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Worst hotel--can anyone beat this?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by mink31, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    I stayed at a rather interesting little hotel some years back in Kupang, in West Timor (in the Indonesian archipelago).

    It was called the Sea Breezes, as it was located near the water's edge, with a creek running alongside the building down to the nearby sea.

    In actual fact, it should have been called the "sewer breezes", as at low tide the creek virtually dried to a trickle, displaying piles of rubbish on the creek bed, amongst which rats freely frolicked.

    The walls were so friable that I could poke holes in the masonry with a finger, and my bed was so decrepit that it collapsed when I lowered myself into it at night, leaving me to re-assemble it in the semi-darkness whilst floundering around inside mosquito-netting.

    There were also a lot of worrying stains on the walls, but I convinced myself that they were most likely caused by rising damp rather than by any horrible acts that might have occurred in the room.

    Still, on the positive side, it was located near to a convivial cafe/bar on a small cliff above the sea, and a night market full of food vendors convened just down the road from the hotel.
     
  2. iridium7777

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    Looks like it's in North Korea...


    i bet back in the day it looked really nice. from the outside the building seems elegant enough. i also bet there used to be a lot more brownstones around the place that now got turned into parking lots.
     
  3. bullethead

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    I have a soft spot for the Leland hotel. In the 80's, it was home to a truly great punk/goth club-The City Club.

    Even as a 'kid', I couldn't help but notice the beautiful marble staircase I would climb to enter the club. It was the place to go after a show and I have many a fond memory of the place.

    For a club, it also had a extraordinarily long shelf life. This was most likely due to it's location-on the corner of Cass and Bagley. In the 70's and 80's, the Cass Corridor was one of the most dangerous areas of the city, which probably kept the people that make a club 'jump the shark' at arm's length.

    It was the perfect setting for such a place, an architectural gem set in an urban wasteland. Paradise.

    That being said, I don't think I would make a reservation today.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. mink31

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    ^I think they have two operating clubs right now, one in the basement and one on the second floor. Both are goth/punk AFAIK
     
  5. JetBlast

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    Actually I would imagine it would be amazing to park in that, sad as it is that the building is gone.

    JB
     
  6. bullethead

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    Though I'm in the city quite a bit it's been nearly twenty years since I've been to the City Club. From what I understand quite a few artists have purchased places on the Cass Corridor.

    To me, Detroit is the perfect petri dish for the next artistic uprising. total lawlessness, plenty of cheap space and nobody cares what you are doing.
     
  7. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    If you get a chance, try staying at the relatively new 4 seasons hotel at ifc central, it is ranked as one of the best.

    My wife likes their spa, but I don`t think they are as good as they say. I like staying at the more established hotels, because the staff are much better. Being new, the FS staff still have a lot to learn. The hotel itself is nice though, with views overlooking the harbor (it is on central side with wide views facing kowloon).
     
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    These are recent pictures of the Book Cadillac Hotel, located a couple blocks from our beloved Leland Hotel. Makes me sick... The Book Cad is supposedly undergoing restoration.

    A friend just sent this link with extensive pictures of the Hotel in its heyday. Take the "1924 tour."
    http://www.forgottendetroit.com/caddy/index.html
     
  9. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    It's like an above ground Titanic.
     
  10. LabelKing

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    These are recent pictures of the Book Cadillac Hotel, located a couple blocks from our beloved Leland Hotel. Makes me sick... The Book Cad is supposedly undergoing restoration.

    A friend just sent this link with extensive pictures of the Hotel in its heyday. Take the "1924 tour."
    http://www.forgottendetroit.com/caddy/index.html


    I suspect the restored building will feature a lot of derivative "contemporary luxury" like blonde wood, copper fixtures and overly large palms.
     
  11. SoCal2NYC

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    I suspect the restored building will feature a lot of derivative "contemporary luxury" like blonde wood, copper fixtures and overly large palms.

    Give it a rest Mary.
     
  12. Nonk

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    Thanks for the link about the Leland, Mrs Nonk and I thoroughly enjoyd reading them as each reviwer tried to out-do the last.

    'Like a scene from Escape form New York' is rather negative!
     
  13. Huntsman

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    I'm in Detroit now -- have been doing the corporate thing and only get out late. I drove all around on Wednesday evening/night, and ghost town is exactly the description of what I saw. Most places were closed and no one but the homeless were on the street. Even near the steel and glass cocooned GM headquarters there is nothing and yet there are the casinos; shining structures of opulent inelegance that people are only in but not around. I've never seen a city so dead, it's an embarrassment to the country. Went to Belle Island to shoot the skyline at 2am. Never been as creeped out. ~ Huntsman
     
  14. bdeuce22

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    Went to Belle Island to shoot the skyline at 2am. Never been as creeped out.


    you are one brave individual.

    it really is ashame that Detroit is such a crappy city. it could once again be great except everyone who "runs" the city is a f*cking joke.
     
  15. tiecollector

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    I'm going to go to this hotel just to check it out because it sounds awesome in the most awful way possible. Detroit's story is a sad story. Many other cities to come for sure [​IMG]
     
  16. Huntsman

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    you are one brave individual. it really is ashame that Detroit is such a crappy city. it could once again be great except everyone who "runs" the city is a f*cking joke.
    <laughs> In retrospect, I think 'stupid' fits better than 'brave.' Got a decent shot though I overcompressed it before uploading. [​IMG] It is a shame though, the city has some awesome architecture....
     
  17. mink31

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    ^Very nice, Huntsman! There are some sites with great photos of Detroit's best ruins[​IMG]
     
  18. bdeuce22

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    <laughs> In retrospect, I think 'stupid' fits better than 'brave.' Got a decent shot though I overcompressed it before uploading.

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    It is a shame though, the city has some awesome architecture....



    yes, it was a stupid thing to do, espicially at 2am. did you by chance go by the old Michigan Central Station? the architecture is great, but as with most old detroit buildings, it is in pretty rough shape. a few years back, there was a movement to renovate it, but the mayor was too busy buying (maybe killing[​IMG] )strippers and racking up expense after expense on the city's dime.
     
  19. RyJ Maduro

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  20. i6or

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    Those are some of the funniest reviews I have ever read.

    yup!
     

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