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Midlands hotel asked to fill bath with Cadbury’s chocolate, and it’s not the strangest request | Central

A staff member at a Birmingham hotel was asked to fill up a guests bath up with Cadbury’s chocolate, it’s been revealed.

And it’s just one of the weird requests that customers at Birmingham Travelodge hotels have asked in the past year, the company says. One customer at the Fort Dunlop site also asked a member of staff to get them a role on Peaky Blinders.Another customer asked staff if they could sort a gondola ride from the city centre to the Black Country, so they could propose to their girlfriend. Another extraordinary request took place at Travelodge’s Birmingham Airport hotel where one customer asked if staff could arrange for them to walk straight onto the runway from the hotel so they could have a lie-in.

Imagine being asked…

  • Can you get me a role in Peaky Blinders?

  • Can you sort a gondola ride from the city centre to the Black Country?

  • Can you arrange for me to walk right onto the airport runway so I can have a lie in?

  • Can you stop the seagulls from squealing?

  • Can you switch off the Severn Bridge fog horn?

  • Can you identify the UFO hotspots?

  • Can you get my grandma an honorary Oxford University degree?

Travelodge spokesperson Shakila Ahmed said: “Annually we welcome millions of customers from all corners of the UK at our 575 hotels which includes 13 properties in Birmingham.

Throughout the year, our hotel teams receive thousands of interesting requests from business and leisure guests. Where possible, our hotel teams will go above and beyond to help customers as they relish a good challenge.

Travelodge Spokesperson

“Interestingly the requests change regionally, seasonally and this year we have even received interesting requests around social distancing. However, there are some requests beyond their control such as: stopping the seagulls from squealing, switching off the Severn Bridge fog horn, identifying UFO hotspots and getting a grandmother an honorary degree from Oxford University.”

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Cambridge council rejects request to demolish former Preston Springs hotel

CAMBRIDGE — Councillors rejected a request to demolish the former Preston Springs hotel so the city can follow through with an appeal process currently before a provincial heritage tribunal.

“We started a process, I think we owe it to our citizens to allow the process to unfold… and allow the public to come up with plans and ideas to save the building,” Coun. Pam Wolf said at a virtual Cambridge council meeting Tuesday evening.

“Any building can be saved it’s just the amount of money you’re willing to put into it,” she said.

Property owner Haastown Holdings asked the city for permission to demolish the once-famed hotel that overlooks Preston. Paul de Haas told council he doesn’t have much choice but to demolish the heritage structure.

“To date, we’ve spent eight years trying to find a viable solution to redevelop this site while retaining the existing structure, and the bottom line is, we cannot,” said de Haas of Haastown Holdings.

He rebutted claims that this is an example of demolition by neglect, saying Haastown has tried its best to salvage what it can from the building that sat vacant for many years before he purchased it in 2012.

Council had to make a decision on de Haas’ demolition request before Nov. 24, when a 90-day period from the date of his request for demolition would expire and result in allowing demolition.

But because the property is a designated heritage landmark, council must remove the heritage designation before the city can issue a demolition permit.

The fate of the crumbling heritage structure has been up in the air since a local heritage advocacy group appealed a city decision to remove the building’s heritage designation and allow its demolition.

That appeal is now before the Conservation Review Board, a subsection of the Ontario Land Tribunal that hears heritage disputes.

de Haas told council he has spent $150,000 to uphold property standards at the decrepit building since he purchased it.

“We’ve exhausted our efforts to try to salvage this building,” he said.

“We know however we can make this site iconic once again, albeit in a different form.”

Built in the late 1880s, the historic building was home to a popular tourist hot spot where visitors would enjoy the sulphur springs that bubbled below the hotel.

Area residents and heritage advocates have pleaded with the city to try to save the crumbling structure since it was deemed unsafe by the city’s chief building official earlier this year.

“It’s almost always cheaper to demolish a heritage building than to save it,” said Alex Ciccone, counsel for the advocacy group Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

He told council the current owners of the once-famed hotel left it to deteriorate.



“Just because it’s expensive to repair doesn’t mean it cannot be rehabilitated,” Ciccone said.

Michelle Goodridge lives on Fountain Street North and can see the building from her home.

“It is financially possible to save it and bring it back to its

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L.A. council members backtrack, turning against request to help a hotel developer

Nine years ago, a judge found that a financially struggling hotel in Koreatown had failed to pay its share of local taxes, ruling that the company owed the city of Los Angeles nearly $3.5 million.

Mike Feuer wearing a suit and tie: Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer said he opposes any effort to give a tax break to the developer of a hotel planned in Koreatown. (Mike Balsamo / Associated Press)

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Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer said he opposes any effort to give a tax break to the developer of a hotel planned in Koreatown. (Mike Balsamo / Associated Press)

City officials, reeling from their own financial crisis, were so eager to collect that they sent sheriff’s deputies into the Wilshire Boulevard hotel to retrieve a portion of the money. The City Council eventually reached a legal settlement in 2012, securing $2.65 million — less than officials claimed they were owed — from the hotel and its owner, Leo Y. Lee.

Council members began dealing with Lee again earlier this year. But this time, they began looking at providing financial help for his latest venture: a new 192-room hotel planned in another part of Koreatown.

After The Times inquired about Lee’s previous legal dispute with the city, City Atty. Mike Feuer said he would oppose any financial aid for Lee’s planned hotel. Such an arrangement, while not illegal, would be “outrageous,” he said.

“I think it takes real chutzpah for a developer to try to avoid paying millions in taxes that he owed to the city, and then return and ask taxpayers for a subsidy,” Feuer told The Times last week.

Councilman Herb Wesson, after speaking with Feuer, is now backtracking on the idea of a hotel subsidy — and asking his colleagues to vote Tuesday to drop the effort. Councilman Curren Price, who previously supported Wesson’s request to explore financial aid for Lee’s hotel, now opposes any taxpayer assistance, according to his spokeswoman.

Victor Sahn, who served as the hotel developer’s bankruptcy lawyer in 2012, says his client is being wrongly portrayed as a “deadbeat.”

Lee was one of many businesses owners overwhelmed during the 2008 recession, losing millions of dollars, Sahn said. The businessman also had a “bona fide” dispute with the city, arguing that some parts of his building were being rented by the month and therefore did not require payment of transient occupancy taxes, also known as bed taxes, the lawyer said.

Lee’s hotel companies filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Once Lee succeeded in selling the property, he used the proceeds to pay off his obligations, the lawyer said.

“People are playing a blame game with someone who shouldn’t be blamed, who did his best to keep a project going,” Sahn said. “And when he couldn’t keep it going, he sold it and paid his creditors as much as he possibly could.”

Wesson and Price first broached the idea of providing financial help to Lee’s planned 21-story hotel last year. Both men signed a motion asking the city’s policy analysts to determine whether Lee’s company, 3800 West Sixth Street LLC, should be allowed to keep a portion of the taxes generated by his hotel

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Judge Denies Request To Block Move Of Homeless Men From Lucerne To FiDi Hotel

A planned move of homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to another hotel in the Financial District will proceed after a state Supreme Court judge declined to block the move.

Downtown New Yorkers, Inc. filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court arguing that the city was moving the Lucerne residents to the Radisson Hotel on William Street to “cover up for their public relations disasters.”

The lawsuit argued the de Blasio administration is not permitted to proceed with the transfer because of an expired contract between the Department of Homeless Services and the Hotel Association of New York City to operate the facilities — which were converted from hotels to shelters for homeless residents to allow for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also sought a temporary restraining order on the impending move.

In response, the office of the city’s Corporation Counsel said the Radisson has already been operating as an emergency homeless shelter since the pandemic began in March. It’s also served “as an isolation hotel for those who had tested positive for COVID-19, where hospitalization was not required, and subsequently as a quarantine site for individuals suspected of having COVID-19.” The Radisson offers more space for the men to safely be indoors and engaged in social activities, considered critical factors as the temperatures drop, city officials said.

State Supreme Court justice Debra James denied the request for the temporary restraining order and set a date of November 16th for opening arguments on the lawsuit.

The move to the Radisson Hotel on William Street next week comes after the men would be relocated from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to the Radisson Hotel on William Street in FiDi

The move to the Radisson Hotel on William Street in FiDi next week comes following weeks of acrimony from legal threats by UWS neighborhood groups that also wished death upon them on their Facebook page. Before the FiDi move, the city had considered moving the residents to the Harmonia shelter in Midtown—which would have displaced other families. Throughout the process, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been widely criticized for treating residents at the Lucerne, operated by Project Renewal, like board game pieces.

Downtown New Yorkers posted on its website a statement from its representative Christopher Brown saying “it would be unconscionable for the City to move the men into 52 William Street knowing that they might be forced to move again in several weeks. The neighborhood is committed to its ongoing legal strategy on this matter.”

Meanwhile, the group of Upper West Siders who opposed the men living at the Lucerne and formed the nonprofit called the West Side Community Organization, released a statement through their PR firm Saturday hailing the upcoming move.

“The West Side Community Organization was pleased to learn that the Court has rejected efforts to prevent the relocation of the vulnerable population currently housed at the Lucerne to a location that is better equipped to serve their

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