Hotels that entered language

Some luxury hotels transcended their meaning and entered daily language:

“The Hanoi Hilton” – Vietnam war prison

“Fawlty Towers” – fictional, for a hotel with funny shortcomings

“Heartbreak Hotel” – several meanings; from Elvis Presley song to Graceland to the Ramada Plaza JFK Airport

“National Hotel disease” – a mysterious sickness, possibly a political poisoning, that killed 35 and injured 400 staying at the National Hotel Washington in 1857

“Bed-In for Peace” – John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Amsterdam Hilton

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” – a high lifestyle, born at the The Ritz, Paris; also a song

“NRT – Not Ritz Type” – conceived at The Ritz, Madrid

“Watergate” – The Watergate Hotel, Washington DC

“Bilderberger” – from the conference that started in 1954 at Hotel de Bilderberg, Oosterbeek, Holland

“Hotel Rwanda” – Hotel des Mille Collines Kempinski (ex-Sabena), Kigali, a movie and statement against genocide

“Hotel California” – The Beverly Hills Hotel, LA (other ideas exist), from the famous song by the Eagles

“The lyrics weave a surrealistic tale in which a weary traveler checks into a luxury hotel. The hotel at first appears inviting and tempting, but it turns out to be a nightmarish place … It’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream.” (Wikipedia)

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