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New York hotel guests claim $300+ room was nothing like online photos with dirty bedding, mold


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Linda Farmer bought tickets around Christmas to see Hugh Jackman in June at New York’s Madison Square Garden and booked a hotel nearby. Farmer had no idea that six months later, she’d be laying on what she said was a disgusting blanket in a dirty room.

“We go to the city a lot and stay overnight, but I’ve never experienced anything like this,” Farmer of Tannersville, Pennsylvania, told USA TODAY about her experience staying at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Midtown Manhattan on Friday. She and her fellow travelers said they discovered mold in not one, but two, hotel rooms and that their group wasn’t alone in complaining to hotel employees. 

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The room had a dirty bathroom floor and shower. (Photo: Courtesy of Laurie Farmer)
The next room wasn’t any better than the first. (Photo: Courtesy of Laurie Farmer)
They arrived Friday late afternoon only to discover a room that looked nothing like pictures Linda Farmer had seen online, she said. (Photo: Courtesy of Laurie Farmer)

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GEEK ROAD TRIP: 10 NERDY HOTELS THAT’LL TURN VACATION INTO A FANDOM PILGRIMAGE

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A good hotel offers entrée to new experiences while providing some of the comforts of home; a great hotel does all that while also fulfilling some kind of fantasy. To satisfy most typical travelers, that largely involves offering them the temporary illusion of being filthy rich, with servants at their beck and call in vast and luxurious quarters.

For true geeks, however, the fantasy can be a little bit — or a whole lot — different. Luckily, like every other major industry out there, the hotel sector has taken note of the spending power wielded by nerds and their families. That’s led to a boom in rooms aimed at satisfying the geek desire to be totally surrounded with tasteful thematic decorations and tchotchkes that transport them to their favorite fictional worlds, from the moment they wake up all the way through the time they place their heads on their officially licensed pillowcases.

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Video: 7.1M earthquake shuts down Disneyland rides


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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KGTV) — Guests were forced from the fastest ship in the galaxy at Disneyland Friday, after a massive earthquake struck Southern California.

The magnitude 7.1 quake hit the Ridgecrest area about 160 miles east of the theme park just before 8:20 p.m.

Video from Disneyland after the earthquake showed guests being evacuated from the park’s Millennium Falcon ride in “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” Guests in other areas of the park also reported rides temporarily closed for employees to conduct safety inspections.

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Alaska hit with record high temperatures and wildfires


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Three cities in Alaska experienced record high temperatures on July 4th as several agencies warned Friday of high fire risk in the Upper Yukon and south central Alaska. According to CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA, the Division of Forestry reported over 100 active fires burning throughout the state of Alaska.

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Spooky! Historic Austin-area ‘most haunted hotel’ to offer overnight stays


It’s been deemed “the most haunted hotel in Texas” and been featured on everything from “Ghost Adventures” to “PBS Strange Town.”

Soon, in addition to touring the historic Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, located about an hour from Austin, you will be able to spend the night, too.

The property, which was built in 1840, has a long history in Seguin. It was initially a two-room log cabin and was transformed into a hotel in the 1850s. In 1874, it was home to serial killer Wilhelm Faust, according to the hotel website. It had fallen into disrepair and was included in the “2012 Most Endangered Places in Texas” list before owners Erin and Jim Ghedi purchased the property with a goal of restoring it and eventually turning it into a museum.

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6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California – live updates


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A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California on Thursday and officials said it was the largest to hit the region in 20 years. The quake struck near the city of Ridgecrest, which is located about 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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Summer, winter, or in between, Rome hotels should be considered as a much-needed layer of insulation from the tumble of Roman life. Which can be difficult, in terms of urban services being infamously less than ideal.  The rule in Rome is to enjoy. But also trust your concierge to help you avoid trekking for miles after visiting the Forum and you can’t find a taxi back to your hotel.

Here are some of the best the Eternal City has to offer.

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Copenhagen is not unlike its Swedish sister, Malmö, just across the bridge. But somehow the city’s tenuous land ties to the remote sea-washed reaches of northern Germany make it just that much more of an island refuge—official “Big Germany” happens far to the south and “Big Scandinavia” happens on the other side of the bridge, across the water. Copenhagen is its own small, intense thing, very much not Germany, but not quite Scando-land, either.

Its hotels are delightfully iconoclastic as well.

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Senior trip to Dominican Republic descends into disaster after group falls ill

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A group of Oklahoma teens’ senior trip to the Dominican Republic was ruined when they fell sick with a mysterious illness.

The recent Deer Creek High School graduates flew on June 8 to the embattled Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, where at least two Americans have died and others have fallen ill, news station KOTV reported.

Liz McLaughlin said her daughter, Libby, was among seven members of the group who fell sick — and they have “no idea what’s going on.”

“We just don’t know what is happening,” McLaughlin told the news station. “Is it the water? Is it the ice? Is it the food? Is it the food handling? Is it the pesticides?”

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