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When Bad Revolving Floors Happen To Good People

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April 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

Or is it the other way around...?

We didn't think it was possible to have a bad time at a revolving restaurant on top of a hotel, but one family in Katy, TX has found a way. Back In October, reports The Houston Chronicle, while dining at Spindeltop atop the Hyatt Regency Houston with her parents, a four-year-old girl got her foot stuck in the gap between the slowly-rotating floor and the window. A few panic-stricken moments ensued as they struggled to free her, but luckily the girl came away with her foot intact, and only a few lacerations. Scary!

The bad news? The family is now suing Hyatt for the incident, claiming the gap didn't have any warning signs, and that the hotel handled the situation badly.

Well, gee.

We feel sorry for the (probably traumatized) little girl, but we're going to have to file this one under "unnecessary lawsuits that waste people's time." Everyone knows that revolving floors move at the pace of a slug, and are probably less of a hazard than slugs themselves. So how this ended up snowballing into such a calamitous affair is slightly beyond us (though we do hope the restaurant at least comped their meal).

We also—selfishly—hope this doesn't ruin the revolving restaurant experience for the rest of us. Back in 2007, HotelChatter put together a list of its Favorite Hotel Revolving Restaurants, and our love for moving dining spaces hasn't changed one bit. If some weird legislation were to put a ban on all revolving restaurants, we'd be really sad.

As much as we loathe Times Square, whenever we find ourselves there, one of our favorite things to do is climb to the top of Marriott Marquis and sit for a while inside The View, looking down on all of Queens, Brooklyn and even parts of New Jersey.

According to 002 Mag, Spindletop, on the 33rd floor of Hyatt Regency Houson, was re-opened last year after a $1.4 million renovation. The restaurant is described as follows:

"Located atop Downtown’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, the “Spindletop Express,” a glass-enclosed elevator takes you up 34 floors to the circular designed dining room. The glass-walled restaurant makes one turn every 45 minutes allowing you to view the skyline from every angle throughout your dining experience."

[Photo: 002 Mag]

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