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MTV's VMAs Are Taking Over The JW Marriott at LA Live

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  Site Where: 900 West Olympic Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
August 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been years since we've gotten excited about MTV's Video Music Awards but for the first time in a long time, we're a little psyched for this year's show on Sunday--namely because MTV is taking over the lobby area at The JW Marriott at LA Live in order to roll out the black carpet for celebs and singers. (The show is happening across the way at the Nokia Theater.)

The black carpet is actually part of some crazy space-time continuum theme the show's planners have created and will travel through the hotel leading up to the theater. Despite its color, the black carpet will essentially function as a red carpet with all of today's popsters, hipsters, rappers, and reality stars expected to strut down it.

As for the hotel, a rep tells us that all of the food and beverage outlets are closed as the preparations are underway but that swank Wolfgang Puck restaurant, WP24, at the adjacent Ritz-Carlton is now serving breakfast and lunch.

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Another Sad Rocker Death Happens in a Hotel

August 12, 2011 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Glam band Heavy metal fans lost an important part of the 80s music scene today and sadly, like many tortured musicians before him, his last moments were spent alone in a hotel room.

Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead at a Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, Calif, apparently from a drug overdose, according to TMZ.

Investigators found a half-empty bottle of vodka and prescription medication in the hotel room where Jani Lane died yesterday ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell us paramedics were called to the Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, CA yesterday around 5:15 PM. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Hard Rock to Open in Panama, Panama Oh-oh-oh-oh

May 26, 2011 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hard Rock Hotel execs including Michael Shindler, Executive VP (third from left), rock out with their guitars out at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama press conference.

Now that we've got the Van Halen tune in your head, let us give you some more detes on the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis which is expected to open in December 2011 in Panama City.

The 66-story hotel will have 1,449 rooms, including a whopping 796 suites, some of which will be the brand's signature Rock Star Suites. The detes on the room designs and amenities are scant but guests will be able to create a music playlist all their own through the hotel's "Sound of Your Stay" music collection.

Throughout the property will be eight restaurants and bars, a club on the 62nd floor, a 7,800-sq.ft. Rock Spa and a Rock Shop where you can buy Hard Rock-branded gear. But sadly, no casino which means it will be more like the Hard Rock San Diego. Still a fun spot but we miss the slots.

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Hilton Wants to Fulfill Your Rock Fantasies

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  Site Where: 555 Universal Hollywood Drive [map], Universal City, CA, United States, 91608
March 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Ozzy's Old Axeman to Unveil Hard Rock San Diego's Free Guitar Amentiy

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  Site Where: 207 Fifth Ave. [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
January 14, 2011 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

We declared the iPad as 2010's must-have amenity. And it looks like the race for 2011's hottest hotel amenity is already on with in-room gas masks. But the Hard Rock San Diego will lend out new free Gibson guitars in hopes of cinching the '11 title.

The Hard Rock's new amenity—called Check In, Rock Out—will start rocking out at the hotel on February 3. To celebrate, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde will roll up into the hotel on the day the axes will drop.

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OMG Justin Bieber Slept Here! And so did Peter Frampton!

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  Site Where: 506 SW Washington St [map], Portland, OR, United States, 97204
July 16, 2010 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hey there tweens and shameless cougars who've caught Bieber Fever--wanna know where Justin Bieber spent the other night in Portland, Ore.? No, it wasn't in your dreams. It was at the Hotel Monaco.

According to our "sources", Justin stayed in a Queen suite on the 10th floor but he wasn't the only diva in the building. Staying right next door to him was another musician--Peter Frampton! Now, we're thinking that an "Baby I Love Your Way" duet would kind of have been amazing.

Ok, so this being a Kimpton and all, we know that Justin took advantage of the free WiFi to keep up with his Twitter followers (so long as he joined the InTouch program) but did he request a goldfish companion? "One less lonely girl...."* *(Come, on give us a break--it's Friday and we're trying to make this exciting for you.)

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Bally's Atlantic City Trashed Their Hotel Room (with Help from Bam, Sebastian and Danny)

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  Site Where: Park Place And The Boardwal [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
June 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Usually when celebrities and rockers are involved in trashing hotel rooms, it's not a good thing and it too often signals the depressing turn in VH1's "Behind the Music" series. But at Bally's Atlantic City, trashing hotel rooms is not only acceptable but it's also a contest!

The hotel and casino down the shore is renovating its historic Claridge Tower (originally built in 1929) and decided to have two up-and-coming rock bands trash two hotel rooms to kick off the renovations.

"The Battle of the Room Trashing Bands" involved Danish-born, Brooklyn-residing indie rockers b>New Politics and Philadelphia-based rock act Sinners Saints. But more recognizable were the judges.

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The Hotel Ivy: Starwood's 'Secret' Luxury Collection Hotel

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  Site Where: 201 South Eleventh Street [map], Minneapolis, MN, United States, 55403
December 18, 2009 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (3)

A guest snapshot of Hotel Ivy

"You're gonnnna make it after all!" So goes the cheery theme song to Mary Tyler Moore, which gets us thinking about visiting Minneapolis just about every time we catch a rerun on television. Finally, we've stumbled across a hotel that "suddenly made [a trip]...seem worthwhile"—at least from the looks of things.

Just two years ago, Starwood opened a very, very debonair luxury hotel—the Hotel Ivy—in "the heart of downtown," as these things go. While some might think Minneapolis is all lakes and industry, the city has a very active theater and arts scene which Ivy's urbane air is aligned with. It also boasts some hefty rock star cred, given that Prince was born and bred there, so we could see being a choice hotel for touring acts.

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Days Inn Lincoln Park Has a Secret, Star-Studded Rock 'n' Roll Past

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  Site Where: 644 W. Diversey Pkwy. [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60614
November 5, 2009 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tucked away in a strip with an independent movie theater and chain stores like Jamba Juice is an unassuming hotel with a bad-boy rock 'n' rolla past. The Days Inn Lincoln Park is nicknamed the Rock & Roll Days Inn for its musician clientele, which includes Sean Lennon, Twisted Sister, Nelly Furtado, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dave Matthews, KRS One and the Foo Fighters.

It's rumored to be the place where Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain conceived their child, says Stefanie Hrejsa, general manager of the hotel. Years later, Love allegedly walked out of the hotel and said she couldn't stay there because of the painful memories, Hrejsa says.

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Move Over Guitar Hero: Chicago Hotels Offer Guests The Real Thing

September 24, 2009 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Rockers will throw up some hand horns for two Chicago hotels' rock-star perks. Hotel Sax and the Hard Rock Hotel offer programs and packages that lend out guitars to guests for rocking out.

Taking inspiration from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea—who infamously played bass nekkid, save for a sock covering his naughty bits—Hotel Sax's "Celebrity Rider" package comes with an acoustic guitar and tube socks. We love it.

The package also offers a two-night stay in a one-bedroom suite, which includes beverages by Heineken and a juice bar with a smoothie tender. Plus, you'll get the VIP treatment in the hotel lobby's Crimson Lounge, where celebs like to party when they are in town.

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Come Together, Right Now Over The Edgewater Hotel For a Beatles Party

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  Site Where: 2411 Alaskan Way Pier 67 [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98121
August 7, 2009 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems impossible to believe that at one point in time, hotels refused to host The Beatles, the most brilliant band of all time, whose impact on rock n' roll and pop culture continues to this day, even though it's been nearly 40 years since the band last played together.

Why just the other night we were having a discussion over which Beatle would we want to marry even though it's 2009 and there's only two Beatles still living and only one of which we would actually want to be with (Sorry, Ringo.) Nevermind the fact that we are already married. Ah, the strange things tequila makes you do!

But yes, in the early days of the band's history, old folks were not keen on anything to do with the Fab Four from Liverpool. And that was true for Seattle hotels when the Beatles arrived in the states for their first world tour. All except one----The Edgewater Hotel. Here's their experience with Beatlemania:

The year was 1964 and the Beatles were embarking on the Seattle leg of their first world tour. After other hotels in the city apparently refused to accept them as guests, The Edgewater Hotel happily welcomed the Fab Four.

During their stay, the band famously fished from the window their suite, the photo of which has become legendary. On August 21, The Edgewater will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Beatles’ stay at the hotel and the band’s first Seattle concert, with a line-up of special events.

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