Archive for August, 2009
Yahoo pick up my Bad Behavior in Good Hotels story, and even more people read and comment on it than on MSNBC.
They seem a more forgiving bunch than the MSNBC commenters, although if I was to go through all the responses to the story I’d be a paranoid schizophrenic, unable to get any work done.
I tried to stay clear of the usual rock star OD’ing in the bathroom incidents, and instead come up with more peculiar and pathetic cases of bad behavior – celebrities or otherwise.
Christian Bale losing it with his mother and sister in the Dorchester, for example, or Russel Crowe throwing a phone the Mercer concierge. I mean really, Batman, Maximus.
The piece works up to a point, but the more I think about it, the more I realize the famous OD stories are still the best. If I did the piece again I would have to include Belushi, Moon, Sid Vicious and the rest.
My Travel & Leisure story on Outrageous Concierge Requests was picked up by MSNBC, which automatically catapulted it to an enormous audience.
Judging by the comments though, MSNBC readers don’t care much for hotel guests requesting beaches covered in carpets, or beds propped up with philosophy books at just the right angle.
I’m not sure I understand their resentment, though. Concierges, at least the ones I interviewed for the piece, were only to happy to carry out these kinds of requests, and the more outrageous the better.
What the commentators are really saying is that they wish they could afford to stay in places like this.
Now that I can relate to.