Libyan Dictator Might Be Ruling Over NY's Pierre Hotel Next Week
We should have known that a picky dictator only picks the best hotels, regardless of availability of first-floor suites. We guess Libyan dictator Moammar al-Qaddafi doesn't read HotelChatter (thank god), because he sure didn't read our Top Three Recommendations for him during his stay in New York for his meeting with the good old United Nations.
Instead, Luxist did some sniffing around in the news to discover that suites have been reserved in Moammar and company's names at several properties not on our list, like The Pierre, The Plaza, and The Hilton. The current favorite seems to be The Pierre, whose rooms begin at $820 a night and have the Taj Pierre Grand suites, which "can accommodate up to six connecting bedrooms under just one key and have landscaped terraces suitable for large-scale entertaining."
And who do you think Qaddafi will be entertaining? How about Iran's leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose reservations are already confirmed for The Barclay on East 48th Street? Nothing like a bro-cation weekend in New York to catch up with your fellow fundamentalist friends.
Whichever property they choose, we feel horribly for the hotel PR people. Not only will there be protestors and all kinds of security threats, but good luck overcoming being remembered as "that place where the Libyan dictator behind the Lockerbie bombing slept." Also, we wouldn't want to be a guest at the hotel during his stay; the hotel better offer a super-discounted "Dictator In Town" special. We're thinking that knocking a zero off of the Pierre's nightly price would do just fine.
[Photo: AP and 414 Hotel]