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World's Best Hotels for Celeb-Spotting

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AP Images/Courtesy of Hotel Hassler Roma

Spotted: Victoria and David Beckham in Rome at Hotel Hassler.

The Dish: The Hassler, at the top of the Spanish Steps, has major appeal to A-listers; in fact, the Beckhams were spotted leaving the hotel through a sea of photographers while in town for the wedding of good friends Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Decorated with a rich tapestry of warm colors and furniture that reflects the hotel’s early 20th-century birth, this “posh” hotel is the ideal Roman retreat for a discerning Spice Girl-turned-fashion icon and her soccer star husband.

The Suite Life: The most lavish accommodations are the seventh-floor Penthouse Suite. Rooms are tastefully decorated in floral fabrics and weighty yet elegant 18th-century Louis XV chairs, but the most fabulous feature is actually outdoors; from the private terrace, you can enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica.


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Spotted: Sarah Jessica Parker in Paris at Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

The Dish: Not only was the final episode of HBO’s hit television series Sex and the City filmed at this beyond-extravagant 1911 Art Nouveau hotel, but the show’s star and real-life fashion aficionado, Sarah Jessica Parker, has become the face of the Athénée. Always looking superchic in haute couture, S.J.P.’s endorsement brings new style to this classic Parisian hotel.

The Suite Life: Pass on the hotel’s très expensive, ultra-luxurious Royal Suite and opt for the eighth-floor Terrace Eiffel Suite. Sure, it’s one-third the size, but it’s also half the price, and it offers some of the best city views. You can take in panoramas of the iconic Parisian structure from your own private terrace, as well as every room in the suite, including the bathroom, which has a glass wall facing the tower (don’t worry, for privacy guests can make the glass opaque).


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Spotted: Kate Winslet in Taupo, New Zealand, at Huka Lodge.

The Dish: Huka Lodge is at once rustic and elegant. On the banks of the Waikato River, amid the serene, natural splendor of central North Island, the hotel’s celebrity appeal is inherent, offering comfort and seclusion from the stresses of being in the public eye. Kate certainly isn’t the only celeb to escape the crowds here—Michael Douglas, Robin Williams, Barbra Streisand, and Diana Ross are a just a few of the big names who’ve visited. And the hotel is proud of its celebrity appeal; a list of its famous guests is prominently displayed on its Web site.

The Suite Life: Book one of four suites in the 1937 Owner’s Cottage, hidden from prying eyes by a copse of pine trees. The living room, den, dining room, and kitchen are shared by the four stately suites, but if you really want to vacation like a celeb, reserve the whole cottage and also claim the private courtyard and garden with outdoor fireplace as your own.


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AP Images/Courtesy of The Royal Hawaiian

Spotted: Matthew Fox in Honolulu at the Royal Hawaiian.

The Dish: Thanks to the luxe (and Pepto-Bismol pink) Royal Hawaiian, Matthew Fox, who plays a spinal surgeon on ABC’s hit show Lost, won’t be as eager to speed off this island. You aren’t likely to run into him at the check-in desk (he’s a current resident of Hawaii), but you might see him make a crash landing at the hotel for a party, as he did for the season premiere after-party in 2006. Be forewarned: there’s zero chance of spotting any celebrities during the latter half of 2008; the hotel will shutter for a six-month restoration.

The Suite Life: Leave the floral-heavy décor of other rooms behind and book the serene Kamehameha Suite. Offset by sleek white furniture, subdued shades of pink flood the room. Even if pink isn’t your color, the bathroom’s soaking tub—which rests in front of a pair of casement windows overlooking your private balcony—should help to make up for the minor inconvenience.


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Spotted: Jennifer Aniston in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows.

The Dish: Everyone’s favorite friend was recently a power guest at a star-studded pre-Oscar charity party at this Sunset Boulevard “see and be seen” hotel. The invite-only event (with a required donation, of course) helped to raise money for the Television Motion Picture Fund.

The Suite Life: Relax in the 1,300-square-foot Presidential Bungalow Suite, which includes a bath with 24-karat-gold Sheryl Wagner fixtures. Suite guests can even personalize their private patio by requesting a specific flower type or color palette. If staying over Saturday, make sure to treat yourself to some good jazz music and Dutch apple pancakes at brunch at the outdoor Polo Lounge.


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Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images/Courtesy of One and Only Palmilla

Spotted: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in Los Cabos, Mexico, at One&Only Palmilla.

The Dish: This 50-year-old resort has been catering to superstars since it first opened its doors in 1956; over the years John Wayne, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Bing Crosby have all spent time here—and it continues to provide all-star service to today’s rich and famous, including Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, who were spotted vacationing here in 2007.

The Suite Life: The Beach Front One Bedroom Luxury Suite truly lives up to its name. The deep brown and red hues and tasteful traditional Mexican carved wooden furniture are a pleasant contrast to the bright views of the Pacific, enjoyed from anywhere in the suite. Rely on the 24-hour on-call butler service to take care of your needs while you relax on your oceanfront terrace.


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AP Images/Courtesy of Cap Juluca

Spotted: Liam Neeson in Anguilla at Cap Juluca.

The Dish: With Greek island-style architecture (sans the blue domes), this pristine retreat overlooks the startlingly blue water of Maundays Bay. And it offers a huge selection of activities, including a driving range, night tennis, and scuba lessons. Maybe you’ll even get the chance to join in on—or at least watch—a casual pick-up game of soccer with fellow guest Liam Neeson, as one lucky Departures correspondent did while on vacation with his family.

The Suite Life: Sure, you could go for a quick dip in the crystal-clear Caribbean water, mere steps away from the hotel, but what sense does that make when you’re living your life in the fab lane?Instead, opt for one of the two-story Pool Villas, where you can enjoy a leisurely swim without ever having to leave your room; the second floor patio, off the dining room, is not only good for sunbathing, but it also has a private pool.


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AP Images/Courtesy of Hotel Santa Caterina

Spotted: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the Amalfi Coast at Hotel Santa Caterina.

The Dish: It’s rumored that while staying at this Amalfi hotel during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the most gorgeous couple in Hollywood first batted eyes at each other. It’s not surprising; the picturesque splendor of this cliffside hotel overlooking the Mediterranean is practically guaranteed to inspire romance.

The Suite Life: Book the two-floor Il Torrino suite, and gaze out at the sea from your private terrace while you soak away your tension in the suite’s Jacuzzi. Then, venture out of your Edenic pad into the botanical garden just outside your doors, or hit the fun, buzzy scene in town.


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AP Images/Courtesy of Marquis Los Cabos

Spotted: Julia Roberts in Los Cabos, Mexico, at Marquis Los Cabos.

The Dish: Despite being relatively new to the scene (the hotel opened in 2003), this palatial desert-meets-beach paradise has quickly become something to talk about, thanks to its star treatment, beautiful beachfront vistas, and luxurious accommodations. Sure, you’re going to have to pay for yourself—Julia had the good fortune to receive a complimentary four-night stay here as part of a gift bag for the American Cinematheque tribute to George Clooney in ’06—but once there, you can pretend you’re a celeb.

The Suite Life: Leave the Presidential Suite for someone else, and instead book the equally luxurious Private Pool Casita and enjoy a leisurely swim by yourself with the Sea of Cortez as your backdrop. Top off the experience with a long, hot soak in your own hydro-massage bathtub—a veritable spa treatment, without the need to leave your room or make an appointment.


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