Two Occupy Wall Street protesters, one a key leader of the movement, stayed at a swanky, $700-per-night New York City hotel while their fellow protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park, the New York Post reported.
Peter Dutro, a member of Occupy Wall Street's finance committee, and Brad Spitzer, a California-based analyst who attended demonstrations during a business trip, both stayed in the W New York Downtown Hotel last week, with Spitzer reportedly opening his room up to other protesters as well.
According to its website, the W calls itself "the ultimate urban extravagance" with a state-of the-art entertainment system and 350-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, goose-down comforters and pillows. It even invites guests to unleash their "inner Gordon Gekko" in the fitness center, a reference to Michael Douglas' character in "Wall Street."
The Post reported:
"Tents are not for me,” [Spitzer] confessed, when confronted in the sleek black lobby of the Washington Street hotel where sources described him as a “repeat” guest.
Spitzer, 24, an associate at financial-services giant Deloitte, which netted $29 billion in revenue last year, admitted he joined the protest at Zuccotti Park several times.
“I’m staying here for work,” said Spitzer, dressed down in a company T-shirt and holding a backpack and his suitcase. “I do finance, but I support it still."
Hotel sources told the Post Spitzer brought other Occupy participants to the hotel room and ordered a roll-out bed for his guests.
“He’s here all the time,” a source said. “We all see him at the protest.”
Spitzer denied hosting protesters and said he only invited a blogger friend of his up so he could clean up after spending time at the camp.
Dutro, 35, reportedly checked in Wednesday night after police cleared the park, despite living nearby in Brooklyn.
According to the Post:
[Dutro] said he spent $500 of his own money to get the room because he wanted a good night’s rest ahead of the cause’s two-month ceremony the next day and raucous post-raid protests.
“I knew . . . there was a high probability of getting arrested,” he said. “I wanted a nice room. That’s OK. Not everybody there is dirt poor.”
He paid for the palace with his American Express card.
“It is an expensive hotel. Whatever,” he said.
He told the newspaper he chose the hotel for convenience, not luxury, saying he's "not in the business of throwing money away" and that it was "the only room I could find.”
He also said he did his part to take care of his fellow protesters in less-fancy accommodations.
“I took food to all those churches,” he said. “I got them cigarettes.”