Stephen Paddock Specifically Asked Hotel For Room With View Of Lollapalooza
By Stephen Gossett in News on Oct 5, 2017 8:55PM
Lollapalooza, 2017 / Photo: Annie Lesser
Stephen Paddock—the Las Vegas mass shooter who also booked two rooms at a Chicago hotel that overlooks Grant Park for dates that coincided with Lollapalooza—asked specifically for a room that overlooked the concert area and asked to be notified before check-in if the hotel wasn't able to provide him one.
As first reported by TMZ, Paddock booked two rooms at the Blackstone Hotel, one for Aug. 1 and one for Aug. 3, through Expedia, then called to ask that his rooms have views.
"We're told the hotel does not guarantee view rooms, but for some reason in the hotel computer system there's a note that guaranteed Paddock a view room.
We're told the hotel is now trying to figure out why someone on the staff broke policy by guaranteeing him a room with a view."
Notes in the system also say that Paddock wanted a notification before checking in if the hotel was unable to give him a "view room," sources told the website.
A spokesperson for the hotel declined to comment on whether such notes had been added to Paddock's reservation. But a source confirmed the details of TMZ's report with Chicagoist.
The spokesperson confirmed earlier that a reservation was made under the name Stephen Paddock. A law enforcement source confirmed with the Tribune that it was the same Paddock who killed 59 people and injured hundreds more when he opened fire on a country-music festival on Sunday in Las Vegas.
Despite the reservations in Chicago, Paddock did not stay at the Blackstone in August during Lollapalooza, a spokesperson with the hotel's public-relations firm confirmed. Both rooms that Paddock booked had a checkout date of Aug. 6, the final day of the festival.
The four-day festival stretches from Aug. 3 to 6. Formerly a traveling festival, Lollapalooza has been staged at Grant Park annually since 2005. The festival draws more than 100,000 people each day over its four-day run.