Britain's 'News of the World' Scandal Briefly Overflows Into a London Hotel
It's not huge news in the US, but over in England, the News of the World phone hacking scandal and paper closure is all anyone can talk about. Thus, it's no surprise that paparazzi have been trailing both News Corp head Rupert Murdoch and News International chief Rebekah Brooks over the last few days, watching their every move during this stressful period. One stop on the Murdoch-Brooks itinerary was the five-star Stafford Hotel, just near Murdoch's London residence.
The Stafford is a properly British hotel, discreet and exclusive, so it's no wonder Murdoch, Brooks and James Murdoch retired here to dine and discuss the fact that they've just put over 200 people out of work and shut Britain's oldest paper amid controversy and police inquiries. We're assuming they reserved a private dining room, otherwise they'd risk having entrees pitched at them. Oh wait; we forgot. This is Britain and therefore the most intense a confrontation would get is maybe dirty looks and snotty tsk-tsking from across the room.
If you'd like to sleep at The Stafford, expect to pay anywhere from 385 GBP ($611) per night for a Classic King to 613 GBP ($974) for a Junior Mews Suite. If you're rolling in the dough a la Murdoch, however; it's the Guv' nor's Suite for you, at 2,100 GBP ($3,336) per night. For that price, you could employ one out-of-work News of the World reporter for another month.