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Paul Carr is a British author and columnist, currently living in exile in hotels around the world. His latest book -- The Upgrade: A Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations -- tells the story of how he came to have that slightly curious existence, and the adventures that followed. To keep himself sane between book deadlines, he writes a twice-weekly column for TechCrunch. www.paulcarr.com

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Paul Carr's Hotel Show-Tell: Hotel Monaco, San Francisco

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 2:23 PM

Another week, another hotel: such is the life of the permanent hotel dweller.

This week, I'm back in San Francisco and decided to check out Kimpton's Hotel Monaco. Turns out, it's a hotel that's almost impossible to fault, but almost impossible to get excited about....

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Paul Carr's Hotel Show-Tell: El Cortez Cabana Suites, Las Vegas

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 9:22 PM

After my deeply traumatic experience at Rumor, I was looking for somewhere fun and friendly to recover. I found it at the El Cortez Cabana Suites in downtown Vegas.

Video below.

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Paul Carr's Hotel Show-Tell: The Worst Customer Service in Las Vegas

(9) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 6:30 PM

Hotel number two on this Vegas trip is Rumor; a new "boutique" hotel, about 10 minutes from the strip. Spoiler alert: don't stay there.

It's not that the room was awful -- see video below -- in fact, it wasn't bad at all. It was, however,...

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The Ten Most Annoying Mistakes Made By Luxury Hotels

(137) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 3:12 AM

A few years back, I sold everything that wouldn't fit into a small suitcase, gave up the lease on my tiny, overpriced London apartment and hopped on a flight to New York to begin a new life living permanently in hotels.

The decision wasn't as ridiculous as...

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Paul Carr's Hotel Show-Tell: The Four Seasons, Las Vegas

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 2:46 PM

Back in May, I spent an entire month in Las Vegas, staying a single night in each of the hotels on the Strip. I wrote a daily diary of my adventure for The Huffpost, and for some of the better or more - uh - interesting...

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The Strip Diary, Epilogue: We'll Meet at the End of the Tour

(9) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 2:12 PM

Day Thirty Three: Mandarin Oriental (Comped)

8 am, London time and I'm sitting in the 'bite.' coffee shop in the arrivals hall of Heathrow airport, eating an egg and cress sandwich.

It's a little more than 17 hours, including the New York layover, since I left Las Vegas. I'm...

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The Strip Diary, Day Thirty Two: The Last of the Vegas Hotel Reviews, in Haiku Form

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 8:27 AM

32 nights in 32 hotels; the finish line is so close I can almost bite it. Just one night still to go, at the Mandarin Oriental, and my month-and-a-bit in Las Vegas will be over.

Of course, technically speaking I've failed in my stated goal: to stay...

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The Strip Diary, Day Thirty One: Enough Has Been Written On the Awfulness of Criss Angel, So Here's a Video

(79) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 8:52 AM

2011-05-05-060530_crissangel_vmed_2p.grid4x2.jpgDay Thirty One: Vdara ($109)

The last thing the world needs is another person writing about how terrible Criss Angel's Believe show at the Luxor is. Instead, then, I've decided to do today's diary entry as a...

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The Strip Diary, Day Thirty: The Las Vegas Natural History Museum Has Outlived Liberace

(12) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 8:49 AM

Day Thirty: The Bellagio ($144)

"I can't even make payroll from admissions fees".

Marilyn Gillespie isn't complaining; simply acknowledging a fact. Gillespie is the Executive Director of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and, in the world of Las Vegas museums, her's constitutes a success story. "We...

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The Strip Diary, Day Twenty Nine: The Oscar Goodman Show Must Go On

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 11:09 PM

Day Twenty Nine: Monte Carlo ($76)

Oscar Goodman doesn't approve of my new shoes. "You always wear sneakers?" he asks, peering across his over-ornamented desk at my bright orange Chucks. "I only own one pair of shoes," I explain. And I do: the price of living permanently out of hand...

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The Strip Diary, Weekend Roundup: Yet More Vegas Hotel Reviews, in Haiku Form

(5) Comments | Posted May 1, 2011 | 5:49 PM

Day Twenty Seven: The M Resort (Comp)

If I were prone to Trumpian flights of conspiracy fantasy, my paranoia would have been off the charts on Thursday night. Not twelve hours after I quoted a representative of Culinary 226 describing Venetian boss Sheldon Adelson as "a...

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The Strip Diary, Day Twenty Five: Hey China, President Trump Will See You Next Tuesday

(174) Comments | Posted April 30, 2011 | 12:41 PM

Day Twenty Five: New York, New York ($179)

The Huffington Post has a very strict, and admirable, policy against ad hominem attacks. I know this because a couple of weeks ago I submitted the first draft of a post calling for a boycott of Donald Trump's Las Vegas...

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The Strip Diary, Day Twenty Four: Going Undercover With Culinary 226

(18) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 9:23 PM

Day Twenty Four: The Mirage ($99)

"What do you think about an effigy?"

The union worker's colleague looks puzzled. "I'm not sure what that is."

Up until now I've been standing quietly, listening to their conversation. But now I can't help myself: "It's like a paper-mache model of a...

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The Strip Diary, Day Twenty Three: Please Help Me! I'm Going On Television by Mistake

(13) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 9:07 AM

Day Twenty Three: THEhotel at Mandalay Bay ($83.99)

Dearest Readers,

I need your help.

I may be 5,000 miles from London, but even here in Las Vegas, I can't utter a word in my British accent without somebody mentioning the upcoming Royal Wedding.

"You must be very...

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The Strip Diary, Day Twenty Two: Las Vegas House Prices Are Now Your Friend

(16) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 3:59 PM

Day Twenty Two: The Mandalay Bay Hotel ($95)

Yesterday, I wrote about Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's plans to regenerate downtown Las Vegas by moving his company's 1,100 employees to a new campus in Fremont East. One of the side effects of the move, I mentioned, is that...

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The Strip Diary, Day Twenty One: From Sin City to Sim City -- Tony Hsieh's Plan to Rebuild Downtown Vegas

(9) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 9:03 AM

Day Twenty One: Encore at Wynn ($259)

"So, how are you going to write sarcastically about all of this?"

Tony Hsieh makes a good rhetorical point. We're standing in the Downtown Cocktail Room, the epitome of a hipster San Francisco bar: hot young locals lounging on sofas,...

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The Strip Diary, Weekend Round-up: Even More Vegas Hotel Reviews, in Haiku Form

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2011 | 10:37 AM

You know that old phrase? Time flies when you're staying a single night in every single hotel on the Vegas Strip? Well it's true!

You know that other phrase? That you'll bust your ass all week writing about Elvis wedding chapels, blogging escorts,

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The Strip Diary, Day Eighteen: The Economics of Long-Term Hotel Living (and Why Vegas Messes Them Up)

(16) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 7:40 AM

Day Eighteeen: MGM Grand ($69.99)

Today has been a busy day. I've visited Zappos and Vegas.com; I've had coffee with two bankruptcy lawyers who explained why Vegas real estate is screwed; and I've explored some of downtown and Fremont street, my impressions of which I'm hoping to share this weekend....

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The Strip Diary, Day Seventeen: I'm Not Elvis, I Just Play One at a Wedding

(14) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 8:24 AM

Day Seventeen: Treasure Island ($59.95)

"So be sweet and kind to mother,
Now and then have a chat.
Buy her candy or some flowers or a brand new hat.
But maybe you had better let it go at that"

- Tom Lehrer, Oedipus Rex

"One guy...

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The Strip Diary, Day Sixteen: An Open Letter to Parents Who Bring Their Children to Las Vegas

(238) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 9:05 AM

Day Sixteen: Flamingo ($40)

Dear Parents Who Bring Their Children To Las Vegas,

Sorry to interrupt your "vacation of a lifetime", but I need you to do me a quick favor. Put down your frozen margaritas for a second, look up from the poker table and take a long hard...

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