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After Drowning Death, The Ace Hotel Will No Longer Keep Pool Open All Night

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August 14, 2009 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Ace Hotel Palm Springs, which just opened in February, was hoping to have an all-summer long party with their regular weekend pool festivities but sadly, tragedy struck the hotel last weekend.

A 22-year-old man was found dead in the hotel's pool early Sunday morning.

Redlands resident Kenneth Crawford was a friend of two guests staying at the popular Palm Springs hotel, according to management.

Police investigating Crawford's drowning learned he was among a group of friends that had gone out drinking earlier in the hours prior to the incident, according to Palm Springs Police Sergeant Mitch Spike.

The group had not been drinking at the hotel, Ace owner and manager Alex Calderwood said Monday.

Crawford and his friends had returned to the hotel after their night out and decided to go for a swim. His friends later noticed he was missing and then discovered him at the bottom of the pool. They performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived. He was later pronounced dead at 3:38am. No "immediate signs of foul play" have been found but still, this is utterly tragic news.

A HotelChatter reader, Jonathan, was staying at the hotel last weekend and heard of the news on Sunday morning. He told us that immediately, the pool was closed and the water drained. He also said that he was told the pool would no longer be open 24 hours for guests as it previously has been. Instead it will be closed off to guests from the hours between 3am and 6am.

We think that's a good decision on the Ace Hotel's part. Hopefully, this type of tragedy can be avoided in the future--not just at the Ace Palm Springs, but at every hotel pool.

[Photo courtesy of HotelChatter reader Jonathan]

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