New Year's Eve at Marriott Denver Tech Center Ends In Major Technology Fail
Of all the New Year's Eve parties that took place in hotels on Saturday night, this might be the most action-packed one we've heard about so far. Spread out across two neighboring hotels, the Hyatt Denver Tech Center's "White Rose Gala" and the Marriott Denver Tech Center's "Champagne Hotel" attracted thousands of midnight revelers. And for a while, it was smooth, champagne-fueled sailing.
Until midnight struck, and over 3,000 inebriated Marriott guests tried heading back to their rooms—only to discover they were all locked out! According to MSNBC, a computer error apparently crashed the hotel's entire key card database, and though pretty much everyone was drunk as a bicycle, and ready to collapse into their beds, they all had to wait until 3am to be let back into their rooms.
Excuse us for taking some wicked pleasure in these photos from the event on Saturday night. If only they knew what the rest of their night held in store...
Said one guest while waiting, like hundreds of others, in the lobby:
"None of the keys here at the Marriott Denver work. See that crowd of people? Nobody can get into their rooms."
The problem was apparently resolved around 3am later that night. No word on whether Marriott has offered any upgrades or points to its guest to compensate for the inconvenience. Tickets for the Champagne Hotel party ranged from $49 to $149 for Ultra VIP passes—though no level of VIP was about to let any of the guests back into their rooms until after the computers were restored.