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More Hurricane Sandy reports continue to pardon the pun, flood in, concerning people losing power and being forced to evacuate their homes. We’ve learned that many made their way in to cities rather remain in suburban and rural areas. Why?Better chances of having power thanks to hotel generators or getting it restored quicker at friends homes in a cosmopolitan area than in their own environments.
Last year, we were disheartened to discover that hotels had taken advantage of Hurricane Irene upheaval and raised their rates for those who needed to stay put a while longer before they could leave town. There was this eyebrow raising $999 deal in Brooklyn that made us fall over.
This year, a quick call around to NYC hotels, those around airports, and random properties around the country with stranded guests show they have a conscious this time around, and have even thrown in some specials to boot. A win-win it seems.
Here’s what we’ve heard so far (and note: we recommend calling the hotel directly in this case.
You survived!! Looks like Hurricane Irene was far worse in the fantasies of meteorologists everywhere than it actually turned out to be. That's not to say the hurricane, excuse us, tropical storm wasn't scary at times and even though it didn't pack the punch we all expected, there are still lots of people without power along the East Coast.
We'll let the regular news outlets handle the aftermath coverage but we did watch all the hotel-related Irene activity as it was happening on Twitter and here were some of our favorite hurricane-related hotel tweets.
· The Surrey Hotel let us know they were giving out goodies bags to guests filled with magazines, Surrey waters, juice boxes, snacks, board games, etc.
Mean Miss Irene is making her way to the Eastern seaboard and people are starting to prepare for the worst. (Except the TV meteorologists that is, they have never been so excited before!) As expected, hotels are also preparing themselves and their guests for the worst especially those along the coastlines with many undergoing evacuations.
If you've got a hotel reservation somewhere along the East Coast in the hurricane danger zone, we strongly urge you to CALL your hotel (not email or Twitter) and check to see not only if they are still open and honoring reservations but what is their cancellation policy in the event of emergency. That's because with so many flights being cancelled already, you may not actually get to your destination.
Most hotels should allow you to reschedule your trip or let you cancel without any penalties. But if they don't, let us know and we'll
call them out on it help you find a different hotel.
Here's the HotelChatter Hurricane Irene Hotel Tracker. We'll be updating it throughout the weekend and next week!