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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.
The second film installment of New Moon is over and gone with it are the hotel packages created around Team Jacob, Team Edward and Team Bella (as if anyone would be on her team!)
So now we must wait--wait for the arrival of the movie on DVD and for the release of the third movie in the Twilight saga, Eclipse, which hits theaters on June 30.
And where would you stay? The Pacific Inn Motel which has six Twilight themed hotel rooms.
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Hmm...you definitely can't say it's "too soon" for a Titanic-themed hotel to open in Belfast but we're not so sure if we're loving the idea of a hotel that's built around a tragedy. But thanatourists will love this place.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, a five-star 90-room hotel with a swimming pool, a gymnasium and a Titanic theme has been announced for the old Harland and Wolff Headquarters building at Queen's Island in Belfast, near where the doomed ship was constructed.
The hotel, if plans are approved, will be part of a larger revitalization project called the Titanic Signature Project, which seeks to restore the Thompson Dock and the slipways where the Titanic and her sister ship, The Olympic, were built. This Titanic Quarter, as the area is called, will also have apartments, an entertainment district and an amusement park, Titanic-themed of course.
Don't lie. If we told you that there was a Barbie Suite in Las Vegas you would be kind of interested. Because you know it would be over-the-top. And pink. And sorta crazy in a cute bachelorette party-ish way. Or perhaps someone would have enough sense to use it as the set for the nobody-can-believe-this-is-a-real-show reality mess The Cougar.
Nonetheless, our little sibs at VegasChatter tipped us off to this bad boy (er, bad girl?) this morning: The Palms has unveiled their Barbie Suite (as you can see, it's, uh, sorta pink), done up completely by designer Jonathan Adler:
Featuring custom details that celebrate Barbie's pink panache, such as skirted, corseted, lace-up "dress" chairs, a sunburst mirror made from 65 Barbie® dolls and custom wall coverings in Barbie’s signature patterns, this suite lets guests live it up in true Barbie style!
In addition the custom Barbie décor, guests can also enjoy relaxing in an extra-large Jacuzzi tub, get cozy in front of a two-way fire place and take in amazing views of the Las Vegas strip.
The place can hold up to 50 people perfect for a Bachelorette shindig or enough room for, oh, we don't know: a cast and crew for a trashy reality show of some sort.
Also, we know the Palms is not the most kid-friendly spot in Las Vegas (hello, Playboy and the playa-boys that come with all that stuff), but this is also a fairly kid-friendly suite.
But wallet-friendly it is not: it'll run you about $3,000 a night. Check it out. You know you want to.
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