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Reality TV Hotels / The Bachelor / The Bachelor Hotels / Four Seasons Hotels / Santa Barbara Hotels / → All Tags
While "The Bachelor's" current
clown stud, Juan Pablo, is about to jet off to Seoul with his harem of women on the ridiculous reality dating show that you can't not watch, the last Bachelor, Sean Lowe is about to say "I Do" on live television to his scriptedtrue love, Catherine Giudici. Not surprisingly, the wedding will take place at a hotel--Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Here's what Catherine said about the planned nuptials:
"The beach is so pretty and the venue is just gorgeous!' said Catherine. 'It will be just the two of us, on the beach. Chilling out and having a great time."
Yes, just the two of you on the beach and MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WATCHING AT HOME.
That said, she is right about the hotel being a gorgeous venue as the hotel has five different, outdoor spots where folks can get married. While Sean and Catherine will get hitched on the beach, the resort also allows for weddings in various gardens and lawns, including the Monte Vista Lawn where the Santa Ynez mountains serve as a backdrop.
Kim Kardashian / Hotel Weddings / Santa Barbara Hotels / Four Seasons Hotels / Honeymoon Suites / → All Tags
When we told you last week that Kim Kardashian's big-ass wedding had the Four Seasons Biltmore all booked up, we had no idea that the newly married couple would be spending their first night as husband and wife there as well. Yet
E! Online released photos sly photographers caught the couple exiting the hotel on Sunday morning.
Now in looking at the guest rooms and suites available at the hotel, we can safely assume that the couple, who now wear million dollar wedding bands, was not shacked up in a regular old guest room. But with eight one-bedroom suites and one Ty Warner cottage (also a one-bedroom) to choose from, we wonder which one was good enough for Kim and Kris. Um ok, that's an easy one.
Hotel Jobs / Hotel Pets / Santa Barbara Hotels / Rosewood Resorts / Pet-Friendly Hotels / → All Tags
HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.
Last week we told you about the Loan-A-Lab program at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and this week, we thought we’d also just mention another innovative dog program at another luxury resort, just as a way of looking at the other end of the leash.
Year after year, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts win all sorts of awards and garner spots on all different sorts of hotel lists for their attentive services to guests. But recently, we were impressed by their speedy response to a comment we had made last month on our Twitter page. (@Global_Gourmet).
Here’s what happened: We were staying at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara to attend Alaska Media Road Show--a get-to-know our 50th state kinda speed dating for writers and Alaska marketers. We've actually stayed at this Four Seasons before and this time, Katy Perry and Russell Brand had checked in together right before us. (We Tweeted that too, and received a "Juicy! xoxo" response from none other than Perez Hilton.)
But back to our hotel service story.
Two things are for certain concerning the reports that
former? actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi were arrested for allegedly stiffing the San Ysidro Ranch in Calif, out of a nearly $6,000 hotel bill. One, Randy and Evi are most likely crazy. They posed for their mugshots like it was a Facebook profile photo shoot and then scribbled off some letter to TMZ about how they in fact did pay the bill. Two, TMZ got way too excited about their mugshots.
But we still aren't sure if they actually did skip out on their hotel bill on August 20th. TMZ says the couple have done this sort of thing before at the Hotel Bel-Air but Evi sent a copy of a cashier's check they sent to the hotel with the amount requested. She also said:
I promise the state of California, Texas does not bother people over hamburgers ordered by room service, supposedly burglarized."
Um...ok. Either way, the duo have posted bail and are free to check into new hotels now. But we're not so sure hotels will be eager to accept them now. Remember, hotels do have a blacklist.
Hotel Pools / Four Seasons Hotels / Hotel Clubs / Private Hotels / Santa Barbara Hotels / → All Tags
Guests of the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara have a choice when it comes to pools: the "intimate" Resort Jungle Pool or the "legendary" Olympic-sized pool across the street at the private-membership Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.
The spa, and fitness facilities here are open to club members and Four Seasons guests only. And with that kind of exclusivity, numbers matter.Below, we've rounded up some interesting numbers regarding this exclusive pool area.
If you’ve never been to the rambling San Ysidro Ranch in the mountains south of Santa Barbara, you might think it’s a stuck-up place since it takes pride in a fabled history that includes hosting Sir Laurence Olivier’s wedding to Vivien Leigh, being the site of JFK and Jackie’s honeymoon, and having Oprah as a neighbor. (It's also a fave for one of our VIP Hotel Reviewers)
It’s also true that the huge suites and cottages all cost a small fortune for an overnight stay. When it comes to dining at the resort, though, you’d be hard pressed to find a better bargain gourmet meal.
As the Tea Fire spreads across Montecito in Santa Barbara today, we wanted to check in on the San Ysidro Ranch, a luxury resort where John F. Kennedy honeymooned in 1953. It's also a resort favored by our VIP Reviewer and author Gabe Rotter.
Right now, the hotel is currently not in any danger. A very chipper hotel employee said that things were looking great right now at the ranch but that with the unpredictable winds, "we just don't know." Let's hope this fire stops soon.
· Californians Seek Shelter in Hotels Near Montecito [HotelChatter]
· Author's Dog-Friendly Hotel Pick in Oprah's Backyard [HotelChatter]
VIP Hotel Reviews / VIP Hotel Reviewer Series / Gabe Rotter / Pet-Friendly Hotels / Rosewood Resorts / → All Tags
We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.
The next VIP in the series is Gabe Rotter, author of the Simon & Schuster novel Duck Duck Wally about a chubby whiteboy who is the secret ghostwriter for a famous gangsta rapper, Oral B. Since Wally's beloved bulldog Dr. Barry Schwartzman is an important character in the book (he gets dog-napped!) we figured Gabe could tell us a safe place to travel with your dogs. Enjoy.
My favorite dog-friendly hotel is a place I'll likely never be able to afford again. I went there once, a few years ago, for two nights. And I'll be working it off until the day I die, old and hunched and grey and wrinkly, drooling into my Jello and dreaming about my two, wonderful nights with my bitch at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara.
Oh, and my dog came too.
[Ed. Note: Long time readers may remember Hotel Maven switchcoast, who moved from New York to the Bay Area last spring and chronicled his hotel stays along the way. Well, he is back, er, sort of. Looks like switchcoast has had a sex change, of sorts. His new reviews are a little softer, and as it turns out, the latest stories are authored by his new female companion. The couple visited a bunch of hotels in the last month including the Montecito Inn, which is reviewed after the jump. Enjoy.]