Hotels of the World
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Famous and/or noteworthy hotels
New York. Throughout the 1920s it was the home of the infamous Round Table, a meeting of influential arts columnists and critics including poet and satirist Dorothy Parker and humorist Robert Benchley. Their regular gatherings with Vanity Fair colleagues and writer friends to discuss the local arts community led to the birth of the celebrated art magazine, The New Yorker. Douglas Fairbanks and Orson Welles both honeymooned here; My Fair Lady was written in one of the rooms.
The 'Pretty Woman' Hotel where Richard Gere's character holes up in the penthouse. The hotel's lobby and exterior starred in the film. Many stars, such as Cary Grant and Warren Beatty have made its top suite their semi-permanent home. Musos such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Elton John and Mick Jagger have done the same.
Modelled on the wind-blown sail of an Arab Dhow. The Royal Suite has a private elevator and cinema, a gold staircase, leopard print carpets, Carrarra marble flooring and a rotating four-poster canopy bed.
Las Vegas. The hotel starred in the 2009 movie The Hangover
Originally owned by French lords it was then bought by a Russian prince for his mistress and Louis XV1 is also said to have stayed here.
The 12-storey Peace Hotel began life as the Cathay Hotel in the 1920s, its founder, Victor Sassoon, made his money out of arms and opium, so the hotel had a suitably decadent beginning. Noel Coward stayed here (of course - where in the Far East didn't he check-in?) and wrote Private Lives in room 314. Charlie Chaplin and George Bernard Shaw also stayed
St Andrews is most renowned as the world's premier golfing destination. it has hosted international events like the G20 summit in 2009. It was at the Fairmont that the Northern Ireland peace talks were held
Paris. Where the French allied with the US during its battle for independence from Britain.
In 1994, Houshi was formally recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the oldest inn in the world.
Each year, specialist artists from around the world are invited to create stunningly unique rooms. Previous years have featured everything from the Fly Me to the Moon suite with a rocket ship pointed to a dome ceiling lit with star lighting to a tribute to the Fritz Hansen Showroom with a Swan chair sculpted out of ice.
Phnom Pehn. Somerset Maugham stayed here, as did Jackie Kennedy, Andre Malraux and Charles de Gaulle.
Ho Chi Minh City. "You could believe it would be seven o'clock and cocktail time on the roof of the Majestic" wrote Greene's anti-hero Fowler in 'The Quiet American'
A whole Writers wing is devoted to the memory of authors such as Maugham, Coward, Michener, Conrad and Greene.
The great pyramid of Khufu is practically in the back yard . Agatha Christie stayed here, as did Peter Ustinov and the cast when filming a movie version of Christie's Death on the Nile. Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill also stayed.
It was here in Suite 1742 in 1969 (during the Vietnam War) where former Beatle, John Lennon and new wife Yoko Ono held their Bed In for Peace and penned and recorded the lyrics to the song Give Peace a Chance
Known for its Singapore Gin Sling. Famous authors, such as Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward, once propped up the Writers Bar and now have suites names after them.
Elton John and partner David Furness among some of the famous names who've stayed in Malewane's Royal Suite.
It was here at a reception that the future Queen Elizabeth's relationship with Prince Philip became public. The Monet Room is where the French Impressionist painted over 70 canvasses of London and the Thames River. War time leader Winston Churchill also regularly lunched with his cabinet and entertained international allies.
In 1945 when the hotel played host to delegates drafting the UN Charter. Many US presidents have stayed there.
In 1894 Cesar Ritz opened the Grand Hotel as the most elegant hotel of Rome. Auguste Escoffier was his first chef.
It was the first hotel to star in a feature film - Ginger Rogers appeared in Weekend at the Waldorf -
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