Have you ever stayed in a $500 a night hotel?
Migrants staying at $500-a-night Times Square hotel on NYC taxpayers’ dime are ‘trashing rooms, drinking all day, smoking marijuana and having sex in the stairwell’ – with worker calling them a ‘disgrace’
“If [an American] got caught smoking in the hotel, it was a $500 charge. You could smoke outside, but you couldn’t stand in front so that people wouldn’t get secondhand smoke,” [Row NYC employee Felipe Rodriguez] said. “The protocols went down the toilet because migrants can smoke weed, they can smoke cigarettes. You can’t tell them nothing.
…there are a lot of migrants there that are causing chaos. We have a lot of fights, a lot of drugs, a lot of sexual harassment abuse.”
An NYPD source confirmed that cops have responded to a string of domestic incidents at the hotel.
Rodriguez said NYPD officers were initially stationed in the lobby but were replaced by National Guard soldiers in December.
Rodriguez also said the hotel had a list “of people that are supposed to be quarantined — for COVID, chickenpox, whatever it is.”
“Nobody supervises those people,” he said. “Once they get bored, they flee. We don’t know who’s sick and who’s not sick.”
Rodriguez added ruefully: “We are in an environment that is hostile, violent and not safe anymore.”
Nearly a ton of taxpayer-provided food gets tossed in the trash every day at a massive Manhattan hotel being used to house migrants — because they’d rather secretly cook their own meals on dangerous hot plates, a whistleblowing worker has revealed.
Disturbing photos show garbage bags full of sandwiches and bagels awaiting disposal at the four-star Row NYC hotel near Times Square, where the city pays a daily rate as high as $500 per room, hotel employee Felipe Rodriguez told The Post.
“It’s a crime to be throwing out so much food,” he said.
Other images show a hotel room littered with empty beer cans and bottles following a wild World Cup viewing party in November, Rodriguez said.
That gathering — in a room whose occupant “gave the key to a cousin” while she “was in the Bronx, hanging out” — erupted into a fight over the match that left one man with a “big knot on his head,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said he also shot a brief video clip of two female migrants engaged in a hair-pulling fight outside the hotel during New Year’s Eve festivities last week.
The 23-second cellphone recording shows men holding what appear to be beer cans while struggling to separate the women after they tumbled off the sidewalk into the street.
An NYPD source who was working in Times Square on New Year’s Eve confirmed the chaos at the hotel, saying the lobby was littered with broken bottles and some revelers were dancing while others were sprawled out on the furniture and the floor.
“It was a total s–t show,” the cops said.
City Hall has refused to say how much it pays to rent out the Row or any of the scores of other hotels being used to house migrants.
But Rodriguez said he’s “heard from management it’s between $400 and $500 a night, per room, depending on how big the room is.”
Rodriguez, 57, said he began working at the 1,300-room hotel in 2017 and was shocked by what’s happened since Mayor Eric Adams’ administration began using it as a “Humanitarian Response and Relief Center.”