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The perks of being a celebrity are numerous: restaurants fall over themselves to give you the best seat in the house, stylists are employed full-time to make you look fab, and you even get to show up unannounced at other people's fancy hotel weddings! What a life.
But once in a while, celebs like to give back. No, we're not talking about obscure charity foundations or flying to Africa to pose with schoolchildren.
We're talking about the stuff that matters. Like a Deluxe Room at London's The Dorchester.
According to ABC, Lady Gaga recently made friends with a UK couple who were hosting their wedding reception at the swank 5-star hotel. After speaking with them, and, apparently, liking them, she offered up a deluxe room at the hotel as a wedding gift. (Which, we should remind you, typically goes for around £475/night.)
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When we fall in love with a hotel, we do what we can to bring the hotel experience home with us. Sometimes, we settle for the bath toiletries or the note pad and pencils. Other times, we shell out money for limited edition items like scented candles, plush bathrobes, tote bags and even flip-flops and sneakers. And while we've yet to personally shell out thousands of dollars on jewelry collections inspired by a hotel, it's nice we could do that...if we had the funds.
But for now, we're eying a less expensive way to wear our love for a hotel around our neck--a printed silk scarf from British fashion designer Teatum Jones inspired by The Dorchester Hotel.
Measuring 54 inches by 54 inches, the scarf is made of 100 percent pure silk double georgette and features the metalwork of the hotel's balconies juxtaposed with old black and white photographs of the hotel's staff from the early days. Catherine Teatum, creative director of Teatum Jones, explains more about the design:
You wouldn’t know it was Christmas from the weather in London at the moment; you’d think you’d stepped back in time to the Great Flood. So we got a little thrill yesterday when we strolled into The Dorchester and saw the lobby all dolled up with Christmas trees and twinkly lights.
We were there to do something even more Christmassy – to meet the dapper Christmas Concierge, Andy Davies. Sadly, he doesn’t get his title, as we initially assumed, by togging up in a Santa suit for the rest of the month – he earns it because he’s going to be working the concierge desk by himself on Christmas Day. In fact, he’s worked all 26 of the Christmas days that he’s been concierging at the Dorchester. Yup, 26 years of service. And he’s a born and bred Londoner, so he has some serious knowledge to tap.
Seeing as we’re thoroughly unimpressed by the Christmas lights on Oxford Street this year (basically neon ads for A Christmas Carol), we took advantage and asked him where to go to feel festive in London.
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What if we told you that you had to guess the one hotel in London where "Twilight" stars (and lovers) Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, along with fellow co-start Taylor Lautner were forced to evacuate because of a fire alarm? C'mon it isn't that hard. It's the hotel where everyone goes to have a meltdown.
A fire alarm went off Wednesday at The Dorchester hotel in central London, completely evacuating the premises where—surprise!—Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and New Moon director Chris Weitz were giving press interviews.
An eyewitness said the swanky hotel was completely cleared around lunchtime and that "everyone was out on the street" after the alarm sounded.
"There [Rob] was with his entourage, including Kristen," said the source.
We totally believe some "Twihards" forced the situation here but the Dorchester has said that it was a minor incident and everything is under control. Well, at least until the next celebrity disaster comes into town.
It seems like afternoon tea has been picking up heat in London again, now that the classic hotels are updating their menus and places like Covent Garden are taking it outside and literally dancing around it. Among the top hotels for tea is the classic and celeb favorite Dorchester, which is now extending its famous tea service up into the skies.
Beginning in August, The Dorchester's complete formal afternoon tea with champagne will be found on the traytables of First Class seats on transatlantic flights with British Airways. The airline originally began serving tea in the 1940s on its Stratocruiser plane, but then that baby took twenty hours to cross the ocean, so tea was definitely in order. These days, when flights are less than 7 hours on the same route, only those paying through the nose for First Class get to enjoy the dainty cakes. Back on the ground, the same champagne tea can be had at the hotel for 47 GBP ($77) per person.
The Britney Spears comeback train will be taking its show across the pond next month for an eight-show stint at London's 02 Arena and someone at CBS News got a hold of the contract rider given to The Dorchester Hotel for when Brit checks in.
· A room that has "never" been smoked in at all.
· Humidifiers in all areas.
· A selection of the latest magazines.
· A fresh selection of flowers that she will then arrange herself.
· DVDs of her favorite Marilyn Monroe movies.
· Books. Ideally, topical chick lit novels.
· Lighting must be 100 watt bulbs - no low lighting.
· Running routes for nearby Hyde Park. Also, horse-riding opportunities.
· A list of different routes to the venue from the hotel to keep the paparazzi at bay.
Horse-riding opportunities? Flower-arranging? "Topical chick lit novels?" These are hysterical. Since Britney is planning on staying eight days and since the Dorchester is a legendary hotel for celeb breakdowns and panic attacks, we fully expect some drama to happen. Hopefully, for Britney's sake, it won't be too major.
Ah, the ever-present celeb dilemma – to grow old gracefully or invest in a little nip n tuck? Well it’s the same problem for celeb hotels. While the Langham is about to dust itself off from its £80m refurbishment, the Dorchester is looking forward to opening what it says/hopes will be “one of London’s most desirable spas”.
What makes it so desirable? Well, there’s the fact that they’re spending £3.2m ($4.5m) and six months expanding it. then there’s the decor, apparently drawing inspiration from “the glamour and elegance of the 1930s”. Let’s make the treatments nice and modern though, guys.
But mainly it’s the Spatisserie that we’re looking forward to. That’s right, a patisserie in a spa. So you can sit in your robe, soaking up your oils, as you take afternoon tea or sip a champagne cocktail. Or slip that pair of slippers into your bag. Oprah, take note.
Alright, we're stumped. Can somebody please tell us what it is about London's Dorchester that makes every celeb that walks through its doors have some sort of meltdown? Is it just too posh?
Allow us to refresh your memory.
First, Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah had some offscreen tension when they stayed at the D while filming Kill Bill Vol. 2. No big deal.
Then, the Pitts (as in Brad and Jen) called it quits within the Dorchester's walls.
Then Michael Jackson dressed up as Mickey Mouse while he was staying there, Barbra Streisand refused to talk to staffers during her stay, Michael Madsen made some sort of a big mess and hurt himself, and then Oprah walked barefoot on the pavement.
And now Christian Bale has joined the not-so-exclusive club of celebs who have had some sort of incident at the D.
Oprah Winfrey, the queen of our afternoons (and owner of our souls), was all dressed up and looking radiant at a London fundraiser for Nelson Mandela last night.
And then, in a stunning display of normal-ness, she took off her designer heels because her feet were killing her. We do that too!
We were so busy relating to her that we almost forgot she was Oprah for a second there -- until we learned that she was on her way back to her suite at the Dorchester London and, uh, some of their suites can go for over $5,000 per night.
Yeah. We cannot relate.
A couple of years back, London's Dorchester Hotel was the place to be seen--celebs galore trooped through the door and we even think that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston split up there. But more recently it was the calling point for the UK Times newspaper's mystery guest, Cath Urquhart, who was surprisingly none too impressed with somewhere that was, after all, good enough for Jennifer.
Where did it go wrong for non-celebrity Cath? Prices are obviously a problem for anyone with a grip on reality. The raspberries that were served with her muesli at breakfast cost an additional £12.50 ($25) and use of the internet, a whopping £18.50 ($37) a day. It got worse when the room across from hers held a loud party until 3am, and sleep proved elusive. What's good at the Dorchester (apart from celeb-spotting opportunities)? Pretty good service, the rooms are comfortable (if not exactly stylishly exotic), and the food tastes good.
According to extremely credible sources (read: a couple of web sites), Michael Jackson, who is now in residence at London's Dorchester Hotel, scared the hell out of a chambermaid when he answered the door dressed in a giant Mickey Mouse costume.
An insider said: "The chambermaid went to collect Michael's laundry, but thought she'd got the wrong room when Michael answered the door."
"Michael has the same highpitched voice as the cartoon mouse so she concluded he was a children's entertainer."
They continued to the Daily Star: "He was thrilled by her reaction, but finally revealed himself and introduced her to his kids - dressed as Tinkerbell, Peter Pan and Hook."
Jacko then proceeded to trash his room - by having a jelly and ice cream food fight with his kids, telling the chambermaid: "We're playing a new game where we can't take our masks off."
Apparently Jacko didn't get the message that Mickey is not a licensed masseuse.
Looks like Michael Jackson has left the Burj for the posh confines of the Dorchester Hotel in London. Perhaps he will be keeping tabs on the lads from his luxe room. Seeing as he is staying at one of the fanciest hotels in the world, he probably won't agree with the recent growing distaste for UK hotels.
He's in the UK on business -- not pleasure.... word is he's recording a song called "From The Bottom of My Heart." The song is to benefit Katrina--
He fittingly appeared incognito wearing a black suit, and black glasses outside Madame Tussaud's. His wax replica, has not undergone plastic surgery though, so looks nothing like him.
Despite his disguise, people recognized him, after all he is rather unmistakable.
We wait with bated breath for Michael to log on and join our ongoing discussion about the state of British hotels.
· Michael Jackson Mobbed at Waxworks [Scosman]
· BMF Sits Down For An Interview At The Dorchester [HotelChatter]
· The Pitts Call It Quits At The Dorchester Hotel [HotelChatter]
· The Dorchester Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]