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Shangri-La tea at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Hotel Oddity #48. Shangri-la tea

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This intriguing basket was waiting in our room when we checked into the Shangri-La hotel in Singapore. It had been a long journey for…

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At the Four Seasons Sultanahmet, a beautiful presentation of raki, the local anise liquor, to which water is added.

Four Seasons Hotel Perfection—Hotel Oddity #47

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What has the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Istanbul not thought of? I’ve already written about its coffee delivered with wake-up call, a practice worthy…

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Four Seasons wakeup call comes with coffee delivered to your door.

Wake-up call — Hotel Oddity #46

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Four Seasons wake-up call: great morning! I recently had the great fortune to stay in the Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district. The…

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Hotel Oddity #45

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Window magic at Hotel Luna Baglioni I was happy to discover that all three windows opened in my beautiful room at Hotel Luna Baglioni….

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Hotel Oddity #44

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The mysterious case of the dirty toilet This time, the “hotel” is my own six-star guest room. We’d been away for six weeks and…

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Hotel oddity: bugs in hotel room

Bugs in Hotels — Hotel Oddity #43

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NIGHTMARES, ANYONE? These curtains look ordinary at first glance. Who scrutinizes the design on hotel room curtains? But your eyes have registered the subtle…

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Hotel speak — Hotel Oddity #42

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Hotel speak “Welcome! We have a lovely room for you in our resort wing, overlooking the pool!” Reality: Yeah, directly opposite the looming parking…

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drink-drugging; devil's breath; scopolamine; burundanga

Hotel drink-drugging (Hotel oddity #41)

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The Mysterious Case of the Uninvited Hotel Room Night Visitors “UNBELIEVABLE!” our friend Donny said when we unexpectedly met in the morning. “Bizarre! I…

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Radisson masterknocker

Hotel oddity #40 – Masterknocker – Radisson USC doorknocker

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Radisson USC doorknocker Masterknocker knock-off University of California’s official hotel for the parents of its college students is run by Radisson Hotels. Each room…

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Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel

Hotel Oddity #39

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We had a huge suite at the Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel in Barcelona. Surrounding the spacious bedroom, there was a sitting room, an office,…

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Hotel shower curtain hung backwards

Hotel oddity #38

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Here’s another hotel oddity. The Marine Plaza Hotel in Mumbai got it a little wrong. The nice fabric shower curtain is on the inside,…

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Floating signs—in-your-face.

Hotel oddity #37

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The floating sign. As if the preponderance of signs in hotel rooms were not in-your-face enough. For this hotel in Berlin, messages stuck on…

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Would an elevator toll be tolerated at a U.S. hotel? Hard to imagine.

Hotel Oddity #36

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Our hotel in Naples was on the second floor (they call it the first floor). We didn’t notice it had an elevator until the…

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Tense sign

Hotel oddity #35

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ANOTHER hotel getting personal, just trying to help. This one’s in Berlin. The sign’s in the shower, where we’re exhorted to pay attention to…

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Hotel treasure

Hotel oddity #34

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Built into the wall, this spotlit treasure on display in a glass box with an oval opening. Found in our room in Cologne’s lovely…

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Bambi and Bob in the East Concubine Suite.

Hotel sex sounds survey

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Do you like hearing the sounds of lovemaking from the hotel room next to yours? I’ve had my fair share of overhearing neighbors in…

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Cadiz hotel bathroom

Hotel oddity #33

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Cadiz hotel mystery knobs. What could they be for? They’re way up there, beyond my tiptoed reach. There were no connectors, no hoses—not even…

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Breast exam reminder

Hotel oddity #32

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Hotels are getting personal. The Holberg Hotel in Bergen, Norway, wants to be sure its guests know how to do a breast exam.

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Taped sink

Hotel Oddity #31

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What the hell happened to the sink? Why is its plumbing all bandaged? Is it insulation in case of a freeze tonight? Are the…

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Norway train

Scenic tunnels

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Norway is undoubtedly scenic. Spectacular! Though I travel up and down the country every year or so, I rarely take pictures because a camera…

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Thief hanger

Hotel oddity #30

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“Thief!” That’s my hotel accusing me, before it even knows me. What kind of customer relations is that? I feel insulted when I find…

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Our suite at the East Hamburg Hotel

Hotel oddity #29

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We were nearly asleep when the Jacuzzi turned itself on in the bathtub next to the bed. Of course we both flew out of…

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Shampoo

Hotel Oddity #28

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A hotel I stayed in was unabashed enough to provide shampoo in a water glass! Obviously they’d simply run out of amenity bottles. But…

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Hotel oddity: shallow sink

Hotel oddity #27

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Nice square sink at the stylish Empire Hotel in Manhattan. Delicious little apples, too. Another example of form over function though. You can barely…

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Hindware toilet

Hotel oddity #26

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It wouldn’t strike me quite so funny if the brand were “Hindiware,” but it’s not. Hindware. Is there a more perfect name for a…

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Rooftop chairs

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Out the window of our Mumbai hotel room, across the street: a beautiful building of apartments, or maybe it’s another hotel. On the roof…

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Naples panorama—view from our room at the San Francesco al Monte Hotel.

Hotel oddity #25

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The San Francesco al Monte hotel in Naples, Italy, a former monastery originally carved into the mountain in the 16th century, is a warren…

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Hotel oddity #24

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Back at the Jumeriah Emirates Towers in Dubai again. This time, in a cupboard, I find slippers in a can. Why? Isn’t this a…

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Hotel Oddity #22

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This very cup, holding this very fine pen, sat on a desk in our room. The coffee cup was from the hotel’s restaurant. The…

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Hotel Oddity #21

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I have no idea what this thing is. It’s on the floor in the carpet, in front of a window. About an inch and…

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