Skip to comments.The Crack Hotels of the DNC
Posted on 09/03/2012 7:13:03 PM PDT by smoothsailing
The DNC shines the spotlight of the world stage on our Queen City. Delegates from all 50 states, 15,000 journalists, and more than 350 foreign leaders will experience Charlotte . . .
— Charlotte Business Journal, August 31, 2012
I can’t speak for the delegates or the foreign dignitaries, but many of the journalists I have spoken with here are appalled at the accommodations in Charlotte to which they were assigned by the DNC. National Review was assigned to two Knights Inn properties. Everyone who saw them fled immediately across state lines to an available Marriott in South Carolina rather than stay there. As one of our political correspondents reported:
The Knights Inn was the worst hotel I have ever seen, and I’ve stayed in many bad motels in my life. Two guys were dealing drugs in the room next to me, and a prostitute was working out of the parking lot. And this was in the early afternoon. The room itself was dirty, full of other people’s stuff, etc.
I have never requested a hotel change in 3 years at NR. This was the first time I felt absolutely compelled.
It’s not as if the DNC couldn’t have figured out something was wrong with the properties. TripAdvisor had these recent comments on one of the Knights Inn properties: “wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy,” “scared to death,” and “pimps and prostitutes at night.”
Nor was National Review singled out. Staff members from Politico and the Hill abandoned their assigned hotels, too. Staffers from the Hill found refuge in a cheap Microtel and considered it a comparative oasis.
Tucker Carlson, editor of The Daily Caller, told me that the Quality Inn his staff was assigned to was “the worst hotel you can imagine.” TripAdvisor carried these recent reviews: “barely a Bates Motel,” “scary area and parking lot,” and “the worst.”
Some of the scarcity of good hotels is due to Charlotte’s relatively small size. It is the least populous city to host a national convention since the GOP held theirs in New Orleans in 1988, and the Big Easy had lots of hotels because of its popularity with tourists.
But there really is no excuse for anyone, especially women, to be assigned to hotels that are beyond dingy and in some cases clearly unsafe.
Better send in Dirty Harry.
Assigned hotels? ‘Journalists’ have become perfumed princes completely lacking in initiative.
The rat delegates should feel right at home.
Considering the kind of people who vote for Obama, maybe the DNC figured the crack cribs wouldn’t matter.
I must say that I find this surprising, since NC is overflowing with cheap, illegal labor to keep motels clean.
Microtel rooms are small, and the walls thin, but I have found that Management does a good job making sure the properties are clean and safe. And there's breakfast for those interested, if memory serves.
I just read this over at The Corner- was hoping it was posted here.
This is mindboggling. Didn’t the DNC understand any of this before the decision to go to Charlotte? Don’t they have someone in charge of researching the city?
This is pitiful...if even Politico is complaining...
Reporters from National Review assigned to a crackhouse motel in Charlotte...and we’re supposed to believe it’s a coincidence? Ditto for the Daily Caller journos staying at that Quality Inn. Nothing more than old-fashioned Chicago hardball. Write negative stuff about us and we’ll put in in the worst hotel we can find in Charlotte, and hope you get mugged to boot.
Here’s the real question: since the Dims assigned media lodging for their convention, where are the reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, NBC and ABC staying? It’s a gimmee they aren’t bunking at the Knights Inn.
And those were the GOOD hotels in Charlotte.
Doesn’t matter though as most of the DNC’ers will be cruising Wilkinson and West Boulevards..or the bus station...looking for a good time.
What goes around comes around. The pubs can do it to ALL the lame-stream media in 4 years.
What goes around comes around. The pubs can do it to ALL the lame-stream media in 4 years.
In the words of Hillary during the Clinton’s first White House tour, “We just screwed all of these people.”
lmao, Knights Inn? The bedbug haven from hell. And they will still kiss the DNC’s butt.
“The Knights Inn was the worst hotel I have ever seen, and Ive stayed in many bad motels in my life. Two guys were dealing drugs in the room next to me, and a prostitute was working out of the parking lot. And this was in the early afternoon. The room itself was dirty, full of other peoples stuff, etc.”
In 2016 that may be a luxury hotel.
Doesn’t reflect well on city leadership, either, considering the national exposure it stands to get from the convention.
Seems to me they should have had code enforcement working overtime to clean up neighborhoods and properties and make the place spiffy and safe.
Charlotte is pretty small, isn’t it? According to TripAdvisor, they have a Staybridge, Hampton Inn, Hyatt House and Drury Inn that receive the highest guest rankings. There’s also a Ritz Carlton, if he wants an upgrade =)
Hubby went to a Fulbright meeting in Charlotte and said the SAME thing about the accommodations. His roommate slept on the floor because the bed was so dirty.
That got my attention too. At first I figured the DNC didn't care or was deliberately dissing National Review, but no! The DNC just doesn't care at all, period! Talk about low rent, sheesh.
Yes, exactly. Where are the big Liberal press outlets staying? Fund needs to provide that info in a followup.
Exactly.. but...as the City of Charlotte reminds us- their theme for the convention is
“WE MAKE IT POSSIBLE”
OMG! It’s Charlie Crist on the left!
I guess they all need Gordon Ramsay...lol....
Words like cheap and chintzy come to mind......
Sounds almost as bad as this one.
Maybe the DNC is just CHEAP when it is their money instead of the taxpayers!
Perfect for the RATs. They'll fit right in.
Probably it was they who asked the management to eject the journalists.
There are some scum so low even other bottom feeders shun them.
I stayed once in Charlotte where I was attending a conference. It was a high end hotel (can’t remember the name) but I found a bloody towel stuffed between the mattress and box spring. Ick. I demanded that the room be cleaned again.
Fund should just be grateful there wasn’t a horse head in his bed to greet him.
It is the Chicago way.
6th down on the link we both posted:
“WARNING STAY CLEAR OF THIS PLACE , YOU TAKE LITTERALLY COULD DIE HERE !!!!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!”
I wonder if OJ stayed there.
I’ve stayed in some real dives in my day. One I remember was in NOLA (not far from the city library). It had spent condoms under the bed and sticky carpet. I kid you not.
Ranked #148 of 170 hotels in Charlotte
I checked your link, they didn’t even rank past #154!
What do they expect for $26.95 a night? Maybe they should take it up with Jay Carney! roflol!
The DNC is CHEAP when they have to pay for something! They aren’t used to spending money that isn’t from the taxpayers, then acommendations are FIRST CLASS!
See, that is why they don’t want vouchers for anything. Then people would have to be responsible. Can’t have that!
Those Democrats are such SKINFLINTS!!!
‘Cept when it comes to themselves, of course!
I second it. I found them to be basic and cheap but clean.
Did you see the ‘positive reviews’??? I LOL’d! I think they were written by the owners, themselves, because they were barely literate. :-)
Avoid this dive!
Reviewed June 6, 2012
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Every review here that describes this hotel as a haven for crack addicts and criminals and warns you away from this dive is telling you the truth! Do NOT waste your money at this palce. The people behind the desk don’t speak a lick of English and don’t seem to have a problem when you tell them and their godawful no-tell motel to go to hell. What’s worse, we chose it for a Priceline package and never got our money reimbursed, even though we cancelled the reservation.On the other hand, if you love the excitement and adrenaline rush of expecting to become a part of a major crime scene, you might enjoy this place.
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Something about lying down with dogs and expecting to come up with fleas?
You can bet your last red cent that this is some brother-in-law deal if they could find a room elsewhere. It is propping up some scam for the DNC To assign rooms anywhere. Guaranteed.
There is no limit to greed and corruption.
>>The Knights Inn was the worst hotel I have ever seen, and Ive stayed in many bad motels in my life. Two guys were dealing drugs in the room next to me, and a prostitute was working out of the parking lot. And this was in the early afternoon. The room itself was dirty, full of other peoples stuff, etc.
My question - Was she she there for the convention itself?
Is she wearing her Fluk U button?
Sandra Fluke should feel right at home.
Pimps and prostitutes?
Are they sure? Precinct Chairmen and so forth in the DNC often have second jobs. Those people could be with the party.