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One hotel goes off the list and another one comes on!
Ahoy there, matey's! North America's first Legoland Hotel has just pegged its stateside opening for April 5 at the entrance to the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, California.
Newly released images snapped by Reuters show the lobby of the world's third Lego hotel (there's one in the UK and Denmark) will be staffed by life-sized, Lego-built employees including bell hops and a dragon.
We just caught wind of a bed & breakfast in northern Germany, via our friends at Psfk, where guests can tuck into 100 year old beer barrels come bedtime. As in, the barrel is the bed. Hm, now that's our kind of themed room!
The nameless hotel, listed on AirBnB, snagged a few extra-large barrels from the local Potts Naturpark Brauerei (established 1769) and creatively converted them into cozy double beds in its three "beer rooms." The brewery used the barrels to age and transport malt beer from the 19th century all the way until 1995. (They're so old, we bet you can still smell the hops!).
As if the beds weren't crazy enough, there's even an on-site beer barrel-turned-sauna. And of course, a cold brewski is offered as a nightcap. Each of the rooms is also tricked out with a 32 inch flatscreen, DVD player, free WiFi, and massage jet shower. Got the morning munchies? "Breakfast in barrel" is on tap for 20 euros per person.
At HotelChatter, we see a lot of hotel rooms. Really a lot of them. Minimalist, maximalist, small and big, traditional and contemporary, generic or unique, we've come across everything from tired and worn down to so-new-it-still-smells-like-fresh-paint. But it's not every day we come across one that allows you to select a room based on your preferred color palette.
Such is the case though at Opus Vancouver, the boutique hotel in the heart of the city's trendy Yaletown. Six room types (from Standard Rooms to the Penthouse Suite) are decorated in five different color schemes. From cranberry red, deep orange, and taupe to vibrant green and warm blue, the general Opus modus operandi is: "we don't do beige".
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.
The number of times our mother dragged us through a Laura Ashley store against our will must have had some sort of impact on us, because when we first read in The Guardian that the company would be launching their first-ever branded hotel later this year, we actually sat up and listened.
Then we remembered how much floral pattern bedding makes us want to jump off a balcony. Still, we know there are quite a few of you out there who would genuinely have an interest in staying here.
Enough people, at least, to warrant the brand spending £5.8 million on the refurbishment (read: Laura Ashley-ization) of a 49-room hotel in Hertfordshire, which will become yet another themed fashion hotel in the vein of Bulgari or Armani. Except in this case, rather than looking like a mental hospital, its floral-pattern-overload might drive some to check into one.
Of the two new hotels that boutique chain Santa Grand Hotels just opened in Singapore (bringing their total collection to eight), one of them has honed in on a rather interesting slice of Singaporean history: early 19th century Chinese opera. In fact, Santa Grand Hotel Lai Chun Yuen takes its name from the original theater that was built in 1887 in Singapore's Chinatown.
While guests of the hotel, which opened officially this month, won't be indulging in the same vices as audience members did in the 1900s (opium smoking, private viewing cubicles, etc), the hotel's red-, white-, and black-themed rooms have been designed to conjure up the feel of being inside the theater during its heyday. Specifically, those colors correspond to the face-painting techniques used in Chinese opera. Meanwhile, room types—"Warrior," "Scholar," and "Majestic"—are named after the roles played by the actors.
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Following in the footsteps of Copenhagen's Bella Sky Comwell, who devised an all-female floor to cater to XX chromosome guests, another hotel is stepping things up for the ladies, this time in London. The Dukes Hotel has anointed some of its suites "Duchess Rooms," themed to attract women clientele.
While this kind of marketing ploy was recently ruled illegal in the Danish capital, London is willfully flaunting notions of political correctness by providing a package of clichéd feminine perks to "tempt single female travelers or groups of women," according to the NY Daily News.
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For parents with children obsessed with Shrek (or for people who love Shrek themselves), Gaylord Hotels have partnered up with DreamWorks Animation to offer Shrek experiences for their guests.
These range from character breakfasts to Christmastime events, poolside activities, food and beverage offerings and what we predict will be most requested--private birthday parties. The experiences will also be done with characters from other DreamWorks franchises, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar and will happen at all four Gaylord hotels in Florida, Tennessee, Maryland and Texas.
Sadly, these experiences don't extend to the rooms. But the WSJ reports that themed rooms could be a possibility in the future, depending on customer demand. For what it's worth, we think there should be an entire Shrek Suite that resembles his and Fiona's house in the swamp. And don't forget Donkey!
The experiences go on sale in July for November stays but prices have not been released. But that's not going to matter is it when your kid is begging for a Shrek birthday party, is it?
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NOMG. Justin Bieber is currently trapped inside the Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool, hometown of the Beatles, by screaming fans. Yes, the birthplace of Beatle mania is now under siege from Bieber Mania. TMZ reports:
Justin Bieber is currently holed up in his hotel in Liverpool, England -- with thousands of screaming girls outside ... and cops have warned Bieber that it could turn in to a "possible riot situation" and have even threatened to arrest him. Sources connected to Bieber tell us the pop star and his entourage have been warned that if Bieb or his team go anywhere near the balcony ... they will be arrested immediately for inciting a riot.
If you can't make it to Vegas or Versailles, an alternative is, um, Upstate New York's Catskills region. The Roxbury—no relation to that old Saturday Night Live skit, so no worries of bumping into Chris Kattan—offers a suite that meshes the Palace of Versailles' opulence with Vegas flash.
The Amadeus' Bride suite, inspired by the flick Amadeus, is done up with handmade 18k gold-leaf moldings, a wall of mirrors that tallies 27 reflective surfaces, a 200-pound Austrian crystal chandelier and ceilings of more than 20 feet tall.
The Disney Blog has the detes on what sort of "buried" treasure the 11th floor suite holds:
The Pirates experience begins as you ring the doorbell, which plays, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me,” and enter the living room. There you will find Old World rugs covering dark-stained hardwood floors, with wooden beams overhead. The Spanish colonial-style furnishings could be part of a pirate’s plunder, yet the room also provides landlubbers’ comforts including a wet bar, 42-inch plasma TV and surround sound stereo system.
So we got a little turned on this morning with our list of 10 Tricked Out Hotel House Cars but the reality is, we're not going to be able to afford a $1,000,000 stay at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi just so we can have exclusive access to a Maybach. Yet we've found a more affordable way to indulge in our gearhead fantasies--spending the night at the V8 Hotel in Germany's Meilenwerk Stuttgart, an international hub for car dealers.
The hotel opened last September on the old Böblingen airport field and it's entire inspiration is the automobile. There are 34 rooms inside the hotel and while the single rooms are rather bleak, the 10 themed rooms will satisfy most every auto fantasy you've ever had. Here are some of the stand-out themed rooms:
Autokino; The bed looks like a big red Cadillac and the room is designed to look like a night out at the drive-in movie theater from the 70s. All you need is a schmoopie in bed with you and you can be instantly transported to Lovers Lane.