01/03/2012 11:50 am ET Updated Mar 04, 2012

Gramercy Park Hotel Guests Locked Out On New Year's

After a rough 2011 -- what with the television actors plummeting in the elevator -- Manhattan's Gramercy Park Hotel started 2012 on the wrong foot. The building's key card system crashed shortly after the ball drop and left some 200 guest stranded outside their rooms reports the New York Post.

The guest were stranded in the halls for seven hours as hotel staff individual reset every key. A similar incident on New Year's morning at the Marriott Denver Tech Center left more people roomless, but was resolved considerably faster.

The silver lining for the guests was that some of them were allowed into the $1000-a-head party in the hotel's Rose Bar. The hotel has also offered the travelers affected free future stays and rebates, though they may want to heed the words of TV's Josh Charles, who spoke to New York Magazine after the runaway elevator incident, saying: "If you go to the Gramercy, try not to die."