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Celebrity Hangouts: Star-Studded Hotel Histories

Posted: 08/01/2013 7:30 am

By Emma Gardiner,

Have you ever wanted to sit on the same bar stool as Johnny Depp, sleep in the same room as Elizabeth Taylor or look out over the balcony that inspired a classic novel, hit song or first famous kiss?

The beauty of hotels is that so many hold secrets. Celebrities check-in under pseudonyms, concierges get things done with winks and reception staff play Chinese whispers. Eventually word gets out and some of those words have ended up here. Read on for a brief history of celebrity hang outs covered in stardust, ink and heartbreak:

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  • Hotel Majestic, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    American writer Graham Greene stayed in this French colonial treasure while he penned The Quiet American, one of the seminal novels about the failure of the west to curtail the Vietnam War. In contrast to the novel’s central character, Tom Fowler, (played by Michael Caine in the 2002 film adaptation) Greene chose to stay in luxury that could have easily been mistaken for the French Riviera. Built in 1925, <a href="" target="_hplink">Hotel Majestic</a> still has all of the opulence of flapper era Saigon with all the modern amenities that make a stay there worth every last dong of the hefty price tag. The central courtyard pool was one of Greene’s favourite spots, a welcome respite from the humidity of the Mekong Delta.

  • Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, USA

    No list of celebrity hangouts would be complete without mentioning <a href="" target="_hplink">Chateau Marmont</a>, modeled on a royal residence in the Loire Valley, France. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, had a heart attack here, John Belushi died here, Led Zeppelin rode their motorbikes through the lobby and Lindsay Lohan lived here for a while. The Chateau boasts party-proof walls, private bungalows and see-and-be-seen sun loungers. Be seen or go incognito; either way you’ll be part of la la land history.

  • Bedfort Post Inn, New York, USA

    Not content with merely spotting a celebrity? Why not sleep in their bed? We’re not suggesting you turn stalker - merely that you stay in a celebrity-owned hotel, for example upstate New York’s <a href="" target="_hplink">Bedford Post Inn</a>, owned by yogi and silver fox extraordinaire, Richard Gere. Managed by Relais & Chateaux, you know this place is going to be understated, luxurious and full of superstars sneaking around in lululemon. Boasting an award-winning yoga loft, this is where the glitterati shed their sequins and ground their Chakras.

  • The St Regis Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

    The Garden Island is absolutely overrun with A-listers because of its distance from the Waikiki Beach tourists. Pierce Brosnan lives there, Michael Crichton goes running with the locals, Ben Stiller owns a holiday house above Kalihiwai Bay and Katy Perry can be spotted splashing around with her sweetheart of the moment. If you want to be guaranteed a celebrity spotting, stay at the <a href="" target="_hplink">St Regis Princeville</a> in Hanalei Bay (the neighbourhood of The Descendants fame). It’s where the who’s who stay when they’re on the Na’pali Coast end of the island.

  • Central Hotel, Paris, France

    The birthplace of one of the most scandalous romances of the 20th Century, the <a href="" target="_hplink">Central Hotel in Paris</a> is where French author Anais Nin and American writer Henry Miller began their affair. Miller was living in Room 40 and ghost writing for the Chicago Tribune when he met Nin. It was in this small studio that he wrote the love letter that would lead them to consummate their relationship and later, he would write The Tropic of Cancer, one of the most important books about Paris and in the history of literature.


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