This 23-story hotel building was built during the turn of the century in 1905. The Beaux-Arts design is noticed as soon as one enters through the doorway and sees the dramatic grand crystal chandelier hanging above the marble staircase. The Peninsula New York drips of luxury and old classic New York when the men only wore suits and ties and the women only wore elegant dresses in public.
It was the moment heard ‘round the Pop Culture world – 5, British, brassy babes standing atop a staircase screaming, “Zig-a-zig-ah!”, solidifying themselves as Pop Icons for decades to come. Of course, we’re talking about the Spice Girls at the legendary St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.
The Crescent Hotel was built originally in 1886 to capitalize on the “healing waters” of the Ozarks, which had become known far and wide as people made their way in hopes of curing their incurable illnesses in Eureka Springs. The Crescent Hotel was meant to be a luxury destination for the wealthier patrons of these waters.
What’s more intriguing than an ancient “allee” of live oaks firmly planted in the rich soils of a Louisiana sugar cane plantation more than 300 years ago? Twisted with time, centuries-old branches create a canopy leading from the Mighty Mississippi riverbanks to 28 Doric columns adorning an antebellum mansion. Oak Alley Plantation has been a setting for everything from Beyonce’s “Déjà Vu” music video to “Interview With a Vampire” starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
Many hotels have housed musicians during their global traverses to spread their craft. Below are some of most unique storied hotels that sheltered or inspired heroes of music and contributed hospitality to history’s finest art.
"No expense was spared to ensure that The Langham became the grand hotel it wanted to be. Skilled craftsmen travelled from Italy to create plaster relief ceilings and lay mosaic tiles on the floor. Marble and silk was lavished on the public spaces, which boasted Persian carpets and hand-printed wallpaper."
"The Peabody Memphis' moniker “South’s Grand Hotel” is very justified. This iconic hotel has somehow managed to retain that aura of deep gentility and grace that courses through downtown Memphis like the currents of the Mighty Mississippi River."