Unwelcome Fame: Guests Seek Bryant's Room
(AP Online 08/22 12:35:28)
By JON SARCHE=
Associated Press Writer=
EDWARDS, Colo. (AP) _ It's a world of $5 tins of breath mints,
wine tastings, croquet tournaments and art shows, where carefully
cultivated insulation from the outside world is paramount.
The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera has the Ibanez suite and the
Casals suite. Now there's an unofficial addition: the Kobe Bryant
suite, where the NBA's most bankable superstar is accused of
sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel concierge.
The case has brought attention in the form of unusually heavy
weekday bookings, streams of reporters and camera crews to the
guarded gatehouse and guests who want to book _ or at least sneak a
look at _ Room 35.
The notoriety is far from welcome here, where customers pay $300
to $700 a night to relax in understated elegance amid sweeping
views of the Rockies near the Vail ski resort.
Hotel managers are now refusing to speak to reporters, and
allowed only a single photographer and TV cameraman a rigidly
controlled visit to get file photos to share among the media.
Employees say they've been warned not to talk about what they
know or might have heard about goings-on that night to the media or
to the guests.
The tight lips are in keeping with a long-standing policy of
discretion, said Kris Staaf, who is with a public relations firm
hired by the hotel three days after Bryant was arrested.
``The privacy of the guests is something the hotel is very
respectful of and we'd like to keep it that way,'' Staaf said.
Bryant checked into the lodge on June 30, one day before a
scheduled knee surgery at a nearby clinic that caters to elite
<small>[ August 22, 2003, 02:49 PM: Message edited by: JFlosum ]</small>