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Right in time for the Oscars, Hollywood Roosevelt just opened its newest restaurant, Public Kitchen and Bar. The lobby restaurant, which replaces Dakota, will be the perfect setting for an Oscars dinner, since the hotel hosted the first awards ceremony.
Then there's the contemporary American fare from Executive Chef Tim Goodell, the man behind the hotel's upscale burger joint 25 Degrees. The under-$30-a-dish menu includes chicken liver terrine with kumquat marmalade and grilled rustic bread; chicharrones with chilis and lime; gnudi with brown butter, chanterelles and bacon; and crispy oxtail galette.
You won't see a single pair of scissors at Blo; the salon only does blowouts. The typical service includes a wash and blowout in about 30 minutes for $33. At that price, we'd be tempted to lazily have someone else do our hair each day we stay at the hotel.
It’s not just hotels suffering from opening jitters at the moment; hotel shows are getting performance anxiety, too.
We were uber-excited for the Valentine’s Day opening of Beacher's Madhouse - basically a modern day circus, minus the animals and with extra comedy and vaudeville - at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Monday, but now we’re told that the opening has been postponed to March 16.
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They are all up to no good at hotels!
Let's start with The Man with the Golden Voice first. After a life-changing week last week that started with him homeless on the streets of Cleveland and ended with several job offers and a luxury room at the Jumeirah Essex House, Ted Williams was detained by police at the Renaissance Hollywood last night.
The LA Times reports that police were called to the hotel for a disturbance. When they arrived, they found Ted and an "unidentified family member" who had been in a heated argument. (The Gossip Cop says it was one of Ted's daughters.) Maybe they were arguing over who would pay for valet at the hotel which runs up to $29 a night.
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The show, which is essentially a modern-day circus without the animal acts, officially opens on February 14. Tickets can be reserved here but are being sold as memberships and table service rather than single tickets.
Plus, they are still saying that most of the tickets are sold-out for the first three months. Wow, really? There's that much of a demand for this show? And is it so over-the-top you may want to reconsider your relationship with alcohol the next day?
Forget Christmas and New Year's. For NBA groupies, the best time of the year is February when the NBA All-Star Game happens.
This year, the b-ball festivities are happening in Los Angeles which means that LA-area hotels will not only be hosting NBA teams, coaches and fans but groupies as well. And guess what? They are already starting to scope out the team hotels, in particular The W Hollywood Hotel.
The NY Post has an article all about how ladies look to snag athletes from the NFL and NBA and we thought this tip was hilarious:
BallerAlert's "Eleven8," for example, suggests memorizing the layout of the W Hotel in Hollywood, where, she said, the NBA stars will rest their heads during February's All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
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Kiddie parties welcome!
Last we checked, the show wouldn't officially open until mid-January but now we've got word that the show will open on February 14, 2011! Will David and Courtney rekindle the flame on Valentine's Day at the show? That remains to be seen.
The show will also host two sneak peek performances on New Year's Eve and on New Year's Day. Tickets for those shows will go on sale on December 15 at 9am. You can request tickets here.
There's no word yet on how much this will cost you but they are selling tables and memberships rather than just individual tickets, which means this could get kinda pricey. The site is also saying that most of the shows are already sold-out for the first three months. We're guessing that's thanks to the Roosevelt's well-cultivated celebrity clientele. Yes, it's like Prince all over again.
In the meantime, Beacher's is now doing private performances for special guests. And it looks like they've already done their first kiddie party.
Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.
Yesterday, we gave you a ton of eye candy to gobble up from the brand new Hollywood hotspot, The Redbury. Today, we let general manager Xavier Moulin take over and tell us what makes The Redbury such a clutch spot when visiting Hollywood.
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In the shadow of the Capitol Records building, the deep red building sits across the street from another hot new Hollywood hotel--the W Hollywood. Yet The Redbury feels worlds away from the W experience. Originally intended to be a Palihouse hotel, which focuses on extended stays, the rooms at the Redbury start at 750-sq.ft. and include a full kitchen, a washer and dryer and all the other perks we expect from hotels these days (flat-screens, peekaboo baths, Keurig coffee makers and lots of minibar goodies.)
So naturally, we had to do some comparison shopping right away. The Redbury rooms, with 750-sq.ft. start at $244 (fully prepaid) for this weekend while a 400-sq.ft. Fabulous room at the W is going for $239 (also fully prepaid).
Hmm...The Redbury has nearly double the space for just $5 more. Verrrry interesting. But what do you get for your money?
Now, this is refreshing--a young Hollywood starlet with actual talent is staying sensibly in LA while shooting her next movie. Carey Mulligan, last seen in "Wall Street 2", has chosen to spend her nights at the Best Western Hollywood Hills Hotel instead of one of the town's luxury hotels.
The Daily Mail reports that Carey opted for the B-Dubs after breaking up with boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, while she was still required to be in LA for a movie shoot.
A staff member confirmed yesterday that the London-born actress booked into the standard room with a queen-sized bed two weeks ago. ‘This is more a place for back-packers, students and those on a budget,’ said the source.
'I was stunned when I saw Carey walking across the lobby. You would expect her to stay at the Four Seasons, not here.
‘She is very easy-going. She hasn’t made any special requests and doesn’t ask to be treated any differently. She keeps herself to herself and seems quite happy here.’
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The one good thing to come out of the split between Hollywood stars Courtney Cox and David Arquette might be the publicity for David's circus act/variety show, Beacher's Madhouse, with ringmaster Jeff Beacher, set to open inside The Hollywood Roosevelt. After all, the split got us wondering when the show was starting up.
Last week, we tried to do some Facebook sleuthing and determined that the show was set for a late October opening. But in reading some gossip reports from last week, that start date may be way, way, waaaay off.
In this scoop from E! Online about whether or not David Arquette's rebound girl/cocktail waitress/Lindsay Lohan-puncher, Jasmine Waltz, was hired then fired as the face of the new show, Jeff Beacher says:
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Now that David Arquette is in the midst of a separation from wife Courtney Cox, we're guessing he has more time on his hands for socializing. And the first thought that comes to our hotel-oriented minds is his show, Beacher's Madhouse, which is set to debut at the Hollywood Roosevelt this fall.
We first found out about the partnership with Arquette and Jeff Beacher's circus act back in August and here's what we were told then:
The show will feature "hard-partying dwarves" (like Tiny Kiss and mini-Britney) and burlesque acts along with "go-go girls, midget impersonators, live animals, acrobats, contortionists, and fire-breathers." There will also be a Midget Bar where little people will fly across the room to serve drinks.
The Roosevelt will also create a sort of tricked-out secret entranceway to the Beacher's Madhouse theater, behind a library bookcase.
The show is set to run Wednesday-Saturdays starting at 10pm. But we still don't know exactly when this show will kick off. Beacher's Madhouse website has a "Roosevelt Theater" page but when you click on it, it only says "Coming Soon." That said, in running through some of the links on the BM Facebook page, we're seeing the end of October for a starting run date.