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Chestnut Hill Hotel Gets Ready For A Harry Potter Weekend

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  Site Where: 8229 Germantown Avenue [map], Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , United States, 19118
October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Oh, you thought the Harry Potter phenom was finished because J.K. Rowling has moved on to some other literary project? Oh, no! In fact, this is one HP weekend that true fans should move heaven and earth to attend. The place to be this weekend is in Pennsylvania's Chestnut Hill which is hosting its Harry Potter Weekend. From October 26-28 the town incredibly turns into a virtual Hogwarts that would make Ms. Rowling proud.

Local restaurants, shops, and businesses along Germantown Avenue morph into something straight off the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley.

There will be delicious Butter Beer (if you've tasted Universal Studios Orlando's delicious version, then curiosity will draw you to this batch) a “The Hunt for the Horcrux” scavenger game, a Knight Bus trolley, and, yes, a motherfriggin Quidditch Match.

We are losing our mind over that because there isn't a Harry Potter fan around who hasn't dreamt of what it would be like to play that game.

You'll need a place to stay during the festivities and even though the pickings are slim--it looks like the best base is the Chestnut Hill Hotel which is hosting a Sorting Hat Demonstration and a Spell Match.

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Will The 'Harry Potter Hotel' Really Be a Harry Potter Hotel?

March 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly two years ago, we we asked for a Harry Potter Hotel and we got our hopes up this morning that our dreams may have come true.

PropertyWeek.com reports that Warner Brothers is investing £100 million redevelopment of Leavesden Studios, located just outside of London, where the Harry Potter movies have been filmed. The redevelopment plans include a walk-through Harry Potter-themed tour where visitors can walk onto sets used in the movie such as the Hogwarts Great Hall and Professor Dumbledore's office. It will also include a 120-room hotel.

But does that mean the hotel will be a Harry Potter-themed hotel?

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Hotel Monaco Seattle Tries to Work Some Magic with a Harry Potter Package

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  Site Where: 1101 Fourth Ave. [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
November 3, 2010 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattle is going Hogwarts-wild. To celebrate the Pacific Science Center's new "Harry Potter The Exhibition" display, which makes its last stop here, the Hotel Monaco Seattle will have its own Harry Potter Package, and muggles are welcome.

As part of the Potter package, you'll get discounted tickets to the Pacific Science Center to see the exhibit; discounted round-trip passes to ride the Monorail, which is decked out to look like the train to Hogwarts; and free valet parking at the hotel.

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Your Wizarding World of Harry Potter Ticket Will Get You a Room Upgrade at Vero Beach Hotel

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  Site Where: 3500 Ocean Drive [map], Vero Beach, FL, United States, 32963
June 22, 2010 at 9:13 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you’ve been following our sister site Jaunted's coverage of the newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter , you’ve already gotten the inside scoop on the theme park and are probably in line to ride Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey. Be sure you don’t throw away that Universal Studios ticket. Nearby Vero Beach Hotel & Spa will give you a free room upgrade if you flash your Wizarding World ticket stub.

When your feet—and wallet—tire of perusing wands in the Wizarding World Shops, kick up your tootsies at this oceanfront hotel, which is an hour and a half southeast of Orlando.

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Skip the Lines at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by Staying at a Universal Resort

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  Site Where: 5601 Universal Boulevard [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32819
June 18, 2010 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are we in Italy right now? Nope, but this hotel is pretty convincing in its Italian-ness, if only it could decide exactly what part of Italy it wants to be. We're talking about the Loews Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Studios Orlando, aka our base camp during the opening days of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Although Steven Spielberg initially conceived of making this hotel in the spirit of the Italian Riviera town of Portofino after spending his honeymoon there, a wander around the grounds reveals that it's smushed a bit of Venice, a dash of Tuscany, a dollop of Sicily and a pinch of Naples together to form a complex that exudes more La Dolce Vita than actual hotels in Italy. And if you guessed that last night, the plaza was serenaded by an opera singer performing "O Sole Mio" from a terrace, then you'd be correct.

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Universal Studios Announces First Hotel Package For Its Harry Potter Theme Park

February 19, 2010 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Update 3.25.10: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open June 18!

Happy Friday! It's a very happy Friday indeed for fans of Harry Potter and Universal Studios actually, since the first vacation and hotel package was just announced for the getting-ready-to-open "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure.

The park, which will recreate Hogwarts, Ollivander's wand shop, as well as other locations from the famous books and movies, is due to open this spring but an actual set date hasn't yet been released.

But here's what the Wizarding World package including hotel stays, is offering to celebrate it:

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Get Your Harry Potter Fix for Halloween at These Hotels

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  Site Where: Cong, Co Mayo, Ireland
October 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

While dressing up in costume and checking into the Hilton San Francisco might win you a free hotel stay, it doesn't include treasure hunts, Harry Potter screenings and an afternoon of witchcraft. Nope, for that you will have to head to the rather luscious-looking Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland.

The castle is having a Harry Potter-inspired Halloween. This might surprise you, given that the place has nothing to do with Harry Potter whatsoever – in fact, the tenuous link they make is that the castle was built in 1228: “a time when magic in Europe was the norm.” Hmm.

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Harry Potter and the $2,000 Hotel Room

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  Site Where: 1 Prince Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2EQ
July 21, 2008 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh, Harry Potter fans. We smiled when we passed by the bookstore the night you were all camping out for the midnight release of book 7, costumes and all. And we like to think we were very understanding when you retreated to a quiet spot to read the book for the next 20 hours. And then we tolerated our Google newsfeeds with a good attitude as they were flooded by the news that a certain characters' sexual preference was revealed.

But even we, as supporters of crazy Harry Potter fanpeople worldwide (even though some of us at HotelChatter haven't read a single one of the books), think this is a little much.

See, room 552 at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland is where author J.K. Rowling finished the very last book in the series back in January of last year. The hotel renamed the 180 square-foot room in her honor, and now, according to the Telegraph, Harry fans fly in from all over the world to stay in the legendary room.

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Harry Potter Checks In To Jumeirah Beach Over Summer

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  Site Where: 6 Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
June 1, 2007 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sitting pretty on the Arabian Gulf, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel might look like just another luxurious Dubai hotel. Looks can be deceiving, because this summer it will also become a Harry Potter-style Department of Magic.

We're not quite sure if it's corny or clever, but the special deal of the summer (designed, of course, to attract families) is the Wizards and Witches package. Included with your accommodation is a copy of the seventh Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a wizard welcome gift, Wizard adventures (whatever they might be) and for the kids, a place in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Magic School. The press release has been particularly careful about satisfying the concerns and curiosities of prospective guests:

Hotel security has been training all winter ... advising that any dark wizards will be promptly returned to their mortal homes. The local Department of Magic has also been advised of the anticipated influx of promising witches and wizards and has ordered extra broomstick parking outside the hotel.

This offer's valid between 19 July and 18 August, with a minimum three night stay, and starts at AED1,600 per night ($435). We'd go if they'd do magic school for adults, too.

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· Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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Harry Potter's Final Chapter Ends at Luxury Hotel

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  Site Where: 1 Princes St, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH2 2EQ
February 2, 2007 at 2:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

Actually, a luxury hotel is where author J.K. Rowling finished writing the final Harry Potter chapter ever. The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh reported that Rowling signed a marble bust in her luxury hotel room after she finished the last Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

"J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in this room on 11 Jan 2007," read the message.

Reports have it that Rowling used a black marker on the antique-style bust. Which is fine because antique-style surely means it was acquired from some large mass producing hotel furniture supply store and not worth anything. Hmmm...you're paying how much for rooms at this hotel?

At least she didn't leave any cryptic messages behind like "mondo douchebag" author Dan Brown. Or on a female masseuse like Kevin Costner did.

Related Stories:
· J.K. Rowling signed statue in hotel room where she completed final Harry Potter book [IHT]
· Dan Brown Still Riding 'Da Vinci Code' Fever Train [HotelChatter]
· Balmoral Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]