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In proving that trouble can indeed find you in paradise, the Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines had to relocate its guests to nearby islands after a generator fire knocked out the power on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve. Yikes.
The resort originally announced it would close until the end of January, but they have since moved up the reopening to January 15, 2013. The hotel said in a statement that they have contacted guests who were scheduled to arrive prior to January 15 and offered them the opportunity to re-book for future dates.
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The news of Philadelphia Eagles player Dion Lewis pulling a fire alarm at a Hampton Inn over the weekend can be chalked up to typical off-season NFL player shenanigans. (Seriously, compared with other stuff NFL guys get into, this one is TAME.)
But we think there's an important lesson here for you frequent hotel guests--pulling that fire alarm when there's no fire will get you arrested. That's what happened with Lewis and his brother after the duo arrived back at the hotel in Albany, where they were staying, at 5am and couldn't get in. They began banging on the doors and then pulled the fire alarm. Yeah, this wasn't going to end well.
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Noticed any weirdness at the Hilton New York yesterday afternoon? Maybe you heard some strange sounds, or the lights went out, or maybe you got trapped in an elevator? No, that wasn't paranormal activity (you'll need to head to the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City for that sort of thing)—the hotel was simply on fire.
The NY Post reports that three workers were fixing some equipment in the electrical closet in the hotel's basement when the equipment exploded, sending rumbles up through the lobby and the meeting rooms.
Luckily, no one was seriously injured, including the workers, who emerged from the building with just a few minor burns. However, dozens of guests were evacuated from the business center in the hotel's basement, and when the hotel subsequently lost power, several got trapped in the elevators.
Contrary to alarmist reports last week, the Hotel Ritz in Paris did not burn down during that random fire that broke out along Place Vendome. True, the hotel was covered in large amounts of black smoke but we now know the hotel's interiors are safe...until the hotel closes down this summer to make way for its planned renovations of course.
A French reader emailed us the latest info on the fire:
The iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris went up in smoke today as an underground parking garage in the Place du Vendome caught fire.
The fire appears to have been put out already but looking at these photos compiled by the Le Parisien newspaper we can see it was a rather tremendous blaze covering the entire area in black smoke. Whether the hotel itself suffered interior damages, we aren't quite sure. Several folks on Twitter say the hotel is on fire but actually the fire began in the parking garage which is next door to the hotel and it's not clear if the fire spread to the Ritz.
Normally, we'd say we hope the hotel makes it out ok but the Ritz is closing this summer for two years for a massive renovation, so we're not sure they're keen to keep much of the old stuff.
Anyone fluent in French with updates on the Ritz fire, keep us updated SVP!
In case you need another reminder that gas leaks are no joke, an entire hotel went up in flames today because of one. The hotel, the designy-boutique JIA Shanghai, suffered exterior damage, as it was mainly the facade that caught on fire after "work being done by the government on a gas main that ruptured," according to Shanghaiist.
Almost as quickly as the gas leak caused tongues of flame to reach each balcony at the hotel, the fire was put out and all guests safe and accounted for. This is the reason hotels have emergency escape plans posted on the back of every room door.
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We used to think Sir Richard Branson was untouchable with his death-defying stunts, jet-setting lifestyle and nonstop partying but last night, Branson and his family narrowly escaped a dramatic fire at the Great House on his 74-acre personal paradise, Necker Island.
While family (including Branson's 90-year-old mum), friends (including Kate Winslet) and staff escaped unharmed, the Great House building suffered substantial damage and is according to Branson's blog still burning:
We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90mph. A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house. My son Sam and nephew Jack rushed to the house and helped get everyone out and many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!
The main house is destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out. My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands of photographs and my note books which is very sad. But all family and friends are well - which in the end is all that really matters.
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On Saturday, a $250,000 Rembrandt etching known as "The Judgment" disappeared from an exhibit in the hotel lobby. So how exactly does a 350-year-old lithograph just vanish? Well, that's kinda what police are trying to figure out. In the words of the LA County Sheriff's Department:
"When the curator that was attending to the art exhibit turned back to the exhibit, he noticed immediately that this individual drawing...was gone."
What you are seeing is the burning roof of the View Point Inn, the Portland, OR hotel where Twilight once filmed Bella and Edward's Monte Carlo prom scene.
The 87-year-old year old "world class" hotel has notoriously suffered from leaky ceilings and a crumbling chimneys—though that is all, by now, public knowledge. The recent damage (the hotel caught fire on Sunday after particles from the chimney settled on the roof), however, may prove more than a simple charity prom can handle.
Optimistic owner Geoff Thompson, who kept up a brave front, asserted, "A little fire isn't gonna stop us." "Unfortunately," he added, "this is a big fire." Thompson, being interviewed by a local TV station, seemed uncertain whether this spelled the end for the hotel.
Things ended up getting even worse for hotels last week! Just after the Hilton London Park Lane hosted the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards, a music awards ceremony, fires broke out in the hotel, the Telegraph reported.
About 1,500 people were evacuated from the 28-story Mayfair hotel, including Will.i.am—and don't worry, the Black Eyed Pea was unharmed. Thankfully no one else was injured, either.
Practically the first thing we do when entering a hotel room is check out of all the in-room amenities from the toiletries to the gadgets to the all-important mini-bar. Our philosophy when it comes to amenities is simple--the more the better!
But we have to say, this amenity found in the rooms at the just reopened Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai is quite interesting.
Travel publicist Geoffrey Weill snapped this shot of a gas mask found in the closet. He writes:
I had visions of World War II attacks or worse. I bravely pulled the golden cord and opened it to discover an anti-smoke mask to use in case of a hotel fire. Phew. But then why doesn’t EVERY hotel have them?"
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So you've probably already heard all about how, during Diddy's "Last Train to Paris" album listening party and livecast last night, a naked model caught her hair on fire, LIVE. But have you heard where it all went down? Apparently Diddy invited 20 of his friends (and sexy ladyfriends) up to the Penthouse Suite of the The London NYC, but some 200 people showed and this hair-on-fire accident happened and now Diddy is no longer welcome at the hotel.
Among the guests were Usher, Chris Brown, Miss USA Rima Fakih and Swizz Beatz. It was Fabolus and Trey Songz, however, who witnessed the flaming hair as they were hosting live from the suite's bathroom, where the model was sitting pretty in the tub but just a little too close to some candles. Luckily she thought fast and dunked her hair out in the bathtub water, but somehow the Fire Department got called and Diddy got a talking to.
Bad Diddy. Don't you know that NYC hotels and open flames (especially in the vicinity of weaves) don't play nicely together?