“If these walls could talk” is the phrase that springs to mind when used in reference to the hotels listed below.
They are the places where rock stars have got up to all kinds of shenanigans, including motorcycling along corridors and throwing TV’s out of bedroom windows.
Below is a pick of the world’s most Rock ‘n’ Roll hotels.
3. Go wild where Jacko went wacko
Kempinski Adlon, Berlin
Occupants of the Royal Suite get a view of the Brandenburg Gate. In 2002, Michael Jackson famously dangled his nine- month-old son over the suite’s balcony to show his fans.
From NZ$570 (the Royal Suite from NZ$43350), kempinski.com
4. Take a throne at Jay Z’s hotel
Mercer Hotel, New York
In 2011 rappers Jay Z and Kanye West took over the second floor of this SoHo hotel while recording their joint album Watch The Throne.
From NZ$700, mercerhotel.com
5. A vicious ending now a new beginning
Chelsea Hotel, New York
Scheduled to reopen next year, this is the rock ‘n’ roll hotel par excellence.
Madonna and Patti Smith lived there, and Sid Vicious stabbed to death his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in room 100.
6. Finding satisfaction in Morocco
Es Saadi Resort, Marrakech
When Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones stayed here in 1967, Cecil Beaton photographed them by the pool.
From NZ$240, essaadi.com/en
7. Branching out into the desert
Joshua Tree Inn, Joshua Tree, California
Country star Gram Parsons put this desert motel on the map in 1973 when he died of a drug overdose in room 8 – there’s a guitar-shaped memorial to him in the courtyard. Donovan stays in room 11.
Gram Parsons Room from NZ$150, Donovan Suite NZ$220, www.joshuatreeinn.com
8. Pillow fight in Paris
George V, Paris
The Beatles stayed here in January 1964 and, when news that I Want To Hold Your Hand had topped the US charts, the Fab Four celebrated with a pillow fight.
From NZ$2000, fourseasons.com/paris
9. You can check out any time you like but…
Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles
The Eagles’ Hotel California was not about a specific establishment but the album cover featured the Beverly Hills Hotel – and the publicity helped the venue triple its bookings.
From NZ$985, dorchestercollection.com
10. Roll up for a magical mystery tour
Oberoi, New Delhi
En route to London from Manila in 1966, The Beatles stopped in Delhi to buy musical instruments from Rikhi Ram in Connaught Circus. Music tutors then visited them in the Oberoi’s suite 438 to give them sitar lessons.
From NZ$280 (luxury suites from NZ$5260), oberoihotels.com