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We’re not going to claim that we’re experts when it comes to the history of the Borscht Belt, but we do know that Kutsher’s Hotel and Country Club had a great run while it lasted. Now things are underway to give the place a new life - but it's going to be quite a different one.
Bloomberg Business reports on the plans to take the property—this is the hotel that inspired Dirty Dancing just FYI—into some kind of yoga retreat for the wealthiest of the wealthy.
No, you are not imagining things. Nearly four years after the HBO bro-show, Entourage, went off the air, it has returned with a bro-movie of the same name.
Entourage, The Movie premieres on June 3 and for old-times' sake, hotels are getting the gang back together again with Entourage-themed packages.
Here a few party-animal packages that have come across our inbox. And since hotels made numerous cameos in "Entourage" episodes over the years, we'll be sure to report on the movie cameos as well. But remember, as the wise Titus Andromedon discovered, "There is no Entourage 2!" For now.
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It’s been half a century since the hills were alive. Can you believe it? Neither can we.
Double departure this summer from Indian group Taj Hotels: as of last week, it has said goodbye and farewell to the Taj Palace Hotel in Marrakech, which you’ll perhaps remember was conveniently located in Abu Dhabi for the purpose of Sex and the City 2 (when in real life it was meant to be a Mandarin Oriental).
A very short statement has replaced the former hotel website, and as of now we can’t see what name the hotel will carry going forward. We’re curious what caused the breakup of this marriage though; perhaps it’s the overcapacity of luxury hotels in the Moroccan city?
The exit in Marrakech comes after a change on the other side of the world in July, when Taj sold Blue Sydney (what once was the W) to the Ovolo Group. While it’s still operating as Blue Sydney at the moment, the hotel will officially become an Ovolo by the end of October.
[Photo: Taj Hotels]
We've already given you a taste of some choice hotels and packages available for The Great Gatsby movie, which opens today. My, it seems everyone's been bitten by the Gatsby bug.
But this is Fantasy Friday and you know we like to dream a little dream, so we bring you a lavish $14,000 package on offer over at the Trump International Hotel & Tower that they've oh so creatively named The Great Gatsby Package.
Though we had initially reported that Paramount Pictures' first batch of movie-themed hotels would pop up in places like Brazil, the UK, Russia, and Qatar, it looks like the brand's premier hotel will actually be in Dubai.
The city is hardly in need of yet another flashy, Western-themed resort, but Dubai is also exactly the kind of place where something like this would take off. And we're not just saying that. Last week, when the first phase of residences went on sale (the 540-room tower will include both a hotel and luxury residences), they sold out within hours, according to Arabian Business.
Paramount Hotel & Residences is set to open around the end of 2015, and will be part of a complex featuring four 820ft-tall towers. In the center of the complex will be a multi-level plaza featuring restaurants, meeting and event facilities, a screening room, a fitness center, pool, kids club, and retail outlets.
A Paramount Pictures merchandise shop will be a necessary part of this equation too, so if it's Raiders of the Lost Ark* t-shirts you're after, then you're in luck.
Hey, did you know that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first screening of a James Bond movie? The film was Dr. No, of course, and it premiered on October 5, 1962. To mark the occasion, Christie's auction house will be selling off a multitude of Bond gems, such as two of the cars used in recent films, as well as memorabilia such as signed posters.
You can read about those items over on our brother site, Jaunted, but really the magic for us lies in one particular hotel-focused lot: "Skyfall Premiere and Aston Martin Experience"
You're not the only one fed up with paying out for Hotel WiFi. Comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen feels your pain, and actually adapted the ridiculousness of hotel WiFi charges into a bit for his newest mockumentary: "The Dictator."
You won't find the scene online...yet. Bet here's what happens: Cohen, as Dictator General Aladeen, walks into the Manhattan hotel where he'll be staying while in town to address the United Nations. The General Manager is John C. Reilly, and he has seen to it that the General will be totally at home, outfitting the General's suite in gold glitz, his official portraits and all many of other luxuries. Aladeen spots a card in the room, reads it and exclaims: "Twenty dollars a day for WiFi? And they call me an international criminal!" He then warns his entourage not to touch the minibar.
It's a tiny joke that packs a big punch. And, as we've heard from other friends who went to see the movie this opening weekend, it's also one of the few solid laughs not already shown in the movie's TV commercials.
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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).
The Plaza Athenee proudly hosted one of Hollywood's oldest relics yesterday: Dorothy's ruby red slippers from the 1939 set of The Wizard of Oz. And we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of 'em. Skipping the accompanying Afternoon Tea ceremony, we headed straight to back of the hotel's dining room, Arabelle, to photograph the precious shoes, which were enclosed in a glass case, looking slightly faded but dazzling as ever.
Just like Obama's turkey that passed through DC two weeks ago, these babies were only in town on business as they made their way to the auction house. That's right—on December 16, the slippers will go up for auction with a starting price of (only) $2-$3 million.
As Hurricane Irene narrows her eyes and speeds towards New York City, we're reminded of one very important thing: this is a city full of celebrities! If the streets flood and we're all wading through sewage with our belongings strapped to our backs, then at least we can take comfort knowing that the glamorous people are doing the same.
And our besties over at On Location Vacations remind us that there are plenty celebs in town right now filming, including the controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Cohen has spent most of this week at The Roosevelt Hotel, shooting scenes for his next movie, The Dictator.
Miranda July, whose new movie The Future is narrated by a dying cat, turned up at the Standard Hollywood last month to do press interviews. Though we've never had the unique pleasure of being besieged by dozens of journalists in a fancy hotel room (all we can think of is that scene from Notting Hill, when Hugh Grant pretends to be a reporter from "Horse & Hound" in order to speak to Julia Roberts), we imagine things must get a little tedious.
But the ever-resourceful July made use of her idle time in the hotel room to compose a poem—about the hotel. Ready for the cutest, weirdest, and albeit shortest, hotel-inspired poem ever? Read on.