By Terry Trucco
Publicity is catnip to hotels. Still, I can’t imagine the Sofitel New York is thrilled with the reason it’s suddenly the most talked about hotel in town.
In case you were sequestered over the weekend, on Saturday afternoon International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was pulled off a plane bound for Paris and arrested for sexually assaulting a 32-year-old maid in his suite at the Sofitel hours earlier. Strauss-Kahn had checked into Room 2806 on Friday. Though the rack rate is $3,000, the IMF has since said their leader paid $525 on Travelocity, news that will no doubt cause potential guests to flee the Sofitel reservations Web site and visit aggregators like Expedia, Orbitz and Quikbook.
Since opening in 2000, the Sofitel has been a favorite with European visitors, particularly the French, as well as government and corporate officials. (more…)