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WFAA 2012-02-14 04:03:00 UTC
WFAA 2012-02-14 04:03:00 UTC
WFAA 2012-02-14 04:03:00 UTC
WFAA 2012-02-14 04:03:00 UTC
WFAA 2012-02-14 04:03:00 UTC
WFAA 2012-02-14 04:03:00 UTC
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News 8 Update
WFAA (ABC)Dallas, TX DMA: 5
Feb 13 2012 10:03PM CST
Programming Type: News
>>> hundreds of guest at the new convention center hotel are tucking themselves in. some room could leave guest exposed. we have questions about the sleek design. >> reporter: in any city, you can find hotels where you can see guests inside their rooms. here near the convention center, convention goers are getting more than a peek inside. we're talking about the corner suites here at the corner of the hotel. you can see right into the rooms and bathrooms. it's a story you'll only see on news 8. when the hotel near the convention center opened its doors, it changed the downtown skyline with the eye catching show from any corner of the city. >> i can see very well, more than i want to see. >> reporter: it's another view of the glass tower. >> looking at themselves in the mirror, towels draped -- >> reporter: bringing privacy into question. >> first impression was, what a nice backdrop, it's beautiful. as we looked closer, there was restroom activity very obvious, a lot of detail. >> reporter: pam moore pointed to the suites near the sky walk. >> apparently those are all restrooms. i've never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: she and others got an unexpected view of hotel guests at a conference. >> these people don't know they're on exhibition from the convention center. >> reporter: with an eye shop from the convention center, bedrooms and bathrooms, cameras captured the smallest details from robes hanging near the tub to bathroom mirrors, top to bottom, room after room, guests after guests exposed. behind the blurred images, a man without clothes open his curtains and walks into the bathroom. a woman stands near the window putting on makeup in her underwear. another woman curling her hair. >> glass technology is what's capturing the imagination of the construction and architectural community. don, via the school of architecture, university of texas at arlington reviewed some of the video we shot of the hotel. >> i think there's an issue. you can in fact see into the rooms. >> reporter: there isn't an issue in the middle of the hotel where most rooms are located. >> the premiere corner room. >> reporter: he believes it's the suite's specific design that's part of the problem. >> if people stepped back into the middle of the room, you don't see them. the configuration of the room is pushing them out to the edge where they're catching more of the exterior alum nation. >> the glass is tented and treated. it's a combination of issues that apply to that particular configuration. >> reporter: here's a look at the layout. most of the hotel rooms are deep. these suites cost $700 a night are built shallow and wide. the bedroom, living room and main bathroom are up against the glass. windows offer panoramic views of the city. you can see in at certain times of the day when the lighting conditions are right. >> reporternews 8 contacted the hotel for comment. they emaed a statement to news 8. a guest can see into the convention center from the guest rooms as you can see from the convention center into the hotel. therefore it should be evidence that a guest should use window shades. >> from this room on the 15th floor, the view into the convention center is not crystal clear. someone in the convention center can see us, but we can't se them. >> reporter: the view at night improves. during the day, it's tough to see through the reflective windows. we went to the owner of the $5 million high-rise for an interview. they didn't want to go on camera but sent a statement. the hotel like many provides window treatment so guests have privacy. we asd the hotel guests staying in the suites that they're told they can be seen from the convention center. their response they don't say anything since the hotel rooms have blinds. in some instances, they were still visible below from the convention center. it's suspected guests don't know they're on display. >> my guess is people don't realize they're is visible given the lighting conditions. it's probably nothing that would be terribly expensive given the cost of the hotel. window treatments lend privacy. it's open field that appears and so does the selling point, the view. >> we also reached out to the front that designed the hotel. they told us they do not consider this an architectural issue. we want to hear from you. what do you say. should we make changes? i'll check comments on our page and twitter. some are already coming in. go online. we'll check the comments and have some later in the newscast. we're live in dallas, channel 8 news.
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