Staying in hotels is so much more than the concierge, heated pool, and freshly made beds. Many of the coolest bars and restaurants are tucked inside hotels and have been favorite haunts of stars and celebrities for years. So how do you find these happening hotels?
We asked our friends at Party Earth, the ultimate guide to the best bars, night clubs, lounges, restaurants, concerts, events, and in this case…hotels! Whether you’re looking for things to do in your city tonight, this weekend, or next month, Party Earth provides you with the most comprehensive reviews and listings to make the most of all of your social experiences.
Party Earth is betting you’d still want to go to the following hotels featured on Hotels.com, just like Hemingway, Picasso, and several other famous drinkers did too.
Gran Hotel La Perla- Pamplona, Spain
The balconies of the opulent La Perla were Hemingway’s favorite to watch the Running of the Bulls during San Fermín – and its luxurious bar a favorite of his to drink the other 51 weeks a year. Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin were notable regulars, too. Surely they could handle the $2,200/night room rates during San Fermín nowadays.
Travaasa Hana- Hana, Maui
Regularly voted one of Maui’s top resorts, Travaasa Hana is an all-in-one retreat, offering everything from spa treatments to net fishing to a stylish restaurant overlooking the sea. Granted, Hemingway never slung any of the bar’s delicious mojitos (Travaasa didn’t exist yet), but he adored the stunning Hamoa Beach down the road. Grab a pitcher to go and hit up this black lava-lined pocket of paradise.
Hôtel Le Bristol- Paris, France
Opened in the 1920s, Hôtel Le Bristol quickly became a hangout for fashion barons and successful artists, including Dalí, Picasso, and Coco Chanel. Le Bar du Hôtel le Bristol, the hotel’s marble-floored drinking den, is staggeringly grandiose, studded with chandeliers and flowery sculptures, while the seasonal courtyard is where today’s see-and-be-seen laze about their summer days sipping €35 cocktails.
The Empire Hotel- New York, NY
The Empire Hotel may not be the fanciest lodging in all of NYC, but its exclusive rooftop bar is still a hotbed of sultry fashion shows and celebrity after-parties. Big names have been coming to The Empire Hotel Rooftop since the 20s, but whether visitors grab a spa treatment by the pool or dance the night away to DJs, the views of the Upper West Side make everyone feel like a star.
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