I’ve never actually stayed at either the Le Parker Meridien New York or Palm Springs, though I’m certainly not a fan of the former. About a month ago they added a $10 “facilities charge,” essentially the city hotel equivalent of a resort fee. This set an awful precedent and was enough to convince me not to stay there, given how many great properties there are in New York.
Well, it seems that “facilities charge” was the least of their concerns. Via the New York Post, this property is in trouble with Starwood:
The owner of the swanky Le Parker Meridien New York ripped off more than $1 million by cooking the books to claim fraudulent reimbursements from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, a suit filed yesterday alleges.
Workers at the Meridien “falsified records and fabricated room reservations for fictitious guests” in order to boost payments from the customer loyalty program of Starwood, the suit alleges.
Over/under on when they’ll no longer be a Starwood property? 😉
(Tip of the hat to Jamison)