Top 10 haute couture hotels of the world

November 18, 2011

THEY aren’t just about catwalks and clothes.

Increasingly big-name fashion designers are lending their name to anything including hotels.

Armani Hotel Dubai

Modern fashion houses are increasingly turning their skills to hotel interiors and rooms.

What’s more, some of them open their own hotels throughout the world or collaborate with big hotel chains, bringing that additional touch of class to the properties.

Elena Kozmenko looks at the design hotels available on’s hotel reservation database.

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An ill-fated romance

November 10, 2011

The legendary Marilyn Monroe

IT is a story filled with intrigue – a piece of Manhattan real estate known as The Carlyle – a hotel that would become a meeting a point for a pair of illicit lovers.

While hotels have always been prime locations for romantic trysts, in this case there was a lot at stake.

One half of the pair was American President John F. Kennedy, the other half was movie star Marilyn Monroe. writer Olga Leleka looks at the hotel where it all began.

In February 1962 The Carlyle on Manhattan gathered the best of Hollywood’s stars alongside the most-powerful in American politics for a dinner with President John F. Kennedy.

Among all the guests, only one dared to keep Kennedy waiting.

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Hotel demolition – celebrity style

October 28, 2011

HAVE you heard the old Latin proverb “quod licet jovi, nоn licet bovi”, which literally means “Gods may do what cattle may not”?

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t; I’m using it, because it perfectly applies to the characters of this story – celebrities.

Indeed, some celebrities do things that no other regular person could ever get away with.

Drug use and abuse, drink-driving, event disruption and…trashing hotel rooms. staffer Dmytro Dmytriiev looks at a curious preoccupation of the famous.

Since the 1960’s dozens of exquisite hotel rooms have been thrashed by “fame monsters” throughout the world.

Here are’s top five most memorable trashed rooms:

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As seen in the movies…hotels from the silver screen

October 13, 2011

YOU’VE seen them immortalised on film, now it’s your chance to live like a star.

Park Hyatt Tokyo's lobby was used in the movie Lost in Translation

True cinefiles are spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels where movies were shot, often the hotel is as much part of the story as its human characters. writer Elena Kozmenko lists her top 10 hotels, that have played host to camera crews and celebrities alike:

Remember Oscar-winning movie Lost in Translation?

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