TripAdvisor Reveals The World's Top Ten Infamous Hotels

By Tripadvisor, PRNE
Monday, November 1, 2010

From Rock'n'Roll Riots to Criminal Scandals… Hotels That Will Go Down in History

LONDON, November 2, 2010 - TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site*, today releases its list of
the top ten infamous hotels, according to TripAdvisor editors and the site's
Popularity Index. ''Most hotels would prefer to be known for their quality of
service or amazing facilities, but sometimes their success and reputation
stems from something completely out of their hands,' says Emma O'Boyle,
TripAdvisor spokesperson.

With arguably one of the world's most infamous hotels, The Watergate
Hotel in Washington, currently closed for renovation, it has been left to
these 10 hotels to lead the way:

1. Adlon Kempinski Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Adlon Kempinski Berlin Hotel enjoys a prestigious location in central Berlin
adjacent to the famous Brandenburg Gate. The hotel gained notoriety in
November 2003 when pop legend Michael Jackson infamously dangled one of his
children over the balcony to the screaming crowds below. The hotel still
attracts many celebrities, politicians and even royalty (the Queen and the
Prince of Wales have stayed).

2. The Mark Hotel, NYC, New York
The Mark Hotel is known for Johnny Depp's infamous destruction of a $1,200
suite. The destruction took place on the morning of September 13th 1994 when
Depp and his then girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss, had an argument and
promptly trashed the hotel room. Depp was taken in handcuffs to the 19th
Precinct and told to pay the hotel nearly $10,000 in damages. After the
event, The Mark's owner thanked Depp's publicist for all the free publicity.

3. Mercer Hotel, NYC, New York
The Mercer became infamous after an incident in 2005 involving Russell Crowe,
a mobile phone and an unfortunate waiter. The Gladiator star became annoyed
after he couldn't call home to Australia and got so frustrated he threw his
mobile at one of the hotel employees. He was arrested early the next morning,
given a $5000 bail order and charged with second-degree assault.

4. Sunset Tower Hotel

Located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, the Sunset
Tower Hotel opened its doors in 1931 and has been a favourite haunt for
celebrities ever since. Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes and John Wayne all lived
in the hotel's penthouse at different times. John Wayne reportedly brought a
cow up to the penthouse apartment, explaining to his guests that if they
wanted cream with their coffees they wouldn't get it much fresher than this!

As one TripAdvisor traveller said: "A whole string of celebrities have
stayed in this hotel - we just had to visit."

5. Hotel Ritz, Paris, France
It was to be the venue for Princess Diana and boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed's final
evening. They dined in style at the majestic 5-Star Ritz Hotel in Paris, just
hours before a tragic car accident claimed their lives. The hotel boasts a
magnificent selection of prestigious rooms and suites which are tastefully
decorated in classical French style.

According to one TripAdvisor traveller: "The hotel itself is great, with
stunning views. However, there are many tourists because of the Diana

6. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

The Fairmont is infamous for being the location where Beatle John Lennon
and Yoko Ono had their 'Bed-in for Peace' in 1969, and where the song 'Give
Peace a Chance' was recorded. The one bedroom Executive suite features
memorabilia composed of press articles, framed gold records and pictures of
the famous couple.

7. Chateau Marmont Hotel, Los Angeles

The Chateau Marmont has served as the backdrop for a number of infamous
events in the lives of celebrated rock stars and actors. Led Zeppelin band
members rode their motorcycles through the lobby to cheering guests. Jim
used what he called "the eighth of my nine lives" after he hurt his
back dangling from a drain pipe. Britney Spears was reportedly banned from
the hotel for appalling table manners in 2007 and the popular Eagles song
'Hotel California' is thought to be written about the hotel.

According to one TripAdvisor Traveller: "If you want to experience what
it is like mingling with the stars then stay here - we had a fantastic time." Los_Angeles_California.html

8. Chelsea Hotel, NYC, New York
This hotel has a colourful history, both as the birth place of creative
modern art and the home of bad behaviour. Bob Dylan composed songs while
staying here and it is also known as the place where Dylan Thomas died of
alcohol poisoning in 1953. Other famous guests include Jimi Hendrix, Janis
, Leonard Cohen and Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote '2001: A Space Odyssey'
while in residence.

According to one TripAdvisor traveller: "The Chelsea Hotel is unlike any
other - decadent, delightful and of course, infamous… It is as social as
you want it to be or as quiet as you need."

9. Palace Station Casino Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
The O. J. Simpson robbery case arose in 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A group of
men led by Simpson entered a room in the Palace Station Hotel and took
various objects of sporting memorabilia. Simpson was arrested soon after and
held without bail. Simpson denied the allegation that he or anyone else was
carrying weapons; however in 2008 he was found guilty of all charges and
sentenced to 33 years in prison.

10. Hilton Washington, Washington D.C.
Only 69 days into the presidency of Ronald Reagan there was an attempt on his
life by John Hinckley Jr. at the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. The
President was shot and wounded along with three others, and he suffered a
punctured lung but swift medical attention meant that he recovered quickly.
More recently, the events of March 1981 have been portrayed in the 2001 film
'The Day Reagan was shot'.

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