Media make pilgrimage to Mayflower

At least three camera crews were milling about outside Washington’s Mayflower Hotel, Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s home away from home, at around 11:30 am...

At least three camera crews were milling about outside Washington’s Mayflower Hotel, Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s home away from home, at around 11:30 am today. One was interviewing a couple of conference-goers, judging by the name tags clipped to their coat pockets. Others appeared to be simply lying in wait, perhaps for the upcoming lunchtime newscasts.

That illicit trysts go on at the Mayflower is no surprise to most people in town. Such things must go on at all big downtown hotels. Their staff members likely don’t even realize what’s going on in many cases. Presumably Gov. Spitzer’s visitor was not dressed like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

But workers at the hotel aren’t fools, either. The Mayflower has seen quite a bit of action of the years, and a few scandals at a luxurious address surely give it a bit more personality. Maybe not every visitor to Washington can be part of a scandal, but they can at least tell their friends and family that they slept near one.

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