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Could This New Lawsuit Be The Death of the Hotel Newspaper?

August 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM | by | ()

This story is for all the people who leave us nasty comments when we complain about annoying hotel fees. At least we haven't filed a lawsuit about them yet.

Yes, one man is so upset about being charged 75 cents for what he thought was a free copy of USA Today that he is suing Hilton Hotels in a federal class action lawsuit. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Rodney Harmon, 55, of Sacramento said he visited the Hilton Garden Inn Sonoma County Airport on March 28 and saw a copy of USA Today outside his door.

"He did not request a newspaper and assumed it had been placed there by hotel staff," said the suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Harmon didn't realize until later that a 75-cent charge for the paper had been added to his bill. Harmon accused Hilton of deliberately hiding the newspaper charge by describing the fee in an "extremely small font which is difficult to notice or read" on the sleeve of the room card.

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Skip The Continental Breakfast and Order the Good Stuff at The Vintners Inn

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  Site Where: 4350 Barnes Road [map], Santa Rosa, CA, United States, 95403
November 9, 2009 at 5:22 PM | by | ()

There are no shortages of good places to eat in Sonoma and Napa so we're pretty sure that if you find yourself heading there one weekend, you will be well-fed. But since we're always asking what you did over the weekend, we thought we'd fill you in on what we did this weekend.

We headed up to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County for a family wedding and shacked up at the so-so Flamingo Resort which is essentially an old 60s motel that has been renovated for the 21st century. Room rates were $109 a night and the sheets were extraordinarily crisp and clean. Other than that, we have really nothing to rave or rant about.

But on Sunday morning, we found ourselves at the Vintners Inn, a hotel on a proper vineyard.

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