THE HOTEL - Upstairs, Downstairs In A Secret World

THE HOTEL - Upstairs, Downstairs In A Secret World

by Jeffrey Robinson
     
 
***** "Jeffrey Robinson illuminates the everyday drama of hotel folk. In this feudal society heroes, villains and jesters all paddle furiously while the surface remains serene." -- Alan Whicker

THE HOTEL is a riveting expose of life above and below stairs, an unforgettable adventure into a secret world where the public is never permitted to go. Join the Queen

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***** "Jeffrey Robinson illuminates the everyday drama of hotel folk. In this feudal society heroes, villains and jesters all paddle furiously while the surface remains serene." -- Alan Whicker

THE HOTEL is a riveting expose of life above and below stairs, an unforgettable adventure into a secret world where the public is never permitted to go. Join the Queen at a £170,000 dinner. Discover which guest once wanted to rent an elephant and which guests are no longer welcome. Meet the men who sneak ladies up to their rooms, and the lady who ditches her boyfriends at the front door. Take a ringside seat at the battle over £30,000 of truffles. There are perhaps only a dozen hotels like this one anywhere in the world. There are perhaps only a dozen places that can daily create the illusion that is The Hotel.

The year is 1995.

And The Hotel is London's CLARIDGES.

***** "This is what backstage life is like at hotels of this ilk, I haven't seen it done better." -- Hilary Rubinstein, The Times

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Anne Mary Benson
Under the skillful direction of Francois Touzin, general manager of London's famous hotel Claridges, the staff go to extremes to meet the eccentric and demanding requirements of the hotel's diverse clientele. Robinson (The Launderymen, LJ 9/1/96) presents a behind-the-scenes look at the hotel industry through the introduction of a cast of characters who excel at this art. His fascinating and insightful observations cover everything from culinary delicacies and room service to security and renova
Kirkus Reviews
A day-in-the-life view of venerable Claridge's of London. Some say that hotels sell sex. But according to Robinson (Bardot: Two Lives, not reviewed), what the expensive old inn on Brook Street sells is sleep: They feature mattresses so comfortable that the king of Morocco, who had come to the hotel with his own bed, ordered them for all the beds in his palace. If God is in the details, then Claridge's is a holy place, selling not only serene sleep but a kind of Edwardian service that is almost e

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016069258
Publisher:
Jeffrey Robinson's E-Books
Publication date:
12/14/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
308
File size:
215 KB

Meet the Author

JEFFREY ROBINSON spent five months backstage at Claridges to get this fly-on-the-wall portrait of a secret world.

More recently, BBC cameras went into the hotel for a television documentary about it.

But this is the original.

This is what life was like when Claridges was, arguably, the greatest hotel in the world.

***** "Fascinating" -- Mail on Sunday

***** "Robinson is a witty and cynical writer" -- Sydney Sun Herald

***** "Simply astounding." -- Time Out

***** "Tantalizing glimpses of how the pampered half lives." -- Daily Mail

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