What Is This At The Mark New York?
We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
This mystery appliance had us stumped when we first walked up to the Front Desk at The Mark New York. As we chatted with the friendly concierges, we kept glancing over our shoulder at this bizarre pull-out fixture that's built into the middle of the wall next to the Front Desk, all the while trying not to interrupt the conversation. But, as usual, our curiosity got the better of us.
Before we reveal the faux desk drawer's actual function, here's what it's not: a desk drawer. A diaper changing station. An ironing board. A sex toy.
Give up? Click below to see what it is!
As the hotel's well-informed Chief Concierge Isabelle Hogan explained to us, this panel, which pulls out of the wall at waist-level, is actually a writing surface for people in wheelchairs. How thoughtful! Hogan pointed out how inconvenient it can be for those people in wheelchairs to have to reach up to the Front Desk to sign all the paperwork needed for check-in. Instead, they can simply wheel on over to a desk space at their own eye level.
For those of you interested in disabled access hotels, check out our series from 2008 to learn about wheelchair accessible hotels, hotel website booking, and US hotels.
And stay tuned for an exciting Concierge Interview with Miss Hogan in the coming weeks!
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