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We're still not over the shocking news of Alex Calderwood's sudden death last week. And judging from the emails we've received and the tweets we've seen, people who knew Alex personally are still in utter shock as well.
While details of his death have not been released, the Daily Beast did find out that Calderwood passed away in a hotel room at the just-opened Ace London Shoreditch last Thursday afternoon. By the time The Daily Beast arrived at the hotel on Sunday, they could hardly find anything amiss in the lobby and restaurant. However, employees at the hotel were shaken.
But behind the game faces, the staff had, however, clearly been rattled by the events of recent days, which came to a dramatic head when an ambulance, preceded by a paramedic on a bike, arrived at the hotel at 2:30pm on Thursday afternoon, shortly after the body of Calderwood was discovered.
Calderwood was pronounced dead on the scene. The police said his death was not suspicious but would not give any further details until a post-mortem was carried out this week. Calderwood has publicly mentioned his struggles with alcoholism but it's not clear if that played any role in his death.
The Ace put out a statement on their blog today that simply said:
Yesterday Alex Calderwood passed away.
Alex was our teacher, mentor, guru and most importantly our dear friend.
We will miss him.
No more details were given. Calderwood started Ace Hotels in Seattle back in 1999 and went onto to open more locations in Portland, Palm Springs and New York. But it was the NYC hotel that really made the hotel industry take notice of this hipster hotel brand. The Ace NYC has multiple retail shops, the hot Breslin restaurant and Stumptown coffee, along with a lobby scene that just won't quit. The Ace is pretty much responsible for a bunch of copycat hotels coming to the area too.
As Ace continues with its expansion plans (Los Angeles is opening in January, more locations are on the horizon), we wonder how they will move forward without Calderwood's vision guiding them.
[Photo: NY Mag]
Most of the hotel ghosts that we hear about here are pretty harmless. They are more poltergeisty rather than in-your-face frightening. But at the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, there's clearly something that is at best, haunting and at worst, downright evil at play.
You may remember this hotel from earlier in the year when a young woman was found dead in the hotel's water tank. As if that wasn't tragic enough, her body had been in there for two weeks. It was only until guests and residents at the Skid Row hotel noticed the water had a black color and a foul odor. You're already creeped out. But now VigilantCitizen.com has found something even more disturbing--a video surveilance tape that shows the young woman, Elisa Lam, in the elevator shortly before she lost her life.
If you watch the video, you will see that Lam was not in her right mind. She entered the elevator and pushed all the buttons. Then when the doors wouldn't close, she peeked around the corner to see if someone was coming but yet she also hid herself and acted afraid that someone might see her.
Things get weirder still. She steps out of the elevator and begins waving her hands in a strange fashion and they appear to be a little warped. Finally, she walks away from the elevator and out of the camera's sight. The elevator then closes its doors and takes off.
Later, she somehow found a way into the gated water tank area, that's also protected by an alarm system and into the water tank where she drowned. Her death was ruled by the coroner's office as an accidental drowning but no drugs or alcohol were found in her system.
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If you're a fan of anything and everything Ritz-Carlton, you might remember the hotel brand having a property in Sydney that has since been merely part of fond memories of luxury digs and top-notch service in the upmarket inner-suburb of Double Bay. Now, some deep pockets are giving the old hotel new life by turning it into an InterContinetal Hotel.. This will be the second InterContinental Hotel for the city.
The new owners will fork over a wad of cash to transform the derelict building which was built as Australia's only Ritz in 1991 and eventually became the destination for the likes of Princess Diana, Madonna and Bill Clinton on their visits Down Under. In 1997, the hotel made an infamous list when INXS lead-man, Michael Hutchence, was hung himself in room 524 causing the hotel's reputation to nosedive. In 2001, it was turned into Sir Stamford which then closed in 2009 causing the building to go in ill-repair.
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Last week, we reported on the untimely demise of one of Canada’s stars, Cory Monteith of Glee fame, at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. We were impressed with the hotel’s low-key and respectful response to the crisis for the sake of Cory’s family, friends and fans, many of whom flocked to the hotel to pay their respects and leave flowers and other memorials to the star.
But we thought we’d check-in with the Fairmont Pacific Rim this week to see what the plans were for all of the mementos and memorials being left outside the hotel.
We were told that the hotel is removing the flowers, but will be donating all other items to charity. This means that if you left a teddy bear at the memorial site, Teddy will be going to a better place too.
Meanwhile, it was discovered that one of Cory's last public meetings with his girlfriend and "Glee" co-star Lea Michelle was at The Crescent Beverly Hills during her photoshoot for Marie Clarie magazine. No memorials have been reported at the hotel yet but you never know.
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Cory Monteith, star of the popular TV show, "Glee", was found dead in his hotel room on Saturday afternoon at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. He was just 31 years old.
According to Vancouver Police, Monteith was expected to check out on Saturday after a weeklong stay. However, after he failed to do so, housekeeping went into his room on the 21st floor and found him lifeless. Paramedics were called to the hotel but Monteith was declared dead at the scene. Vancouver police said no foul play was suspected yet Monteith did just complete a stint in rehab for substance abuse this past April, leading to speculation across the internet that drugs were to blame.
Shortly after the police held their press conference on Saturday night, Fairmont tweeted their condolences:
Together with our friends in the @VancouverPD we express our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Monteith— Fairmont Pacific Rim (@FairmontPacific) July 14, 2013
Classy and respectful. Unlike the Beverly Hilton after Whitney Houston died.
Yeah, that room service breakfast doesn't look so tasty anymore.
Last week when we heard of the sudden passing of
Tony Soprano James Gandolfini, we had a feeling that the hotel suite at the Boscolo Palace--where he suffered the fatal heart attack--would soon be in high demand amongst thanatourists. But we had no idea how fast the hotel would start renting the room out.
Gandolfini died on Wednesday evening. By Friday morning, room 449 had already been cleaned up and assigned to Food Network star (and girlfriend to New York's govenor), Sandra
DLee. However, she didn't stay too long once she learned what had happened in that room.
The NY Post reports that she eventually moved to a different hotel entirely, citing "overwhelming" paparazzi who keep placing phone calls to the suite and even attempting to bribe hotel staff to get into the suite. (It appears they succeeded as the Daily Mail has got the pics up now.)
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We, like everyone else who loved Tony Soprano, are taking the news of James Gandolfini's death pretty hard but we're finding small comfort in the fact that his last days were spent in Italy--and in a luxury hotel.
The 51-year-old actor was found dead yesterday in the bathroom of his hotel room at the Boscolo Palace in Rome. A heart attack is suspected as the cause.
Despite the Palace moniker which conjures up old world luxury (and sometimes stuffiness), the Boscolo is a five-star hotel featuring modern Italian design and its suites have small terraces, with panoramic views of Rome's landmarks and overlooking the fashionable Via Veneto street. The 87-room hotel is also part of Marriott's Autograph Collection.
Rates at the hotel are at 324 euros a night for a deluxe room which isn't too bad for summer in Rome. Although, rates may go up as people seek out Gandolfini's last days. Yes, people really do that.
[Photo via Flickr]
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A tragic story emerged this week about the death of an 11-year-old boy due to carbon monoxide poisoning in his Best Western Plus hotel room. Unfortunately, it was made even more tragic when authorities revealed that the same exact room had been responsible for killing another two guests—also from carbon monoxide poisoning—back in April.
(TIME magazine's 'Hotel Horror' headline was pretty spot on, if you ask us.)
Tests confirmed an "elevated level of carbon monoxide in the room," and the hotel has been shut down for the time being—but the question that keeps circling in our head is: could we be susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning in our hotel room, too? How would we even know if the levels were high? After all, carbon monoxide is deadlier than other gases because it can't be seen or smelled.
So, to ease our anxiety, we've done a little research that ought to help us (and you) sleep peacefully next time you check into a hotel room. Here are five facts about carbon monoxide poisoning all hotel guests should know:
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Guests at the historic Cecil Hotel in downtown LA had been complaining about low water pressure in their rooms. Eventually the cause was discovered---a body was at the bottom of the water cisterns, blocking water flow.
On Tuesday, a hotel maintenance worker discovered the body of 21-year old Elisa Lam inside a tank that helps provide water for the hotel after guests, according to CNN, complained that the water also "tasted funny" and had a "black color" when you first turned the tap on. The Canadian woman had been reported by missing by her parents a week ago. She was apparently staying at the $65-a-night hotel located near Skid Row, but hadn't been seen since the last week of January.
The hotel's cistern tanks supply water for room bathrooms, and are a washing and drinking outlet. The water is also used for cooking in the hotel--therefore the coffee shop has been shut down and is also under orders to sanitize its equipments before it reopens.
When the body was discovered, the hotel relocated guests of 27 rooms to another hotel, and for the others that chose to remain, the hotel made those guests sign a waiver that they acknowledged being informed of the health risks and were provided bottled water. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Terrance Powell, a director coordinating the department's response, said "Our biggest concern is going to be fecal contamination because of the body in the water," Powell said. He said the likelihood of contamination is "minimal" given the large amount of water the body was found in, but the department is being cautious.
Last week was not a good week for New York hotels and now it looks like the bad luck has shifted to Chicago after a 22-year-old woman was found killed in her hotel room at the Whitehall Hotel in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood.
The victim was found dead yesterday morning with a gunshot wound to her head. The homicide investigation is continuing but polices sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that the woman was arrested for prostitution just five days earlier. She also had a prior prostitution arrest in Texas back in April.
While murders and other horrifying deaths happen in hotels somewhat frequently, it doesn't mean that hotel guests are totally cool with staying there afterwards. In this case, the Sun-Times found a couple who had booked a week-long anniversary stay at the Whitehall but who promptly turned around at check-in and left in search of a new place after learning about the murder.
Another family told the Sun-Times they were thankful they were checking out the next day, after having dealt with police taking over the seventh floor for the investigation. We take that to mean the Whitehall wasn't issuing any refunds for the disruption. And that's actually a very common practice.
2012 will likely go down as one of the worst years in history at the Beverly Hilton.
Back in February, it unfortunately earned a spot on the Hollywood Death Tour map after Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub on the fourth floor just before a pre-Grammy party was to take place at the hotel. Not helping was the hotel's unwise decision to tweet about celebrities arriving at the hotel while Houston's body laid in the room for more than four hours.
Now death has visited the hotel again in the form of a murder-suicide which happened on Friday night. And once again the tragic event happened just before the hotel was to host a big Hollywood bash, the Daytime Emmy Awards.