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Where The A-List Hide Away

October 2017Words by Ms Mollie McGuigan

Chateau Marmont, LA. Photograph by Mr Nikolas Koenig, courtesy of Chateau Marmont

“I love hotels to which, at 4.00am, you can bring along a midget, a bear and four ladies, take them to your room and no one cares about it at all.” Mr Leonard Cohen was succinct when summarising his love for New York’s famous Chelsea Hotel. A mecca for artists, musicians and designers, the 12-storey building was where Mr Jack Kerouac wrote On The Road, where Mr Arthur C Clarke wrote the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and where Madonna posed for Mr Steven Meisel while shooting her 1992 book Sex. It’s these fascinating snippets that lead journalist Ms Tessa Williams to write her new book Hotels Of The Stars: A-List Haunts And Hideaways. The tome reads like an encyclopedia of the world’s most glamorous hotels, with their famous – and often scandalous – histories, alongside glossy imagery. These are the kind of hotels where you can hire a Rolls-Royce, dine alongside the work of Mr Joan Miró and Mr Marc Chagall or catch site of a canine wedding (The Beverly Hills Hotel, of course). We’ve picked five of the best. Buy the book to discover the rest and then make a reservation – if you can get one, that is…