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A little over a week ago we showed you the brawl that went down between two wedding parties in the lobby of Philly's Sheraton Society Hill. It was a tragic event that resulted in the death of a 57-year-old man reported to be one of the bride's uncles, and it sure as hell ruined what was supposed to be a beautiful day for four families. While it pales in comparison to the passing of a man who is believed to have been an innocent bystander, we are curious as to what, if anything, the hotel has done for those guests who may have been disturbed or disrupted by the 100-person brouhaha. As you can see from the photo below, the lobby eerily looks like an arena, the corridors in front of the rooms all looking down over it.
Our e-mails to the hotel requesting comment on this matter haven't been returned, so we went on foot yesterday to see if we could get some answers. We were directed by the front desk staff to Susan Carney, the Director of Human Resources, who entertained our questions but declined to make a statement. Due to an on-going investigation, she said the hotel didn't plan on making one anytime soon.Yes, things are getting complicated.
A 15-year-old in Philadelphia to celebrate his birthday recorded part of a fight that broke out between dozens of guests from two wedding parties at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel early Sunday morning. The altercation, authorities say, was fueled by booze and began in the lobby bar before spilling out into the lobby. The video, shot from the balcony above the lobby, shows police officers with batons attempting to control the crowd. At one point, it appears one of the brides becomes detained by officers, and you can hear screams of panic throughout the entire clip.
Had that been it – drunk wedding guests hell bent on ruining a beautiful occasion – this story would be just another Hotel Guests Behaving Badly moment. However, while it's currently unknown if he was directly involved with the fight, a 57-year-old man suffered a heart attack during the incident, collapsing outside the hotel and passing away at Jefferson Hospital shortly after. NBC Philadelphia reports that the man was one of the bride’s uncles. You can see the video of the fight here, as well as some raw news footage from outside the hotel.
Wait. Before reading any further, have a second look up at the image of the desk above. Do you notice anything...anything famous?
Nope, it's not the artwork on the wall. The famous item is actually the desk chairit's of the Eames Soft Pad series, designed in 1969 and going strong since. This one we found within the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, but such icons of modern furniture design frequently pop up in hotel rooms and, even more frequently, the lobby.
One thing is certain about today’s grand opening of the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia: Ben Franklin’s going to be proud, and that’s not only because they have put old-fashioned kites in every room for guests to fly across the street in Independence Park (seriously, they did that).
We reported in August, after receiving an update, that the hotel would be open for business on October 15th, but Kimpton bumped up the schedule and the first guests actually arrived yesterday.
As the first hotel to overlook the Liberty Bell, it’s a dream location for history buffs, rising up in one of the country’s most historic square miles and putting guests in spitting distance of Independence Mall, the Betsy Ross house and the National Constitution Center. That said, we don’t expect the newest Kimpton property to be a one-trick pony.
UPDATE: We've just heard from the hotel that despite the website's date of November 1st the hotel will open now on October 2nd. Guests looking to stay the night can do so starting October 15th. Reservations for the 15th should open up later today on the hotel's website. Woohoo!
Aside from allowing you to share your current thoughts, stalk old lovers, post party pics, ooo and aww at photos of pets and babies and suffer through random political rantings, Facebook can actually be pretty useful when you're planning your next hotel stay--especially if you're like us and always want to stay in the newest spots.
Just last week we saw that the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is getting closer to opening after they posted a pic of the front desk and lobby area. But while we thought the posting meant the September opening was still on track, we were a little dismayed when we headed over to the website and found that we are going to have to wait until November 1 now. We guess those pretty rooms need a little longer getting ready.
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Great, now we have a new thing to worry about that could potentially be killing us in our hotel room—or at least making things really uncomfortable.
A 26--year-old man has been arrested for setting up a makeshift "shake-and-bake" meth lab in his third-floor room at the Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City.
But to make matters worse, Homeland Security chief Joe Sullivan tells Philly.com that this new practice of contaminating your hotel room with dozens of toxic chemicals while manufacturing methamphetamine is actually becoming a "popular" thing to do.
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
· Fourth Night Free at the Hilton Curaçao: It's not quite as romantic as The Bachelorette's proposal-cation but for families looking to get away before school begins again, the Hilton Curaçaois offering a fourth night free from now through August 29th which also includes 50 percent off all meals for kids ages 6 to 12, a free stay for kids under 18 and a special children's welcome gift. We found rates in early August for just $169 a night. Book the package directly online from the hotel's special offers page.
· You Say It's Your Birthday and the B Ocean Resort Has a Deal For You: Want to celebrate your birthday with a hotel stay? Conside the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale which has special B Celebrated rates of $1 for birthday folks. Here's how it works--the first night is a regular rate starting from $139 a night but the second night is just $1. Aside from the two-night stay, the only other catch is that your birthday must fall on the second night. But really? For a $1, we think you can work around that.
· Turtle-Hatching Season in Full Swing at CasaMagna Marriott in PV: Here's another family-friendly vacation idea from the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta--rescuing turtles. As endangered turtle eggs get ready to hatcoceanfront resort, guests can choose a baby turtle to name and send it on its way back to the ocean. A biologist is also on hand to educate guests about the endangered turtles. The hotel's Escape! package includes complimentary breakfast for two adults and two children under 12, pizza and a movie for one night, free entrance to the Kids Club for ages 4-12 and nightly milk and cookies turndown service. Rates start at $189 a night and are good through December 8. Use hotel promo code MAJ to book either online or by calling 800-228-9290.
Here is a hotel, slightly transformed, just a little break from the norm....
The hotel scene in Philadelphia is getting hotter by the moment. After we learned last week that both a Hotel Indigo and a W Hotel (redux) are slated for the City of Brotherly Love by 2015 comes an excellent sneak peek of the forthcoming Hotel Monaco Philadelphia from Kimpton Hotels.
The hotel will open on Independence Mall in September and Uwishunu.com has the detes:
The project is an adaptive reuse development of Philadelphia’s historic Lafayette Building at the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets in the heart of Historic Philadelphia. The conversion is dramatically transforming the 11-story office building located across from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall into a 268-room, four-star Hotel Monaco.
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They will pave this parking lot and put up a W paradise.
Four years after plans for a W Hotel to open in Philadelphia were scrapped, we've got news that W will once again give the City of Brotherly Love a try.
The folks at Uwishunu.com tipped us off to this article from Naked Philly which reported that a W Hotel will open at 1441 Chestnut Street in January 2015. Indeed, the W Philly is already listed on the W Hotels Destination page.
Previously, the W was to open in 2009 at 12th and Arch Streets. Instead, it will be home to a Home2Suites which broke ground last week.
It takes a lot for us to get excited about hotel contests, which are a dime a dozen in these heady social media days, but when the prizes include either a brand new iPhone 4s or an iPad2, we've got our game faces on and are ready to roll.
Those are the gadgets that the winner of the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia's first annual "Philly Finds" mobile scavenger hunt will receive this weekend if they can find all the items and document their findings on their mobile phone using the iPhone and Android app, "Scavenger Hunt with Friends."
The contest is open to locals and guests alike so you don't have to be staying at the hotel to play. Yet with the contest starting at 8am on Friday and lasting until noon on Sunday and with the hunt going all over Philly, it can't hurt to have a hotel room to crash in, especially since we suspect at least one item in the scavenger hunt will be in the hotel.
To participate in Philly Finds, here's what you gotta do:
Philadelphia Business Journal reports:
Home2 Suites by Hilton, with 246 guest rooms, is planned for 12th and Arch streets, across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A summer 2013 opening is planned.
Yes, that's a ways off so we'll have to be content with the smattering of Home2 Suites that are open so far (in Baltimore, Raleigh and Salt Lake City.) But if you're dying to check out a Home2 Suites on your next trip to San Antonio, there's one opening up on October 2 near the Riverwalk.
And remember, all rooms come with plenty of space including a kitchenette, free WiFi, free breakfast and an iPad docking station if you need it.
[Photo: Home2 Suites/Facebook]
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It's been a while since we checked in on Kimpton Hotels and their plans for Philadelphia but thanks to the Uwishunu blog, we've got an update on The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia on 5th and Chestnut Streets out of the old Lafayette Building and it's tres exciting.
Construction on the hotel is breaking ground this week (with a groundbreaking ceremony today) but don't fret, the work will go fast as the opening is now set for Summer 2012. Uwishunu reports on all the goodness we can expect to find inside and most importantly up on the roof.
In addition to the 268 guest rooms, the hotel will feature 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a 3,200 square foot ballroom overlooking Independence Mall, a 130-seat chef-driven restaurant, and — wait for it — a spacious rooftop bar and lounge overlooking Independence Mall.