Blogs from March, 2016

State Attorney General Accuses Manhattan Hotel of Scam


The Manhattan Club on W. 56th St., near iconic Carnegie Hall, is a high-end, luxury hotel. It describes itself as a “residence-style boutique hotel” combining the style of a vacation ownership property with the luxury of a world-class hotel. It perhaps makes sense that it is a difficult hotel to book—maybe too difficult, especially for owners of a timeshare program run out of the hotel. As a result, buyers have complained about the timeshare program to the Attorney General’s office.

Ian Bruce Eichner, the developer for the Manhattan Club, has been accused of building a fraudulent timeshare business. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has charged Eichner and other club associates for allegedly selling 14,000 timeshares for a hotel with only 286 units. Buyers were allegedly told that the hotel does not cater to the general public and that booking for the hotel would be easy and straightforward.

Eric Schneiderman apparently conducted an investigation into the hotel’s timeshare program using his own staff, who said the sales team used high-pressure tactics and inaccurate information to sell units. However, Eichner’s company has promised to be completely and totally cooperative with the Attorney General’s office, hoping to provide clarity and dispel the allegations with the truth.

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