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Today we have not one, but two killer views for you, which happen to be from two properties belonging to the same group: Serena Hotels. If the name doesn't ring a bell, this might be because you'll have to make your way to East Africa or Southeast Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan) to find one.
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Hotel Kamp in Helsinki is owned by Starwood
The New York Daily News is reporting on a lawsuit between Wall Street banker Alison Fournier and Starwood Hotels, who gave an unknown man the key to Fournier's Helsinki hotel room, after he explained to the Front Desk that he was her husband. Creepy! And kinda unbelievable.
The surveillance video depicts an American man showing up at the Hotel Kamp's Front Desk, drunkenly explaining he had been locked out from his wife's room, and walking away with the key. Minutes later, he entered Fournier's room, took his clothes off and got into bed with her. Creepy again! Though half-asleep, and alone, Fournier immediately realized what was going on and ran straight out of the room. Starwood has called the event "very unfortunate" and is looking into the facts before taking any further action.
Like, um, an apology?
Tennis superstar Serena Williams is in Kenya for a three-day charity tour and she's decided to shack up at a very fitting hotel for her, The Serena Hotel in Nairobi.
The one half of the Williamís tennis sister-act and nine grand slam singles title winner, was befittingly whisked to Nairobiís Serena Hotel where she will be based during her stay in the country.
Aside from having the same name as an athletic idol, The Serena Hotel is not a bad place to stay. The hotel has views of downtown Nairobi and the city's Central Park and has some of the modern comforts we need, like a pool, satellite TV and wireless internet hotspots. There's even an in-house salon for beauty treatments in case you spend a few days on safari.
While several reviews would probably not classify this hotel as luxurious in the vein of a Mandarin Oriental or Four Seasons, we're sure Serena is getting the star treatment in the hotel's presidential suite.
· Serena Williams comes to Kenya [The Standard Online]