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Hotel Room Rates Hit Rock Bottom (for British Exhibitionists)

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Many words have been written recently about the recession's impact on the hotel market, but a free Manhattan hotel room? That's a new one. Of course, there's a catch. Midtown East inn the Roger Smith Hotel (#246 out of 412 NYC hotels, per TripAdvisor) is putting up a British couple for five days in a replica of one of the hotel's rooms on the ground floor of a nearby building. The only condition? They must be in the room and keep the curtains open between 4:30-7:30 p.m. each day; a living ad, if you will. Worth a free stay? Depends?are free nips from the minibar included? See the monkeys in their glass cage through Friday.
· Room with a view (of the inside) [Daily Mail]
· Roger Smith Hotel [rogersmith.com]