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As we all kind of expected the Manhattan DA's office is asking the judge to dismiss the rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn claiming that the witness, a housekeeper at The Sofitel New York was an unreliable witness for several reasons. (Of course, that still that doesn't change the fact that DSK, a married man, admitted the sex was consensual.)
Nevertheless what really, um, stood out for us was this bit in the prosecution's filing and highlighted by The Smoking Gun.
In a motion to dismiss rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Manhattan prosecutors today reported that an analysis of carpet stains in the Frenchman’s $3000-per-night Sofitel hotel room “contained the semen and DNA” of three unknown men, while a stain on the room’s wallpaper contained the semen and DNA of a fourth unknown man.
There's nothing worse than checking into a luxury hotel only to find that there is some fugly carpeting in the rooms and/or the hallways. Kinda like what happened when we popped into the George V in Paris. Fortunately, at the Four Seasons Los Angeles, that won't be happening.
The hotel completed a renovation of their guestrooms and suites last January and pretty carpeting seems to have been a priority. Check out the guestroom hallway carpeting above. The butterflies are a sweet and whimsical touch (we admittedly went, "Ooo!") yet the dark brown helps keep the hallway traffic dirt hidden. Then in the guestrooms, the palette goes lighter with a salmon and light teal design (see below.)
What's a business hotel in a fashion city to do? First off, don't be too offensive in design to either party; that means no super modern furniture or cutting-edge technology to annoy the regular business travelers, and no boring color schemes and generic artwork to annoy the fashion folk. We actually think the Crowne Plaza Milan does a great job in this regard, and one unexpected area where this is quite apparent is the carpet.
We're going to say something super positive right here: The Crowne Plaza Milan's carpeting doesn't deserve to be in the Facebook Fugly Hotel Carpeting Group, and as far as we know, it's not been added...yet. We actually like it, as we're a mix of business and fashion folk. The brown and beige are neutral colors and althoug the swirly pattern is a super energetic one, we're not dizzy nor are we revolted by the style.
So whaddaya think? Should this carpet be relegated to the Fugly Hotel Carpet Group, or would it look better in your bedroom? Let us know in the comments!
It's a brand new week, and NYC has a brand new hotel for us to get excited about. Although, by the looks of this snapshot sent in by a tipster, the Setai Fifth Avenue is going to need some brand new carpet to replace this poor piece that is looking worse for wear after welcoming guests at the hotel's grand opening party on Friday night.
Our party spy tells us that this lobby carpet "literally dissolved throughout the evening," which reminds us of the heady days of house parties and trying to clean up before our parents got home. A carpet like this would have been doomed in that scenario, and meant a definite grounding. (Will someone at The Setai be grounded? Will they be sent to one of those pretty guestrooms?)
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At least the floors in the lobby are uncarpeted
Did you send them your stolen stuff? Fairmont’s Peace Hotel in Shanghai reopens (or reopened, seeing as they’re ahead of us) today, complete with its museum of hotel memorabilia compiled from offerings from the light-fingered likes of you.
The hotel is throwing around words like “grandeur”, “majesty” and “glamorous” to describe the refit, so as you can imagine, this is not going to be your greige boutique hotel. A copper roof, marble floors and Lalique glass around the place is more appropriate.
The 270 rooms will feature “1930s flourishes” but happily 21st century amenities – LCD TVs in the bath, WiFi and Illy espresso machines. They’re sticking traditional with the toiletries, though, and going with Miller Harris.
At one point, this was the carpeting at the Foxwoods Cedar Casino (and it may still be!)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that for years and years and years hotels installed bewildering, dizzying, headache-inducing and downright scary carpeting in their public spaces (and sometimes in the rooms!) so as to distract guests from stains, spills and unsavory remnants of accidents, bodily or otherwise.
Fortunately, as we head into the second decade of the new millennium, hotels have found a way to incorporate "whimsical" yet eye pleasing design into their carpet choices. See some examples of that here.
But just in case you come across some god-awful carpeting (believe us, there is still plenty of that out there) you can commiserate with others in this Facebook "support" group: People Who Believe Hotels Have the Ugliest Carpets.
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The hotel's management has assured us that the bedding in the hotel has been updated, even though it appears the website photos have not. The hotel has also made upgrades to its restaurant and its business center yet remember, because this is a Choice Hotel, there is free WiFi throughout.
What we're also digging about this hotel is that it's pet-friendly and has a casino on site (Typically, the budget brand hotels in Vegas do not have casinos.) It's location is decent, next to the Las Vegas Convention Center and close to Wynn/Encore. Room rates start around $84 a night and free continental breakfast is included too.
But will we take a chance on this hotel during our next trip to Vegas? Sure, so long as they update those room photos.
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For a hotel that stresses their love for winethere's a hosted lobby wine reception in the evening, a great bottle of red in the minibar and even sommelier classes at other Palomarsthe carpeting is a perfect choice for hiding red wine stains. But how does it go over with male guests? The Palomar is a consummately feminine hotel, and when we stayed we saw no evidence of single male guests. Rather, those trotting through the lobby or joining in the wine reception were female executives, female tourists and the occasional couple.
We’ve already talked about how the old Yankee Clipper Beach Resort has had a makeover to become the fresh-faced Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, but today we’re taking a closer look at one of our favorite topics: Hotel Carpets. See how modern and geometric and nautical this carpet in the Sheraton’s Beach Tower hallway is?
When we think of Boca Raton, a popular warm getaway destination for the Northeast, we typically think of two things--Jerry Seinfeld's parents and the colors pink and beige, which is pretty much the color scheme for all major buildings down there.
Don't get me wrong. I love the Boca Resort. Parts of the Tower, however, appear to be lost in a 1970s time warp. This is the lobby stairway carpeting in the Tower.
Yes, it's another example of fugly carpeting in hotels. This time the offender is the new PH Towers by Westgate in Las Vegas whose hallway carpeting hurts our eyes. Although, we quite liked our stay the hallway rugs were rather garish, if not a blatant ripoff of the carpeting at Vdara, just in fuglier colors.
But it may not be fair to call this hotel carpeting fugly. Compared to the room's shower curtains, it looks quite lovely. Is our next series to be on Fugly Hotel Shower Curtains? We sincerely hope not.
Pic of offending shower curtain after the jump.
While many people trample all over it without a second thought, we take hotel carpeting pretty seriously around here. Whether it’s so offensive we need blackout shades for our eyes, or non-fugly enough for us to include in a pretty little gallery, we’ve devoted significant time to the topic. So when we returned to the Crosby Street Hotel recently, we stopped in our tracks to notice something we hadn’t on our first visit: the carpet is neither hard nor soft, is a light gray, and almost unnoticeable. But is it Fugly or Non-Fugly?