Top 10 famous hotel rooms

10 hotel rooms with a history

Forget the room with a view; you want a room with a history, that little titbit that makes it stand out from the rest. Whether it's a splendid history or a grim one, there are plenty of rooms and suites that are famous for the very fact that someone rich or renowned visited or even died there.

Here's our pick of the top 10 famous hotel rooms and suites to visit (in some cases, if you can actually afford it) and tell people that you slept where famous legends once slumbered or worse...

Room 702, Amsterdam Hilton, Amsterdam, Netherlands

After getting hitched in Gibraltar in March 1969, John Lennon and his new bride (after a short detour) found themselves at the Amsterdam Hilton. It was in the former room 902 (now 702) where John and Yoko lay in bed surrounded by the world's press and did their bit for peace. The event was immortalized in the Beatles song The Ballad of John and Yoko: "Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton, Talking in our beds for a week, the news people said, say what're you doing in bed? I said we're only trying to get us some peace".

Presidential Suite, Kempinski Hotel Adlon, Berlin, Germany

Years after his moonwalking helped make his name, Jacko was in the spotlight again in 2002 for very different reasons as he waltzed onto a balcony and dangled his baby over the hotel room's railing. And while the hotel has had many visitors - including Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth - it's MJ's balcony antics that make the hotel well known. To be fair, you'd have to be pretty wacko to want to stay in the luxury suite, with the tariff likely to be enough to be more than a king of pop's ransom. 

Room 524, Stamford Plaza (formerly The Ritz-Carlton), Sydney, Australia

Michael Hutchence, lead singer of Aussie rockers INXS, ended it all in this now notorious hotel room in November 1997. The coroner ruled it was suicide (as he was found hanging by his leather belt) despite suggestions that his death had been accidental and part of some bizarre sex act. Other famous guests at the Stanford Plaza include Bill Clinton, Madonna and Tom Cruise, so you might strike it lucky and end up in their room without even knowing it.

The Oliver Messel Suite, The Dorchester, London 

While this suite doesn't have an obvious dark past, it is one of London's swankiest, and a night's stay will set you back some serious cash - a whopping £2,950. The stunning 7th floor suite - featuring an ante-room, sitting room, double bedroom, bathroom and private terrace offering spectacular views. It's where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton spent their honeymoon in 1964, and has in the past also played host to Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Michael Jackson, and Sylvester Stallone.

Room 217, The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

If you fancy more of a chilling experience, then why not check into room 217, the very place that Stephen King was inspired to come up with his idea for The Shining. King is said to have felt a sense of dread in the room and later had a nightmare which formed the basis of the famous book. The Shining TV miniseries King used the hotel that has inspired the book for both internal and external scenes.

 

Room 100, Chelsea Hotel, New York

If the punk in you is just itching to burst out, then the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York should be you port of call. It in room 100 on Oct 12, 1978, that Sex Pistol Sid Vicious murdered his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. A bellboy entered the room to find the blood-smeared body of Spungen, and Vicious was located a short while later in a hallway by police. The couple had been living in the Chelsea, which at various times had hosted Dylan Thomas, Jane Fonda, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan, among many others.

Room 105, Highland Gardens Hotel (formerly Landmark Hotel), Hollywood, California

Whether your fan or just plain curious, room 105 of this Hollywood hotel is where sing-songwriter Janis Joplin tragically died at the age of just 27. The room is available to the public and remains virtually unchanged from that fateful day back in October 1970 when the singer overdosed on heroin. You won't find many cheaper options around should you be determined to get that stay in a famous hotel room, and it might leave you enough change to start saving towards that Mercedes Benz that Janis once sang about.

Room 1738, 1740, 1742, Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Canada

Following up their bed-in in Amsterdam, John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided that Canada was their next place to slumber for peace and hopped into bed for a week in May 1969. Here, they held court with the world's media and even recorded the anti-war song "Give Peace a Chance" in this famous hotel room. It's now available to the public as the John Lennon and Yoko Ono suite, and contains lots of memorabilia to commemorate their stay.

The Penthouse, The Clarence Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

The famous Clarence Hotel has two celebrity owners in the shape of U2's Bono and the Edge who have both made the Penthouse their preferred stay when in Dublin. Spread over two floors, the penthouse suite features two master bedrooms with their own bathroom, two living rooms, a dining room and a kitchen. And if the panoramic rooftop terrace and outdoor hot tub don't excite you, then you can tinkle the ivories on the baby grand piano knowing  that at least two rock legends have probably done the same before you.

The Lanesborough, The Royal Suite, London

Describing itself "a residence befitting royalty or visiting heads of state", the Royal Suite is known as London's hottest and probably most expensive hotel - a night's stay setting you back a mighty £7,000. The suite offers three bedrooms, a drawing room, a dining area, a study, kitchen, and naturally your own personal butler. Its guests have included many royal visitors and heads of state, plus stars like Jim Carrey, Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio. Even if you could afford it, it's quite likely it will be fully booked anyway.

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