Wilfair Hotel Inspiration

When I first started thinking about The Wilfair Hotel a few years back, I thought of the real hotels I love and buildings that inspire me.

The Park Plaza, here in Los Angeles, is one. I had the photo below as my wallpaper when I started writing. The Wilfair doesn't look like this, of course, but it does have the grandeur and mystery.

I wrote about the Park Plaza today for work, so that was a treat. It's been in dozens of movies and television shows, specifically its very grand staircase. If you saw "Hotel for Dogs," that was the hotel. I wrote an article about the movie for Bark magazine, and got to sit on the staircase and watch them film a scene. So. Fun. There were like twenty dogs prancing about the lobby, so I was a happy gal.

Here's what I always think of, though, when I think of the Park Plaza: Steve Perry's "Oh Sherrie" video. This is from Mr. Perry's solo album, but if you like Journey you'll love this song (and I think we're all lovers of '80s music 'round this blog). It's pretty sweet, and Steve is singing from my favorite staircase to his real-life lady love, Sherrie. Can I also add I love how sweetly he hugs her at the end? I'm such a sap. It's at the 4:30 mark.

If you have a favorite '80s love song, put it in the comments and I'll do a round-up post!


Kelly said...

That video is brilliant! Not enough people make entertaining music videos.

Favourite 80's love song is tough! Guess I'd have to say REO Speedwagon - Keep on Loving You, since it has on occasion been my drunken Kareoke song of choice

Kelly said...

Arg thats not the one I meant, I meant Cant fight this feeling any more. It is late here, Clearly I should go to sleep!

Chiara said...

That video!! Hilarious!

So many 80's love songs... I don't know if I can choose a favorite. Time After Time maybe? Or Hello? I love The Police though so I'm also going to mention Every Breath You Take, although somebody did recently point out to me that the song is kinda creepy. Now I need to think about it's creepiness when I hear it.

Wilfair Book said...

Those are perfect suggestions, Chiara. I'll get one up this week!

The Police. I've had "Fortress Around Your Heart" on replay this week.

Jamila said...

There are just too many favorites to count. "Come On, Eileen" is up there. "Total Eclipse of the Heart." "Rio." Most anything by Bon Jovi or Madonna from that era.

Wilfair Book said...

Chiara: Oh no! "Fortress Around Your Heart" is Sting, not The Police. Ersh. I do like The Police's "Synchronicity II" because it isn't often rock-pop songs talk about mysterious lake creatures.

I'll put up your dedication tonight or tomorrow.

Jamila: And lady, you're up Tuesday or Wednesday. FAB choices. Madonna's "Crazy for You" is on the mega Wilfair playlist! Still, I think I know what I'm going with.

♥♥♥ 80s ♥♥♥

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