What Is This At The Affinia?
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.
Though it looks somewhat like an emergency brake, there's nothing protective about this mystery gadget. As with most other What Is This items, this isn't something you need to have as much as something you might enjoy having. The "driving" metaphor isn't entirely inappropriate—you would only use this thing when you were sitting down, and it would be very helpful when trying to steer things the right way. Uh oh, we've said too much. Got any idea what it could be?
If you guessed "table handle," then you're correct! This protruding shaft, which looks somewhat out of place at first, is simply an appendage of the table.
Located in the living room of a suite in the Affinia Shelburne, we found this table-on-wheels near an armchair (above), but it can technically exist anywhere in the room. With a quick tug of the arm, you can haul this piece of furniture to your bed, out onto the balcony (not advised), or into the bathroom.
Kinda nifty, no? We know we've certainly been caught more than a few times in a hotel room whose coffee table or ottoman doesn't quite sit in the right place. But navigating a heavy, wheel-less, handle-less object on top of that frictional hotel carpeting? Fuhget about it.