
Wait, back up. So even though 40/40 crapped out in Las Vegas, it will somehow do better in Macau? Hmm...We say, 40/40 and LVS better do some serious market research before opening that bad boy.