Have you ever noticed that a hotel may have anywhere from three to six elevators, but only one or two appears to be working?
It drives me crazy…especially at check-out when foot traffic is at its peak (and you stand there waiting).
My stay this weekend at the Swissotel in Chicago was completely different.
Their elevator keypads do not have up or down arrows; instead, you input your room number.
A computer quickly determines which elevator car you will ride in (in this case, A through F) and indicates it in the blue field.
When that elevator’s door opens, you see your floor — and that of other passengers — listed on the side panel.
And off you go.
During my overnight stay in Chicago, I rode the elevator several times between my room, the conference center and the lobby…and I was in at least four of the six available elevator cars.
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Have you ever returned to an open hotel room door?
I did tonight…and it gave me great pause.
It wasn’t open by much…just ever so slightly ajar, the “Do Not Disturb” sign angled crookedly between the door and jamb.
I stood in the hall for a moment, staring at the door in confusion.
Did I leave it open? Of course not, I remember it closing…don’t I? Did housekeeping do turn-down service despite the sign and leave it open? Did someone else get in?
Lots of questions; no good answers.
I finally went in. I was quite alone…and believe me, I checked the closet, under the bed, in every nook and cranny. Then I took inventory of the items I brought for this quick trip — everything was there.
I called hotel security and reported the incident. An officer took a reading from my door lock. It will reveal every key card that has entered my room since check-in.
I didn’t know they could do that. I feel safer already.
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