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There's even more hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Hotels to Rake in $2 Billion in Fees: The next time you find yourself shelling out money for WiFi or to use the fitness center access during your hotel stay, remember, it's ok to be really pissed off about it. That's because hotels are set to take in about $2 billion in fees this year. That's up 5.4 percent from last year, according to the Tisch Center at New York University. While the annual take-in from fees isn't expected to keep growing, that's still a crazy high number. All the more reason to raise a fuss if that WiFi connection shorts out. Grrr.
· Seriously Sick at The JW Marriott Chicago: The new-ish JW Marriott Chicago is under investigation as a total of seven people who stayed at the hotel this summer have contracted the sometimes deadly Legionnaires’ disease which is found in water. The Chicago Tribune reports that the hotel has drained its pool, hot tub and fountain and even closed part of its spa. We're guessing that chlorine-free pool might not have been such a good idea after all. While the city's health department said there is "no ongoing health risk at the hotel", the JW Marriott is still working to alert the 8,500 guests who stayed at the hotel between July 16 and Aug. 15. Ugh. UPDATE: Two people have died from the outbreak.
A giant inflatable black rat sits with pride of place on 7th Avenue in Manhattan, just south of Central Park. What's it doing there? Well, first off this rat is hardly a surprise to real New Yorkers, who fondly know it as the "Union Rat" often employed to silently (but very visibly) protest sites of labor tensions. The Union Rat is a very ugly, very menacing beast with beady red eyes and straggly inflated whiskers, but this rat is effectively pimped out; gold money bags in hand and a cigar jauntily clenched between teeth, it draws attention to a big issue in NYC: bed bugs.
Slow your sidewalk stride here to read the sign and be instantly grossed out: "Park Central guests have complained about sleeping with bed bugs." The Park Central is a massive tourist-friendly hotel in the center of Midtown, in front of which this rat sits. Back in the day, the Park Central's big claim to fame was offering a TV in each room at no extra charge; these days, the focus has obviously changed (and we highly doubt anyone would appreciate bed bugs being listed as an amenity).
Generally, on a trip to Vegas, you can expect to get wasted, lose money gambling, spend more than you can afford on food, drinks and Chippendales and then go home with a wicked hangover and vow to do it all again next year/month/lifetime. What you don't expect is to get home and receive a letter from the hotel like this one, saying you may have contacted Legionnaire's disease.
That's what is currently unfolding at Aria Resort and Casino. Apparently guests who stayed at the hotel June 21 and July 4 are being contacted by the hotel in cooperation with the Southern Nevada Health district after "six former ARIA guests have come down with the pneumonia-like disease which can be contracted through exposure to bacteria-infected water."
Wow, a nasty head cold from the smoky casinos is sounding kinda good right now huh?
Did you stay at Aria during June 21 and July? First, call the Aria Hotline at 1-877-326-ARIA (2742). Then tell us how you feel right now!
If you thought you had a crappy Christmas, you don't have anything on guests at Costa Rica's Barcelo Tambor Beach. The hotel had to close after a nasty diarrhea outbreak last week.
The health ministry shut it down after 150 people reportedly sought treatment late last week at a local clinic after suffering from such symptoms as nausea, cramps and vomiting, though the hotel only reported 37 cases of the runs.
If you think that paying $400+ per night for a luxury room in a New York City hotel means you don't have to share the pillow with bedbugs, then you're wrong. Not to make you super paranoid, but it's the truth; with a rash of recent bedbug infestations in everything from flagship retail stores to entire office floors, there's no guarantee that the little blood suckers aren't also in your hotel sheets.
Pop singer Lauren Hildebrandt tells USA Today that she recently emerged from a stay at a "luxury hotel in New York City's Union Square neighborhood" with bites on her body and noweven though we've never heard of her until this incidentshe wants to become the voice that speak out for bedbug awareness.
It looks like the poor EPIC Hotel can't quite shake off the effects from last year's Legionnaires' bug. Today's Miami Herald has a report on the Miami-Dade County Health Department's study into the case and it turns out that there was Legionella bacteria found in the hotel's water system.
While this was the initial suspicion when guests first became ill last December, the health department subsequently cleared the hotel of any responsibility. The EPIC moved its guests to the Intercontinental during the investigation and reopened two weeks later.
Hmm, perhaps we should always choose the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer when given the chance. Given what's happening at the Hilton Glasgow at the moment, we're thinking that anything a hotel can do to prevent the spread of germs is a major plus.
Two guests of the Scottish hotel are in hospital today after 24 guests and 14 staff members came down with symptoms of a Norovirus. While the viral infection is not usually serious—15 guests have already recovered and checked out of the hotel—the outbreak is a health and PR concern for Hilton and for hotels everywhere.
The infected guests and hotel staffers were hit with sudden bouts of diarrhea and vomiting, reports the Evening Times. But public-health officials are still awaiting results to determine the exact nature and origin of the virus.
After two weeks of closure due to a possible connection to Legionnaire's disease (and losing a reported $200,000 a day), The EPIC Hotel has now been given the official go-ahead to reopen to guests.
The hotel was initially shut down after three guests became ill with Legionnaire's disease, one of them fatally, and the hotel's water filtration system looked as though it may have been the culprit.
Later, the Miami-Dade Health department backed off their initial belief that the EPIC was responsible but until tests were completed, the hotel was forced to remain closed.
It's not a very happy holiday for The EPIC Hotel which remains closed while the Miami-Dade Health department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducts tests on the water system at the hotel. Last week, a press conference was held to clear the hotel in the death of a tourist from Legionnaire's Disease but because more tests are needed, the hotel cannot re-open until the investigation is complete.
Yet the EPIC has been extremely cooperative with the health department from Day 1 and they began moving guests to other hotels as soon the Legionnaire's concern surfaced. And despite losing a reported $200,000 a day, the hotel is even picking up the tab for guests who have been relocated.
A reader gave us their account of checking into the EPIC:
We listened in on a press conference held late yesterday by the Miami-Dade Health Department and they were very insistent that the EPIC Hotel had nothing to do with the fatality of the foreigner who stayed at the hotel earlier this fall. Apparently, the source of the illness came from somewhere else although the health department would not release the name of the source and kept repeating that the investigation was ongoing.
However, the department did admit that tests were still being conducted on the hotel. Two other hotel guests have also become ill but there is no definitive report out on whether or not that had anything to do with the EPIC Hotel.
The hotel remains closed to guests and a rep tells us that the hotel will wait until the health department’s investigation is complete. As expected, we'll update you on when the EPIC Hotel opens again to guests.
A guestroom at the EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami.
One guest has died and two others are still ill after contracting Legionnaire's Disease at The EPIC Hotel in Miami earlier this fall. The EPIC, a Kimpton Hotel, has currently stopped accepting new guests and have relocated current guests to different hotels.
Sadly, it looks as if the hotel was only trying to improve its drinking water but ended up harming its guests instead. The Miami Herald reports:
An investigation this week by county and state officials revealed that the hotel had installed a water filter powerful enough to remove chlorine from its city-supplied water, a move that encouraged bacterial growth.
``What's ironic is the hotel installed a special filtration system to enhance the quality of their drinking water,'' said Dr. Vincent Conte, the county's top epidemiologist.
Not much is known about the guest who died the bacteria infection, except that it was a foreigner who stayed at the hotel this fall.
Earlier this year when swine flu first erupted, 280 people were quarantined at the MetroPark Hotel in Hong Kong, we lightly dubbed it a Swine Flu Hotel. But now we have a real Swine Flu Hotel.
Hotel Sinaia, a resort in the mountains of Sinaia, Romania, has been closed after 40 Romainian and foreign law students attending a conference caught the dreaded H1N1 virus.
Health state secretary Adrian Streinu-Cercel says 40 people were hospitalized Sunday in Bucharest, suffering from medium to severe forms of the flu.