Most famous hotel rooms in the world
You have to wonder why certain guests in certain hotels act so outrageously. Regardless of why, we know that scandals, strange happenings, and bizarre behaviors happen and here is a sampling of just some of those notorious hotel rooms found all over the world.
1. The John & Yoko Suite at the Hilton in Amsterdam: John Lennon and Yoko Ono invited the press to join them in their room on their honeymoon in 1969 to promote world peace. While the bed has since been replaced, it’s in the same position where they moved it in the presidential suite for the “Bed-In.” The peace signs are now permanent window décor and the room contains memorabilia, including the Ballad of John and Yoko written on the ceiling.
2. Rm 217, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado: This is considered one of the most haunted hotels and even offers ghost tours at night. Stephen King stayed in room 217 while writing The Shining, and The Stanley was the inspiration for The Overlook Hotel in his 1977 bestseller. The official story surrounds an explosion in that room from an unknown gas leak in 1911. The chambermaid, Elizabeth Wilson, entered the room with a candle following a power outage and the resulting explosion sent Wilson crashing into the dining room below. She recovered, but is said to haunt that room, sometimes folding guests’ clothing and putting them away or climbing into bed with them!
3. The Eloise Suite, Plaza Hotel, New York City: This suite is named after the fictional character, Eloise, in the children’s book series. It’s also the room where Charlie Sheen had his drunken spree in 2010 and supposedly locked a naked escort in his closet. He reportedly caused $7,000 worth of damage and is currently banned from the Plaza for life.
4. The Jimi Hendrix Suite, The Cumberland Hotel, London: The Cumberland hosted Hendrix on numerous occasions and is listed on his death certificate as his residence. He was staying at the hotel when he was found dead at the Samarkand in Notting Hill. The hotel created a memorial suite in 2010 (on the 40th anniversary of his death) with vintage fabrics and psychedelic patterns, showcasing framed originals of Hendrix NME covers from the 1960s on the walls.
5. Presidential Suite, Kempinski Hotel, Adlon, Berlin: This is where Michael Jackson stayed in 2002 when he “dangled his infant son” out of the 5thfloor window. This is a large suite that caters to superstar guests and includes steel-enforced bulletproof walls and windows, a security hub with video surveillance and a reinforced panic room, as well as plenty of extra room for an entourage.
6. The Al Capone Suite, The Biltmore Hotel, Florida: Located in Miami, this hotel is an historic landmark where Al Capone stayed in the 1920s during prohibition. He ran a speakeasy out of the Biltmore while he stayed in the presidential suite on the 13th floor in a 2-story suite known as “the Everglades.” Presidents Eisenhower and Obama have also stayed in this suite.
7. The Penthouse Suite at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, CA: This suite was the backdrop for the movie Pretty Woman where many of the scenes were shot. It’s a 5,000 square foot, three-bedroom, four-bath suite that opens on to Rodeo Drive. When you rent the Penthouse Suite, a personal concierge is included to cater to your every whim.
8. The Oscar Wilde Suite, L ’Hotel, Paris: Oscar Wilde died penniless in this hotel room in November, 1900, when it was known as a “down and out” property. Today, it’s the smallest 5-star hotel in Paris, and Room 16 is now the Oscar Wilde Suite. The room contains framed letters from the management demanding that Wilde pay his bills!
9. The Fantasy Tower, Palms Place Hotel and Sap, Las Vegas, NV: The Fantasy Tower is the main draw to this hotel, located just south of the “Strip.” Partially designed by Hugh Hefner, the two-story guest villa is accessible by a private glass elevator. The 9,000 square foot space offers 3 bedrooms, several bars, a swimming pool with a terrace and a glass-walled Jacuzzi. The media room is available for screenings along with an indoor waterfall and personal butlers are included.
10. Bungalow 3, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, CA: This favorite Hollywood haunt on Sunset Boulevard became famous in 1982 when John Belushi died there of a drug overdose at age 33. The hotel was originally designed as an exclusive apartment building in 1929 but later turned into a hotel following the Great Depression.
11. The Oliver Messel Suite, The Dorchester, London: This lavish and ornate suite is named after the British artist and stage designer, Oliver Messel. It’s famous for being Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite “home away from home” and where she honeymooned (the first time) with Richard Burton in 1964. The décor is a fantastic treatment of over-the-top theatrical sets with hand-painted silk walls, gilt mirrors, gold leaf toilet seats and bronze pillars.
12. Room 776, The Mayflower, Washington, D.C.: Located just a few blocks from the White House, Franklin Delano Roosevelt stayed in this room in the months leading up to his 1933 presidential inauguration. In this room, he drafted the speech that included the famous line: ‘the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ Harry S. Truman called it Washington’s second best address, and FBI Director Edgar Hoover lunched here nearly every day for 20 years.
13. Pretty in Pink Suite, Pam Springs Rendezvous, Palm Springs, CA: In the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe considered this her desert hideaway. The room is awash in pink, with pink carpet, pink walls, a pink rotary phone and a pink chenille bedspread as well as a pink sofa under a large Andy Warhol print of Monroe. It includes a retro kitchenette overlooking the courtyard.
14. The Monet Suite, The Savoy, London: The French impressionist Claude Monet stayed here while he painted more than 70 canvasses of the Thames and London. This is just one of the “Personality River View Suites” featuring the view of the Waterloo Bridge and other London landmarks. This hotel inspired the Monet painting: Savoy.
15. Billie Holiday Suite, Mark Twain Hotel, San Francisco, CA: Billie was performing in the Fillmore District of San Francisco in January of 1949 and staying at the Mark Twain. She was followed by a rash of bad publicity surrounding a New Year’s Eve brawl in L.A. two weeks prior, giving her a “Crime Queen” reputation (along with narcotics charges in the 40s). A week after her arrival in San Francisco, Billie was arrested when agents from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics raided her room, allegedly finding a small amount of opium. She denied any knowledge of the drugs and claimed she was set up, but the resulting buzz and prior notoriety ensured the smashing success of the remainder of her tour.