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The next time you check into The Algonquin Hotel, you may notice a special member of the hotel's family hanging around the front desk. Say hello to Matilda, the 10th consecutive cat to live at The Algonquin since the 1930s. Hello gorgeous.
Matilda is well-documented here at HotelChatter (cat fashion show, anyone?) but the hotel's pampering of the house cat never ceases to amaze us.
Now, Matilda has a new suite in the hotel's reception area, a tree house of finely craved wood, plush carpeting, and fancy monogramming. Matilda has her own "Chief Cat Officer"and her own business card. So if you fancy meeting her, have your people call her people. And while you're waiting, check out the amazing Blue Bar.
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If you’ve been to Andaz Liverpool Street, you’ll know about the creepy Masonic Temple that lies in its bowels (yes, Americans, masons are considered kinda creepy across the pond). You’ll also know that it’s not often accessible, and usually opens for special events only. Luckily, though, there are two such events coming up.
The first is a screening of the new
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe film, Horns, coming up this Wednesday, its day of release. Sadly, Radcliffe himself won’t be there but the director of the film will be doing a Q&A. It’s part of the East End Film Festival, and tickets cost £10 – details here.
But far more exciting (unless Harry turns up) is the event – or Andaz Salon – on 19 November, which will see the Grand Secretary of the Freemasons, Nigel Brown, discussing freemasonry and all its ins and out (including the secret handshake? Who knows). This one is free, but you’ll need to RSVP here as tickets are limited. At least, that’s the reason they’re giving.
In what may be the coolest writer residency program we've ever heard of, The Paris Review is teaming up with the Standard East Village to offer two lucky scribes three weeks at the hotel to finish their manuscript.
The residency, named the The Standard x Paris Review, will run in January and again in July and is open to writers of prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction. In addition to their own room, writers will get a daily continental breakfast (which is actually a, ahem, standard right now anyway while the hotel is undergoing renovations) and as much coffee as required to get the creative juices flowing. The hotel expects the writer to stay alone in their room; "within reason" they say, leaving the door open for the occasional hookup.
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The Algonquin may have a new look but through the transformation, the hotel still hangs on to its literary heritage, paying tribute at nearly every turn to the days when Dorothy Parker held her infamous Round Table luncheons at the hotel. But now The Algonquin is dedicating an entire suite to literature.
The hotel has just opened The Simon & Schuster Suite on the 7th floor which includes a living room, a private bedroom with a king-sized bed and Simon & Schuster memorabilia galore with a permanent collection of literary classic and modern bestsellers. Look! We even see a copy "Revenge Wears Prada."
We've got some great pics of the suite below but if you're interested in settling down with a good book during your next visit to NYC, you can book the new Simon & Schuster package which includes a stay in the suite, an advanced copy of a soon-to-be-released book from Simon & Schuster at turndown and a complimentary breakfast at the Round Table Restaurant.
The partnership with Simon & Schuster will also include regular guest speakers and you need not book the suite to attend. The kick-off speaker/author will be Chuck Klosterman for the launch of his new book “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)” on July 8 at 6:30 pm.
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Along with college girls, suburban grandmothers and soccer moms, we too were secretly titillated by E. L. James' erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. We toted the books on planes, read by the pool in Sin City (with just about everyone else in Vegas) and sometimes, we sheepishly skimmed while waiting at the drive-thu for our coffee.
As we got deeper into Anastasia and Christian's complex relationship, it turns out that we were only doing our job. The Heathman Hotel in Portland as a prominent setting to the story made us wonder, 'Why doesn't the Heathman have a Fifty Shades of Grey package ?'
Well, it turns out they do.
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We already know that Hotel Max in downtown Seattle likes to express itself. Artistically, that is. The 350 original paintings and photographs scattered around the hotel ought to tell you so—least of all the funky guest room doors, which each showcase one of 39 different designs by local artists.
Now, with two new promotions—"Shoot From The Hip" and "Fifty Shades of Seattle"—guests at the hotel will be able to be part of that creative process, though in two very different ways.
But whether you end up enjoying Seattle from behind the lens of a tricked-out analog camera, or gazing at it from above during a 30-minute "helitour," we don't think you'll be struggling for any inspiration.
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It doesn't take much to get us excited about a new hotel brand but this one has us fired up, or rather ready to relax in a hammock with a classic novel on the beach somewhere.
Hemingway Ltd., a corporation owned by the estate and family of Ernest Hemingway have just announced a worldwide licensing agreement for Hemingway Hotels and Resorts to build luxury hotels and resorts based on the life of the legendary author.
The company has had interest from and is targeting developers and existing owners who are building new, or converting existing, hotels in destinations that are inspired by his work, travels and appetite for life, all representing the best of the Hemingway lifestyle. A prolific writer, world traveler and constant adventurer, Hemingway’s spirit lives on with a timeless appeal that will imbue each distinctive property.
We knew the doors are open and les iPads were on offer at Le Pavillon des Lettres, but it took a trip to Paris to finally check out the 26 rooms at this literary-themed boutique a short skip from the Champs Élysées. First impressions? C'est bon!
As we've reported, designer Didier Benderli, who did Pavillon de la Reine in the Third, masterminded the upgrade here, with custom furniture, '50s-inspired accents and sumptuous materials throughout. And the most obvious design feature: Each of the rooms is named for an author, with quotations hand-painted on the walls and a copy of the text from which they're drawn on the bedside table. (Fear not, digerati: these books are also pre-loaded on the guests-only iPads handed out at check in.)
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The newly opened Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India, has a lot of cool features, like it is one of the country's last remaining grand palaces, and it's built entirely of Italian marble and in the shape of a scorpion. But the geeks that we are, we're digging its expansive library.
The hotel carries more than 5,900 books in its Imperial Library. You'll find tomes on literature, history and religion. Though the standout is a rare collection of the holy Quran.
The Pavillon Des Lettres, Paris’s first literary hotel, is now open. Sister to The Pavillon De La Reine, the new four-star boutique hotel is located near the famous (but often crowded and busy) Champs-Elysees.
The hotel pays homage to both French and international literature writers with 26 rooms and suites, each dedicated to letter of the alphabet and a famous writer associated with that letter. The rooms are decorated with images and extracts of the authors work are printed on the walls.
The authors include Shakespeare, La Fontaine, Voltaire, Woolf and Yeats. And if you find yourself inspired by all of this literature you'll be pleased to know each room has an iPad, perfect for typing your own novel. Downstairs in The Salon the library has a further selection of novels, comic books, classic and newly published works for you to feast your brain on.
Oh lordy, it’s begun. We speak, of course, of the inevitable descent of Dan Brown fanatics looking to unlock the secrets of the Masonry in DC as described in his new bestseller novel, “The Lost Symbol.” And just as inevitable: DC hotels looking to cash in on the influx of tourists. The new boutique Dupont Hotel leads the way with its “Ultimate Lost Symbol Package.”
With a $5,999 price tag, you might need to sweet talk Dan Brown into footing your bill, but that’s besides the point. True devotees know no cost, we suppose.
We’ve been following the hotel bookshelves trend for awhile now, but we’ve only just stumbled across what may be the pièce de résistance of hotel libraries (and, no, it’s not New York’s Library Hotel.)
Forget hipster-curated lobby and guestroom collections—over in Wales, you can stay in an honest-to-God actual library (and we don’t mean taking a catnap behind the stacks at your local branch).
St Deiniol’s—Britain’s only residential library—was created by book nerd William Ewart Gladstone in the town of Hawarden, in North East Wales. It’s been around since 1898 and looks fittingly Victorian and scholarly-like.