Thompson Beverly Hills Delay Blamed on Colombian Guerrillas With Fine Taste
An article in the LA Times yesterday summing up the changing landscape of the Hollywood hotel scene has an interesting report on why Jason Pomeranc's Thompson Beverly Hills has been delayed. The reason is so crazy that we can't even bring ourselves to paraphrase it.
YOU expect the unexpected when you're opening a new hotel, but nothing
quite prepared Jason Pomeranc for the phone call he received as he rushed to get the doors open at the new Thompson Beverly Hills. "Did you read the newspaper?'" the caller asked Pomeranc, the co-owner of Manhattan-based Thompson Hotel Group. "There was a leftist guerrilla attack on the port in Colombia and our stone [a specially made black polished concrete intended for the hotel's lobby] is being held hostage by the guerrillas at the port."
Mmmmkay? Actually, there really was an a rebel attack on a Colombian port but the only shipment that the news reports talked about was cocaine.
Thompson Beverly Hills also offers a September opening date which again we don't believe. Simply because we drove by the spot yesterday and steel beams were just being erected on the rooftop for the hotel's ABH lounge. The rest of the place was still pretty much boarded up.
Then again, we hate always being so cynical about Thompson hotels. It's bad for our complexion. So we'll try to be positive about this. Maybe Pomeranc can free Beverly Hills from it's "beige prison" by the time the Emmys awards air. Just think of all the fabulous after parties the hotel can host!