LATEST: Singer Britney Spears' mother LYNNE was forced to open the Onyx HOTEL yesterday (13JUL04) after her daughter snubbed the ceremony to spend time with her new fiance KEVIN FEDERLINE.

KIMPTON HOTEL + RESTAURANT GROUP LLC executives were amazed Spears cancelled her appearance because the Massachusetts hotel - which shares the same moniker as her now-defunct tour - named a VIP suite THE BRITNEY SPEARS FOUNDATION ROOM, after the star's charity.

But the TOXIC singer asked her mother to cut the ribbon in her place so she could holiday in Hawaii with her dancer beau - and continue her recovery from the leg injury which forced her to axe her tour.

The star's suite is accessorized with angels, fairies and a photo of Spears sporting a bra and halo. Her platinum records line the walls above a bar filled with the beauty's favourite snacks. Ten per cent of the suite's earnings will go to the room's namesake charity.

Lynne describes the suite, "In the room's smallish bathroom, there are gold fixtures, a bottle of Britney's cologne and 'Music is well said to be the speech of angels' is stenciled on the wall."

14/07/2004 17:20