An Audience With Madame Helga

July 31, 2009 by Neal  
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Fresh from their filming in the Maldives, the production team have made a quick hop over to Sri Lanka to shoot Helga’s Folly. The proprietor of this eccentric art hotel was the inspiration for Stereophonics‘ UK hit ‘Madame Helga’, and by the look of her fabulous attire, we can certainly see why! Definitely a front-runner in the Weird & Wonderful style stakes.

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Hotel Pelirocco, UK

July 8, 2009 by Neal  
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With room names such as Knickers, The Pin Up Parlour and the Nookii Room, you might be able to guess why the Hotel Pelirocco has been described as “Brighton’s sauciest stopover”.

The “dirty weekend” isn’t the only thing on the Pelirocco’s mind though. Its 19 themed rooms are centred around everything from art movements and music genres. With its very own bar and a games console in every room it is as far away from a seaside B&B than you can imagine.

With many an up-and-coming band playing and staying at the Pelirocco, you’ll be in the hippest hotel in the trendiest town in England.

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Corteza Amarilla Lodge, Costa Rica

July 7, 2009 by Neal  
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Dionne Warwick famously asked “Do you know the way to San José?” and we assume she must have been looking for the Corteza Amarilla Lodge.

Located just 12 minutes from downtown San José, this eclectic hacienda mixes art nouveau, deco, baroque and oriental influences online casino to create a truly one-of-a-kind destination.

The hotel is owned and run by the green-fingered Salgado family, who have been busy reforesting 17 hectares of the local land. But don’t worry, we”re sure they”ll down tools long enough to offer you a very warm welcome to their hotel.

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Marqués de Riscal, Spain

June 29, 2009 by Neal  
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The Marqués de Riscal gives its customers the best of both worlds, it’s weird from the outside and wonderful on the inside.

The exterior of the hotel is adorned with waves of red, gold and silver titanium giving the impression of giant strips of ribbon wrapped around a hotel shaped present. And what a gift it is! The inside of this hotel is a haven of five star luxury.

Situated in Spain’s world-famous Rioja wine region, renowned architect, Frank O. Gehry, has created a truly magnificent hotel that’s a must for any wine-lover. With its converted wine cellar banquet area, unique “wine therapy” massages and of course, a superior selection of wines at the hotel’s bar and restaurant, it’s no surprise that the hotel’s surroundings are known as the “City of Wine”.

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Hotel Puerta América, Spain

June 25, 2009 by Neal  
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Whilst some of the hotels we’ve seen have been created by famous artists and architects, the Hotel Puerta América goes the extra mile by commissioning not one, or even two, but 12 different designers to give the hotel its unique look.

Each designer has styled one floor of the hotel, and the variety of their work gives the illusion of 12 different hotels under one roof.

If you’re forward thinking, then book a room on the first floor – expect futuristic style, fluid spaces and organic furniture. If you prefer your creature comforts, then the fifth floor offers warm colours, sophisticated materials and a touch of the baroque.

At the Hotel Puerta América, you could visit a dozen times and still find new surprises.

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Takes A Lot Of Bottle

June 25, 2009 by Neal  
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Another day, another Weird & Wonderful Hotel to shoot! The team have arrived at Marqués de Riscal, a luxurious hotel designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry. Located in the heart of Spain’s Rioja region, the hotel has become a mecca for wine connoisseurs. We’re hoping the team remember to bring us back a bottle or two!

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No Rest For The Wicked

June 25, 2009 by Neal  
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After a well-deserved rest, the production team are now back on the road and have arrived at Hotel Puerta América in Madrid. Unfortunately they”ll be no time casino online for an afternoon siesta, as the hotel features 13 floors each designed by a different arhitect. With so much ground to cover they”ll need to work extrarrápido!

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Daddy Long Legs, South Africa

June 22, 2009 by Neal  
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The Daddy Long Legs Hotels offer a double dose of  the weird and wonderful in Cape Town.

Rooms at the Art Hotel have each been designed by a different artist utilizing a variety of imaginative themes. Guests can sing their way through a stay in the Karaoke Room, stare at the thousands of pictures that make up the walls of Photo Booth and even fulfill a fantasy inside the doctors-and-nurses themed Emergency Room!

If this isn’t weird or wonderful enough, then take a peek at the nearby Grand Daddy. On the hotel’s roof you’ll find seven vintage airstream caravans, shipped in from the USA. With running hot and cold water, and bathroom facilities, each caravan has its own theme.  So, what would take your fancy?  The Afrofunk caravan, the Polka Dot caravan, or maybe the Goldilocks and the Three Bears caravan (where, of course, you’ll find one chair too soft, one too hard and one just right!).

So, if you want to stay in accommodation fused with art, or maybe go a little higher to the world’s only trailer park penthouse, then Cape Town is the destination for you.

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Marmara Antalya, Turkey

June 22, 2009 by Neal  
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Flit effortlessly between two worlds at Turkey’s Marmara Antalya Hotel, a futuristic design hotel near the ancient city of Antalya.

Situated on the Mediterranean coast, the imposing building also features a stunning ‘Revolving Loft’, ensuring that guests never get bored of the view!

Each room is beautifully styled by French artist, Christian Allart, and is bright, elegant and welcoming.  If you can ever bring yourself to leave it, you have the chance to take a dip in the pool, pamper yourself in the Wellness Centre or just frolic on the shores of the private beach!

Antalya’s Marmara Hotel really does bring together the ancient and the modern.

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Hostel Celica, Slovenia

June 22, 2009 by Neal  
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Ever thought about what it would be like doing time?  Yes?  Well, think again!  The Hostel Celica is a prison with a difference – you come and go as you please!

Situated in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, the Hotel Celica offers visitors a no-frills holiday experience well above what might be termed ‘basic’.

With each room having been artistically refurbished and with en suite bathrooms, the only tell-tale sign of the building’s history are its window bars!  So, whether you are travelling as a pair or in a group, there will be a room to suit.  And for the arty, the in-house gallery is sure to be of interest!

So come along and let the Hostel Celica ‘cell’ you a holiday to remember!

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