Have you ever dreamed of vacationing like a rockstar? Private entries, on-demand massages and immaculate penthouse suites are all part of the celebrity treatment. Head to one of these A-list hotels for a sneak peak at the vacationing lifestyles of the rich and famous in Dublin, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle.
Originally built in 1852, the Clarence Hotel had a major facelift when in 1996, U2 frontman Bono and guitarist/keyboardist The Edge took over. Located in the heart of Dublin overlooking the River Laffey, the boutique hotel boasts a two-bedroom, duplex-style penthouse apartment suite. With private balconies and an outdoor hot tub, as well as stunning river and mountain views, the 2088 square foot penthouse is fit for a rockstar.
Recently renovated with an addition of 52 private Mediterranean-style villas and made over suites, the Sunset Marquis Hotel calls itself the “semi-official private sanctuary for Hollywood’s A-list elite.” With its NightBird Recording Studio located directly below the hotel, stars like Aerosmith, Madonna and Justin Timberlake are treated to discreet entry through the underground garage, 24-hour meal and beverage service, concierge and massage treatments and more.
In Miami: The Setai
This five-star luxury resort and boutique hotel is located oceanfront in sizzling Miami. In 2008, Lenny Kravitz built the Setai Recording Studio, located in one of the hotel’s two-floor penthouse suites complete with private outdoor patio and ocean views. The likes of Timbaland, Chris Cornell, Mary J. Blige, Jay Z and Cat Power have recorded music in the studio which even has its own director and chief engineer.
Propped on Pier 67 jutting out into Elliott Bay and just a few blocks from Pike Place Market, this four diamond award hotel may not be quite as posh as the Setai, Clarence Hotel or Sunset Marquis Hotel, but it still has bragging rights: The Beatles stayed here in 1964 on their first world tour while playing in Seattle. Their visit caused such mania that fans actually tried to swim across Elliott Bay to get a glimpse of them. The hotel now has its very own Beatles Suite, replete with Beatles memoriablia. Since The Beatles, the hotel has also seen the likes of Pearl Jam, Led Zepplin, The Rolling Stones, KISS, Neil Young and others.
Photos courtesy of The Setai, Sunset Marquis Hotel, and The Edgewater.