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When it comes to rock 'n roll hotels, The Verb Hotel is "not the same old song and dance" as evidenced by this vintage pre-Elvis tour bus complete with bar, kitchen, sleeping area and bathroom. Groupies not included.
Rock ‘n roll nostalgia in hotels is nothing new. Even if you weren’t around for the original experience--or if you were and you don’t remember--rock lives on in memorabilia throughout many hotels. Anyone heard of Hard Rock Hotels?
But hanging up a pair of pants a rocker wore for five minutes of a tour 40 years ago doesn’t cut it in this highly competitive world of hotel design. Here’s a rock hotel that we think hits it out of the ballpark--The Verb Hotel, about a home run (or foul ball's distance) from Boston's Fenway Park.
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The historic Fenway Motor Hotel, a Howard Johnson property, closed late last year to make way for a new hotel development. Now in the quickest hotel conversion turnaround we've seen yet, the Verb Hotel has been born. It will open this summer, with reservations being taken on April 1.
Surprisingly, the 94-room hotel will not be all about baseball but rather rock n' roll. The hotel is set to feature rare music and pop-culture memorabilia about Boston such as "historic Boston Phoenix covers and photographs of musicians who performed locally or appeared on WFNX, Boston’s famed classic rock station." The music theme even extends to the Verb logo, which is a guitar pick.
But this makes sense as the original owner, Bob Sage, told the Boston Globe last year that his hotel used to take in a lot of performers. “I got a lot of people in here from Columbia Records. They were trying to promote their records," he told the paper. And of course, Fenway Park doesn't just host baseball games but concerts as well.
While we can see what the exterior and layout of the hotel will be like from this rendering, we don't quite know what's happening in the guest rooms. But the hotel's website is promising a "mid-century classic, lovingly restored with TLC." We'll check back in with them on April 1.
HOLD UP: We do have renderings of the guest rooms! Peep some pics below!
[Rendering: The Verb Hotel]
Steven Tyler was a counselor at the 2009 Rock 'n' Roll Camp.
You can reenact School of Rock, but instead of ungrateful 10-year-olds rocking out, it's you, and instead of Jack Black playing teacher, you'll be trained by the likes of Sammy Hagar. Get ready to jam at Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City.
From May 10 to 15, you'll head to camp and learn from counselors like Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot, Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver/Guns n Roses, and Phil Collen of Def Leppard. Camp will culminate in a live performance at the House of Blues.
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As we've told you before, the Sunset Marquis just completed an overhaul of their sexy hideaway villas in the Hollywood Hills and an addition of 40 new suites, so to celebrate, they are throwing a party tonight which will feature a performance by Stevie Wonder and guitarist Jeff Beck.
Everyone knows who Stevie Wonder is so he needs no explanation but as for Beck, he was a guitarist for the Yardbirds (Clapton's old band) and was ranked 14th on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He is also the man responsible for the Sunset Marquis' famous recording studio.
The party will also host a private viewing of "Gibson Through the Lens," a photo exhibition of over 70 rare and vintage images of iconic rock stars and their Gibson guitars like David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Prince.
As with most parties in Hollywood, this one is not open to the public. But we'll do our best to get you some party snapshots.
The hotel is very much a family business. Bob Marley's widow, Rita, is the owner of the 16-suite hotel that once served as the Marley family's summer home. The resort features the icon's music, daughter Cedella Marley's clothing line and works by African, Bahamian and Jamaican artists.
And the best part? The hotel's suites are named after some of Marley's popular songs like Lively Up Yourself, Positive Vibration, Easy Shankin', Three Little Birds and Kinky Reggae.
These suites come with whirlpool baths, aromatherapy amenities, flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet access and in-room Bose entertainment systems.
There are also three Royal Suites to check into which have oceanfront views. But if you are a big baller then book the Legend suite which has a separate living room, a signature Marley bed and a stocked wet bar.
Room rates start at $450 a night.
The hits keep on coming for the Dolder Grand Hotel in Switzerland.
Aside from having a mega-opening day, techno-funky spiral showers and a performance by Mary J. Blige, the hotel has just unveiled its four Top Suites, one of which was inspired by the Rolling Stones.
Called Suite 100, after The 100 Club in London, the suite is surely to make any rocker happy.
Also located on the top floor of the Spa Wing, the most surprising feature of the one-bedroom Suite 100 (1,770 square feet) is its unconventional extravagance.
The mood of the interior is set by retro-style furniture and a predominantly black and pink décor reminiscent of the "Swinging Sixties."
A highlight of the suite is the spacious black marble bathroom with a whirlpool, sauna and steam shower beneath a cracked mirror ceiling. The living room features rosewood panelling, and two unique pink DeSede sofas - the same model that Mick Jagger once owned.
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Imagine you are a jet-setting rock star and your label is being really pushy about getting you to lay down some new tracks for your album. But all you really want to do is be big pimpin' all over the world. Is there a way to do both? Actually there is.
A few hotels offer recording studios inside their properties, making it possible for rock stars and pop stars to take a working vacation.
Of course, you don't need to be a big time rock and pop star to book these hotel studios, you just need plenty of cash.
That means any monied up schmo can throw down a hack version of Chocolate Rain, upload it somewhere, dream of going viral, then end up on VH1's The Best Week Ever. Ah, the wonders of the new millenium.
Singer Morrissey, former frontman for the Smiths, pulled one of the most outrageous diva acts in a hotel that we have yet to witness. Seriously, we would have rather he thrown a TV out of the window than this.
Apparently, Morrissey discovered that a a magazine editor of the music publication NME was staying in the same hotel as him. Since the mag printed an interview last December which suggested the singer was racist, Morrissey asked the hotel to remove the editor from the hotel, which they did.
However the demand backfired for Morrissey. The editor, Conor McNicholas, was actually upgraded to a penthouse suite at a sister hotel.
So HotelChatter mavens, can you guess the L.A. Hotel which accommodated Morrissey's demands without losing the business of the NME editor? We're gonna say Chateau Marmont whose sister property is the Standard Hotel down the road.
It turns out that letting all those bad boy rock n' roll rockers repeatedly crash at a hotel, whether they full trashed the room or only slightly every time they stayed, might just pay off in the end.
GNR's guitarist Slash has given the Sunset Marquis Hotel a collection of his recording equipment as a thank-you for letting him stay there.
The legendary guitarist loves staying at the [hotel] and it has become a regular haunt throughout his long music career. And Slash decided to give them something in return for putting up with him over the years. He says, "It's become my second home."
Awwww...that's sweet. But we have to wonder what the Sunset Marquis is going to do do with a collection of recording equipment. Hopefully, that involved a signed guitar of some sort.