Booking.com presents Six Unique Stays with Famous Pasts
When thinking about their travel in 2018, more than one in three (36%) global travelers said that they are inspired to visit a destination because they saw it on TV, in a film or music video. Moreover 40% of global travelers say they want to stay in a unique type of accommodation they have never stayed in before.
With those two requirements in mind, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has explored it’s more than 28 million listings to present six unique places to stay that were formerly occupied by celebrities or other famous personalities. So even if you aren’t rich and famous, you can at least live like you are while on vacation by booking a place to stay with a famous past.
Hacienda San Angel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Located in Puerto Vallarta, Hacienda San Angel is an elegant boutique hotel with lush gardens and an open-air wedding chapel. The history of this one-of-a-kind hotel is filled with glamour and romance. Part of this beautiful property once belonged to the Oscar-nominated actor Richard Burton, who purchased the main villa as a Valentine’s Day gift to his wife, Suzy Miller. Today it offers guests the best of a modern accommodation with relaxing suites overlooking Banderas Bay. After exploring the momentous grounds that are rich with a storied past, follow the legendary cobblestoned streets of this ancient and beautiful destination.
The Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami Beach, USA
Also known as the former Versace Mansion, the stunning Villa Casa Casuarina was built in 1930 as an extravagant apartment building inspired by the Alcazar De Colin in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the oldest Viceregal residence in the western hemisphere. Later it was purchased by infamous Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace after he fell in love with the building while in Miami Beach for vacation with his family. Today, this luxurious villa is as elegant as ever with rooms and suites furnished with custom Italian marble and oversized bathrooms for guests to enjoy. Stay in one of the rooms that world famous celebrities used to sleep in as Versace’s guests and experience the unparalleled charm this unique place has to offer.
Palazzo Margherita, Bernalda, Italy
Built in 1892 as a true 19th century palazzo, Palazzo Margherita is located in the charming Italian town of Bernalda. Francis Ford Coppolo’s grandfather was born in this town, so in 2004 the famous American director purchased the property with the dream to transform it into a luxurious, authentically Italian boutique hotel and introduce visitors to this stunning region. Today guests can book a lavish room and relax in the pristine swimming pool, courtyard or gardens, which are protected by the Italian Cultural Heritage Department.
GoldenEye, Oracabessa, Jamaica
Set in lush gardens, GoldenEye features private beaches, hidden coves and a saltwater lagoon. This tropical property was Ian Fleming’s Jamaican retreat, and all fourteen James Bond novels were written here. James Bond’s birthplace features a selection of villas, beach huts and cottages, including beachfront and lagoon-front properties. Book a room and, who knows, maybe you’ll even be inspired to write your own critically acclaimed spy fiction novel.
The Charlie West Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
Built in 1924 and once home to world famous actor, filmmaker and composer Charlie Chaplin, this historical hotel is centrally located in West Hollywood. This home away from home has hosted many famous movie stars throughout the years, including Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Bette Davis and others. The hidden gem features luxurious and individually styled suites named after Hollywood stars, spacious living rooms and private patios.
Grace Vanderbilt, Newport, USA
The Vanderbilts, an American family of Dutch origin, were once considered the wealthiest and one of the most influential families in the US. The family’s success started with the railroad and shipping empires built by family patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt. Travel back in time to the glamour of another era and live like a member of this aristocratic family with a stay at the Grace Vanderbilt, the summer cottage built by the family in 1909. Today the historic Newport mansion features a luxurious spa, an elegant restaurant serving gourmet cuisine, a garden terrace with an outdoor pool and beautiful waterfront views.