Swarming around the hotel were protesters dressed up in fake Ahmadinejad clothing and rubber masks, not to mention upset neighborhood residents, who saw the Iranian president's visit as a scourge on the neighborhood. However well-remunerated the hotel was by the end of his stay, surely it can't be worth losing the respect of a whole neighborhood? One of the activists, Nathan Carleton, had this to say:
"I think that itís obvious that a lot of hotels did not want to host him. Maybe they donít support him. Maybe they donít want his money. Maybe they donít want to deal with this mess that heís caused at the Warwick"
So why did The Warwick decide to take him? Read their half-ass response:
"We are ready to cater to the needs of UN delegates and other representatives in support of the official event."
Now that the Warwick has almost certainly been blacklisted by quite a few, how will they ever make it up to the city? Maybe they should take a page out of Affinia Manhattan's book. You can't go wrong with cupcakes.