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The luxe life: Best celeb-spotting hotels

Posted by Melanie Nayer  May 18, 2012 04:01 AM

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Wondering where the rich and famous go when they want to get away? Or, just want to vacation like a A-list celebrity?

This week, Hollywood types and their entourages are touching down in the French Riviera for the Cannes Film Festival. The festival brings out the best in glitz and glamour, and focuses as much on the red carpet looks as it does on the silver screen. But traditionally after Cannes, all the celebs are known to spend a few days hiding away in their favorite luxury retreats.

Want to go, too? Of course you do. While you might not have the funds to fly your private jet to Cannes,® assembled the top city hotspots and secluded retreats for travelers to take in the Hollywood lifestyle, and likely catch a glimpse of their favorite stars.

chateau-marmont-hotel1.jpgThe entrance to the Chateau Marmont, one of the most famous celeb-spotting hotels.

City Celeb Spotting

Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles – This historic Sunset Boulevard hotel is a Mecca for the rich, famous, and fabulous. Built in 1927, the hotel has seen generations of talent, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sofia Coppola, Emma Roberts, Justin Timberlake, and Jessica Biel. Of course, few can forget the scandals that take place at the Marmont (Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, to name the most recent). There's one thing you can be sure about at the Chateau Marmont - there's always a scene.

Metropolitan Hotel, London – Contemporary, chic, and with stunning views of Hyde Park and the London skyline, the Metropolitan Hotel has hosted A-listers such as Madonna, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Tom Hanks and Cameron Diaz. Enjoy dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Nobu, then retreat for post-dinner cocktails at the exclusive Met Bar, which is open to hotel guests and members only.

Soho Grand Hotel, New York City –Celebrities are commonplace at this luxury hotel located in one of Manhattan’s most iconic neighborhoods. Heidi Klum, Kevin Spacey and Sarah Jessica Parker have been spotted at this trendy hotspot. The hotel is more than just a celeb hideaway though. While you're here you'll have access to a complimentary iPad and MacBook Pro, first rights to appointments at the Prive Salon, and if you feel like being a little maternal, you can adopt a pet goldfish during a stay.

Relaxing Retreats

Geejam, Jamaica – Nestled in the lush and laid back surroundings of Port Antonio, Jamaica, the trendy, über luxury, private Geejam Hotel welcomes a mix of celebs including Sharon Stone, Gwen Stefani and Bjork. Guests can enjoy state-of-the-art technology, a private beach, and a cell phone to use throughout their stay, connecting them with all hotel services, other guests and the outside world.

Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara – Perched on the beach just north of Santa Barbara, this Spanish-influenced luxury resort features direct beach access and world-class golf. Fergie, Josh Duhamel and Jennie Garth are a few of the Hollywood stars to have relaxed at this oceanfront property. The resort has an array of leisure and recreational activities and four restaurants including Four-Star Miro restaurant, the Spa at Bacara and much more.

The Little Nell, Aspen – The Little Nell is most famously known as being a playground for the fabulously famous and wealthy. This resort has hosted Hollywood idols including Jack Nicholson, Mariah Carey and Kate Hudson. While you're here you can enjoy the Audi Test Drive Program, heli-skiing, ski concierge services, and Chef Robert McMormick’s Forbes Four-Star restaurant, Montagna.

Readers: Have you had a brush with fame during a hotel stay? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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