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So far this week we’ve told you about his-and-hers hotel requests by the rich and famous. It’s not just celebrity songstresses and notorious blowhards who require all sorts of fancy amenities at hotels though.
Not ones to stay away from the spotlight, politicians are demanding hotel guests in an entirely different class—often with safety and conferencing requirements that have whole hotel staffs (and national security forces) scrambling. Then again, sometimes all they want is an Atkins bar and some decaf coffee. Here are a few of our favorites that we came across.
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Hillary's Hotel Dilemma: TMZ is reporting that Hillary staffers are trying to unload all the hotel rooms they booked in Denver, in hopes their boss was going to be the Democratic presidential nominee.
· Ed Scheetz Still Making Money: Ex-CEO of Morgans Hotel Group, Ed Scheetz may have resigned from his post after a girl was found dead of a drug OD in his Vegas apartment but he's still making money. He just sold his Greenwich Village apartment for $8.7 million, reports The Real Deal. He bought it in 2006 for $6.7 million.
· Cosmo Hotel Did Rip-Off the Magazine?: Jenna discovered a link which positioned the upcoming Cosmo Hotel as the perfect place for Cosmo readers. Hearst lawsuit starting to make some sense. But not much.
· Layover Nation Contest: Y'all must be crazy not to enter this contest. There's no purchase required. All you have to do is submit a layover suggestion for Michael Kinsley when he takes his world trip in September. It's so easy to do we're gonna stop talking now. ENTER HERE.
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know by now that last night marked the end of the Democratic primaries and, effectively, the end Hillary Clinton's campaign (though she has yet to concede).
Clinton was in NYC addressing supporters at Baruch College at an "end-of-primaries celebration event" when the world received word that Obama had clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.
Afterward, according to Radar, Clinton campaign staffers headed over to the Gramercy Park Hotel to an end-of-primaries Clinton-funded afterparty. Up in the posh penthouse of Schrager's exclusive boutique property, Clinton staffers drowned their sorrows in expensive cocktails. Radar describes the scene:
"It's a sad night, for sure," [a staffer] sighed, as John Mellencamp's political rally staple, "This Is Our Country," blared away on the loudspeakers . . . "We put in a lot of hard work on this campaign, so it's tough to see it end like this." She paused to take a sip of her Chardonnay. "I guess it's time to look for a new job."
Well, we guess if you've gotta go, you might as well go out in style.
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Why's that? Because the hotel used to be the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel:
[T]he hostelry was the notorious scene of a mysterious illness in 1976 during an American Legion convention, later dubbed Legionnaires' disease. Thirty-four deaths were eventually traced to the Legionella pneumophila bacteria.
Yikes, couldn't Hillary have picked a happier place than that? One suggestion: The Loews Philadelphia which just completed a $9 million renovation.
Fortunately, in the future Philly is going to be getting all sorts of cool hotels so the next presidential candidate will have plenty of options.
[Photo: NY Daily News]