Where did John Edwards and Rielle Hunter have their first romantic interlude? At the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue, which happens to be one of Edwards favorite hotels in town. (We're guessing, however, that the hotel's owner, Jonathan Tisch, won't be including this little fact in the official hotel brochure in the near future.) But Edwards isn't the only married man who picked the five-star property to carry on behind his wife's back. In 1997, former football star Frank Gifford—the husband of Kathie Lee—bedded nude model Suzan Johnson in suite 521. (Gifford later claimed a tabloid had set him up.) After the jump, a few of the hotels where some of the rich and powerful have cheated on their wives, stashed their goomahs, and/or ran up a huge mini-bar bill.
Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and Ashley Dupre put the Mayflower in the spotlight. (And made room 871 a tourist attraction.) But the hotel has been in the sex scandal spotlight before. John F. Kennedy's mistress Judith Exner kept a room in the hotel and although she would frequently sneak over to the White House when Jackie was away, it's likely some dirty deeds went on in her room, too.
New York, NY
John F. Kennedy's trysts with Marilyn Monroe reportedly took place at The Carlyle. The fondness for the property seems to run in the family: Years after their deaths, rumors surfaced in a Princess Diana biography that she'd shared a one-night stand here with John F. Kennedy Jr.
St. Regis Hotel
New York, NY
Judith Giuliani stayed here during the beginning of her relationship with former mayor Rudy Giuliani, back when he was still married to Donna Hanover, leading several tabloids to dub it the couple's love nest.
New York, NY
It's not exactly the Ritz, but this Days Inn on West 94th Street is where David Paterson's encounters with a staffer reportedly took place.
In 2006, Alex Rodriguez was caught "partying" with a stripper named Joslyn Morse in a suite at this Four Seasons in Toronto. She later ended up on the cover of the Post.
A-Rod reportedly brought a Boston stripper named Candice Houlihan back to his room for a two-night fling in 2004. She's now a hairdresser in Reading, Mass.
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the Washington madam who committed suicide in 2007, reportedly used the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City for her high-profile clients such as Ambassador Randall Tobias and Harlan Ullman, a former United States Naval Commander and one of the leading proponents of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But sports commentators seem to like it, too. Marv Albert's now-infamous sex scandal happened here in 1997.
Before Dick Morris was spouting anti-Clinton rhetoric on Fox News, he was one of Bill Clinton's closest advisers. His political career ended, though, when he was caught indulging in his foot fetish with a $200-an-hour call girl named Sherry Rowlands at the Jefferson.
The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera
This luxe property near Vail was where Lakers star Kobe Bryant was accused of rape by a 19-year-old hotel employee in 2003. The charges against Bryant were later dismissed.
The Peabody Hotel
Little Rock, AR
Formerly known as the Excelsior, this is the hotel where Paula Jones says then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton exposed himself in 1991.
Oscar de la Hoya cheated on his wife with a former Scores stripper named Milana Dravnel at this hotel in May 2007. The escapade backfired when the woman released doctored photos of Oscar dressed up in drag.
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Televangelist Jim Bakker's tryst with church secretary Jessica Hahn took place (in part) at this Sheraton in Clearwater, Florida. Revelation of the affair ultimately led to the downfall of Bakker's PTL ministry and landed Hahn in Playboy.
Carla Bruni, the elegant, dignified First Lady of France? She shacked up with Mick Jagger at the Amanpuri just a day after Jerry Hall gave birth to his daughter in 1992.