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On Friday, two noble houses, both alike in dignity, came together in holy matrimony… but we don’t care about the Hiltons or the Rothschilds – we care about Claridge’s, where Nicky Hilton stayed when she married James Rothschild in a Kate Middletonesque dress at Kensington Palace.
Luckily for us, Paris shared some photos on Instagram:
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The queen of pop pops, locks, and twerks her way from an in-room gym to a fireworks-filled Manhattan rooftop in her new video for "Bitch I'm Madonna," which hit the Internet in all its glitter-packed glory today. (Okay, technically it dropped yesterday as a 24-hour exclusive on Tidal. But who's using that? #SorryJayZ.)
The colorful clip is the third from her "Rebel Heart" album, and it's definitely the best hotel party we've never been invited to. Check out the video. Does the place look familiar? Because if you're a hotel nerd, it should.
Backed by a bevy of backup dancers and celeb cameos (like Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Alexander Wang and the song's DJ-producer, Diplo) Madonna winds her way through the 17th floor suite at The Standard, High Line, temporarily transformed into a thumping haven of vogue dancers and sock puppets. (Yes, sock puppets.)
Then it's upstairs to the hotel's celeb-fave nightspot, the Boom Boom Room (or as it is officially known, Top of the Standard — Zzz!) for 360-degree views, a rap verse from Nicki Minaj, and breakdancing courtesy of Madonna's youngest son, David. (Her older son, Rocco, cameos as a DJ.) Finally, the diva hits the hotel rooftop for a final crowd-surfing throw down. CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP 2015, Y'ALL.
The Standard, High Line is no stranger to music video shoots; it's here that Beyonce filmed a clip from her last album too. (It's also here that she, Jay-Z and Solange got into that little elevator scuffle, but that's another story.) And in fact, a pose-striking Beyonce is one of several other stars (like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West) who pop up to lip sync that refrain — "Bitch I'm Madonna" — in deference to the pop queen who paved the way. (Even some adorable "Like a Virgin"-attired little girls sass it up in homage to the Material Girl's influence.)
Crank it loud at your next hotel bash. If you live for the love of the party — and don't care what others think — you're Madonna, too. Even if you can't afford that penthouse rate.
[Image via StandardCulture.com]
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At long last, the eagerly anticipated AC Hotel Miami Beach is now open. And it's got everything we loved about the first AC Hotel by Marriott that opened in the U.S. (in New Orleans) and a little bit more.
Located right across from the Miami Beach Edition, the AC has just 150 rooms, giving it a boutique vibe but still, a very approachable one. Miami-based design team Kobi Karp Architecture created several open-concept spaces in the lobby (as per AC's brand standard) which are outfitted with modern decor and furnishings such as tufted leather banquettes that rise up the walls and a seriously sleek bar.
Indeed, to show off the usefulness of the open spaces, AC hosted an intimate conversation about art, design and architecture at their official opening party last night, featuring celebrity fashion photographer, Nigel Barker; Rem D. Koolhaas (not that Rem but his nephew), co-founder and creative director of the architectural footwear brand United Nude; as well as Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Interim Director Leann Standish; artist, photographer and director Andrea Sisson; Slow Watches co-founder Chris Noerskau; and Jane Wooldridge, the business editor/visual arts editor of The Miami Herald Media Company.
Additionally, guests were able to browse the United Nude and Slow Watches pop-up shops at the back of the hotel lobby. These included a sneak peek at the super cool collaboration with architect, Zaha Hadid (the creative genius behind several new hotels) and the official look at Slow Watches Swiss-made product in the U.S.
But we found ourselves drawn to the other public spaces at the hotel--the rooftop pool deck and the 3rd-floor roofdeck lounge.
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Mossy at The LifeCo in happier times
Celebs – they’re just like us! Or rather, some of them are. Others trash their hotel rooms or get so affected by a stay that they end up being seen to by the police.
While Brad and Angelina flew economy to the French Riviera, Kate Moss and Tom Hanks’ son have flown the flag for celebs behaving badly.
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Khloe Kardashian, no stranger to luxury hotels, recently Instagrammed this video of her hotel room which has its own shark tank inside. Actually, it kinda looks like the room is inside the shark tank, instead of the other way around. Part of us is green with jealousy over such a cool suite, the other part of us is simply, " Girl. Bye."
The suite costs about 60,000 AED a night or about $16,335 USD a night. It has three levels, a dining room for six, complimentary WiFi, in-suite check-in, complimentary return airport transfers to and from Dubai International Airport, complimentary 24-7 butler service, a complimentary interconnecting room, and a one-bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom and that stunning Ambassador Lagoon view.
But that's not all. The suite also comes with several other over-the-top complimentary perks such as two Dolphin Encounters at Dolphin Bay, two head, neck and shoulder massages per stay, two 30-minute personal training sessions per stay, use of the steam, sauna and jet pool facilities at ShuiQi Spa, a private cabana at pool, beach and Aquaventure, on demand in-room movie service, full access to Imperial Club and unlimited access to The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark. So in other words, you'll get your money's worth if you can afford this suite.
But as is the Kardashian way, Koko had this spot comped. We just hope she doesn't kick down a room door during her stay.
[Video via @KhloeKardashian/Instagram]
It was all going so well for Hotel Gotham. Manchester’s newest hotel was looking good, garnering great reviews and generally making a splash – and then, a pesky a reality TV “celebrity” had to come along and spoil it.
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It's a step and repeat of sorts for The Mark Hotel. Once again, the luxury Upper East Side hotel served as the departure point for several glamorous celebrities heading out to the annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday night. Leading the stylish pack was, as usual Anna Wintour, who was joined by hotelier André Balazs, designer Michael Kors, actors Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, and Adrien Brody, rapper Common, and a slew of models from Jourdan Dunn to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner.
Here are just a few shots of the fashion elite exiting the hotel.
Forget the Royal Baby – the big news in Britain over the weekend was the wedding of Andy “tennis champ” Murray to Kim “parental advisory” Sears in his hometown of Dunblane. They got married at the cathedral, but held the reception at Murray’s hotel, the Cromlix. So, what did they get?
The couple were unusually (and wonderfully) open and happy to be photographed for the ceremony, but the only squeak we’ve heard from the reception so far is Murray’s gran, who said it was fantastic, that they had a first dance (which Andy's amazing mother Judy did not crash), and that the families holed up in the hotel, and were only starting to leave Monday.
If you want to get married like Andy Murray, we can’t promise you Dunblane Cathedral, but you can actually get married at the Cromlix. Here’s what you get:
There’s plenty to list on the résumé of Leonardo DiCaprio; however, now it looks like the actor can also add hotelier to his paperwork. There is news that he—and a partner—are working to bring a little bit of paradise to a private island off the coast of Belize.
Leonardo DiCaprio bought Blackadore Caye back in 2005 for $1.75 million, and two years later in 2007, we chatted about how he wanted to turn it into an eco-resort. Now he’s finally getting around to doing something with it. The plan as it stands now is to create some kind of luxurious eco-resort, and to get things up and running by 2018.
Printer's Alley, soon to be home to a Virgin, an Ace and... a Witherspoon?
Perhaps it was the ludicrously over the top travel experiences offered to the Oscars nominees in their party packages. Perhaps she wanted some luxury after the wilds of Wild. Whatever – rumor has it this week that Reese Witherspoon is to open a hotel in Nashville.
US Weekly claims that Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth have been down “a few times to look at properties”, and have already met an architect and decorator (before they buy? Dedication).
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If hotel occupancy begins to plummet next fall, we might know who's to blame---the Fox TV show, American Horror Story. The creepy show has announced its "theme" for its next terrifying season, which will be "Hotel." (Last year's was "Freak Show.") And no, we don't think it will be about some fancy luxury hotel. It will be a straight-up haunted spot. Also, Lady Gaga plans on joining the cast.
Huffington Post reports that the show could be based on the famed Garden of Allah, a legendary hotel on Sunset Boulevard, which opened in 1927 and was pretty much the Chateau Marmont of Hollywood's Golden Age, where famous people went to get into trouble. (Coincidentally, Chateau is across the street.)
Today it's home to a bank, a McDonald's and a Subway but nearly a hundred years ago, it was just starting out as a hideaway for many actors and creative types like Marlene Dietrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Humphrey Bogart and Orson Welles.
The hotel was demolished in the late 1950s but you can still see a replica of its ground at Universal Studios in Orlando. That's where we snapped this shot.
No word on what type of character Lady Gaga will play but we don't think playing an eccentric, possibly possessed, hotel guest would be a stretch.
Part of the new lobby area
One can only assume one’s invite got lost in the post. Fresh off its recent closure, refurbishment and total transformation of the lobby area, The Goring threw a party this week, partly to celebrate its new look, but officially to mark its birthday – 105 years young! Guest of honor was Kate Middleton, who, of course, stayed there during her wedding celebrations and even had the reception there. (Obviously, Kate had seen our photos of the new-look lobby and hurried to see for herself. For unflattering pictures of Kate, see here.)
The party took the form of a lunch, and Kate attended in a personal capacity, while Prince William is on an official visit to China. Eight months pregnant and still dressing up and wearing heels? Guess she didn’t want to fall foul of the Goring’s no-sneakers dress code.