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Worst Hotel Hell: The Mandarin Oriental Beijing Burns Down Before It Opens

Where: Beijing, China
December 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2009 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year (and the decade) all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.


If you've ever stayed in a Mandarin Oriental Hotel before, it will likely be an luxury hotel experience you (and your wallet) won't forget. Which is why it was so sad that the Mandarin Oriental Beijing burned down just as it was nearing completion. Even sadder, the fire was a result of Chinese New Year fireworks that had been set off by China's state-run broadcasting company near the hotel. D'oh.

The fire-ravaged hotel is still standing and the hotel's website says that the project has (obviously) been postponed. According to the StructureHub blog, the hotel can be repaired but may not necessarily rebuilt. We hope something good can come from these luxury ashes.

Keep reading for more of the year's worst events.

Runner Ups
1. Swine Flu Hotels: Yuck. We'd like not to hear the words Swine Flu again in 2010.

2. Peeping Toms: Erin Andrews, the ESPN sportscaster, was filmed inside her hotel room by a Peeping Pervy Tom who fashioned a micro-camera out of the peephole, making us all totally paranoid about getting naked in a hotel room.

3. The Bel-Air's Renovations Leaves Brides Stranded: We were so happy that the Hotel Bel-Air was finally getting a much-needed renovation but the two-year closure left many brides-to-be stranded on their dream day.

4. Having our iPod Stolen: Just when you thought the in-room safes were not necessary, our iPod was stolen from the MGM Grand during a trip to Vegas last summer. Lock 'em up kiddies, lock 'em up.

[Photo: Hidden History]

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