Tag Archives: hotel rooms

Who’s in charge?

  Having worked in all kinds of environments and cultures, I am constantly fascinated by the comments I see from guests about their hotel stay. Here are some odds and ends from the daily routine of a typical resort operation – unbelievably, they are all real comments!   The weather: – “your brochure sells sunshine. […]

Passion versus Profit?

When coming back from a well-deserved holiday, have you ever asked yourself, what are the moments you remember and what are the moments you would rather forget? Let’s start with the memorable moments: A reasonably pleasant flight on Qantas.  Very little can go wrong with a self check-in these days – contact with humans is […]

Hotels made Famous by Celebrity Deaths…

  Given the nature of the hotel business it is only normal to expect that we might have the discomforting experience to occasionally come into contact with death… Deaths in hotels occur for a variety of reasons and largely go unnoticed, but once in a while a celebrity is involved, it hits the headlines and […]

The Bold and the Beautiful…. an ode to the Executive Housekeeper

For many years, female Executive Housekeepers were an integral part of a luxury hotel operation. Starting at the very beginning of the post war hotel industry and going back to the days when Juan Trippe pioneered 5 star hotels to accommodate his PAN AM passengers and a gutsy Texan by the name of Conrad Hilton […]

The incongruous idea of abandoned hotels…

The past 40 years has seen unprecedented growth in tourism and business travel, resulting in the development of thousands of hotels and resorts in all parts of the globe. Even in times of economic difficulties new hotels continue to pop up somewhere in the world… So when you hear about once great and luxurious hotels […]

5-star hotels in different parts of the world…

Following my recent journey through Europe and the Middle East I noticed the many different hotel standards that all claimed to be either 5-star or 4-star superior… For the trained or untrained eye, it was painful to see what so-called 5-star hotels have become over the years; something regular travellers have been rightly whinging about […]

Observations of an Independent Holiday Traveller…Part 2

Having finished my sojourn through Europe with various short or long stays and a good taste of the hospitality industry on the continent I was ready to start my tour through the Middle East beginning in Amman. I had always had a soft spot for Amman as it was instrumental in the direction my life […]

Humorous hotel & restaurant signs from around the world…

English can be a tough language to get the hang of and frequently translations from other languages just don’t convey the message that they were supposed to… Here are a few of our favourites – oldies but goodies… In a Paris elevator – “Please leave your values at the front desk” In a Japanese hotel […]