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What Is This At The Stanley Hotel?

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September 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

We got a kick out of this blog post by comedian Paul F. Tompkins, who was recently staying at The Stanley Hotel in northern Colorado. Inside the room, he came across an ironing board, neatly stored in its own carrying case, with shoulder straps.

Thankfully, we weren't the only ones to catch the irony of placing a transportable ironing board in a hotel room. Click below to see Tompkins' hilarious commentary of the discovered hotel amenity...

"Too often these hotels overlook the needs of the wrinkled traveler. Sure, they provide an iron. Okay, good start. They will usually also provide an accompanying ironing board.

Well, imagine my delight...when I opened up the closet at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, and found that they’d anticipated my needs like a Radar O’Reilly transformed into a building by witchcraft! The Stanley is the only hotel to understand that many of us who are forced to live in fake homes for a good part of the year sometimes like to do our ironing al fresco!

As you can see, The Stanley has thoughtfully provided an ironing board carrying case (shoulder strap included) so one can heat up one’s iron, unplug it, strap on one’s ironing board, and run outside. Then, just pick an idyllic spot, unpack your ironing board, get your clothes ready, and take the now-cool iron and plug it into a tree or rock outlet on God’s own Grid, planet Earth."

He goes on to thank the Stanley for being more than "just the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining" (true), though neglects to clarify whether or not he actually took the ironing board outside for some fun in the sun.

We're guessing not. The prospect of carrying down an armful of wrinkled clothes, a hot iron and an ironing board (with or without shoulder straps) sounds about as labor-intensive as trying to carry up a bloody, quartered deer carcass.

[Photo: Paul F Tompkins / Instagram]

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