We are now at the third and final part of our series covering some of the most famous hotels around the world. Readers of our first two parts would perhaps have expected to have seen some of the names mentioned; however, we also promised to uncover some interesting snippets about each hotel. Hopefully you will be able to agree that we have achieved that. If you enjoyed finding out about the likes of the Ritz, the Plaza, Raffles Hotel and others then keep reading.
Without any further ado, let’s finish off this series in style!
The Beverly Hills Hotel – Los Angeles
If you are fond of Pink, then a stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel is likely to be right up your street. Such is the strength of colour at this wonderful venue, it is often referred to as the Pink Palace. Hollywooders new and old have all stayed at this plush hotel at least once. The world-famous Rat Pack, including Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, have all enjoyed their exploits in the Polo Lounge.
The movie “Designing Women” which starred Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck was filmed at the poolside location. A visit to their website boasts to readers of the opportunity to “live like Hollywood royalty”, whatever that might mean!
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc – Cap d’Antibes
Visitors to the Cannes Film Festival are most likely to be staying in the likes of the Hotel du Cap. As a result of this, there is little point in listing out the A list celebs who have stayed here, the names would be pretty much endless! Perhaps the most famous of all visitors to grace this hotel would include the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. A little know, but equally strange fact about the hotel is that until the year 2006, they only accepted wire transfers and cash to cover room stays.
The hotel has even featured in a movie, “Tender is the Night” when it went under the pseudonym of the “Hotel Des Etrangers”. In 2011, the hotel saw the largest refurbishment in its history, with a staggering $67 Million being spent, it is believed that adding TVs to the guestrooms managed to erode most of the figure quoted above.
Cliveden House – Berkshire
Our final hotel might not be quite as well-known as some of the others, but it really should be. The famous Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin were guests of this establishment around the time that it was owned by American mogul William Waldorf Astor. This is the man behind the Waldorf Astoria hotel chain, amongst other great money spinning enterprises.
Aside from the above, the real claim to fame for Cliveden House is that it was as the site right at the very heart of the Profumo scandal. The coming together of Miss Christine Keeler and John Profumo did nothing less than bring about a scandal that shocked the British establishment to it’s very core. So much so that the then Prime Minister Harold MacMillan succumbed to huge bouts of self-confidence issues and had to leave office.
The biggest issue with the affair was that Keeler was rumoured to be also enjoying the affections of a Russian spy. The unfolding issues were seen as the major reason of why the Conservative Party lost the 1964 General Election to the Labour Party. That marks the end of our third and final blog post featuring some of the most famous hotels around the world. We do sincerely hope that you have enjoyed reading.