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The Tricky Transition of the Black Point Inn

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  Site Where: 510 Black Point Road [map], Scarborough, ME, United States, 04074
November 16, 2007 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back on Halloween we introduced you to Neil Porta, who runs the show at Maine's Black Point Inn, and now it is time to tell you a bit more about the old Inn out on Prout's Neck.

Find out the current state of the 1878 property, and how to avoid getting arrested on your way to the Inn, all after the jump, of course.

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Meet The Innkeeper: Black Point Inn

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  Site Where: 510 Black Point Rd [map], Scarborough, ME, United States, 04074
October 31, 2007 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

The thing about staying at an inn is sooner or later you are going to bump into the innkeeper. Whether you are a social butterfly or an introvert, when you stay at a small bed and breakfast, or an inn, you need to be prepared for your "innkeeper interaction". Which is why we figured it would be a good idea for you to get to know who runs your inn of choice before you decide to check-in. Meet The Innkeeper is our new video feature where the innkeepers get to speak directly to you, oh so intimidating potential guest, and tell you what their particular inn has to offer.


Today we present to you Neil Porta, Managing Partner at the Black Point Inn on Prouts Neck Maine. Have specific questions for Neil, or us? Leave them in the comments section below.

More on the Black Point Inn coming soon.

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Perth's Observation City Hotel Past Its Prime

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  Site Where: The Esplanade , Scarborough, Australia, 6019
June 4, 2007 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the kinky gang-member hotel staff have been fired, we can take a proper look at the Rendezvous Observation City Hotel. It's the only high-rise hotel you'll find along the pristine Western Australian coast--its 17 storeys caused a ton of controversy when they were built, and locals would never allow what the consider a monstrosity to be repeated anywhere along the beach. This makes Ob City's views one of a kind in Perth, even if it is suburban Perth, some 6 or 7 miles from the city center.

If you've got a rental car, then the location is actually great, with easy access to attractions like the Hillarys Boat Harbour or a ride over to the island of Rottnest. And of course the gorgeous Scarborough Beach is literally right outside. Inside the hotel is a trickier matter. It was a 5-star hotel in its heyday, but is now really only a 4-star. It's got 327 regular rooms, including newly refurbished Plaza Club rooms on the top 3 floors, and 6 suites with huge balconies overlooking the Indian Ocean.

And one more tip: don't make a booking too far in advance. There are rumblings of redevelopment plans for the Observation City building, including turning it into a smaller boutique hotel and selling parts of it off as luxury apartments. We'll keep you posted.

[Photo: Carol58a]

Related Stories:
· Rendezvous Observation City reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Real Hotel Sex: Staff Gone Wild [HotelChatter]
· Luxury Units, Boutique Hotel Planned for Observation City Site [The West Australian]

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Real Hotel Sex: Staff Gone Wild

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  Site Where: The Esplanade, Scarborough, Perth, Australia, 6019
April 17, 2006 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

We usually hear of guests acting kinky in hotel rooms, but never the staff. That is until we read this report about the staff at the Rendezvous Observation City Hotel in Perth, Australia.

About a dozen hotel managers and staff, including security team, were fired for "wild parties and drug-fuelled sex orgies" in the hotel rooms.

Some more of the bad behavior includes:

· Senior staff regularly stole dozens of cartons of alcohol from the hotel and loaded them on to a truck during night shifts.
· Staff stole televisions and even beds from vacant hotel rooms.
· Security guards sold drugs to staff.
· Staff used the hotel's exclusive suites for regular sex romps during shifts.
· Staff pocketed hundreds of dollars by short-changing guests on bar tabs during functions at the hotel.

Apparently, the security team at the hotel were the ringleaders for most of the antics as almost all of them were part of a notorious biker gang, Coffin Cheaters.

So if you walked out of the Rendezvous short of change, then you know what happened to it. But we wouldn't suggest trying to get it back.

Related Stories:
· Security 'ran hotel orgies' [Sunday Times]
· Rendezvous Observation City reviews [TripAdvisor]