Extended Stay Hotels — shame on you

I’m a little horrified to have just received this email from Extended Stay Hotels (I stay at them under the name Homestead suites, there is one across the road from our Washington DC office, and another across the road from Microsoft’s Redmond Campus):

If you - or someone you know - are among the millions evacuating due
to the approach of Hurricane Rita, Extended Stay Hotels still has
room availability in the following metro areas:

	Kansas City, MO - From $38.99/night
	St. Louis, MO - From $44.99/night

Does anyone else think it’s icky that they’re advertising like this to people with their homes and livelihoods in danger? Perhaps Homestead should offer free rooms?

(Oh, and this indignant post is the 1,000th in the diary category here…)