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A hotel just outside Chicago got sold today which normally wouldn't be newsworthy to us but it was called The Purple Hotel, our favorite color!
While it was once classy in the 1960s it became a den of debauchery, the site of a mob hit, and home to both sex and rodent parties. (Although not at the same time...we don't think so at least.) In other words, it was like totally hip.
The hotel was initially the Lincolnwood Hyatt House, then turned into a Radisson then a Ramada before it became so awful that no franchise wanted to be a part of it. The Sun-Times writes of the final hotel name, The Purple Hotel:
By that name, it was relying on such events as the Midwest Fetish Fair & Marketplace for business, and the police regularly were called to the hotel to quiet disturbances.
The hotel used to segregate the sex parties from other guests, but a former general manager once told the Sun-Times that complaints arose from people who "got on the wrong elevator."
Now, the hotel will be demolished and replaced with some retail/residential mixed-use building. Boring! We sorta think Ian Schrager needs to drop this Edition Hotel business and launch a chain of Purple Hotels. Bring back hedonistic hotels Ian!
· Attorneys now threatening TripAdvisor reviewers who write bad things. Oy. [LA Times]
· NBA baller Richard Jefferson formally charged with choking man at boutique hotel Graves 601. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
· RIP: Gridskipper is moving to Curbed. [Gridskipper]
· The Sheraton Gateway LAX hotel is starting JetSet Sundays poolside with airline-inspired drinks. [Jaunted]
Wednesday's Gatecrasher had an item that a recent New York female guest, Katy Valentine, at the new Thompson Hotel in La-La Land got ripped, er ripped off. Evidently bottles and bottles of her attention deficit/hyperactivity/narcolepsy/depression pills had gone missing from the room.
Note: the gossip item said the new Thompson hotel which would make it the Thompson Beverly Hills. But they posted pictures of the Hollywood Roosevelt. So we aren't sure at which place the incident occurred.
Here's what went down:
After Valentine complained to the front desk, who reportedly stated the most likely scenario was that the housekeeper "accidentally" knocked the bottles into the trash and later emptied said can, management said they'd look into it and get back to her.
So says Star magazine. The tabloid reports in its newest issue that serial rehabber Lindsay Lohan is now banned from the Shutters on the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica after she spent three days in their holed up with her now ex-boyfriend Riley Giles. The terrible twosome reportedly spent their time depleting the mini-bar and leaving dirty towels and cigarette butts strewn about their suite (room 645.)
The mag also says:
"Staffers went into clean and were shocked," says the source. "It was a pigpen. There was filth everywhere and the room stank of cigarette smoke.
"There was also a bloody syringe that someone left lying on the bedside tabl on a room service tray. Hotel security photographed it before calling someone to remove it because it was considered hazardous waste."
Yuck. The hotel also had to call in a professional cleaning crew to clean up the mess that Lohan made. The last word in all of this is that Shutters has blacklisted her. And thank god they did. We like this place and wouldn't want it to go the way of the Mondrian West Hollywood, another place where La Lohan had a hotel meltdown.
· Lindsay Lohan's Memorial Weekend Meltdown at the Mondrian Hotel [HotelChatter]
· Hotels in Santa Monica [HotelChatter]
In the not-so-shocking-news department, Amy Winehouse and her husband have been arrested in Norway for possession of about 7 grams (0.2 ounces) of marijuana. She was fined $714 and then released.
Winehouse, 24, was arrested at Bergen's Radisson SAS Hotel together with her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, and a man identified as Alexander Foden, Lars Morten Lothe, a police lawyer at Bergen Police Station, said in a telephone interview today. Fielder-Civil was also fined 500 euros, while Foden was ordered to pay 240 British pounds ($491), Lothe said.
What is shocking is that it was just weed. Doesn't Amy do like harder Class-A type of drugs? And we also learned that Amy doesn't mind shacking up in Radissons but perhaps in the future Amy should check-into more drug-friendly hotels such as this one.
· Amy Winehouse in 'Bloody' Fight at the Sanderson Hotel [HotelChatter]
· Novotel: Keeping your drugs safe [HotelChatter]
· Amy Winehouse Arrested, Fined in Norway Drug Bust [Bloomberg]
More celebrities doing bad things at hotels!
Rehab failure Tom Sizemore was busted for crystal meth at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Bakersfield, California.
Bakersfield police say the 45-year-old actor was arrested outside the Four Points Sheraton hotel after officers responded to the hotel and found methamphetamine in his vehicle.
A police spokesman says Sizemore and another man -- identified as 33-year-old Jason Salcido -- had become involved in an argument in the lobby of the hotel when they were not allowed to check in.
The officers found two bags of methamphetime and drug-related paraphernalia in Sizemore's car. We guess Tom Sizemore wasn't impressed with the hotel's Best Brews program and need something a little...um...stronger.
Because its our last day publishing until after Labor Day and because we're upset we listened to those Nancy Reagan Just Say No ads back when we were young and thus missed out on an education of actually doing drugs, we're posting not your guesses for the TV star (which y'all guessed could be a certain Entourage castmember) but rather some of the brilliant scientific observations of drug odors that we asked for.
While this is not exactly a traditional hotel review, perhaps if you find yourself in the SoHo Grand and smell drugs you might be able to tell who it's coming from.
The Cocaine Smell:
When someone is doing cocaine, they have an weird chemical type odor(kinda like chemically enhanced and spoiled toothpaste). You can usually smell it, if the person is taller than you, and you give him/her a hug or a kiss. You can even taste it, if you kiss them, on the lips that it.(it tastes bitter/nasty).
Coke actual smells kind of gassy -- as in gasoline-y. And yes, you can sometimes smell it on someone's breath after they inhale a particularly large rope.
The Overall Smell of Drugs:
Well there's always the pungent aroma of weed that just sticks with you, then there's the distinct formaldehyde aroma of crack, and the gas station attendant odor of meth, hmmm... from my slight understanding in the not so distant post-collegiate pre-Entourage years, he was much skinnier and dirtier for a reason. yeah that person could have smelled of drugs.
There you have it kiddies. Enjoy your weekend and for those of you who plan to do drugs later tonight, break out the Drakkar Noir or Clinique Happy--we don't want to be smelling any gasoline in the clubs.
Image via Dica142/Flickr
· Who's Doing Lines at the SoHo Grand [HotelChatter]
Page Six has a blind item about a TV star that might just be doing a little too much cocaine.
The actor recently went to the Soho Grand where he "did lines out in the open bar," and at the Emmys he "wore a dirty brown shirt and smelled of drugs" . . .
We could only find one picture of a TV star wearing a regular shirt instead of a suit or tux. Whether its dirty or brown is up to you to decide. Also, does anyone know what drugs smell like?
Send us your guesses and your scientific observations of drug odors if you got 'em.
Picture of brown shirt in question post-click
Days Inn doesn't need to cater to your hotel fantasies with plush bedding or luxe toiletries. All you really need is one of their signature, white, Days Inn tray to lay out your money and your weed.
We love how the joint is perfectly positioned within the logo. Perhaps this could be the focus of their new advertising campaign?
· Days Inn Fun [Break.com]
We are sorry to inform that there was left some of your personal effects in room 304....Fortunately, due to the professional and personal characteristics of Novotel, the lost item was found. And we are happy to return it.
The hotel even used a special VIP route to get the missing "items" back to its rightful owner.
See the full letter after the jump.