Will Marriott Be a Sore Loser After Eden Roc Lawsuit Drama?
It's been about a year since trouble first started brewing down at Miami's famed Eden Roc Hotel. The property, which has been around since the 1950s, is managed by Marriott, but the relationship between Marriott and the hotel's owners was bad. So bad, in fact, that the hotel tried to boot Marriott from the premises during an after-dark siege. Serious drama, right?.
A judge (who happened to be a self-professed Eden Roc "fan"") declared back in November that Marriott has the legal right to remain as manager of the hotel.
Or should we say, 'had.'
Yesterday, the hotel's attorney announced that Eden Roc has won in a New York Appellate court the right to oust Marriott as manager of the property. The attorney called it "a vindication," and believes the outcome of this bitter lawsuit will help settle future disputes between hotel owners and management:
"A hotel manager is barred from commandeering a property against the owner’s wishes. Any doubts in that regard have been laid to rest."
Whether or not this lawsuit will be a boon to hotel owners "across the country," we can't really tell. But we sure are glad that things worked out for Eden Roc. Marriott's a fine brand and all, but clearly, they had outstayed their welcome (something a hotel company, of all people, should really be more sensitive to!), and couldn't take a hint when the relationship was over.
We're guessing plenty of champagne corks will be going off tonight at Eden Roc. As for Marriott, well, better luck next time!
Have you been following this saga? Do you feel Eden Roc is vindicated after the higher court's recent decision? Let us know your thoughts below!
[Photo: Eden Roc]