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People accidentally falling to their death from hotels, while horrifyingly tragic, actually happens quite often. We don't have any numbers or stats at hand but since we're hotel news junkies, we can tell you that those types of incidents pop up rather frequently, like on a weekly basis.
We tend to stay away from those morbid types of stories, after all, there's not much else we can say except to comment on how tragic and preventable the fall could have been.
Yet the case of the two women who fell from the 10th floor of the W Atlanta is incredibly scary because the women weren't hanging out on a hotel room balcony or a rooftop. They weren't even outside.
Ciara Williams and LaShawna Threatt were celebrating Threatt's birthday at the hotel in a guestroom. Reports say the two women were leaning and hugging each other against the room window when suddenly it broke, plummeting the two women below. Williams survived the free fall with internal injuries and a collapsed lung. Threatt did not survive.
There's been some alarming news on the hotel crime scene this week, including yesterday's horrific suicide plunge at the Le Parker Meridien. We don't normally like to post on the grisly but when it comes to guest safety, we feel that guests should know what's been going on.
Two employees were counting money in an office around 12:30 a.m. when two gunmen entered, threw down a black bag and demanded all the cash, police said.
"They gave the males all the money that was sitting on the table and in the safe under the table and gave the bag back to them," police spokesman Officer James Polite said.
No one was hurt in the incident. Police did not say how much was stolen.
The W Hotels brand is one step closer to completing its hotel monopoly on the city of Atlanta as the second W Hotel opens today in midtown. A third and fourth W Hotel is schedule to open next year, making Atlanta just one hotel behind New York for the title of most Ws in a single city.
Now you must be asking why so many Ws in Atlanta? Turns out the city has a bumpin' hotel market:
Atlanta has four distinct hotel markets, and W wanted to have a share in each, [Frits van Paasschen, Starwood CEO] said. Perimeter caters to residential and shopping while Buckhead grabs the business crowd and the well-heeled looking to drop cash at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza. Midtown is where celebrities come to party and lawyers entertain their clients, and downtown brings in conventioneers.
Looks like lawyers will get some "techno glam" when they visit The W Atlanta Midtown. That was the inspiration/theme behind this hotel, which was once a Sheraton. The hotel has sleek lines, "clubby" public areas (read: bars and music in the lobby) and gray and black interiors.
More Ws are set for downtown and Buckhead. The W Downtown will have residences atop it and according to Mit Shah, the owner of the W Buckhead, it will be more "shabby chic" interiors, designed by Thom Filicia of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" who also did the renovations of the rooms at the W Westwood.
We couldn't find any rooms online open tonight but we did find something on Saturday--a Wonderful room with King bed for $215 a night at the internet rate which is pre-pay and no cancellations allowed.
W Hotels continues its global expansion by announcing a second Atlanta property that will open in 2007.
The chain already has a location at the Perimeter Center but the new hotel will open in midtown in the former Sheraton Colony Square. The Sheraton was bought from Starwood Hotels by Noble Investment Group and AEW Capital Management LP for $48.5 million. About another $50 million will go towards renovating the spot into a W Hotel.
Yawn. We like it better when the W announces their plans to build hotels in the Middle East.
· Noble, AEW to convert Sheraton Colony Square into W [Atlanat Biz Journal]
· W Hotels Heads to Middle East...Again [HotelChatter]
· Sheraton Colony Square reviews [TripAdvisor]
· W Atlanta Perimeter Center reviews [TripAdvisor]