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While most of us equate Nashville with Justin Timberlake (what, you donít?) and a ridiculous rib scene, after today, itís now going to be associated as the city where Olympic gold medalist (and hey, budding actor!) Shaun White showed his behind.
According to a TMZ report, the athlete got drunk Sunday in a hotel, which has now been identified in the Tennessean as the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel and "trashed" it. However, reports are conflicting. The newspaper only says White broke a phone. Nonetheless, upon hearing the ruckus the ginger-haired snowboarder was causing, hotel staff confronted him. He then allegedly pulled fire alarms,tried to kick someone, and then split his head on a fence while trying to run away from the scene. Soooo, no one can confuse him with Usain Bolt, that's for sure.
White has been arrested for public intoxication and vandalism of $500 or less. He has received treatment in a Nashville hospital where he was just released. He's reportedly refused to sign a misdemeanor citation.
Of course, we'll be following this news, if only to find out the well-being of one fine hotel!
Don't call the Loews Vanderbilt Nashville the "Heartbreak Hotel." At least, don't plan on it unless you're booking their "Elvis in the Music City" package in celebration of The King himself. Elvis Presley's 75th birthday falls on January 8th of next year, and in honor of the music icon, the Nashville hotel has cobbled together a over-the-top package that's all glitz, glam, and calls to mind images of gold lame jumpsuits. Expect plenty of royal extravagances to be included, with a price to match: $3,975 for accommodations and a host of Elvis-themed activities.
We're still "All Shook Up" after hearing the price, but if you're an Elvis-lover, this hotel news couldn't have come at a better time, or with more Elvis-centric perks. They're slightly ridiculous as you might expect, but remember, this is the same hotel that hosted a $1,599/night "Hound of Music" package for aspiring canine singers. The Elvis offerings are tame and relatively normal in comparison.
Check out the full list of what's included after the jump.
Last Friday, the creepy stalker who videotaped sexy ESPN reporter Erin Andrews through a peephole in her hotel room was found, arrested and charged with one count of interstate stalking using harassing and intimidating surveillance. But it turns out, Michael David Barrett wasn't just a clever predator on the hunt for his prey. Oh no, he had some help from the hotel.
A lawyer for ESPN blasted the management at Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University for failing to protect Andrews. The reason why? Computer records show that Barrett requested and was given a room next to Andrews and that their rooms were located in an alcove off the main hallways. It even shows up on the computer records as "GST RQST TO RM NXT TO [Andrews]." So much for guest safety and privacy, huh?
While checking out the Hotel Indigo in Nashville a while back, we walked two blocks away and snapped this photo of the sister hotel in the works for ages, InterContinental Nashville. This project was announced with great fanfare several years ago and after a protracted fight over a beautiful historical structure that was eventually razed, it moved forward in '06.
The developer dug a giant hole and...here we are.
Local office workers have started calling it the "West End Avenue Pond" since it seems to be in a permanent state of being filled with green brackish water.
We're expecting some kind of mutant superfrogs to start jumping out in the spring and the urban mosquitoes will find a new heaven.
It took the developers of Hotel Indigo Nashville a while to transform a blocky concrete office building into a hotel with style, but the wait was worth it. We got to spend the night in room 710 (see the video tour here), spreading out in a city view room with plenty of attractive lighting, a hip living room with nods to the 1950s, and free WiFi that actually worked in multiple locations.
But first, what does it look like? Find out after the jump.
Like Starwood's W chain, the ICH group's new Hotel Indigo line is a "branded boutique hotel," meant to be hipper than your usual hotel chain, but not so hip that it will put off business travelers. Indigo goes all Zen on us, with a Haiku on the side of the building, moving images projected on the hallway walls, and decorating touches that change with the seasons.
We'll have a full review of the just-opened Hotel Indigo Nashville next week, but meanwhile here is a video tour of room 710, a spacious city view room with two flat-screen TV's and a vaguely mid-20th-century collection of furniture. Enjoy!
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
But while he liked the free breakfast the Holiday Inn offered the guests, he wasn't singing the praises of this room view.
The New York Post talks up Nashville this week, promoting reasons to visit this music city such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, a lot of trendy new restaurants, and your chance to eat "chicken fried chicken".
But there's another reason to hit up Nashville--making your dog's recording dreams come true. At the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, the "Hound of Music" package will have your dog starring in the production of his own CD.
We always knew Loews hotels were very dog-friendly but this package takes the cake. And this puppy comes with a price:
Where better than Music City for canines to cut their first CD? Priced at $1,599 a night, the package offers dogs the ultimate star treatment with accommodations in one of our plush, pet-friendly suites. Includes vocal training, professional in-studio recording session, pet room service voucher, massage, limo ride to the studio and a personalized CD case.
Call us crazy but the sound of a dog howling has never merited such a cost in our books. We'd rather save the money and listen to Paris Hilton's CD.
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