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Designing a suite that's fit for Gomez and Morticia Addams is no easy task, but Sofitel Wentworth Sydney has the made the glamorous into the mysterious and spooky to welcome the namesake Broadway musical hitting the city's theater district.
From the morbid lobby decorations, elevators that delight you with the retro sitcom's theme song to when you step foot into the suite, you might think you have checked-in to a graveyard instead of a luxury hotel in the middle of the city. The themed room features a mock electric chair, creepy crimson walls and curtains, cobwebs, spiders, a haunted mirror, black towels and bed linen and the obligatory Addams Family portrait on the nightstand to remember your favorite relatives - Pugsley, Wednesday, Lurch, Uncle Fester and Grandmama.
If you want to escape all of the drama from your room, you can even partake in a Addams Family high tea service that's all together ooky. Continuing on the after-life theme, you can feast on a confectionery Cousin Itt from fruit paste and Persian cotton candy or a gloriously gruesome edible chopping block out of sweet apple pie.
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We had the opportunity to have a first-hand look at the fresh new rooms that Sofitel Brisbane offers guests starting this week. The sexy spaces have just been completed and we were the first to have a glimpse of the new fabrics, unique details and comfy living areas each room sports.
Working heavily on the theme of a Parisian apartment, these rooms mimic a pied-à-terre that would suit any jetsetter on their routine visit to Europe, except all in the perfect weather of Australia. A wanderlust play on location with images of both Paris and Brisbane showcase Sofitel roots and local flair; use of luxurious velvets and woven Damasks, we could spend an extended stay here and feel right at home.
Color is the name of the game here with a subdued, yet eye-catching use of accent pops that are used throughout the room and even into the hallways. A rich peacock blue for the Superior rooms, plum for the Club level rooms and robin's egg blue accents for the Junior suites (at around $548 a night) all create a chic European feel.
Last night we went to the Sofitel New York in order to take a look-see at their newest photography exhibit, "Elles by Gilles Bensimon". This collection, which has never been seen in the US features 25 larger-than-life images of famous faces such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Charlize Theron, Carla Bruni, and even Zooey Deschanel.
Bensimon is the former International Creative Director of ELLE and he appeared at the event last night and mingled with the crowd. Even giving us a kiss on the hand as only the French can do! (woo!).
At one point in the evening we'd heard rumblings that someone named Kelly Bensimon would be showing up and that seemed to cause a whole bunch of whispering. We couldn't remember--who was Kelly? Then we saw her. OH! Her. The woman who had a brief stint on "The Real Housewives of New York" and Gilles ex-wife (they were married for 10 years). Now, we won't lie, the lady is a glamazon and we were crushing a bit. She came with her and Gilles children and was kind enough to take photos (even family ones!) for the crowd. If there is discord between her and Gilles, we didn't catch on.
Kaiser Karl might be busy doing his thing over at Sofitel So Singapore, but the French Accor group's luxury brand has much more planned over the next year or so, from Colombia and Dubai to Uruguay and New Zealand.
Still this month, the former convent that is Sofitel Santa Clara Cartagena will add “Legend” to its name – the moniker reserved for top historic properties (others include the classic "The Grand" in Amsterdam and "Old Cataract" in Egypt ). Imagine yourself transported centuries back in time when wandering through the courtyards dating back to 1621, and for literature buffs, read Gabriel Garcia Marquez's “Of Love and Other Demons” in the book’s original setting. There are 122 rooms and suites, with a Superior King starting at a very 21st century $600 on a March weekend.
This particular HotelChatter-er has been out of the loop a bit on the Los Angeles hotel scene in the past few months so when we rolled by the Sofitel Los Angeles the other day we noticed the hotel's signage on the corner of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevard. Namely the sign for the Stone Rose nightclub from Rande Gerber was gone.
It turns out the celeb-favored lounge has closed. Perhaps it was one cocktail waitress' illicit relationship with Tiger Woods that began the hotel's downfall. Never matter, in its place is now Riviera 31, which is pretty much the same old space, just a new name. And judging by pics from its recent opening party, it's still gonna be a place for the celebs.
But that's not all that's changed at the hotel heading into awards season.
The tiny Indonesian island of Bali sure does turn out the best of the best when it comes to super luxurious properties for travelers looking for the ultimate tropical retreat. The elegant Sofitel will once again grace its shores with a new hotel on the horizon.
Scheduled to open in September of 2013, the luxury resort will be on the shores of one of Bali's most affluent areas Nusa Dua, is home to one five-star resort after another. The Sofitel will join the likes of Westin, Hyatt and Hilton.
Boasting a considerable 398 rooms and 17 private villas, this property won't be 'small chips'. Built around a series of infinity pools (that's what Bali is about, right?), the entire hotel will be just steps away from the sandy beaches of the Bali Sea, yet far enough away from the busy entertainment districts of Kuta and Seminyak. The private villas will all feature sea-views--great to capture sunsets like the one above.
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Let your pooch whisper her list to Santa at Hotel Allegro's Santa Paws event
It’s that time of year when it’s totally permissible to loose your mind over last-minute shopping, dinner with the in-laws, and over-the-top bouts of feasting, drinking, and spending.
Hotels follow suit, too, with their own spin on holiday madness — something we couldn’t miss at Chicago’s most festive hotels. A Posh Santa meet-n-greet for pets, Bûche bakeoff, and an elevator covered in sugar? Call it cray cray or wildly exciting, but we've just got to let you know what's going on here.
If you truly want to know what a blonde bombshell looks like, then head over to the Sofitel New York where they are showcasing the “BB Forever-Brigitte Bardo, The Legend” exhibit until December 31.
Displayed all around the downstairs lobby and throughout certain rooms are 30 of many never-seen-before photos of Bardot, the French actress who appeared on the Hollywood scene in the 1950’s and became an all-around sex symbol who captured the hearts of many.
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Our travels recently took us to the tiny country of Luxembourg, the only remaining sovereign grand duchy today. Landlocked between Belgium, Germany, and France, and with Grand Duke Henri as its current head of state, Luxembourg has one of the highest Gross Domestic Products (GDP) per capita at Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), making it one of the richest countries in the world.
Having recently done our share of cubicle-dreaming over the possibility to win a round-the-world trip with Sofitel Hotels & Resorts and researching our accommodation options, we ended up at the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal, overlooking the old town of Luxembourg and the Pétrusse valley.
Be aware that there are two Sofitels in Luxembourg City; Le Grand Ducal and Europe. The Sofitel Europe is on the Kirchberg Plateau, a business area with lots of offices and European Institutions about 2km from the city centre. If you don't have a reason to be in the area, we'd probably pick the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal for location and ease of access to the old town.
A room at Sofitel So Bangkok
Always wanted to live out your own round-the-world trip dream? Now you have your chance to win one, courtesy of Sofitel Hotels & Resorts. Inspired by the 1001 nights tales and the novel "Around the World in 80 days", Sofitel is running a competition on www.sofitel80nights.com to win a number of travel prizes.
All you need to do is register on the website and choose eight destinations from the Sofitel network worldwide that you would pick for your dream trip. One winner will receive 31 complimentary nights for two in a selection of Sofitel Hotels and two round the world passes from Skyteam (the airline alliance that includes Air France / KLM and Delta Airlines). Seven other people will win seven nights for two at one of their selected Sofitel destinations.
Want to up your chances? Join LeClub Accor, Sofitel's parent group frequent guest programme, become a fan of Sofitel on Facebook, or invite friends to participate, for five more chances to enter.
The lobby at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
We wouldn't struggle to put together our eight destinations. We'll start with a few days at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, then head south for some time in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. From there, we'll head across the date line to Sofitel Sydney, making our way up to Asia, stopping at the designer Sofitel So Bangkok. For a bit of history, we'll add Sofitel Legend Hanoi Metropole in Vietnam, and since we've never been to Cambodia, we'd include Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeetra. Finally, a bit of rest, culture, and good food at the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese would round up our trip quite nicely we think.
Where would you go? Tell us in the comments!
As with all competitions, we do recommend to read the fine print on the website for detailed rules, hotels included, and terms & conditions.
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Germans may have a reputation for being buttoned-down types, but you’d never know it when visiting the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost’s hedonistic pool in their luxurious onsite spa. It is dark, inviting, and intimate.
Once you enter the wonderfully warm water, duck under the low-ceilinged overhang to your right to head into the main pool – a waterfall-filled spring with plenty of nooks and crannies for you to find your own private corner. Windows at eye-level give you a wee voyeuristic peek at the comings-and-goings of people in the sleek hotel lobby.
Now sneak back under and follow the curving, snakelike, dimly-lit tiled path to the next open space. You feel a sense of tingling anticipation as to what’s around the next corner. We felt like kids in an R-rated Disneyworld. And then, you feel it: Large whirlpool jets rushing directly up from the floor. It’s oh-so-tantalizingly risqué.
Actor Gerard Depardieu has signed onto play the role of DSK in a new movie about the French politician's fall from grace. The NY Post reports:
Hollywood director Abel Ferrara is prepping for the film, which will not be a straight biopic but is "inspired" by the fall from grace of the 62-year-old former French presidential front-runner. The movie will also co-star French actress Isabelle Adjani as Strauss-Kahn's wife, Anne Sinclair.
Depardieu said it was not necessarily Strauss-Kahn's libertine lifestyle that he objected to but his general attitude.
"It's the way he walks, with one hand in his pocket," Depardieu said. "We can all have filthy thoughts, and it's well known that these guys with huge power, money, the IMF or top judicial officials can be like that."