A hotel for the brave
Stephen King was inspired by room 217 of The Stanley Hotel (Colorado) to write ‘The Shining’, which became a bestseller when it was published. Its location in the Rocky Mountains gives it an air of mystery, which is perfect for the Stanley Film Festival, an event for fans of horror flicks.
Room 411 of the Jumeirah Pera Palace Hotel (Istanbul) is the most requested. That was where Agatha Christie stayed between 1926 and 1932 to finish writing ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. So says the medium hired by Warner Bros., the company that bought the rights to make a film about the queen of suspense. They have used this revelation to exploit the image of the writer through the Agatha Christie Suite and a restaurant that also bears her name. Its menu is based on the typical dishes of the cities through which the Orient Express travels. Every day someone asks the concierge of the oldest hotel in Turkey if they can have a look inside room 411, which combines black and burgundy tones to create a feeling of mystery. It’s always occupied, but visitors can enter the hall and see the second oldest wooden lift in Europe.
At the Beverly Hills Hotel in California they tried to protect the privacy of their famous guests, but on the occasion of its centenary a book has been published that reveals its secrets. ‘The Beverly Hills Hotel – The First 100 Years’ says that Elizabeth Taylor celebrated six honeymoons in bungalow 5. Marilyn Monroe had an affair with Yves Montand after the filming of ‘Let’s Make Love’ in number 21. And Marlene Dietrich allowed herself to be photographed by the press wearing trousers on the lounge’s bar, thereby challenging the dress code that required skirts for women.