Travel Picks: Notorious hotel rooms

 @ibtimes
on June 29 2009 3:23 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Some hotels are renowned for their views or
for their service. Others are famed for the outrageous, flamboyant or
destructive behavior of their guests.

Travel website travelandleisure (here) has come up with a list of 8 of some of the world 's most notorious hotel rooms. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida

During the Prohibition in the 1920s, Al Capone ran a speakeasy out
of the Biltmore Hotel while camped out in the 13th-floor Everglades
suite. The Al Capone Suite was where hit-man Thomas Fats Walsh was
fatally shot in 1929.

2. Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California

Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes racked up millions of dollars in
hotel bills while staying on and off for 30 years at the four bungalows
at the Beverly Hills Hotel from 1942 onwards. He'd order pineapple
upside down cake from his personal chef at 3 a.m. and dance with young
starlets.

3. Holiday Inn, Flint, Michigan

The Who drummer Keith Moon, who gained notoriety for his destructive
lifestyle, celebrated his 21st birthday in 1967 at the Holiday Inn, in
Flint, Michigan, by upsetting a cake, removing his clothes, shattering
a tooth, and allegedly driving a Lincoln Continental into the pool.

4. Sunset Tower Hotel, West Hollywood

John Wayne reportedly brought a dairy cow to the balcony of his
penthouse at the Sunset Tower Hotel, a 1929 Art Deco landmark, so that
he would always have fresh milk.

5. Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Florida

TV evangelist Jim Bakker checked into Room 538 of this hotel with
former church secretary turned Playboy model Jessica Hahn in December,
1980. The sex scandal, with allegations of rape and hush money, brought
down Bakker's ministry empire.

6. Hotel Chelsea, New York

Sex Pistol Sid Vicious awoke in Room 100 of New York's Hotel Chelsea
in 1978 to find girlfriend Nancy Spungen on the bathroom floor, dead
from a stab wound. Vicious was charged with her murder but while out on
bail he died of a heroin overdose.

7. Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin

In 2002 while ensconced in the Presidential Suite Pariser Platz at
Berlin's Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Michael Jackson dangled infant son
Prince Michael II out of the third-floor window.

8. Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington D.C.

Room 871 of the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel was registered to a Mr.
George Fox in 2008 and shared with aspiring singer Ashley Dupre. George
Fox was later found to be New York governor Eliot Spitzer and Dupre was
a prostitute.

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