Opulent new suites were named after cultural giants who had used its beds: Monet, Dietrich, Chaplin, Churchill. A small museum was established on the premises. ITV screened a two-hour advert disguised as a documentary in which Stephen Fry offered a paean to the Savoy's past, and cooed and burbled over the newly polished surfaces calculated to secure its future. It is the job of a grand hotel to insulate its patrons from the world beyond its doors, from the discontent of its employees and from the unhappiness of fellow guests. But it must also protect the clientele from its own history, its own ghosts. Which is why, as the Savoy's current owner Prince al-Waleed bin Talal declared his property "a gift to the British monarchy and the British people", nobody talked about the afternoon in the summer of when the Italian waiters were marched from the restaurant and the grill room and penned behind internment-camp barbed wire.
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The San Diego gay nightlife scene manages that rare balance between being remarkably friendly and also rife with beautiful people—it's pretty much a reflection of this sunny Southern California city. Gay bars have also been pretty stable here over the years, with the most popular hangouts going strong for a couple of decades. Most gay bars are in the trendy Hillcrest neighborhood, just northeast of Balboa Park and a short drive or cab ride from downtown. Several others are in the districts just to the east of Hillcrest: University Heights and Normal Heights. As a largely gay-friendly city, San Diego has a good offering of general mixed night clubs. Although if you're looking for something more LGBT-specific, that's easy to find too.
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Louis, Missouri, is getting a swanky renovation and is expected to open back up this month. Exclusive to members and overnight hotel guests, the classy establishment is updating its menu of infused liquors, indulgent libations and classic American fare. This all, of course, alongside a selection of 25 premium handmade cigars. Put on your Cigar Club-exclusive smoking jacket as you enter the chic parlor. Guests will notice an updated logo fit for a private country club and signage reminiscent of a Roaring 20s establishment.
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