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Palace Already Popular, And It's Not Yet Open

NEWS AND BRIEFS

May 16, 1993|KIM UPTON

Hotel for Couch Potatoes: For New York Novotel guests who don't care to sample big city delights, management of the hotel at 226 West 52nd St. has created what it calls a "couch potato corner." That's where guests can rent games to take to their rooms so they can stay in and, perhaps, pretend like they are at home. Guests can now rent video games, including "Tournament Golf," "NBA All Star Basketball" and "NHL Hockey," or amuse themselves with hand-held Nintendo Game Boy systems. Or they can play electronic chess, cards, board games and videos. Some of the games are gratis; others vary in price from a few dollars to $20 for elaborate video systems that need to be installed in the room.

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Comparatively Speaking: Top 10 resort-hotel occupancy rates for 1991, the most recent year for which statistics are available: Rio Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas (98%); Hale Koa hotel, Honolulu (96%); Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas (92%); Sands Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas (90%); Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City (90%); Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City (90%); Taos Inn, Taos, N.M. (88%); Bahia Cabana Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale (88%); Ventana Inn, Big Sur (87%). (Source: Lodging Hospitality magazine and the U.S. Travel Data Center.)

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Quiz Answer: Hudson Bay.

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