Oh yes .. here we go on a fun ride with tonight's List.
Just before her messy performance at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards, she tossed a plate of pasta Bolognese at the wall of her Munich hotel room and then cut up the carpet while members of her entourage—and the usually unflappable Snoop Dogg, who had come by to say hello at this very inopportune moment—watched in horror.
- The father of surrealism, who died in 1989 at the age of 84, often brought two pet ocelots to the pricey Le Meurice hotel, a Paris landmark. The wildcats shredded the Suite Royal to tatters.
- Once DEMANDED a horse be delivered to his room, and on another occasion ordered up a herd of sheep.
- Upon their arrival (yes, the hotel was that accommodating), Dalí shot at the little lambs with a gun containing blanks.
- He also had the hotel staff catch flies for him in the Tuileries garden, paying them per fly.
- He tipped his favorite staff each Christmas with autographed lithographs of his work, some of which could now be worth up to $12,000.
- While most rockers get more subdued with old age, Rose's lunacy is the gift that keeps on giving. As recently as 2006, he was arrested in Stockholm after drunkenly breaking a mirror at Berns Hotel, getting into an argument with a woman in its lobby, and then BITING the leg of a hotel security guard who tried to break up the brawl. All at eight o'clock in the morning. Welcome to the jungle, indeed.
MARIAH CAREY (good photo right?)
- Sure, Jennifer Lopez requires all-white decor and truckloads of Diptyque candles, but the wise hotelier would take her over Mariah Carey any day. As the New York Post first reported in 2005, Mimi allegedly asks that suites be outfitted with gold faucets and that all toilet seats be replaced with brand-new ones before her arrival.
- Mineral water is required not only for her own bath, but for her dog's as well.
- And she wants two DVD players in her suite—which, of course, should be set to play nothing other than her own music videos.
- In 2005, she made London's Baglioni Hotel literally roll out a red carpet and line it with white candles before she would exit her limo and enter the premises.
- And on another London jaunt to promote her latest album, she had a $20,000 fitness facility installed adjacent to her penthouse at Claridge's, where one imagines she Stairmastered in stilettos.
The general thinking in France is that the Courchevel ski resort has been overrun by gaudy Russian billionaire playboys. It's a view perpetuated in large part by the frequent visits of Mikhail Prokhorov, an industrialist notorious for the lavish parties he likes to throw, including an annual two-week-long Christmas celebration for his comrades. But the notion that the world's 24th richest man (Forbes values Prokhorov's worth at nearly $20 billion) tarnished the resort's reputation came into much sharper relief in January 2007, when he was arrested for allegedly running a PROSTITUTION ring out of several of the resort's hotels to, uh, service his friends, who wisely paid the women in luxury goods from boutiques in the area (making a criminal case tougher to prove). The New York Times reported that the charges against Prokhorov and his influential Russian pals disappeared after several days.
The unctuous oil heir and taunter of Lindsay Lohan prompts eye rolls from proprietors of hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs alike when he shows up. Last summer, Davis was ejected from his own brother's wedding reception at Montage Resort in Laguna Beach after fighting with his father and knocking over chairs, tables, and flower arrangements. Then there was the 2001 incident in which he took out a $150,000 line of credit at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and promptly lost it at the tables. Turns out Davis didn't quite have the cash to reimburse the house, and remained in debt until he ultimately sold off some of his possessions to pay it back. Worse, the hotel is owned by Peter Morton, whose son Harry was Davis's best friend until this incident. He didn't learn. In 2007, the Atlantis Paradise Resort and Casino in the Bahamas sued Davis for a bounced $75,000 check.
Four Seasons Chicago staffers revealed that once, in advance of what was to be only a 12-hour stay, she had assistants ship a set of pink, 800-thread-count Italian sheets to the hotel, along with pages' worth of diagrams and instructions for making up her bed. Then she never bothered to show up. And in 2006, the London Independent reported that Kidman had the staff at the Dorchester replace the standard 60-watt lightbulbs in her room with 40-watt bulbs. Perhaps she just needs a better makeup artist?
- As MSNBC.com reported in 2006, Jackson forced the World Music Awards to book almost the entire Hempel Hotel in London for close to $100,000 in exchange for his performance, and he asked that an 18-foot wall be erected on the first floor to ensure his privacy. Inexplicably, he also had 30 children with him.
- Last year, the London Evening Standard reported that, during his stay at London's Jumeirah Hotel, Jackson requested bowls full of Haribo gummy candies, a large mirror, and a giant xylophone. Britain's Daily Star quoted a hotel insider as saying, "The weird thing is that they weren't for his kids."
- The infamous drummer for the Who is the godfather of trashed hotel rooms. An early legend recounts how in 1967 he drove a car into a pool at a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. The incident allegedly resulted in Moon's arrest, $24,000 in damages, and a Holiday Inn chain-wide ban on the Who.
- A year later, in Australia, Moon threw a TV off a balcony on the top floor of the Southern Cross Hotel and into the pool below. When a manager arrived in the suite with a drenched television in hand, demanding to know who did the deed, Moon exclaimed "I did!" before snatching it back and throwing it over the balcony once more.
- Then one time he went to a hardware store, bought a hatchet, and proceeded to turn each piece of furniture in his Saskatoon, Canada, hotel room into timber.
- He also set off a dynamite explosion in the bathroom of an American hotel to teach the manager, who had asked him to turn down the racket on his cassette player, the difference between "noise" and the Who.
1998 U.S. MEN'S HOCKEY TEAM
- On the night the U.S. team lost to the Czech Republic in the Nagano (Olympic) games, they spent the night partying before returning to their Olympic Village hotel room. They allegedly broke ten chairs, emptied three fire extinguishers in the room, dented a door, and threw a bunch of the chairs and fire extinguishers into a courtyard below. Team member Jeremy Roenick tried to claim. "The chairs and furniture that we had were definitely not made for NHL players," he told the Chicago Tribune. "The chairs would fall apart right there, just sitting on them." Right.
and other nominees (concierge.com)