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If you had friends or family staying at Le Parker Meridien last night, you may want to give them a call and make sure they didn't end up sleeping in a cave in Central Park. As we predicted yesterday, the hotel was one of the buildings that had to be evacuated due to the rogue crane that was dangling menacingly from the top of the Park Hyatt New York building yesterday.
Though plenty of hotels surround the Park Hyatt building, it seems LPM was the only one to get evacuated by the NYPD. As a result, more than a few bewildered guests suddenly found themselves on the streets without a backup plan—indeed, most nearby hotels were already at capacity. One French visitor told the NY Post: "We don't know where to go."
As of this morning, the hotel remains completely empty, and a Front Desk agent confirmed that the hotel likely would remain that way for the rest of the day.
Jeez. You'd think Le Parker Meridien's resident psychic would have seen all this coming!
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Great, now we have a new thing to worry about that could potentially be killing us in our hotel room—or at least making things really uncomfortable.
A 26--year-old man has been arrested for setting up a makeshift "shake-and-bake" meth lab in his third-floor room at the Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City.
But to make matters worse, Homeland Security chief Joe Sullivan tells Philly.com that this new practice of contaminating your hotel room with dozens of toxic chemicals while manufacturing methamphetamine is actually becoming a "popular" thing to do.
It was a Tuesday morning just like any other in Homewood, IL. Birds were chirping. Cereal was being poured. Toxic pool chemicals were left exposed.
After showing up for a scheduled inspection at the Homewood Hotel, authorities discovered improperly-stored pool chemicals on the property, and quickly had to evacuate all 36 occupied guest rooms. At 7:30 in the morning. After shuffling sleepily onto the front lawn, guests were understandably irked. And even more so when the Fire Chief announced that it would take another four to eight hours for the hotel to be deemed safe again.
For the third time in just two weeks, the W Austin shed more glass panels from its increasingly hazardous steel frame. The 36-story building, which houses both the hotel and condominiums, lost several of its window panes on two separate occasions throughout Monday and Tuesday, and now has evacuated all of its guests to a separate hotel until further notice.
Local reporters were all over the story yesterday and this morning, and we enjoyed a particularly well-angled candid photo from FOX reporter Sara Talbert (@saratalbert, see above), taken this morning—can you spot the missing three panels?
Staying at The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park will always be a memorable experience. For the folks that can cough up $500+ for a night's stay, they will have the memories of waking up to killer views of the park's granite Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Guests will also be sleeping inside a historic hotel, first built in 1927 (nearly prehistoric days for California) and designed during the Arts & Craft movement where everything had to be homemade. ("Machines are evil!" was the prevailing thought of this movement.)
Oh and if the hotel gets evacuated because of falling rocks behind it, that's even more memorable. Kinda. Three hundred guests at the hotel had to be evacuated yesterday after falling rocks, some as big as "microwave ovens", crashed into the hotel's valet parking lot.