Here's pic of the front desk at the Kube Hotel in Paris. Yes, that is a glass box outside of the hotel with 2 sad-sack reservation clerks held captive in their trying-too-hard workstation.
Who else is getting tired of hotels trying too hard? Any other groaner examples?
I stayed at the Husdon Hotel recently (which is nothing more than a youth hostel with alcohol) and they now have plastic-wrapped plastic cups in the hotel room. I called housekeeping and the woman on the phone actually said, "I know, I am sorry. It's kind of Holiday Inn, isn't it?" I was later told that it's because guests had recently taken to chucking their water glasses out the window to shut up the noisy patrons of the courtyard bar down below.
At any rate, tired of trendy hotels, I recently stayed at a total 2.5 star Hilton cheapie hotel and it was great. I was actually able to make myself coffee in the room and not have to order it up for $16. How novel. It was nice to know I wasn't paying for a backlit glass floor in the bar or paying for 70 Stark Ghost chairs scattered all over the lobby. I just paid for a truly comfortable bed and a place so quiet no one had to throw anything out the window to get the trying-too-hard guests to shut the hell up.
Friday, August 24, 2007