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10 Great Celebrity-Owned Hotels (PHOTOS)

Posted: 08/28/2012 7:00 am

Many celebrities -- actors, musicians, directors or models -- have second callings as hotel owners. For these famous hoteliers, it's a chance to tap into a passion and showcase their creativity, which means that travelers should always expect something special when they check in.

Big names, after all, have big imaginations and's 10 favorite celebrity hotels offer extraordinary experiences, as well as a glimpse into the lives and loves of their owners.

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  • Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch Hotel – Carmel, California, United States

    Clint Eastwood bought this historic ranch, one of the first dairy farms in California, in 1986 to save the property from becoming a condo complex. The Hollywood star, former Carmel mayor and naturalist restored the farm and turned it into an exclusive hotel with 32 rooms. The sheep were allowed to remain, giving the guests a taste of the 19th-century pastoral life. Mission Ranch Hotel is a wonderful rural idyll that is unparalleled. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to Monterey</a>. <em>Photo credit: <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>

  • Robert De Niro’s The Greenwich Hotel – New York, New York

    Robert De Niro is one of the world’s most famous actors, but he’s also made a name for himself as a restaurateur, film festival founder and champion for his hometown, New York City. It is no surprise he is behind the plush Greenwich Hotel in lower Manhattan. Located in the super-trendy TriBeCa neighborhood, the hotel is an oasis from the hustle of the city with 88 stylish and individually decorated rooms. As an extra touch of luxury, The Greenwich Hotel features an Asian Shubui Spa with a 250-year-old Japanese bamboo house, gorgeous pool and all-around excellent service. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to New York</a>. <em>Photo credit: <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>

  • Bono and The Edge’s The Clarence – Dublin, Ireland

    Bono, lead singer of U2, and his guitarist band mate, The Edge, were regulars at the bar of the Clarence House before they decided to buy the place and breathe new life into it in 1992. Situated on the River Liffey near the trendy Temple Bar district, the 49-room Clarence is now a modern and luxurious destination wrapped in a traditional setting. And, of course, its bar – the Octagon Bar – still sits in the same dome on the top floor where Bono and The Edge first fell in love with the hotel, ensuring it draws a steady stream of locals and visitors alike. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to Ireland</a>.

  • Gloria Estefan’s Costa d’Este Beach Resort – Vero Beach, Florida

    After years of touring the world as a musician, Gloria Estefan knows what she likes in a hotel. When she and her producer-husband Emilio opened their newest property, Costa d‘Este Beach Resort, she injected luxury at every turn. Located in the beautiful coastal town of Vero Beach, the resort offers 98 rooms and suites, each decorated in sleek, modern style and stocked for comfort. There is direct access to the beach, of course, as well as a pool, spa and, as should be expected, a restaurant featuring Cuban fare. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to West Palm Beach</a>. <em> Photo credit: <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>

  • Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort – Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada

    <em>credit: 'A' British Columbia </em> While he is best known for his fictional high-school days in Beverly Hills, Jason Priestley actually grew up on the West Coast of Canada. He keeps his roots there alive by owning a resort with his parents on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. The small retreat is made up of cabins and suites laid out like a 1920s fishing village. It pays homage to the local history of the area and offers front-row views for both sunsets and coastal storms. The laidback, pet-friendly, one-with-nature style is the antidote to a big city lifestyle. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to Vancouver</a>.

  • Benny Andersson’s Hotel Rival – Stockholm, Sweden

    Where, if not in Stockholm, would a former member of ABBA open a hotel? Benny Andersson has come up with an innovative concept for his hotel: You get only what you really need. Instead of chocolates on the pillows and umbrellas in the drinks here, there is all-day breakfast, a pillow catalog, CD collection and PlayStation in every room. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to Sweden</a>. <em> Photo credit: <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>

  • Elizabeth Hurley’s No. 11 Cadogan Gardens – London, England

    The British actress and model is, of course, quite befittingly an owner of one of the most exclusive and luxurious hotels in London. This elite couture hotel, located in the immediate vicinity of Buckingham Palace and the world-renowned Harrods department store, was once an exclusive private club. Now its 54 rooms, four apartment suites and dining room and bar are all available to those with the resources to spare. If you’ve got little money set aside for a splurge, this is the perfect place to treat yourself to a true upper crust experience. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to England</a>.

  • Jim Kerr’s Hotel Villa Angela – Taormina, Sicily, Italy

    The singer of the band Simple Minds fell so dearly in love with Sicily that he decided to build a hotel near its fabulous cliff town of Taormina. Each room exudes the vibrant and welcoming Sicilian way of life, and the hotel’s huge terrace provides a panoramic view, from the beach to the foot of the imposing Mount Etna (quite a backdrop for breakfast!). Kerr’s love affair with all things Sicilian means, from the hotel walls to the interior artwork, everything is created from local products, using traditional techniques. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to Italy</a>. <em>Photo credit: <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>

  • Bob Marley’s Marley Resort & Spa – Nassau, Bahamas

    For 16 years, the family of reggae legend Bob Marley called this beachfront retreat home. Now guests can have their own chance at island living at this small resort, which offers 16 rooms and suites, a gourmet Caribbean restaurant, and a bar called Stir It Up. Bob Marley’s wife, Rita, who transformed this former governor’s palace first to a family vacation home and then to a hotel, placed great emphasis on equipping the resort with wellness and warmth, along with works of art from Africa and the Caribbean. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to the Bahamas</a>. <em>Photo credit: <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>

  • Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge – San Ignacio, Belize

    In a secluded corner of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve lies this charming 20-lodge resort designed to slide you perfectly into the surrounding natural environment. With a mix of rustic and amenity-filled cabins strewn along a waterfall-fueled river, the property is ideal for contemplating starry nights, relaxing in hammocks, exploring a vast realm of unspoilt nature and embracing the meaning of getting away. Search and compare <a href="" target="_hplink">cheap flights to Belize</a> . <em> Photo credit: <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>


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