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Wolf Files: Sleeping With Celebs

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Presley never returned. But his room at the Best Western remains a shrine — with fans now paying $80 — rather than the usual $46 rate — to sleep in the same king-sized bed as the King himself.

4. Fancy Fugitive's Penthouse Hideaway: In 1972, when billionaire Howard Hughes wanted to check into the Westin Bayshore Resort in Vancouver, demanding the hotel's top four floors, the hotel didn't have much of a choice. The eccentric billionaire threatened to buy the hotel if his requests weren't met.

Years earlier, he had actually purchased the Desert Inn in Las Vegas under similar circumstances.

Usually, hotels trip over each other to attract millionaires. But by 1972, Hughes, then 66, had cemented his reputation as one of the strangest men on Earth. He had not been seen in public for years and was on the run from U.S. tax authorities.

Hughes eventually settled into rooms 2089-2091, where he resided for six months, invisible to all hotel employees, under the care of a private staff and a security staff, who indulged all his germ-phobic demands, which included 12 fresh boxes of Kleenex every day.

These days, you don't have to be a billionaire for the same royal treatment. All you need is $2,400 a night. And if you've got the dough, they've got the Kleenex.

5. John and Yoko's Bed-In Suite: The Vietnam War is long over, but you can stage your own personal "Bed-In" peace protest, just like John and Yoko did back in 1969, when they invited 150 journalists, various celebrities and former Canadian leader Pierre Trudeau into their hotel room for the world's most famous pajama party.

The lovefest culminated with Lennon writing and recording "Give Peace a Chance," with Tommy Smothers, Dr. Timothy Leary and Petula Clark gathered around the bed in a sing-along.

Montreal's elegant Queen Elizabeth Hotel is now commemorating the 35th anniversary of John and Yoko's greatest stunt, with a nightly package for fans starting at $1,462.

The price tag alone is more than enough of a reminder that the age of free love is over. But the package also included "Bed-In Pajamas," similar to John and Yoko's, the same breakfast and dinners they ordered, and a souvenir CD, although you'll have to listen to Yoko's cat-in-heat singing.

6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Spa and Pool: If you thought every moment of Beatlemania has already been commemorated, your yellow submarine is about to be sunk.

Seattle's Edgewater Hotel is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Fab Four coming to town for the first time, with hotel staff donning Sgt. Pepper uniforms. Guests are invited into hotel's own live "Octopus's Garden," and don't miss a series of special events, including a "Yellow Submarine Fishing Expedition" and a "Taxman" celebration for local CPAs.

In 1964, when the Beatles arrived in Seattle during their first U.S. tour, every other Seattle hotel turned them away, unwilling to put up with the thousands of screaming fans that thronged their hotels.

To simply get the Beatles into the hotel, local officials had to smuggle them inside in an ambulance, with taxi cabs and Faux Fab stand-ins used as decoys.

Edgewater employees still recount how girls offered bribes to be hidden in laundry bags. Carpet from Suite 272 was later cut into 1-inch squares and sold as souvenirs.

Now, 40 years later, the hotel is still profiting from their famous guests. A "Day Tripper" package includes a night in that same room, a commemorative CD, and Beatles-inspired cocktails — all for $419 a night.

The hotel room is so close to the water, you can actually fish from the windows, just as John, Paul, George and Ringo did (and if you don't believe it, the Edgewater has photos).

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