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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."
A French news network has been the first to broadcast security camera footage from that fateful day at Sofitel New York. We admit, we pretty much stopped caring about this saga once we learned about the DSK hotel porno. But now, with hard video evidence, we feel compelled to look.
Not that the footage shows what actually happened in the room itself. Instead, what we get is a clip of Diallo sitting in a corridor (in the background, you can hear someone reporting a sexual assault over the phone), DSK checking out of the hotel, and perhaps most importantly, the controversial "celebratory dance" between two of the hotel's staffers. And yes, it still looks weird.
Trust, us, we're as sick of hearing about the gosh-darned DSK hotel maid sex scandal as the next person, but this new item caught our attention. Fast on the heels of yesterday's saucy tidbit about the W London porn story, we bring you possibly the worst—or best? we can't quite tell—hotel sex news we've heard yet: My Porn Production is working on a porn film about the infamous Sofitel scandal, with the working title DXK.
Think we're making it up? French news outlet The Local alerted us to the imminent production, which will reportedly cost €200,000. And the best part? With a simple €50 donation, you can have your name in the credits!
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Today's cool hotel history lesson for today involves the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi which recently discovered a Vietnam War-era secret bunker that once housed Jane Fonda, Joan Baez and a few others during the 1972 Christmas bombings by American forces.
After the bombings and the war, the bunker had been sealed and forgotten. And while the hotel always knew of the shelter, they could never find it. Until over the summer, when during renovations of their poolside bar, a worker's drill hit a piece of concrete. The seven-room, five-foot high bunker had finally been uncovered. Associated Press reports:
Since then, workers have been excavating the flooded and low-ceilinged space. Not much has been found in the seven rooms: a wine bottle, a rusty paint can and a light bulb still in a socket. But a few tales remain, some involving famous guests. “If these walls could talk, they would tell a lot of stories,” says hotel general manager Kai Speth, while giving The Associated Press an exclusive first glimpse. The bomb shelter “needs to be brought back into the life of the hotel as a reminder of what this hotel and this town went through.”
UPDATE: The hotel has gotten an "All Clear" from the bomb squad and guests have been allowed back in their rooms. Phew!
Miami Beach hotels are no strangers to evacuations at this time of year when tropical storms and hurricanes are swirling all around but at the Sofitel Miami near the airport was evacuated this morning due to something far more sinister--a bomb threat. WSVN-TV reports:
According to Miami-Dade Police, the threat was phoned in to the hotel located at 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, and people inside the hotel, including staff and guests, were evacuated at around 11 a.m. Monday. Officers and firefighters went door-to-door at the hotel to make sure everyone had been evacuated. Blue Lagoon Drive has been shutdown in both directions. As the evacuees stood in the hot sun, the crowd was offered food and Water. Miami-Dade Transit buses were called to the scene to allow those waiting outside to cool off until they are allowed back inside the building.
As we all kind of expected the Manhattan DA's office is asking the judge to dismiss the rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn claiming that the witness, a housekeeper at The Sofitel New York was an unreliable witness for several reasons. (Of course, that still that doesn't change the fact that DSK, a married man, admitted the sex was consensual.)
Nevertheless what really, um, stood out for us was this bit in the prosecution's filing and highlighted by The Smoking Gun.
In a motion to dismiss rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Manhattan prosecutors today reported that an analysis of carpet stains in the Frenchman’s $3000-per-night Sofitel hotel room “contained the semen and DNA” of three unknown men, while a stain on the room’s wallpaper contained the semen and DNA of a fourth unknown man.
By now you're already totally aware of the shake-ups at the International Monetary Fund, as the former chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned after being indicted in New York for sexually assaulting a housekeeper in his tony $3,000-per-night suite at the Sofitel. The story gets creepier as more of Strauss-Kahn's history is unveiled, but let's put all that aside for the moment.
In early 2010, Budweiser released a commercial that depicts a humorous version of events, if the roles were reversed. We're not making light of the Strauss-Khan accusations, just pointing out this ad, which flips the players and makes the maid into the provocateur, with the guest as the innocent.
Currently Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest in a multi-million dollar building in Lower Manhattan. He's far away, both literally and figuratively, from minibars and turndown service. Let's hope it stays that way.
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It looks like all the money in the world can't save you from being a sexual deviant. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was arrested last night after allegedly committing a heinous sex attack on a housekeeper at the Sofitel New York.
The NY Post reports:
The trouble began at around 1 p.m. yesterday when a 32-year-old housekeeper entered Strauss-Kahn's $3,000-a-night suite at the luxury Sofitel on West 44th Street -- apparently unaware he was still inside.
The married Strauss-Kahn was in the bathroom, and emerged naked, chased her down a hallway and pulled her into a bedroom, where "he jumps her," a source said.
"She pulled away from him and he dragged her down a hallway into the bathroom where he engaged in a criminal sexual act, according to her account to detectives," Browne said. "He tried to lock her into the hotel room."
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Hmmwhat's that metal thing stuck low on the wall just inside the bathroom door of a room at the Sofitel Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport? Well, this is a hotel that caters to weary travelers just off British Airways flights and this is a room designed with the frequent flying business traveler in mind, and what might both of those sorts want after a long day? Aha cold beer. Yep, that little metal thingie is a beer opener.
The Sofitel at Heathrow's T5 is one of the area's newer hotels; having opening in 2008 it boasts most of the newish amenity bells and whistles, like plug panels at the desk, flatscreen TVs and nice telephones, and even these thoughtful little extra fixtures.
Typically we're rustling around the minibar stuff or calling down to room service to score a bottle opened, but here's one right out in the open for use and its location in the bathroom means no worries about fizzing over. Love it!
Usually, we get pissed at the noise in hotels that's made by other hotel guests but never have we encountered a situation where the noise was coming from a hotel helipad, at least two times a day.
douche honcho, Ryan Kavanaugh, the movie producer who heads Relativity Media had been commuting from his home in Malibu to his office in LA by helicopter (because he's far too important to commute with the plebes on the 10 we guess.)
That helicopter of his was landing at the Sofitel Los Angeles in West Hollywood, pissing off neighbors with the incessant noise (and we imagine it pissed off some hotel guests too.)
The neighbors eventually discovered that the hotel's landing pad was for emergency use only and reported it to the city. Kavanaugh has since stopped his helicopter commutes but the hotel is still keen on making use of their helipad.
More good news for hotel bargain hunters--Private sales have now made their way over into existing hotel loyalty programs as Accor Hotels A/Club has just announced its own private sale for Sofitel Hotels from November 26 through the end of February.
The sale is pretty straightforward--If you book two weekend nights at a Sofitel, the second night will be 50 percent off and it will include breakfast and a late check-out of 3pm. However, this sale appears to apply only to European properties and select ones at that.
For instance while the Sofitel Paris La Défense could be had next weekend for a giddy $426 for two nights, the Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg (where Hermes toiletries can be found in the bath) was $1,150--about $575 a night and no breakfast included. Funnily enough, this hotel was being advertised on the private sale's landing page. Hmph.
Lastly, there's a reason this sale is private--because it's only for existing A/Club members. But you can go about getting access by joining up here. You better hurry because the sale ends in five days.