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'Haunted Photo' From Hotel Linked to The Shining Goes Viral

Henry Yau snapped pic at the Stanley Hotel

(Newser) - Henry Yau says he had no intention of photographing a ghost. But when looking over a smartphone shot he snapped last week at the Stanley Hotel lobby in Estes Park, Colo., he saw a ghoulish-looking woman at the top of the stairs, the Oregonian reports. "When I took it,... More »

Motel Owner Secretly Watched Guests Have Sex for 29 Years

Gay Talese tells story of the 'greatest voyeur in the world'

(Newser) - For 29 years, motel owner Gerald Foos watched hundreds, perhaps thousands, of guests having sex, going to the bathroom, and more at the Manor House Motel in Colorado. Now the story of the "greatest voyeur in the world" is out in the open, thanks to an article published in... More »

Erin Andrews: Nashville Hotel Should Pay Me Full $55M

Attorneys cite liability law to push hotel companies to pay stalker's share of judgment

(Newser) - A jury awarded $55 million to Fox Sports reporter and Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews earlier this month in her suit against the stalker who secretly recorded nude video of her at a Tennessee hotel. The stalker, Michael David Barrett, was found 51% responsible, while West End Hotel... More »

Woman's Body Found in Hotel's Walk-In Freezer

It appears she died after getting trapped in the freezer

(Newser) - A 61-year-old woman appears to have died after getting stuck inside a walk-in freezer at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in downtown Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Carolyn Robinson's family contacted police when she didn't return home from her shift on Monday. Police, reviewing surveillance footage, believe the... More »

Man Climbs Up NYC Luxury Hotel, Plummets to His Death

College student went up scaffolding of Four Seasons to take photos: cops

(Newser) - Connor Cummins' family describes him to WABC-TV as a photography devotee—and that enthusiasm may have cost him his life. The New Jersey man, said to be either 20 or 24 years old , and an 18-year-old pal ascended the scaffolding outside NYC's Four Seasons hotel Wednesday night in search... More »

Hostages All Freed in Mali Hotel Siege: Reports

But security forces still said to be trying to 'dislodge' gunmen

(Newser) - The hostage crisis at a luxury hotel in Mali's capital appears to be over, according to various reports, but not before dozens of people are said to have perished in the attack. Security sources tell Reuters that Malian commandos stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako after 170 hostages... More »

NYU Housing Students in Swank Manhattan Hotel

Our dorms never came with housekeeping services

(Newser) - When life handed New York University lemons, it made lemon-infused, $300-a-night hotel lobby water with them. The New York Times has a profile of the dozens of NYU upperclassmen currently living in the Manhattan NYC hotel due to the college's housing shortage—a situation the students are pretty OK... More »

Judge: Hotel Sex Parties Are Not Free Speech

A hotel owner sued a Connecticut town and police force and lost

(Newser) - A small Connecticut community that reports is ranked 31st in the state for its number of Ashley Madison users (more than 5%) is making the news again, this time for prevailing in a lawsuit brought on by the owner of a hotel that allegedly hosted sex parties visible... More »

5 Astounding Numbers: the World's Biggest Hotel

The Abraj Kudai is set to open in 2017

(Newser) - Come 2017, the world will have a new largest hotel by room count—by a hefty margin. The Guardian takes a look at what's coming to Saudi Arabia's Mecca: the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai, which will sit about a mile from the Grand Mosque and feature one... More »

American Among Dead in Kabul Hotel Attack

Park Palace Hotel assault leaves 5 dead, 6 wounded

(Newser) - Police say gunmen stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital as it hosted a party for foreigners, triggering an hourslong siege that ended with five people dead, including an American and two Indian nationals. Six were wounded and 54 hostages were rescued. Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman says the attack... More »

Robots Will Staff New Hotel in Japan

'Actroids' will carry your bags, clean up after you

(Newser) - If you prefer your vacations with a minimum of human interaction, you might try a hotel that's opening in Japan this summer. The Henn-na Hotel's human staff will number just 10, but that doesn't mean you won't get speedy service: Robots will be ready to help... More »

Hotel Fines Pair for Review: 'Hovel Run by Muppets'

They're charged $150, per hotel rules

(Newser) - A hotel is reportedly charging former guests some $150 after a terrible review—in accordance with the place's official rules. The Broadway Hotel in Britain makes things pretty clear, the BBC reports: "Despite the fact that repeat customers and couples love our hotel, your friends and family may... More »

NY Hotel Fines $500 for Bad Reviews

Union Street Guest House does not take criticism well

(Newser) - The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, NY, wants you to keep your crummy opinions to yourself. So if you post something about the hotel’s "rude customer service, unclean, terrible odor," as NY Pix 11 quotes one reviewer, the hotel will collect a $500 fine. It’s... More »

Hotel Sues Guest for Posting Scathing Review

Guest claimed owner stoned, housekeeping drunk

(Newser) - The Ashley Inn in Lincoln City, Oregon, says its rooms and breakfast aren't nasty; the owner doesn't smoke weed; laundry and housekeeping are neither high nor drunk; Jen at the front desk wasn't having phone sex—and it's suing the guest who claimed otherwise in a... More »

Teen Makes Escape With Bed Sheets, Evades Arrest

Climbs out 4th-floor hotel window while police wait

(Newser) - What do you do when the police come knocking? If you're this teenage runaway, you fashion yourself an escape rope out of bed sheets and climb out a fourth-floor window. That’s what the unnamed 16-year-old did in the wee hours of Monday morning at a Colorado Hilton hotel,... More »

Car Bomb Near Somalia Hotel Leaves 4 Dead

Diplomat killed; at least 15 reported injured

(Newser) - A car bombing near a pricey hotel in the Somali capital has killed at least four people and wounded 15, says a government spokesman; a hospital official put the number admitted at 22. One of those killed was top diplomat Abdulkadir Ali Dhuub, formerly acting ambassador to the UK, AFP... More »

Hotel Security Boss Charged With Setting Fires to Skip Work

Mariano Barbosa arrested on arson charges

(Newser) - A New York City hotel security director didn't want to have to work so hard—so fire department sources tell the New York Daily News that he set fires to close down the very buildings he was protecting, so he could hang out in a comp room and drink.... More »

Culprit in Mystery NC Hotel Deaths: Carbon Monoxide

Hotel had been told to fix ventilation below deadly room

(Newser) - The cause of three deaths in the same North Carolina hotel room since April is no longer a mystery—but the bigger mystery now is how the third death was allowed to happen. Police have confirmed that carbon monoxide killed an elderly couple in Room 225 of the Best Western... More »

Longest Hotel Strike in History Finally Over

Congress Plaza strike went on for a decade

(Newser) - On June 3, 2003, 130 of the Congress Plaza Hotel's cleaning and maintenance workers went on strike ... and Unite Here Local 1, the union representing them, finally agreed to a return to work as of midnight yesterday. Of course, many of the original 130 workers have since found other... More »

Sandy Victims Sue to Stay in Hotels

Tens of thousands remain homeless

(Newser) - New Yorkers left homeless after Hurricane Sandy were supposed to leave their city-funded hotel rooms today—but they've sued to extend their stay. The suit, which argues that the city hasn't kept its promise to help them find new homes, seems to have some traction: A judge yesterday... More »

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