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What Have You Found In a Hotel Room?

June 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Ever hear that old wive's tale about the 10-year-old boy who peeked inside a hotel room drawer and found $10,000? Oh, wait, that was a real thing that happened last week to a father and son staying at a Hilton in Kansas City.

Upon checking into the hotel, 10-year-old Cody Schaefer (whom his dad describes as "very observant") was performing a routine inspection of the room when he uncovered a wad of bills stashed inside a dresser.

According to the Washington Post, the good Samaritan dad told his son they couldn't keep the money, and he promptly turned it over to the police. We can't say we would have been quite so magnanimous…

However, the story got us thinking: what are some weird things you've found in your hotel room?

Ever struck it rich in a hotel desk drawer? Or wound up with a whole new wardrobe thanks to the previous occupant? Do tell! Share your stories in the comments below, or send us an email!

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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5 Things We Learned From Assouline's New 'Luxury Collection' Book

May 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

If you're feeling wistful this weekend, a good way to kick back and set out on a magical hotel journey—without ever leaving your home—is to flip through Assouline's new 160-page Luxury Collection book, which is part of their Hotel Stories series.

The Luxury Collection: Hotel Stories devotes a mini-chapter to each of the 80+ hotels under Starwood's chi-chi Luxury Collection brand. There's history, and celebrity interviews, and design details—but you can technically find those things anywhere on the internet. What really makes the book stand out are the photos. Rich, full-color, splashy images of ITC Mughal, Gritti Palace, Al Maha and tons more.

While drooling over the images, we managed to scan a bit of text too. Here are five takeaway facts about Luxury Collection we didn't previously know:

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Vegas Hotel Guests Are Pretty Much The Worst

February 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

So we get that hotel managers have tough jobs sometimes. Guests get angry, they want free stuff, they make a mess, they don't want to pay for damages, yada yada yada. And most of the time, their tales from the crypt just make us laugh.

But rather than laughing, we were kinda grossed out after reading an interview Gadling conducted with an anonymous Las Vegas hotel supervisor, who has by now gotten pretty nonchalant about all the weird stuff that goes on over there. But of all the messes people leave behind in Vegas hotels (and which they just get charged for afterward), can you guess the most common offense? You might feel grossed out (like we did), and you might vow to never visit a Vegas hotel again (yeah, right), but just think of the poor housekeepers that have to clean up!

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This Hotel Bar Took Its Name From A Baby (And Not The Other Way Around)

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  Site Where: 10 ST MARY STREET , Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, CF10 5DW
November 29, 2011 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

On a cold, windy night back in 1939....

Remember when we joked last week about which hotel names would make bad baby names? Well, it turns out that sometimes, it's the babies who give their names to hotels. One woman in the UK has actually had a part of a hotel named after her—the Fitz bar at the Royal Hotel in Cardiff, Wales.

According to the BBC, Pat Fitzgerald, now 71, was abandoned on the doorstep of the hotel when she was an infant. When it came time for the hotel to christen their new bar, they chose to honor Fitzgerald for her unique history. In turn, Fitzgerald will name all of her grandchildren Royal, and the cycle will continue.

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A 'Never-Ending' Story For Kids In the Poconos

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  Site Where: 1 GREAT WOLF DRIVE [map], Scotrun, PA, United States, 18355
September 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM | by | ()

In the era of complimentary iPads and electronic check-ins, it is the job of certain people to ensure that kids—as well as adults—benefit from all the newfangled gadgetry adorning hotels. And over in the Pocono Mountains, PA, Great Wolf Lodge has unveiled a new interactive video game called Great Wolf Story Explorers, in which the kids themselves become the main characters of the story.

Here's how it works: the little tykes are first paired off with an RFID-tagged stuffed animal. Interestingly, this was the same technology used by hotels to track stolen linens. But instead of catching criminals, the RFID wristbands here "unlock" each successive part of the interactive story. As they travel from one video screen to the next, the young "explorers" are slowly written into the story they are being told. Neat-o!

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