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The other day, Fairmont Hotels made it official that they would take over the management of the historic Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Calif. And their first order of business might be kicking out some ghosts.
According to San Antonio Spurs player, Tim Duncan, the hotel is haunted by a 6-year-old girl who died at the hotel long ago. Here's what he and teammate Jeff Ayres recently told the San Antonio Express News:
Ayres: “You get in at whatever time. I took my room key. I could hear stuff in the hallway, like people in their rooms. So I’m thinking people are watching TV or whatever. So I get to my door, and my key doesn’t work, but it sounds like there’s somebody in my room. Like I hear a little baby, not crying but making noise. I’m like, ‘What the heck?’ I keep trying my key and it doesn’t work. So I go downstairs to get a new key, and I tell them (somebody’s in the room.)
“So they call the room, and nobody answers. They’re like, ‘We can get you a new key and send you up with security and make sure nobody’s there, because there shouldn’t be anybody in there.’ Then they’re like, ‘We’ll just get you a new room.’ It was the creepiest thing. I heard a couple of other guys heard babies in the hallway, kids running down the hallway. Creepy. I really heard voices and a baby in the room, and there wasn’t anybody in there. It was crazy.”
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A small earthquake struck the Beverly Hills neighborhood of LA earlier this morning, which followed a 3.2 magnitude rumble that hit the same area on Monday.
As it happened, recently-traded NBA star Dwight Howard was in his hotel bathroom when the Monday quake hit. How do we know this? TMZ asked him, obviously, since this was technically his first earthquake since being traded to the LA Lakers. When Howard was asked how he handled things, he answered:
"I was in the toilet … and It shook me off the toilet."
Starting next week, there are going to be a whole lotta ballers passing through the Loews Miami Beach and by ballers, we mean both the rich kind and the basketball-playing kind.
That's because Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade is hosting his fantasy basketball camp at the spot. The event is open to ballers 35 and older for four days of "intense competition and training" that will include a "draft" and a championship game. It also costs $12,500 to attend. Interested in going? There are 20 spots left. Except we don't think that price includes getting your car airlifted poolside. However, the $12,500 pricetag does include a hotel room as well as daily meals and a farewell brunch.
Wanna stay at the Loews next weekend but not keen to actually enroll in the camp? Rates are going for about $367 a night. But if you want to work out, you'll have to cough up a $10 fee to use the fitness center.
Even if you aren't a sports fan, there's no way you haven't heard of the "Linsanity" gripping the nation, or at least the Tri-State metro area. The term that once applied to the drunk antics of Lindsay Lohan is now being used to describe the on-court antics of breakout NBA star, Jeremy Lin, who has pretty much saved the New York Knicks from a dismal ball season.
The undrafted point guard from Harvard, who was a permanent bench warmer for the Golden State Warriors last year and in threat of being cut from the Knicks just a month ago, is now living the New York dream--in a hotel, of course.
Done and done. The Dallas Mavericks got down to business last night beating the Miami Heat and taking the lead in the NBA Finals series 3-2. Now the ballers head back to Miami to play again on Sunday night. Will Dallas win it or will Miami come back and force a Game 7? We won't know until we go and if we go, well, we're gonna need a hotel room. Fortunately, the options are plentiful.
The EPIC Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, is offering a Miami Heat package that includes a $100 dinner credit at the Area 31 restaurant; breakfast for two; taxi transfer to and from the arena (for those with tix); daily morning coffee and tea service and the standard Kimpton wine tasting hour in the afternoon. EPIC also has 13 specialty "tall rooms" with king-sized beds that are 9" longer than standard beds. Perfect for any former/future NBA players.
The Area 31 restaurant will also be hosting an all-day Happy Hour with $5 draft beer, $5 "Feel the Heat" margaritas made with jalapeno-infused tequila and "White Heat" sangria. Rates for Sunday night start at $334 a night with the code MHP. For what it's worth, regular room rates that night start at $246.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals belonged to Lebron James and the Miami Heat last night but over at the Fontainebleau Hotel, Dallas Mavericks fans still got something for their support--25 percent off the room rate.
The hotel is encouraging Dallas fans to show their "Bleau" colors and will reward them for doing so with not only discounted rooms but also a "Little Bleau Bok" offering deals on the spa, the restaurants, poolside cabanas and other places at the resort. Plus, if you bring the kids they can eat three meals a day for free.
Room rates start tonight at $284 a night (not including the $17.95 resort fee.) The deal is only good for one more night, tonight, but if the game heads back to Miami, the Fontainebleau might reinstate it.
Now you're probably wondering, "What the F, Fontainebleau? Why are you mad dogging the Heat?" Well, it's an obvious ploy to attract the folks from Dallas but also, don't forget the hotel and Lebron's mom don't exactly have the best relationship right now....
Any Miami Heat fans out there still overcome with emotion after the team's triumph over the Celtics on Wednesday night? One player is hoping that adrenalin translates into a room booking--a $12,500 stay at the Fontainebleau. But don't worry, D-Wade is coming, too!
The star has announced the Dwyane Wade Fantasy Camp, giving fans the chance to
sleepdribble with the man himself this August 18–21.
Hoops fans who thought scoring a room at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live for February 20's NBA All-Star Game would be a slam dunk better rethink their strategy. While the hotel is the optimal location for the All-Star game at the Staples Center, it's sold out that weekend. In fact, a number of area hotels are full. Luckily, we have some other hotels for you that won't require having an NBA player-sized salary.
Check out our top three choices for NBA All-Star Game hotels for under $200.
Lest we get carried away by new hotels and fun in-room amenities, let's revisit the scary side of hotels for a hot minute. Because we all need a downer to start of the New Year, right? (Ugh.)
Barb Delollis at USA Today picked up on ESPN Columnist Bill Simmon's recent stay at the haunted Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City. You know the hotel that last year's Knicks blamed for a poor performance when playing The OKC Thunder.
When Simmons was in town, he actually asked to stay on one of the hotel's haunted floors but didn't really expect to get spooked. Then the Skirvin Crying Baby made an appearance. He writes:
I decided to turn on the light. Stretching to my right for the switch, out of nowhere, I heard the sound of (what sure as hell sounded like) a baby crying urgently to my far left (right near the window). Wahhhhhhh. Wahhhhhh. Wahhhhhh. Wahhhhhhh. The urgency freaked me out just as much as the crying itself.
I fumbled for the switch, couldn't find it, fumbled, fumbled some more, then finally turned the light on. The crying sound stopped. I hopped out of bed and turned on every other light in the room. I turned on the television and jacked up the volume. Then I grabbed my BlackBerry and Googled "Skirvin crying baby. A slew of results came up."
Forget Christmas and New Year's. For NBA groupies, the best time of the year is February when the NBA All-Star Game happens.
This year, the b-ball festivities are happening in Los Angeles which means that LA-area hotels will not only be hosting NBA teams, coaches and fans but groupies as well. And guess what? They are already starting to scope out the team hotels, in particular The W Hollywood Hotel.
The NY Post has an article all about how ladies look to snag athletes from the NFL and NBA and we thought this tip was hilarious:
BallerAlert's "Eleven8," for example, suggests memorizing the layout of the W Hotel in Hollywood, where, she said, the NBA stars will rest their heads during February's All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
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It's hot right now in Miami but the heat doesn't seem to bother this person.
If you hadn't heard, LeBron James is holding a silly press conference on ESPN tonight about his basketball future but while sports analysts furiously sound off on TV and online about where the NBA star ends up (the Knicks, Heat and Nets are all contenders), they may have been scooped by Us Magazine.
The tabloid rag reports that LeBron has booked six cabanas at the W South Beach this weekend to celebrate his decision. The now most important source for sporting news reports:
That adds more fuel to the fire that James, 25, will announce he's joining the Miami Heat Thursday night, as several insiders told ESPN this morning. (He's still confirmed to attend NBA star Carmelo Anthony's Saturday-night wedding to former MTV VJ LaLa Vazquez in NYC.)