Several guests who booked rooms at a hotel and luxury apartment tower in Kew Gardens where the city controversially began renting dozens of rooms to homeless people last month had their reservations abruptly cancelled, DNAinfo New York has learned.
A Kew Gardens resident said three of his family members, who are visiting for his daughter’s bat mitzvah this coming weekend, booked rooms at the Kew Gardens Comfort Inn several weeks ago.
But on Sunday, they received an email from the hotel stating that “Due to unfortunate circumstances recently at our hotel, we have had to cancel your reservation.”
"They said it was a flood," said the local resident, who did not want his name to be used but provided the email to DNAinfo.
An employee who answered the phone at the hotel Monday told a reporter that they “are having water damage on some floors,” but added that the hotel is open and that some rooms were still available. She did not elaborate about what caused the damage.
However, a caller trying to book a room at the hotel for Monday and Tuesday night was told there were no rooms available and was instead offered a room at a Comfort Inn in Jamaica.
A spokesman with the Department of Homeless Services — which alarmed locals by beginning to rent 42 rooms in the hotel on Sept. 29 — said Monday that there was no “water damage” impacting units used by the agency.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Kew Gardens hotel flooded with water or DHS bookings?
Posted by Queens Crapper at 6:55 AM
Labels: homeless, hotel, Kew Gardens, shelters, water leak
The hotel is using the same excuse many people use to get a day off from work. The old "my apartment is flooding" trick.
Funny thing, of all the hotels that have opened up in the past 4 years since Queens was anointed "the world's borough" on Lonely Planet magazine, this one makes the most sense considering the Jewish population there and the easy bus ride to JFK.
Comfort Inn is a subsidiary of Choice Hotels. Call customer service at 1-800-300-8800. Ask them why they want their brand associated with homeless shelters. Tell them you always look for the Comfort Inn name when travelling, but now you can no longer trust it.
Nice looking place. How can I get on the homeless list for a free room?
too many people pissing in the elevator again
Sounds like it's turned into a full-fledged Homeless Shelter. It's always about the money.
They're getting more money to house the homeless so why would they honor a reservation for less money. Its all a money game. They're flooded with big bucks from the government.
it is a full fledged homeless shelter
Homeless shelter for sure!
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