hotel.info’s Hotels in History Hall of FameWhether they’ve inspired songs, witnessed babies dangling from balconies or been subject to a rock and roll style trashing, hotels truly have seen it all. With the record jewelery heist in Cannes, France we have added the Carlton Hotel to our hotels in history “Hall of Fame”. The Hall of Fame dates back to the Stone Age and includes hotels such as; The Cadogan in London, where Oscar Wilde was arrested for ‘gross indecency’ and The Stanley Hotel, Colorado, which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. Check out our resource for hotels making history below and visit hotel.info on Facebook to win a stay in a 5-star hotel and a handful of diamonds!
|Hotel de Crillon, Paris|
Louis XV commissioned the Hotel de Crillon, to be built in Paris. The building would be used as the venue for the official signing of the first treaties between the United States and France. In 1793, King Louis XVI was guillotined in the Place de la Concorde directly in front of the hotel. The hotel also housed the American delegation to the Paris Peace Conference after World War I.
|Pachtuv Palace, Prague|
Mozart called the Mamaison Pachtuv Palace in Prague home. The composer dedicated six sonatas to the owner to serve as payment of his bill. Ask for room 218 to sleep where the Maestro once slept.
|Chelsea Hotel, New York|
Chelsea Hotel in New York opens. The hotel and landmark, is known for its history of famous guests. In 1968, Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying here. Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was found stabbed to death on October 12, 1978 in their room at the hotel.
In 70 days Van Gogh’s stay at the Auberge Ravoux became one of prolific creation. The artist created more than 80 paintings and 64 sketches amongst which were the Portrait of Dr. Gachet. He died due to complications from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in room 5 on July 29, 1890
|Hotel Bellagio, Las Vegas|
Ocean’s Eleven opens in theatres making the Bellagio, Las Vegas and its iconic fountain one the Strip’s most photographed hotels. The Vegas landmark was the setting for the great casino heist by Ocean and his gang. After their success, the 11 gather in front of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio, while Clair de Lune by Debussy plays them out. In reality, songs such as “Viva Las Vegas”, “Luck Be a Lady”, and “My Heart Will Go On” provide the soundtrack for the choreographed light and water show performed every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 pm to midnight at the Vegas strip landmark.
|The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida|
The mob gangster Al Capone is rumored to have stayed at the The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. The penthouse Everglades Suite is known as The Al Capone Suite. The suite features rotating walls that reveal gambling tables and a secret stairway, handy for any underworld boss that needs to make a quick getaway.
|The Omni Parker House, Boston|
The Omni Parker House in Boston has been host to major milestones in the life of John F. Kennedy. In the hotel’s Press Room he announced his candidacy for Congress; at table 40 in the Parker’s Restaurant he proposed to Jackie Kennedy and held his bachelor party here.
|The Disneyland Hotel|
The Disneyland Hotel opens its doors to guests visiting the new attraction next door, Disneyland. Opened in 1971, Disneyworld featured Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort as accommodation options for guests. The park has grown to offer guests 25 hotels, resorts and campgrounds containing over 26,000 rooms.
|The Hotel Nacional, Havana|
The Hotel Nacional, Havana, Cuba was the setting for the creation of the ’26th of July Movement’ revolutionary group led by Fidel Castro. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara set up their headquarters at the hotel to prepare the defense of Havana from a US attack. The hotel also played host to the heads of all the major U.S. mafia families in 1946, including Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Santo Trafficante, Jr., Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia, and Vito Genovese amongst many others. It was during this meeting that Meyer Lansky is rumored to have given the order to execute Bugsy Siegel.
|Holiday Inn, Flint|
At his birthday party at the Holiday Inn in Flint, musician Keith Moon lit a stick of dynamite in the toilet of his room. After destroying the toilet, Moon then allegedly drove a Cadillac into the hotel swimming pool, earning The Who a permanent ban from all Holiday Inn, Sheraton, and Hilton Hotels, as well as, The Waldorf Astoria.
|Encore Wynn, Las Vegas|
Naked photos emerge of Prince Harry partying in his Encore Wynn, Las Vegas. While on holiday in Las Vegas, a game of billiards turned X-rated for the fourth in line to the throne. A naked Prince Harry and unnamed woman were photographed playing “strip billiards” in his suite. The pictures were then leaked setting off a media firestorm and harsh rebuke for both Harry and the media from Buckingham Palace.
|The Stanley Hotel, Colorado|
The Stanley Hotel, Colorado inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. Visitors to the supposedly haunted hotel have reported paranormal activities such as hearing a party in the ballroom, ghostly apparitions of children in the hallways and a one Mrs. Wilson of Room 217 who has been known to tidy up after guests. While staying in room 217 Stephen King was spooked into writing his classic novel. For added fright the hotel shows Kubrick’s The Shining nonstop on all guest room televisions.
|Hotel Ritz, Paris|
Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed, stayed at the Ritz Hotel before their fatal car accident in Paris. The couple dined in the Imperial Suite of the Ritz, which was owned by Fayed’s father. A public grieving process played out over the coming days with an outpouring of condolences and flowers being placed at St. James’ and Buckingham Palace. The affection for the woman Prime Minister Tony Blair called “The People’s Princess” was displayed not only in London but the world over.
|Hotel Intercontinental Carlton, Cannes|
The gems, which were part of a jewelry exhibition at the hotel, were valued at an estimated £88.7 million. This was the third such heist in Cannes this year. During the Cannes International Film Festival, two separate heists nabbed precious stones worth nearly £2.4 million. The bold burglars bring to mind the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, in which Cary Grant and Grace Kelly try to foil a cat burglar thieving jewels form wealthy tourists in the south of France.