Downtown New York Hotel's Room 911 Stirs Controversy

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A hotel room numbered 911 near Ground Zero is causing controversy.

A writer in a Huffington Post column said she was shocked to see the trendy new W New York – Downtown hotel has a room 911 that she says also overlooks the site of the World Trade Center tragedy two blocks away.

The hotel responds that while it does have rooms with views of Ground Zero, room 911 is not one of them.

"The guest room is in fact located on the South Side of the building with spectacular views of the Hudson River and New York's historic Financial District," Sofia Vandaele, general manager of W New York – Downtown, tells AOL Travel News. "This room does not overlook the World Trade Center site."

Still, the property is not shy about its downtown location. On its website, the W Hotel notes guests can look at construction of the Freedom Tower, "part of the World Trade Center memorial site complex, and feel the inspiration from having one of the country's most important landmarks in the neighborhood."

The New York Marriott Downtown, which opened several years before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack, also has a room 911. It faces west, towards water and not Ground Zero, says Kathy Duffy, a spokeswoman for Marriott's New York properties.

Duffy says in the aftermath of 9/11, the Marriott Downtown took care not to appear to be marketing any rooms with views of Ground Zero. "It was a sensitive issue," she says.

But the World Center Hotel, a boutique property that opened near Ground Zero in June, is taking a different tact.

On its website, the World Center Hotel says, "This downtown New York City hotel opens with unfettered views of the rising Freedom Tower and National 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Located at the southern edge of the World Trade Center rectangle, the World Center Hotel is convenient to all downtown businesses and historic sites."

It was unclear whether the World Center Hotel has a room 911; officials did not return calls for comment.

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