Not a Football Fan? Enjoy an Alternative Night With the Girls

With the Champions League Final taking over nearly every venue in the centre of Liverpool on Saturday 26th May, Arthouse Hotel are offering the perfect alternative for those looking to escape the football.

Instead of sitting through 90 minutes of sport, grab a group of friends and head to Arthouse for an evening of showstopping, sensual entertainment that is sure to get your pulse racing.

We’ve teamed up with a talented all male group who promise to bring something extra special to your evening’s activities.

Million Dollar Men at Arthouse

When: Saturday 26th May

Million Dollar Men Show

You and the ladies can catch a glimpse of some amazing male talent as they undress to impress, Magic Mike style.

A show that’s really worth a million dollars, our handsome hunks will perform some raunchy routines and provide some truly showstopping entertainment.

Each member has honed his stripping skills and sculpted his body to provide a night of playful pleasure for groups of lovely ladies in Liverpool.

Your eyes will be glued to the stage for the whole evening as you and the girls indulge in an evening of naughtiness.  Our perfectly formed all male act are ready and waiting to put on their unique performance in front of you; their live audience.

Expect to see a range of jaw dropping skills, from break dancing, to chair based acrobatics, fire breathing and lots of dancing inspired by the smash hit movie.

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Forget the football and begin a special girls night in Liverpool by booking your seat to our magnificent Million Dollar Men Show at Arthouse Hotel.

We’re sure you’ve never seen a show quite like this one. Our muscly male group are ready and waiting to put on their unforgettable act, just for you and the ladies.

The fun doesn’t have to stop after the Million Dollar Men show, this amazing evening of frivolity will be followed by a DJ playing all the best chart toppers from the 90s and 00s.

Enjoy Some Delicious Cocktails

Cocktails at Mulholland

A night out with the girls wouldn’t be complete without a tasty cocktail or two and at Arthouse, we specialise in mixing some of the best tipples in the city.

From signature cocktails, to our take on the traditional classics, our talented team of mixologist will happily shake up your favourite drinks.

Whether you love a tangy margarita, a creamy pina colada, a sweet cosmopolitan or a rich espresso martini, our bar staff have got you covered during your girls night.

The party never has to end at our fabulous Million Dollar Men Show at Arthouse Hotel.

Why Not Make a Night of It?

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Avoid all the football crowds and book a stay in Arthouse Hotel with your best girls.

Perfect accommodation for large groups looking for a place to rest their heads, or the perfect party destination so the celebrations never have to stop.

Our movie themed suites sleep up to 10 people, in stunning surroundings that you won’t find anywhere else.

Located in the centre of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district a stay at Arthouse Hotel couldn’t be more perfect.

Call us on 0151 601 8801 to book your place for this unforgettable show and have the ultimate girls night in Liverpool. 

We hope to see you soon!

Warhol’s Chelsea Girls: “Busted In Boston” & “Censored In Cannes”

Our movie themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel have been designed to remember the iconic superstars of a film generation. From our musicals floor which celebrates wonderful whimsical movies filled with song and dance to our Hitchcock floor decorated and themed around the best thrillers from the legendary director.

Another movie themed floor in Arthouse Hotel pays homage to the artistic iconography of Andy Warhol and one room, in particular, has been themed with one of Warhol’s most celebrated cinematic creations in mind, and perhaps his most scandalous too.

Warhol’s movie, Chelsea Girls, was banned from being screened at the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1967. As this year’s event gets underway we look at why Warhol’s work didn’t appear as scheduled in the 1967 programme.

Who Was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol

For those of you who are unsure who or what Andy Warhol was, listen up.

Warhol first appeared on the scene in 1949 when he moved to New York and worked as a window dresser, an illustrator and began designing commercial artwork for top-selling fashion magazines Vogue and Glamour.

He continued to work in the fashion press industry using groundbreaking techniques which became well known in the business.

By 1960 Warhol grew dissatisfied with commercial work and began manipulating photo imagery and comic book strips which made his career blossom and established him as a pop art artist. He created his famous Campbell’s Soup Cans in 1961 and went on to create the Marilyn Portrait in 1962.

Andy’s interest in filmmaking didn’t start until 1963 when he purchased his very first camera and began experimenting with artistic short films that were inspired by real life and which shocked and amazed his audiences.

Why Warhol Started Filming

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Between that first moment of picking up a camera to the moment he made his last motion picture, Warhol wanted to make moving art in his films.

By portraying real-life experiences in great detail and often adding shock value to them Warhol’s movies made a splash on the underground cinema. In 1965 Warhol officially put down his paintbrush and became a filmmaker instead.

With an entourage of wealthy socialites at his beck and call the Warhol Superstars made up the cast of his earliest movies. Warhol continued to make movies that the trendy public wanted to see and/or star in and by 1966 he had created Chelsea Girls which gained widespread recognition among the most fashionable circles.

The movie was filmed in various locations around New York city but was set and filmed inside the prominent Hotel Chelsea in New York.

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

The first film of its kind, Chelsea Girls followed the lives of those who lived in the Hotel Chelsea, from models and artists to wealthy socialites and aristocrats. The movie portrayed the carefree, artistic and bohemian lifestyle that was popular at the time among artists, musicians, celebrities and the well to do.

Chelsea Girls: Banned By Cannes

Warhol and his superstars at Cannes Film Festival

Warhol and his superstars made their way to the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1967 to watch Chelsea Girls screened in public for the very first time. They had the movie reels stored in their personal luggage because shipping costs at the time were very high at the time and this saved them money.

The way Warhol had shot the movie meant that it needed to be displayed on two screens at once using two different projectors, making it stand apart from other work of the age.

Cannes Film Festival had officially invited the film to be screened and Warhol’s work in the film industry had begun to garner a great deal of attention due to its unique subject matter and his famously artistic flare.

There was a lot of confusion about how to screen Chelsea Girls by Cannes Film Festival organisers, despite being given implicit instructions from the Warhol camp. This, as well as some concerns about the scandal that would follow full frontal male nudity, rumoured to be in the movie and Cannes Film Festival decided to pull the plug.

Despite being part of the official programme, Warhol’s Chelsea Girls became the first ever invited film not to be screened at the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival 1967.

So Where Was the 1st Official Public Screening of Chelsea Girls?

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

After taking his unshown work away from the film festival, Warhol and his entourage are rumoured to have arranged the first public screening in a Paris based movie theatre; Cinematheque.

Other accounts state that the movie went straight from Cannes Film Festival to London. Here a gang of 50 people, made up of Warhol Superstars and other notable artists and socialites had gathered to watch Chelsea Girls in a flat on Mount Street belonging to Robert Fraser.

Stash De Rolla, an aristocrat and friend of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and some of Warhol’s Superstar’s recalls;

“Robert [Fraser] called and asked me to bring Paul’s [McCartney] 16mm sound projector because Chelsea Girls needed two projectors used simultaneously.

So I took it over, arrived at 23 Mount Street and found about fifty or more people crammed in, lying all over the floor, all the Warhol entourage.

We showed the movie and someone complained about the noise and the police came.”

Following this screening interest in Chelsea Girls spread all over the underground cinema world and more and more above ground movie lovers wanted to see the mysterious and artistic production.

There’s No Such Thing As Bad Press

Warhol's Chelsea Girls press

Despite the growing interest, Chelsea Girls was banned in Boston after being shown in May 1967 a police raid resulted in the manager of the Boston Cinema getting a $500 fine and receiving four charges of obscenity.

Warhol loved the attention and relished using the line “banned in Boston” to advertise his masterpiece from then on.

The movie then toured Chicago and Berlin before making it back to New York cinema screens in July 1967. The ad read

“busted in Boston” and “censored in Cannes”

and Chelsea Girls continued to attract large audiences of “normal society”, not the usual cult underground cinema lovers that had previously followed Warhol’s work.

The stars of Chelsea Girls included daughters of wealthy socialites and aristocrats like Brigid Berlin and Mary Wornov. Brigid’s mother was said to be disgusted by her daughter’s appearance in the film and Mary’s mother sued Warhol for allowing her daughter to be filmed without a signed release.

Over time Chelsea Girls became accepted for its cultural statement rather than its value as an actual movie. Those who appeared in the movie were either real-life inhabitants of the Hotel Chelsea or people who had fallen into Warhol’s orbit essentially Chelsea Girls depicted the world in which Warhol lived. Surrounded by admirers and those whom he used as muses fro his work.

The Chelsea Girls Room

Chelsea Girls Room - movie banned at Cannes Film Festival

Book your stay in the Chelsea Girls room at Arthouse Hotel and enjoy a night of luxury in our movie inspired group accommodation.

The amazing artwork from the movie’s advertising is displayed across the ceiling and the rest of the room oozes the type of glamour and splendour associated with the Hotel Chelsea in New York.

Sleeping up to six guests in comfortable double and single beds and located at the heart of Liverpool’s popular nightlife district, the Chelsea Girls room is perfect for a group of guests looking to enjoy a taste of the chic and cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Check out our superb accommodation offers at Arthouse Hotel for girls gathering or lads nights in Liverpool or call 0151 601 8801 to book your stay.

Discovering Hidden Talent at Arthouse Hotel: Open Auditions for Singing Waiters

We are inviting the talented people of Liverpool to join a team of performers who will form the superb singing waiters service at events taking place in Liverpool. Our open auditions are taking place on the 13th May at Arthouse Hotel and we want everyone who believes they have what it takes to sing their hearts out for a chance to be paid for performing.

This American style bar and diner is in one of the busiest areas in town so, if you fit the bill, your talents could be seen and heard by hundreds of people every night you perform.

The Audition Process

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Simply apply online, adding in any relevant experience you have and telling us as much about yourself as possible then arrive on the day and give it your all.

Your performance will be solo and auditions will take place individually in front of a panel of judges who would like to hear a selection of two or three songs of your choice that you are comfortable singing. If you need a backing track, bring it and it will have to be on a USB or AUX compatible device.

Once you’ve impressed the panel then it’s time to get to know you a better. Our judges will ask a little about your ambitions for the future as well as discuss any professional training you might have and what you can expect to gain whilst working as a singing waiter.

If you have any additional talent such as fire breathing, juggling, acting or acrobatics, let us know and show us what you can do as there isn’t much that won’t impress us.

Signature Living Events

Open auditions for singing waiters at Signature Living

As regular contributors to the entertainment industry in Liverpool, Signature Living host and organise fun and exciting events that take place throughout the year.

Everything from sophisticated afternoon tea services at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic to our famous themed afternoon teas in The Shankly and Alma de Cuba.

We even hosted a festival in this year, Big Luv Weekender, in our rooftop events venue the Garden of Eden and at Mulholland and Arthouse Hotel we’ve welcomed the Million Dollar Men and regular live music events onto our calendar.

As part of the signing waiter service, you could be expected to work 2-3 times a week depending on what events are taking place and once a team is established, special singing and performing waiter events will become regularly scheduled.

Arthouse Hotel and Mulholland Bar

Open auditions for singing waiters - Mulholland bar

Located in the centre of Seel Street at the heart of the Ropewalks district, Arthouse Hotel and Mulholland Bar can be found.

Not only do we provide entertainment for Arthouse Hotel guests but Mulholland Bar also attracts a lively crowd of revellers with its quirky Americana theme. Lists of cocktails are whipped up by gifted bar staff named after vintage movie stars, pizzas and movie-themed snacks are served when people get peckish and the bar stays open until late, giving people a place to dance the night away.

Our guest crowd includes hen and stag parties, groups of guests celebrating special occasions like birthdays as well as residents of Liverpool who stay in our movie-themed group rooms rather than getting taxi’s home.

Girls night out in Mulholland bar - open auditions singing waiters

If you are successful in at our open auditions we will notify within two weeks and, once hired, you will become an important piece of the events and entertainment team with Signature Living as a Signature Star.

The role as a singing waiter will give you the chance to hone your singing skills and practice performing for an audience, you’ll meet some fabulous people who could become great friends and best of all, you’ll have fun in your work.

So step out from behind that desk and come to our open auditions on the 13th of May to see if you have what it takes to become a singing waiter and a Signature Star.

Apply here or email careers@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

Marvelous Midweek Liverpool Hotel Offers at Arthouse

At Arthouse Hotel we’ve got something special to celebrate, and we’ve got some superb overnight Liverpool hotel offers to help you join us.

This week, 60 years ago, Alfred Hitchcock released one of his most famous movies, Vertigo and for many reasons, this was the movie that made the man. Its complex plot line and amazing camera techniques were leaps and bound s ahead of anything that had ever been seen before and even today watching the movie can leave your head spinning.

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Our Vertigo room is just one of the amazing Hitchcock themed suites available to stay in midweek at Arthouse Hotel and here are our special Liverpool hotel offers for you to enjoy during your visit.

Dream and Dine for £99

Marilyn Monroe Room - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

At the heart of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, you will find Arthouse Hotel. Surrounded by the cities most exciting and dynamic bars and clubs, Arthouse Hotel lets guests fully immerse themselves in the best part of the city.

Whether you are in town for a romantic meal, a girls or boys night out or a special celebration with your best mate, during a stay at Arthouse Hotel the party is all around you.

Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in any of the impressive movie-themed hotel rooms and a tasty two-course meal in Alma de Cuba, before heading out onto Seel Street for an unforgettable evening.

This amazing midweek offer is perfect for spoiling yourselves and enjoying a night out on the town without all the crazy weekend crowds.

Beds and Bubbles

Notorious Room - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

Celebrate with us in style midweek and throw yourself a party complete with bubbles and comfy beds all for just £15 per person.

This one-off city centre accommodation offer invites four or more guests to come together for a one of a kind stay in any of our movie-themed hotel rooms and get the party started with a bottle of bubbly on us.

That’s just £70 for four people for an amazing night in Liverpool right at the heart of all the action.

You could take a stroll down Bold Street and enjoy a tasty meal together in any of the popular world food restaurants or wait until the evening truly begins and Samba you way over to Alma de Cuba for a taste of Latin America.

Experience the best bits of Liverpool’s famous nightlife midweek at Arthouse Hotel by using any of these fabulous midweek Liverpool hotel offers.

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No need to wait for the weekend ladies!

At Arthouse Hotel we celebrate all week long and by booking our Ultimate Girls Midweek Liverpool hotel offers you can too.

We’ve got the whole package just ready and waiting to be booked including luxurious overnight accommodation in any of our stunning movie-themed hotel rooms, a two-course meal at Alma de Cuba then you and a chance to get creative with a priavte cocktail masterclass.

Once you’ve finished your yummy handmade cocktails it’s time to paint the town red and then off to bed followed by a delicious breakfast the next day.

Give yourselves a great excuse for a night out together and book the Ultimate Girls Midweek stay for just £99 per person.

Ultimate Girls Midweek - Liverpool hotel offers at Arthouse

Stay in the city’s most popular district and get a taste of what makes Liverpool the number one nightlife destination in the UK from the comfort of Arthouse Hotel. 

All our midweek Liverpool hotel offers are subject to availability and prices are based on full occupancy unless stated otherwise.

Hurry and book your stay today by calling 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information.

Arthouse Hotel’s Guide to What’s On in May In Liverpool

Spring is in full swing and we’re looking forward to making the most of the lighter nights and warmer weather. Arthouse Hotel is perfectly placed to make the most of some of the amazing nightlife that is on offer in the centre of town and in the buzzing Seel Street area this May in Liverpool.

Make the most of May in Liverpool with a stay at Arthouse Hotel in one of our coveted, movie-themed rooms and have the very best base for exploring the city and making the most of the nightlife right on your doorstep. There’s nowhere quite like Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool.

Star Wars Quiz

When: May 4th + May 5th

Where: Bombed Out Church

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International Star Wars Day marks the time of year where aficionados of the franchise come together to say ‘May the force be with you’ and Independent Liverpool are making sure it’s not one to miss out on.

Hosting one of their ever-popular pop-culture themed quiz nights in the iconic church, get your light sabers at the ready to annihilate the competition with your Star Wars galaxy knowledge.

The prizes are amazing too, with the top intergalactic explorers bagging over £100 worth of prizes including a bar tab at Baltic Market, a round of Ghetto Golf and Star Wars merchandise! Even second and third prizes are prizes to be proud of so even if you’re a bit shaky on your Star Wars knowledge, you still have the chance to win some great swag.

Liverpool Tattoo Convention

When: 4th May – 6th May

Where: Adelphi

We know our guests at Arthouse Hotel love their art in any form and the highly-anticipated Tattoo Convention is perfect for those who love permanent body art. Now in their 11th year, the Tattoo Convention brings together more than 250 tattoo artists and alternative fashion stalls with live music, performances and competitions for an all-inclusive experience for everyone.

The atmosphere at the convention is like no other and the incredibly talented artists get booked up well in advance, but there are some that still offer walk-up appointments for those looking for some spontaneous ink!

Vintage Present Duke & The Soulful Gospel

When: 6th May
Where: Alma de Cuba

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Over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, Alma de Cuba will play host to some of the best house tunes of the past 30 years in a musical extravaganza that promises to get you on your feet and bouncing.

Duke will take to the iconic Alma Altar to provide only the best musical soundtrack to your Sunday night with an incredible Soul Gospel Choir to add some mind-blowing vocals to the mix.

It’s going to be a night to remember this May in Liverpool!

LightNight 2018

When: 18th May

Where: Various

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Not only around Arthouse Hotel and its immediate area, Liverpool LightNight 2018 brings together art and culture from some of Liverpool’s best loved and the city’s lesser known venues. Family friendly, but perfect for everyone, LightNight takes visitors on an adventure across the city on a culture crawl like no other.

Artistic commissions have been popping up all over the city and we can’t wait to see what LightNight has in store for the people of Liverpool this year!

Million Dollar Men

When: 26th May

Where: Arthouse Hotel

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Our favourite show ever is back again for an evening that is sure to get tongues wagging. It’ll be raining men at Arthouse Hotel and we are living for the incredible performance that is showcased by the talented dancers.

Drawing inspiration from the iconic Magic Mike film, Million Dollar Men delivers gorgeous men with a snap, crackle, and pop. Each of the sultry dancers has their own special talent which they can’t wait to show you if you attend their show!

Experience the atmosphere of a Vegas show with a backing track of all your favourite 90s and 00s R’n’B, what could be better?

Stay at Arthouse Hotel this May in Liverpool

There is so much going on this May in Liverpool and it’s not too late to book an incredible stay at one of the best hotels in Liverpool.

Arthouse Hotel offers guests a unique stay at affordable prices. Stay in one of the best movie-themed hotels in the country and take advantage of our central location to everything Liverpool has to offer.

Call our friendly reservations team today and book a fantastic stay at Arthouse Hotel.

Best Restaurants in Liverpool Near Arthouse Hotel

While staying at Arthouse Hotel, you’ll find many of the best restaurants in Liverpool right on your doorstep.

Since you may find yourself spoilt for choice, we thought we’d narrow it down with our top recommendations.

Each of our choices is within walking distance from the hotel, so why not stop off for a bite to eat before exploring Liverpool nightlife?

Best Restaurants in Liverpool

Blind Tiger

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Sitting moments away along dynamic Seel Street, the dazzling decor and delicious dishes of Blind Tiger await.

With a stylish speakeasy feel, this unique bar and restaurant offers full table service, live music and an extensive Dim Sum menu.

Blind Tiger is also renowned for hosting talented live musicians for an atmospheric dining experience.

Alma de Cuba

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Alma de Cuba is one of Liverpool’s best-loved spots to wine and dine in the city centre. You’ll find the historic gem along Seel Street, within the spectacular walls of a former church.

Perfect for those with a cultured palette, Alma de Cuba boasts an eclectic menu, showcasing the fantastic flavours of South American cuisine.

By night, the ground floor of Alma offers a carnival-style experience, from sparkling Samba dancers to their famous petal shower.

Dia + Noche

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You’ll find the twinkling lights of Dia + Noche amongst the row of independent gems on Bold Street. This charming restaurant is one of the newest additions to Liverpool’s dining scene, and it’s certainly made quite the impression.

Serving up delicious lunch by day, this stylish space transforms into a stylish tapas and cocktail bar by night. You can choose from a range of tasty nibbles and main courses as you soak up the atmosphere.

Chicha – Peruvian Street Kitchen

best restaurants in liverpool

Chicha – Peruvian Street Kitchen is another of Bold Street’s independent favourites. Since opening its doors in 2016, the South American inspired spot has become a firm favourite for delicious food and drink.

Whether you opt for a refreshing plate from the Veggie Bar, browse the MeatFeast section or try a delectable dessert, Chicha’s colourful menu is bursting with flavour and choice.

Nolita Cantina

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Perfect if you’re feeling a little worse for wear after a big night out, NoLita Cantina doesn’t do anything by halves! Inspired by American Bistros with the feel of a New York deli, you can look forward to plenty of indulgence.

Treat yourself to a huge helping of meat with a hearty burger or sandwich overflowing with silky cheese. Veggies don’t have to worry as there’s also a great selection of vegetarian options guaranteed to hit the spot.

La Finca Eivissa

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Capturing the essence of summertime bliss, La Finca Evissa will brighten up any day of the week with a taste of Ibiza. Serving a fusion of Spanish-Mediterranean tapas, this eclectic spot is perfect for enjoying a bite to eat before the party begins.

Look forward to the best Ibizan cocktails and enjoy a warm reminder of the White Isle. You’ll find La Finca right next to Arthouse Hotel.

Villa Romana

best restaurants in liverpool

Bringing Liverpool an authentic slice of Italy, don’t miss a visit to Villa Romana during your stay at Arthouse Hotel. Serving traditional Italian dishes in a charming, rustic setting, Villa Romana showcases the best of home-cooked Italian food.

Their extensive menu ranges from delicious Neapolitan pizza to fresh pasta, grilled and pan fried meat, fish dishes, antipasti and speciality breads and salads. What better way to start a night of wining and dining?

La Parrilla Bold Street

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Serving up classic Mexican cuisine and char-grilled meats, look no further than La Parrilla for authentic food and drink served with a feel-good atmosphere.

Their mouthwatering menu features a huge range of Mexican favourites. And you’ll be pleased to know their portions are just as impressive.

Choose from flavoursome burritos, golden chimichangas, impressive sharing dishes and much more. Oh, and you’re more than likely to end up in a sombrero!

To enquire further about staying at Arthouse Hotel, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 601 8801. In the meantime, why not check out our latest offers?

All About Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock is undeniably one of the world’s most famous and influential directors of all time. From Birds to Psycho to Vertigo, it is hard to find someone who hasn’t seen at least one of ‘The Master of Suspense’s films. As we approach the anniversary of the legendary director’s death, nearly 40 years ago on April 29th 1980, we take a look back on all things Alfred Hitchcock.

He was celebrated throughout the cinematic world for his distinctly recognisable directorial style, with shots framed to maximise the feeling of unease within his viewers, creating a sense of fear, dread or anxiety in his innovative forms of film editing.

It was this iconic style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre.

Alfred Hitchcock

The Early Life of an Icon

Born to a William Hitchcock, a greengrocer in Leytonstone in 1899, Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was the second son and youngest of three children. Often found drawing and inventing games in his spare time, he was quiet and described as a bit of a loner – a trait that was mainly due to his size, which was large even as a child.

A story often told about Hitchcock’s upbringing, and the subsequent influence on his life and career is the story of Hitchcock’s time spent in prison.

When he was five years old, Hitchcock’s very strict, Catholic father punished the young boy for being naughty by sending him to the local police station with a note, asking the officers to lock him away for several minutes. This was Hitchcock’s only brush with the law, thanks to a deep-seated fear of authority because of this very moment.

After graduating from London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, with fantastic draftsmanship skills under his belt, Hitchcock took a job at Henley Telegraph Company as an estimator for their manufacture of electric cable.

With a job he saw as mind-numbing, Hitchcock used his free time to attend the cinema (often by himself0, read cinema trade papers and take drawing classes at London University. This creative side shone through in Henley’s Social Club magazine, where his short stories with twist endings and caricatures were published. These published works got Hitchcock promoted to the advertising department, as a creative advertising illustrator.

The Birth of a Director

Hitchcock’s first endeavour into film was a job as a title card designer (the text in silent movies that explains actions or shows dialogue) for Famous Players-Lasky (which later became Paramount). He used this job to get his foot in the door for screenwriting, assistant director, set designer and all other aspects of filmmaking.

After a few failed attempts at directing while at Famous Players-Lasky, during which he met his future wife, Alma, Hitchcock scored a hit with The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog in 1927. The film was a major success in the United Kingdom and is regarded as the first ‘Hitchcockian’ film, heavily influenced by expressionist techniques that Hitchcock witnessed while directing The Pleasure Garden in Germany in 1926.

The 1930s saw Hitchcock make film after film, with many becoming a success both on home soil and across the Atlantic in America. His 1938 film The Lady Vanishes, won the New York Critics’ Award for Best Film, which helped catch the attention of American film producer and studio owner David O. Selznick, who extended a contract offer of three motion picture films. Hitchcock accepted and moved his now wife Alma, and ten-year-old daughter Patricia, to Hollywood.

Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick

Iconic Films

Hitchcock was one of the first directors to which the ‘auteur theory was applied, a theory which stresses the artistic authority of the director in the filmmaking process. Such artistry is what contributed to so many of Hitchcock’s films being regarded with such icon status.

Perhaps the most well-known film from Hitchcock didn’t come until later in his career, Psycho, released in 1960, was the most shocking film of its time. With twists and disturbing themes that thrilled moviegoers across the world. The cheap budget ($800,000) gave Hitchcock motivation to be creative with his filming techniques, to such an extent that the now iconic shower scene, where the heroine is brutally murdered, is composed of more than 90 shots and 70 different angles. The scene is revered as one of the most thrilling pieces of work of all time.

Janet Leigh in Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock

Keeping with his later fashion of one-word titles and suspenseful thrillers, Hitchcock’s other most memorable films, which hold permanent places on the majority of ‘Top Films’ lists, includes Birds (1963), where a town is attacked by menacing flocks of birds, and Vertigo (1958), a story of obsession, manipulation and fear and a cycle of madness and lies.

The endless list of classics produced by the Master of Suspense is one of the many reasons he is considered to be one of, if not the, best directors of all time.

Hidden Gems

Not to be ignored are Hitchcock’s lesser known films, iconic in their own right, but often overshadowed by is creative giants. Early works such as Notorious (1946), Spellbound (1945) and The 39 Steps (1935) all have their place in film history for their technical ingenuity.

With more than 50 feature films under his belt throughout his career, there is a plethora of hidden and niche Hitchcock films that document his development to the style he was admired for.

Aesthetic

Often cited as a pioneer and auteur, Hitchcock’s filming style is what places him in the director’s hall of fame, with signature filming techniques and styles that help identify any of his films as distinctly Hitchcockian.

He appears as a cameo in 39 of his films, often with no lines and as a brief background character in early scenes. The tradition began When filming his first major success, The Lodger (1927), when there weren’t enough extras to fill the newsroom in the opening scene.

Alfred Hitchock's cameo in Rear Window

Certain camera angles and techniques have become associated with the director’s feature films, as he creates a feel of voyeurism for the audience, with point of view shots and roving tracking to guide the audience to the subject at hand.

Hitchcock also gained a reputation for using ‘icy blondes’ as his chosen heroines, from Grace Kelly to Janet Leigh to Ingrid Bergman. He once said that blondes are thought to be innocent and glamorous – the perfect recipe for a victim. The icy attitude was for added suspense, and to confuse the audience with their lack of empathy for the poor femme fatale.

He was also noted for his rigorous planning of his productions, with every detail of every scene meticulously storyboarded, with every camera angle, sound effect and movement accounted for and unchanged throughout the filming process.

Personal Life

Hitchcock met his wife, Alma, while working at his first studio, Famous Players-Lasky. She worked on continuity and editing for several of his early works and the two were married in 1926 and she became his chief collaborator on all films. Alma took a backseat to the limelight as she did not want the public attention that came with her husband’s rise to fame.

The couple welcomed their first and only child, a girl named Patricia, in 1928, and the entire family moved to Hollywood when David O. Selznick offered Hitchcock a three-film contract in March 1939.

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Awards, Honours and Death

Being one of the most well-noted directors in history comes with a string of awards and honours across a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the industry. Along with innumerable Oscar, Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations and awards, Hitchcock also received five lifetime achievement awards, eight Laurel Awards and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hitchcock became Sir Alfred Hitchcock after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980 New Year Honours.

In the first few months after his knighthood, Hitchcock worked on a script for a new spy thriller, The Short Night, but the project never came to fruition due to the director’s rapidly declining health. In April of 1980, he passed away in his home of renal failure at 80 years old.

The Hitchcock Floor at Arthouse Hotel

Arthouse Hotel, close to Liverpool’s city centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife, pay special homage to Hitchcock’s legacy and the impact he left on the cinematic world with an entire floor dedicated to his most iconic films.

Choose from eight Hitchcock themed rooms, sleeping between four and six guests, and indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema.

Spellbound room at Arthouse Hotel

Experience an elegant take on Bates Motel in Pyscho, or indulge in Notorious, there’s glamour in Suspicion and dark decadence in The Birds.

Be enchanted in Spellbound or experience life on the run in Stage Fright, there’s also the mystifying magnetism of Vertigo and a 1920s vibe in Easy Virtue.

There’s stylish accommodation for everyone whatever your favourite Hitchcock film, and with an amazing location in the heart of cultural Liverpool, there is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay at Liverpool’s best movie theme hotel.

66 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Film ‘Grease’

One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.

But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic high school flick.

We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.

See how many you knew already!

Grease film facts

Inspiration

Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.

The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.

Grease film facts

The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.

It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.

Casting

Sandy

The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.

Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.

Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.

Danny

Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.

The Guardian Angel

Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.

An Art Teacher

Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.

Held Back a Few Years?

None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.

Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.

The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.

On Set

Beauty School Dropout

This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.

The Dance Scenes

All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.

Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.

Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.

Rydell High

The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The outside is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the school field was at John Marshall High School.

It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.

Hair Dye

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her hair dark brown.

Originally, Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.

Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.

Arguments and Illness

There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”

John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.

A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.

The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Grease is the Word

Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.

Name Changes

Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.

In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.

‘You’re The One That I Want’

The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.

Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.

Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.

The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.

Trivia

The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”

John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.

It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.

Originally, Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.

The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.

Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.

In Mexico and Venezuela, Grease in known as Vaselina.

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

Cameos and Almost Camoes

When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.

The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.

The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.

Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.

The Soundtrack

Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.

The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.

Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.

The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.

Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.

Reception

Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.

Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.

The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.

Sequels and The Musical

Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.

There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.

Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.

Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.

Reunions

Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind. 

They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.

There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.

The Grease Room At The Arthouse

At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.

Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.

Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.

Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.

Liverpool Dating Made Easy for Movie Lovers at Arthouse Hotel

Looking for the perfect date night in Liverpool? Well here’s Liverpool dating for movie lovers made easy at Arthouse Hotel.

We’ve got the perfect location in the city to enjoy some of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife. From the trendy hip bars on Seel Street to the relaxed restaurants of Bold Street, Arthouse Hotel is the ideal place to spend date night in the city and here’s why.

Amazing Accommodation Offers at Arthouse Hotel

Let’s start with the superb offers we have for couples wanting to spend some quality time in the city together.

If date night falls midweek book our Dream and Dine stay and enjoy an overnight stay in one of our luxurious movie themed hotel rooms.

Each floor in Arthouse Hotel has a unique theme and our guests can chose from popular musical movies, Hitchcock thrillers or artistic Warhol masterpieces to form the backdrop to their night of romance.

Our Dream and Dine offer includes a deliciously romantic two course meal as well all for just £99 per couple, you and your special someone can spend a night together in the heart of the city.

Why not push the boat out this date night in Liverpool and book the Date Night special offer at Arthouse Hotel.

This amazing deal is perfect for super special occasions where its important to show your special someone just how much they mean to you.

For just £169 per couple the Date Night offer includes an overnight stay in impressive city centre accommodation, a tasty two course meal and an arrival surprise, our popular love suite love package.

Our staff will scatter rose petals across the room, place two scrumptious cupcakes on the bed and chill a bottle of Prosecco so you can toast your love in style.

Liverpool dating just got a whole lot easier and more affordable with Arthouse Hotel’s amazing offers.

Romantic Places to Eat and Drink in Liverpool

There’s something about the twinkling lights of the big city that screams romance and this couldn’t be truer in and around Arthouse Hotel.

Go for a romantic tipple inside Alma de Cuba and let the Latin theme inspire a fiery passionate night on the town.

Or perhaps enjoy some drinks alfresco in the nearby Kazimer Garden or Moloko where quaint and quirky outdoor courtyards are lit by hundreds of fairy lights perfect for enjoying the warmer spring evenings or bundling up under a blanket together when it gets chilly.

If you’d like to explore the culinary wonders of Liverpool there’s no better place to start than at Arthouse Hotel where our own in house kitchen serve delicious movie themed snacks such as yummy nachos and gourmet pizza.

Around the corner on Bold Street are some of the city’s newest and most popular eateries. Here visitors can enjoy Ibizan inspired experiences at La Finca Evissa, a tapas bar with a Spanish flare or if your taste take you to more exotic destinations a meal in Kasbah or Bakchich is sure to tickle your taste buds.

All these venues have mastered food from around the world and brought delicious dishes to Liverpool for everyone to try.

The best and easiest way to someone’s heart is often through their belly and a romantic meal in Liverpool will certainly make for a wonderful date night.

Have a Movie Night to Remember

If your date is a movie buff then you’ve brought them to the right place. Arthouse Hotel has been built to celebrate some of the best cinematic and artistic masterpieces of our time.

Whether your date is a fan of Mary Poppin’s or Marilyn Monroe, there’s a room at Arthouse for you.

Better still Arthouse is within easy walking distance of FACT cinema, Liverpool’s leading example of exhibiting art, new media and films both new and old.

FACT will show the latest blockbuster releases alongside silver screen movies and unique art installations. You could be watching a classic like Gone with the Wind on one screen whilst the latest gory scare-fest plays on another.

There’s all the trimmings of your average cinema with the added chance of seeing something extraordinary.

Liverpool dating couldn’t be easier than when you choose to spend your date night at Arthouse Hotel.

Call and arrange the perfect date night in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Famous for 50 Years: Warhol’s famous for 15 minutes turns 50 this year!

“In the future everyone in the world will be famous for at least 15 minutes” Andy Warhol 1968

Never a truer statement uttered, and this prophetic quote from Warhol accurately predicted the social media frenzy that has swept the world today.

Fifty years on and we live in a world where everyone can easily have their fifteen minutes of fame. Whether it’s from social media success, reality appearances on TV, or even going viral in a meme or YouTube video, fame is attainable, yet as Warhol’s coined phrase foretold, it is extremely fickle.

Famous for 15 minutes - Andy Warhol

source: Amuse – Vice

If, however, you were one of Warhol’s Superstars it seems fame didn’t stop after 15 minutes but lived on like Warhol’s legend and his work.

Here we look at some of the people who surrounded Warhol during his most creative years and how by simply knowing him they were preserved in fame along with his art and film works.

More than 15 minutes . . .

Many of those who encountered Warhol gleaned more than 15 minutes of fame from their time as either his muse or companion learn a little more about those who were famous for 15 minutes and more.

UltraViolet

UltraViolet - Famous for 15 minutes - Andy Warhol

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One of “Warhol’s Superstars” who penned confessional memoirs titled “Famous for Fifteen Minutes”, was UltraViolet.

The book is a tell-all about the life Isabella Collin Dufrense, a convent educated heiress from France who met Warhol in 1963 after being introduced by her friend Salvador Dali. She changed her name to Ultra Violet at the suggestion of Warhol and went on to star in over a dozen of his filmed art pieces.

Ultra Violet was Warhol’s muse for a fleeting time, her own 15 minutes were far from over though as she went on to become a successful solo artist in her own right and a sought-after contributor to lectures and exhibitions around the world.

Viva/Auder

Viva - Famous for 15 minutes - Andy Warhol

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Janet Susan Mary Hoffman, like Isabella Dufrense, was born into wealth and raised a devout Catholic and even considered becoming a nun.

Instead, Janet chose a career as a model and painter, both of which she gave up declaring that painting was a lost art and ended up meeting Warhol who gave her the name Viva.

After meeting Warhol, Viva’s film career began as she took the place of UltraViolet as his muse and stared in roles which often involved nudity or sexual scenes.

Following her career with Warhol Viva went onto star in other movies from Agnes Varda’s Lions Love to Woody Allen’s Play it Again, Sam.

Viva went on to write her own book about life in The Factory with Warhol titled Superstars, and now lives a life in Palm Springs painting landscapes.

Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick - Famous for 15 minutes - Andy Warhol

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Like so many of Warhol’s Superstars, Edie Sedgwick was from a wealthy family who went far back into the richest societies of America. She was drawn into Warhol’s orbit at a party and the pair were set up, despite Warhol being gay, the two had a passionate romance.

Known as the next generation Marilyn Monroe, it’s clear why Warhol fell in love with Edie, his own Marilyn obsession was reflected in her, she became Warhol’s Marilyn.

In April 1965, Edie was the girl of the year for Warhol. She went on to star in 10 of his filmed pieces starting with “Poor Little Rich Girl”.

As fast as their love had begun it ended with Edie leaving Andy, both his work and his side.

She went from the artistic world of Warhol to the musical world of Bob Dylan and went onto star in a few more of Warhol’s films before overdosing at the age of 28.

Edie Sedgwick is remembered today as a party girl, a fashion icon and the new age answer to Marilyn Monroe.

Our room

Famous for 15 minutes room at Arthouse Hotel

Our Famous for 15 minutes room at Arthouse Hotel has an eye-catching décor that includes a huge ceiling mural of Warhol and the Monroe portrait behind him that became one of his most famous works.

This stylish city centre hotel room can sleep up to six guests and has a small kitchenette area and chic ensuite bathroom.

The rest of the Warhol floor has been themed around pieces of his work and some of the short movies he created when he was “done with painting”. This is the only room on the floor that solely focuses on what Warhol’s work was all about.

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is artand working is art and good business is the best art” Andy Warhol

Book your stay in our Famous for 15 minutes room midweek and enjoy all this fabulosity for just £20 per person. Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

You can also check out some of our amazing hotel offers here and chose from any of the wonderful Warhol suites at available at Arthouse Hotel.