Hotel Says Sky-High Hurricane Rate Was a Mix-Up

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  1. uggboy
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    http://moneyland.time.com/2011/08/31/hotel-says-sky-high-hurricane-rate-was-a-mix-up/

    On Tuesday, TIME Moneyland and many other news outlets wrote about a story in the New York Daily News claiming that guests at a Brooklyn hotel were charged $999 a night for a room during Hurricane Irene. Readers expressed indignation, the Attorney General got involved, and the hotel insists the astronomical price was a technological mix-up.

    The Daily News followed up with this one day after the original story ran, in which Dev Dugal, vice president of marketing and IT at Globiwest Hospitality, the hotel’s parent company, explained that a glitch with third-party travel site Expedia and its affiliates were to blame. Previously, Dugal had left messages in the comment threads on several websites that covered the story, which read, in part: “We did not price gouge, nor had any intention to do so. Our hotel never posted a $999 rate on our website or quoted any person on the phone of such rate. … Our hotel has been in business for four years and the highest rate we have ever charged was $399.”

    http://moneyland.time.com/2011/08/31/hotel-says-sky-high-hurricane-rate-was-a-mix-up/
     
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    Let's not be coy about naming the property: it reportedly was Hotel Le Bleu in Brooklyn's Park Slope area.

    This place can become a highlight of next year's Brooklyn Reality Tour.
     
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    Not sure who to trust. :p
     
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    Indeed the story and who is responsible sounds shady indeed! A big.........:p
     
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    Uh huh....was in a Hilton on LI already during the week....and then on Sat night everyone came in and the hotel was full up.....and I saw the price of a can of coke go magically from $1.50 to $3 in the matter of a few hours in the hotel store.....was amazing to see.
     
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    :eek:
     

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