We all get a little star struck from time to time. Sometimes we spot a celebrity when we’re simply crossing the street, waiting on line in a bank, or at our favorite restaurants. But rarely do we get to spot them in the lap of luxury that they’re accustomed to. But if you’re by any chance traveling and have the opportunity to stay at one of these luxurious hotels then your chances of spotting someone famous increase greatly.
Check out these amazing 15 hotels where you have the best chance at spotting a celebrity.
Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas – Los Angeles, California
If you want an almost guaranteed celebrity sighting, head for the Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas. Hidden on a tree-lined cul-de-sac just steps from the Sunset Strip, this hotel boasts a long-standing history of welcoming big names, from Joan Jett to Mario Batali. An on-site recording studio makes it easy to see why Chris Cornell, Green Day, Slash and the Kings of Leon have all been found roaming the halls here.
The Shore Club – Miami, Florida
If you’re young, hip and want to party all night long, then head for The Shore Club on perennially trendy South Beach. Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee have both been spotted here, as have Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey. There are designer bungalows or 6,000-square-foot triplex Penthouse. But even the rich and famous have to come out and play sometime, so find yourself a prime viewing perch at the sexy Skybar. And if you need a break from the rigors of celeb hunting, slip away for a divine treatment at the spa.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso – San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Back when the term movie star was favored over celebrity, Los Cabos lured big names like John Wayne and Ava Gardner. These days, the area still holds appeal for Hollywood denizens, who frequent the ultra-gorgeous Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort. Views, oceanfront suites and privacy galore — that’s why they come here. As for who “they” are … JLo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner, Robin Williams, Jennifer Aniston (with Gerard Butler, Courteney Cox and Chelsea Handler in tow), Jessica Alba, Sheryl Crow, Charlize Theron, Adam Sandler. Need we say more? Oh yeah, keep in mind that those in-room telescopes are for watching the whales, not spying on your neighbors.
The Little Nell – Aspen, Colorado
When it comes to the ski season, Aspen holds great appeal for movie stars. And in this snowy haven of high-end fun, The Little Nell is the place to spot your favorite big screen idols enjoying the pre- and après-ski scenes. A traditional mountain chalet with gorgeously urban guest rooms and suites, this hotel has welcomed Jack Nicholson, Kate Hudson, Mariah Carey and numerous other famous names over the two decades it’s been in business. The hearty fare at Ajax Tavern is sure to warm you up after a day on the slopes. A ski concierge team, pampering spa treatments and plenty of fireplaces round out the reasons this hotel draws its exclusive clientele.
The Bellagio – Las Vegas, Nevada
Book one of the hotel’s nine 6,500-square-foot-plus villas, and take advantage of the 24-hour on-call butler service, personal workout room, private massage room, and your own courtyard, which features a fireplace and pool with attached hot tub. Bringing an entourage?Book one of the suites to keep your people—or nanny—close by.
Hotel Hassler – Rome, Italy
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.
Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada
Ever since Frank Sinatra and his pack of pals put Vegas on the star sighting map, Sin City has been the place to go to take a gander at celebs. Some can be seen at their high-profile shows — like Celine Dion or Sir Elton John — while others can be found bunking down at hotels like Palms Casino Resort. The 40 Sky Villas and Mega-Suites feature everything from a bowling alley to a basketball half-court complete with locker room. Other draws include a state-of-the-art recording studio, hot nightclubs, an intimate performance venue and a high stakes gaming area. It’s no wonder the hotel continues to attract big names like George Clooney, Mariah Carey, Brad Pitt and David Beckham.
The Mercer – New York, New York
There is a lot of new competition for the king of celebrity hotel haunts in New York City these days. But the undisputed home-away-from-home for the rich and famous is SoHo’s The Mercer hotel. The hotel made celeb gossip headlines in 2005 when Russell Crowe fired a telephone at a hotel employee. But beyond the Aussie-style meltdowns, The Mercer’s lobby is a virtual red carpet, catnip for the paparazzi (who, not surprisingly, are always staked out nearby). The reason? The hotel not only caters to its famous guests, but the 75 loft-style rooms are a cozy spot for anyone who can afford to stay here. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Renee Zellweger have all been spotted hanging out at The Mercer.
Metropolitan Hotel – London
London offers stiff competition for L.A. and New York when it comes to celebrity-filled hotels. Along with Old World favorites such as Langham Hotel London and The Savoy, Metropolitan Hotel brings in the stars. And these aren’t any ol’ B-listers! Among the guest list: Madonna, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. Perhaps they like the break from traditional style, since the décor here is contemporary and chic, and rooms offer the added bonus of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the London skyline. Met Bar in the lobby is for hotel guests and members only, which means you won’t have to share your fandom with the riffraff.
Hotel Plaza Athenee – Paris, France
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.
Les Saisons – Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley has always been attracting the rich and famous. And while we cannot guarantee that you’ll run into famous “ski-lebs” like Tom Hanks or Bruce Willis, you’ll find plenty to write home about at this luxuriously furnished, fully serviced private residence resort. Les Saisons refuses to release the names of any famous clientele, and we appreciate their devotion to privacy. Located in the heart of historic Ketchum, the resort is inspired by the grand, rustic lodges of the American West. Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl as you luxuriate in your living room with vaulted ceilings, gas fireplaces and those priceless mountain views. Your bedroom offers a marble bathroom, a steam shower and a jet tub. And you’ll dine well in your very own gourmet kitchen. As for celeb spotting, you can do this at the resort’s fitness center, health club, either of the two rooftop spas, or the year-round heated outdoor pool.
Huka Lodge – Taupo, New Zealand
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.
Hotel Cipriani – Venice Italy
A celebrity’s love affair with a specific hotel tends to come and go faster than gossip on TMZ. But ever since Hotel Cipriani opened its doors in 1958, it has attracted a high-wattage clientele. Old-school names like Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston mingle in the hotel’s “Golden Book” with hot properties like Clive Owen and Jennifer Lopez. Accessible only by boat, this waterfront property is perfectly set for those seeking seclusion. Everything from the personal butlers to the private gardens is discreet. The glass-enclosed Palladio Suite is a favorite with the rich and famous, but there’s no need to try your hand at stalking. Simply book a table at Fortuny Restaurant, and you’re sure to spot a bigwig before the night is through.
Royal Hawaiian – Honolulu, Hawaii
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.
Landmark Mandarin Oriental – Hong Kong, China
With a design-friendly interior (sleek, clean lines and lots of glass) and a smack-in-the-center-of-it-all location, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental is where celebrities like Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Stella McCartney and Giorgio Armani lay their jet-lagged heads when they’re in Hong Kong. Maybe it’s the 400-thread-count sheets or the three in-room flat-screen TVs. Perhaps it’s the hip MO Bar. Whatever it is, hang out in the lobby long enough and you’re sure to have a brush — quite literally — with fame.