Klaus Ortleib Dishes on Cooper Square to GQ:: "Everything Except Hookers and Drugs"
Klaus Ortlieb, the man who has scooted in as the third "partner" in the beleaguered Cooper Square Hotel did a feature spot in GQ magazine (sorry, no online link) where he dishes on his favorite things--in and out of hotels.
What we learn about Klaus, the former manager at the uber-cool THOR Hotel on the LES:
· One of nine kids in a Catholic family from Germany. Umm..Fun?
· Trained under both Ian Schrager and Andre Balazs.
· He loves horses.
· He always wears pressed clothes.
· $5.99 glasses from Duane Reade make him happy.
· He drives a sick ride--a 2008 Range Rover.
Now about the hotel things. Rooms at Cooper Square will all have real live books inside of them. Guests can also expect some good service as this is important to Klaus who once worked at Claridge's in London.
I get very turned off when people say, "I can't do it." What do you mean? I tell everyone at my hotels: Provide everything the guests want except hookers and drugs.
Although, if you like to travel with your own ashtray (and if you do, you're a weirdo!) then be careful as Klaus admits he is a bit of klepto when it comes to cool astray designs.