The New York Post reported over the weekend that the “urban oasis” at the Gansevoort Hotel, “the perfect place for daytime sunning, a snack from ‘Plunge’ Bar and Lounge, or a quiet conversation in our landscaped garden,” according to the hotel’s website, is home to coliform bacteria, which could mean pee or poop, making it dirtier than five NYC public pools. People paying hundreds of dollars for a room — or for drinks from the ‘Plunge’ Bar, for that matter — were probably not so pleased at the results, and so the Gansevoort has shot back in a statement, posted to their Tumblr, claiming that, “We are proud of the product we provide our guests and without reservation believe that our hotel’s pool is not only a great place to enjoy oneself, but that it is a safe environment.”
The Gansevoort says their pools are tested and chemically adjusted “tree times daily,” and they posted the results of the tests from the last thirty days for everyone to see. But! The Gansevoort admits they were “not required to test for coliform,” but now they will “add such a test to our standard operating procedures” because of the Post article.
Then Michael Achenbaum, the hotel’s president, goes after the tabloid’s ethics and methods:
It is our belief that the information concerning the pool at our Gansevoort Meatpacking District location as presented by the New York Post was intentionally misleading. The implication of the article is that the coliform allegedly found was caused by fecal matter or urine, however, through our conversations with the journalist, we learned that further testing determined that there were NO TRACES of such contaminants. For this reason, the story was categorically misleading.
We are also uncertain about the scientific protocols and validity of their tests. There are numerous other environmental factors that can cause low levels of coliform, a common substance, which at such levels, is harmless. We also find it odd and telling about the Post’s intentions that we were the only hotel in the entire city that was tested for this piece.
Le Bain, meanwhile, is probably scrambling to clean up, or at least instituting a stricter door policy — no reporters allowed.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 11, 2011