Judge Orders Eden Roc and Marriott To Kiss And Make Up
About a month ago, we reported that Marriott was suing the pants off Eden Roc for attempting to kick Marriott out during an "egregious raid in the pre-dawn hours"—something that sounds good on paper, or maybe in a Nicholas Cage movie, but isn't actually that practical in real life.
Well, now, after Marriott took the Eden Roc owners to court, a judge has decreed that Marriott is still the legal manager of the hotel, and cannot be removed by any underhanded sneak tactics. Well, those weren't the judge's words per se, but you get the gist.
Interestingly, the judge, New York State Supreme Court Justice Melvin L. Schweitzer—we'll just call him Melve—made it known that he actually took a personal interest in the case, having spent some time at the Eden Roc himself. In an aside, Melve mentioned he was "a fan of Eden Roc from years back when I passed over Fontainebleau and went next door." But both Marriott and Eden Roc were too busy making nana-poo-poo faces at each other to acknowledge the compliment.
Things must be pretty tense now down at the Miami Beach hotel for both parties—kind of like a girlfriend who tries to dump her overbearing boyfriend but then a judge orders them to continue living together. Awkward! Of course, Eden Roc has been one of Miami's most iconic hotels since the 1950s, so they certainly aren't worried about establishing a reputation or anything like that.
But after all the drama that's unfolded in the past six months, we'd probably opt for the Fontainebleau after all, unlike judge Melve, for fear of being caught in the cross-fire.
Judge Melve squarely denied Eden Roc's request to ban Marriott from the premises, and ordered the two parties to kiss and make up, and possibly appoint a mediator to resolve the matter.
Stayed at the Eden Roc recently? Could you cut the tension in the air with a knife? Or were things just pretty normal? Drop a comment below, we're dying to know!