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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.
Movie studio or resort entrance?
We enjoy a kitschy themed hotel room here and there but we're not so sure how we feel about an entire collection of movie-themed hotels and resorts.
Yet that is exactly what Hollywood movie-making studio, Paramount Pictures is proposing to do with its new venture, Paramount Hotels and Resorts. Bloomberg News reports:
The company is in talks about locations in Brazil, the U.K., the Caribbean, Russia, Qatar, Oman, South Africa and Indonesia, Van Vliet said. The hotels will be opened in large cities and tourist destinations and some will be part of theme parks, resorts or casinos.
Detes are scant on the experience but each hotel will feature "mini-theaters" for guests to use and a library of Paramount films will be available. Rates are expected to range from $250 to $350 a night.