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‘Hotel Paranormal’ Episode 10: Malicious spirits that once checked in but never left terrorize guests and staff

Just like it is good and bad in the world, there can be good and bad contained within a single building. Some entities can be nice and helpful, while others more malicious with intentions to bring harm to anyone that dares to interrupt them. In the season finale episode of Travel Channel’s ‘Hotel Paranormal’, Kamran Kamrava, Shelley Wade and Kaitlyn are attacked by the evil residents in their hotel – residents that once checked in, but never checked out.

Kamran Kamrava – West Coast, 2012

Kamran Kamrava (Travel Channel)

A swanky and luxurious hotel on the West Coast, it has always attracted the rich and famous with its eclectic interiors and a great reputation for service. Kamrava was just promoted to head of security, and he was thrilled with his new position and responsibility. One of his main duties was to make sure that the property was properly monitored round

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Victorian coronavirus hotel quarantine nurse alleges DHHS relaxed infection controls to appease guests

Departmental staff in charge of running Melbourne’s quarantine hotels were more concerned with appeasing guests than infection control, according to a nurse who worked at the troubled facilities.

Some guests were given extra so-called “fresh air” breaks and took advantage of the increasingly relaxed system, threatening to self-harm if they were not given allowances to leave their rooms, the nurse — who does not want to be named — said.

She said she believed the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was unnerved by a suspected suicide that occurred at the Pan Pacific hotel in South Wharf in April, during the first two weeks of hotel quarantine coming into force.

The suspected suicide is being investigated by the coroner.

The nurse said the whole focus became about ensuring guests were satisfied, rather than quarantined.

“They were just trying to fix guests’ anxiety, and as a result [staff] started having

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Hotel guests checking in for the long haul

Forget checking into a hotel for a long weekend or a week. In the wake of Covid-19, travelers around the world are booking stays that last a month or even longer.



a train crossing a bridge over a body of water: At Timbers Kauai, 25% of current guests are staying for a month or longer.


© Courtesy Timbers Kauai
At Timbers Kauai, 25% of current guests are staying for a month or longer.

According to hoteliers globally, it’s a pattern that started this summer when their properties reopened after being shuttered for several months. This trend appears to be continuing through the fall everywhere from Aspen and Ontario to all over Mexico and in Italy.

Dede Moan, the owner of Southampton Inn, in Southampton, New York, for instance, says that she has around a dozen reservations for month-long stays in August and September this year, compared with a handful last year.

Auberge Resorts Collection, with 19 properties globally, has several dozen long-term stays in the fall, compared with few to none last year, says

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Hampton Inn worker fired for calling cops on Black guests; Police open ‘internal investigation’

A Hampton Inn employee has been fired after calling the police on a Black family using the hotel’s swimming pool in Williamston, North Carolina.

“Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind. On Saturday, we were alerted to an online video of a guest incident at one of our franchise properties,” Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the Global Head of Hampton by Hilton, said in a statement to USA TODAY Monday. “The team member is no longer employed at the hotel.”

In a nearly 10-minute Facebook Live video shared across social media, a white hotel employee and two Williamston police officers approach a Black woman who is using the pool with her children. They ask the woman, identified on her social media account as Anita Williams-Wright, to prove that she’s staying at the hotel. 

“I can’t believe this happened to me and my kids,” Williams-Wright captioned the

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Hampton Inn employee fired for calling cops on Black guests at the pool; Hilton apologizes

A Hampton Inn employee has been fired after calling the police on a Black family using the hotel’s swimming pool in Williamston, North Carolina.

“Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind. On Saturday, we were alerted to an online video of a guest incident at one of our franchise properties,” Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the Global Head of Hampton by Hilton, said in a statement to USA TODAY Monday. “The team member is no longer employed at the hotel.”

In a nearly 10-minute Facebook Live video shared across social media, a white hotel employee and two Williamston police officers approach a Black woman who is using the pool with her children. They ask the woman, identified on her social media account as Anita Williams-Wright, to prove that she’s staying at the hotel.

“I can’t believe this happened to me and my kids,” Williams-Wright captioned the

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Airbnb, Vrbo guests fighting for refunds after coronavirus cancellations

Evan Skowronski was supposed to stay in a Connecticut Airbnb this month with his wife after booking their stay in January.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the couple opted to cancel their trip in April. Skowronski, 53, a scientist working on infectious disease surveillance, canceled the booking outside of the company’s extenuating circumstances policy, which promises refunds or travel credits. He had been caught up in a back and forth with the company and his host in an effort to receive a refund, only just receiving it Thursday.

And Skowronski is far from alone as travelers and hosts from short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo have been stuck battling for their money back.

Emma Kaufmann, 49, is another hurt consumer. The writer and illustrator is seeking a refund of more than $1,400 after canceling her reservation for a trip to Berlin set for three weeks in June and July.

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