Haunted hotels – the top 3 to visit on Halloween

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WHILE  most guests usually check out of hotels at the end of their stay, if you believe in things paranormal, there are some guests who check in for eternity.

It is the time of year when our thoughts turn to the supernatural, spooky and scary.

Of course, for those that don’t believe, the whole event can be written off as just more crass commercialism and in the United States it is big business.

But believer or not, these hotels might just give you an experience that extends beyond finding mints on your pillow.

Planning a trip around Halloween? Choose one of the most haunted hotels in the US and share your trip with ghosts, if you dare.

Here is Booked.net‘s top-three hotels to visit on Halloween.

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Renaissance city – Liverpool

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TWO cities in the United Kingdom were to play a crucial role in the huge cultural shift globally that epitomizes the Swinging Sixties – London and…Liverpool.

As unlikely as it seems this gritty port and industrial was to spawn a musical legacy unrivalled anywhere in the world.

And the legacy of pioneering Liverpudlian or “Scouser” musicians have led to the city claiming titles that have yet to be challenged. Liverpool is known as the World Capital City of Pop – a title bestowed upon it  by Guinness World Records because the record 56 number one singles produced by the city’s musicians still stands.

The names are synonymous with Western pop culture –  The Beatles…Gerry and the Pacemakers…Billy Fury.

Later acts like Frankie Goes to Hollywood have further added to that status.

While, many believe the city peaked with the Mersey Beat sound of the ’60s, before becoming a symbol of economic decline and stagnation, this is a city rapidly on the comeback.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the song that launched Beatlemania and the Beatles – Love Me DoBooked.net samples Liverpool.

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The Hilton family and the Hilton Hotel “empire”

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Socialite sisters Paris (left) and Nicky Hilton.

IT’S a story that, turned into a dramatic serial, would rate highly, but would defy credibility.

Yet it’s true.

On the way to building arguably the world’s greatest hotel dynasty, the Hilton family would rise to the highest level of society. Along the way, it is a family that has spawned allegations of rape and rivalry, socialites, starlets and a sex-tape.

The names involved are famous in their own right and include patriarch Conrad Hilton, Zsa Zsa Gabor, sons Nicky and Barron, Elizabeth Taylor, through to great-granddaughters Paris and Nicky Hilton.

It’s quite a story and while the family’s association with Hilton Worldwide has ended, the name lives on.

Booked.net‘s Jared Morgan profiles the family.

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The Watergate Scandal: ill luck or conspiracy?

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The Watergate Complex

IT is a fair to say a lot happens in hotels, but rarely does what goes on behind closed doors change the world…but it can happen.

The Watergate Scandal is proof of this.

Exposed by a story in The Washington Post, it was to mark the overturn of the entire American political system, marring it with distrust and resulting in the eventual resignation of the 37th President Richard Nixon.

Olga Leleka looks at the events that unfolded in the Watergate Hotel and their impact.

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A slice of Tuscan paradise – Castel Monastero

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The Tuscan vineyards surrounding Castel Monastero

TUSCANY can be likened to a fine wine, with time it just gets better.

And this triangular section of Italy has certainly taken its time.

From the first major civilization, the ancient Etruscans to assimilation with the Romans through to becoming the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany secured its place in world history as an epicenter of innovation, culture and art.

It’s a legacy that lures millions of visitors every year and the list of cultural hubs is daunting.

Castel Monastero, detail of the entrance

From the regional capital and renaissance center Florence, to Siena, Pisa and the other “cities of art”, known in Italian as città di arte, the list of cultural attractions is long.

Gourmets and wine buffs will find themselves in their element savoring the simple yet awe-inspiring food while accompanying their dish with vintages from what is recognized as one of the finest wine-producing regions in the world.

No less inspiring is the beautiful countryside and for those looking for a destination that combines all the elements of the best of Tuscany there is a place nestled among Chianti vineyards, just 20 kilometers from Siena that encapsulates Tuscany in one package.

As the saying goes a picture speaks a thousand words, so we’ll keep the text short and let the images do the talking as we take you inside Castel Monastero (be sure to click on the images for a larger view).

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Float off to another place – without leaving your room

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WHAT about starting your stay at a hotel in one city, having a romantic dinner at sea and then float to another place all without leaving your hotel?

The outlook from a botel.

Svetlana Malukha writes about boat-hotels, a style of accommodation to harks back to a time when travel was not just about the destination, but how you got there as well.

Boat-hotels, or botels, are floating hotels, which allow you to stay and travel on a real boat.

Botels are a rare and typical to particular cities, which lie next to a river, lake or sea.

So,why are they are becoming more and more popular each year and what are the main advantages staying in this kind of accommodation?

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An ill-fated romance

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The legendary Marilyn Monroe

IT is a story filled with intrigue – a piece of Manhattan real estate known as The Carlyle – a hotel that would become a meeting a point for a pair of illicit lovers.

While hotels have always been prime locations for romantic trysts, in this case there was a lot at stake.

One half of the pair was American President John F. Kennedy, the other half was movie star Marilyn Monroe.

Booked.net writer Olga Leleka looks at the hotel where it all began.

In February 1962 The Carlyle on Manhattan gathered the best of Hollywood’s stars alongside the most-powerful in American politics for a dinner with President John F. Kennedy.

Among all the guests, only one dared to keep Kennedy waiting.

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Hotel demolition – celebrity style

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HAVE you heard the old Latin proverb “quod licet jovi, nоn licet bovi”, which literally means “Gods may do what cattle may not”?

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t; I’m using it, because it perfectly applies to the characters of this story – celebrities.

Indeed, some celebrities do things that no other regular person could ever get away with.

Drug use and abuse, drink-driving, event disruption and…trashing hotel rooms.

Booked.net staffer Dmytro Dmytriiev looks at a curious preoccupation of the famous.

Since the 1960’s dozens of exquisite hotel rooms have been thrashed by “fame monsters” throughout the world.

Here are Booked.net’s top five most memorable trashed rooms:

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