Marylanders: Hotel let the bedbugs bite

As someone who will be sleeping in a hotel bed within the week, I just say a big “EWW” on behalf of travelers everywhere.

From WSJ.com:

A Manhattan judge has scratched a request for punitive damages in a bedbug case.

But the judge… let go forward the negligence claims of two Maryland tourists for bites they sustained during a two-night stay at the theater district’s Milford Plaza.

JACKIE SAUTER, Web Editor

Hotelier Stephen Marx of Lifestyle HG

marx.jpgHotelier Stephen Marx says he likes to take some time at the start of each day to gaze at the trees swaying outside of his Greenwich, Conn. home, to take in the expansive blue sky, and to meditate.

“I get up in the morning, I go out on my deck and I sit for 15 minutes and I just try to clear my mind, try to put my troubles away, get myself squared away emotionally, mentally for the day,” he said.

He doesn’t follow any particular spiritual tradition, doesn’t have a mantra or a guru, but Marx says his meditation contributes to his overall happiness and sense of balance.

In addition, Marx works out four times a week, tries to eat healthy foods and is a member of a men’s group that meets periodically to discuss spiritual and emotional matters.

“Sometimes it’s difficult for men to communicate their feelings,” he explained.

All of this is part and parcel of the ideas about wellness and balance espoused by Marx’s brand-new boutique hotel brand, Lifestyle HG, which has announced that it will open its newest franchise at 301 N. Charles St. in Baltimore some time in the next 16-17 months.

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