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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Six Flags Tells "Dirty" Days Inn Eureka to Stop Using Its Name

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM

In late January, the Daily RFT wrote that TripAdvisor -- in compiling its Top 10 Dirtiest Hotels in America list for 2010 -- placed the Days Inn Eureka Six Flags as No. 2. As one unhappy camper put it: "If Hell had a hotel, it would look something like this."

The news apparently did not sit well with Six Flags, who today filed suit against Gateway Hotels Management Inc., saying the 150-room establishment had no right to attach the amusement park's name to a place one cranky customer called, "The nastiest hotel I have ever stayed in my life."

"Six Flags has never authorized the use of the Six Flags mark and the facility has no association, sponsorship, affliation or any other connection with Six Flags," the theme park said in a statement.

The manager at the Days Inn, who gave only the name Clark, declined comment and referred the Daily RFT to their legal counsel, St. Louis attorney Christopher Bent.

"I have not seen the lawsuit so it would be inappropriate for me to make any comment," Bent, who represents Gateway Hotels, said earlier today.

Said Six Flags spokeswoman Elizabeth Gotway: "The story brought to our attention the unapproved and illegal use of our name by this hotel. We gave them the opportunity to remove the name, but it didn't do so in a timely manner."


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