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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.
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Jaunted editor Victor Ozols is just back from a trip down to Key West where he celebrated Spring Break. Wanna know where he shacked up during his stay? Watch his in-depth guided video tour here. Or if you're at work and your boss is hovering, read the entire review below and pretend it's work-related.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Katie K visits Kentucky...in her mind. Enjoy.
Lately I’ve been in a Great-Gatsby-decadence-craving sort of mood (as recessionary escape?). So dress me in my nattiest frock and hand me a bourbon tumbler, because I’m headed to the 1905-built Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky, blueblood haunt and one-time writing muse to F. Scott Fitzgerald (penned into immortality as his backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan's nuptials).
Yay! It looks like it may be a happy ending for author Nora Roberts' hotel (yes, that would be the same Nora Roberts whose books you spent all summer reading on the beach).
Last year, the author had planned to open up an inn out in her hometown Boonsboro, Maryland, converting a 200-year-old building into a cool literary-themed hotel. Sadly, during the renovations almost a year ago this week, actually the hotel caught fire, and the blaze spread to the buildings next to it causing an estimated $1.5 million in damages.
We weren't sure whether or not she and her husband were going to move forward with the opening, but it seems she pushed through: the 2.5-story Inn Boonsboro will open up this Tuesday, featuring (according to the Annapolis Capital) "rooms named for literary couples including Eve and Roarke from a series of novels Roberts wrote under the name J.D. Robb." Rates start around $220; reservation info can be found here.
Bloomsbury the area in central London well-known for its literary connections and famous "turn-of-the-20th century intellectuals" like Virginia Woolf, E.M Forster, John Maynard Keynes and artist Roger Fry finally has a hotel that pays adequate tribute to its rich culture and history. After the Radisson Edwardian Marlborough underwent an almost $37-million makeover, it has been reborn as the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel with a new contemporary design and updated, modern amenities.
It's kind of marketed toward people like those English department graduate student teaching assistants you remember from college: in the reception area, a whole wall is covered entirely with pages from Woolfe's Mrs. Dalloway. Upstairs, "some of the smartest and largest bedrooms and bathrooms in London." And down the street, easy access to the British Museum, Covent Garden and Theatre Land.
And for the intellectual discussions over fine food, chef Redmond Hayward is opening up the Bloomsbury Street Restaurant so guests can nosh on fancypants food and talk about literary theory and metaphors and throw around big words and obscure references. Or just eat. Whatever.
Post-renovation introductory rates start at £139 a night (around $204) until April 30. Pack your argyle sweater vest.