NEW YORK (OCN) — Below is a message from Michael Achenbaum who is the President of Gansevoort Hotel Group.
In compliance with the city code, the Gansevoort hotel pools are tested three times daily, and chemicals are adjusted three times daily (please see the attached log for the last thirty days). We have passed every Board of Health inspection without qualification (please see attached Board of Health approvals). We are not required to test for coliform, but following the New York Post piece, we will now add such a test to our standard operating procedures. 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.
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.
President Gansevoort Hotel Group