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Why Is This Aloft Detroit Doorman Dressed Like an English Butler?

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  Site Where: 1 Park Ave [map], Detroit, MI, United States, 48226
June 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

The top hat – the bow tie – is this really Detroit?

When we checked into the Aloft Detroit yesterday, there were two things that wowed us: the jaw-dropping central atrium of the David Whitney Building, and the friendly reception from the British-styled doorman. Was this part of the uniform or was it a special outfit to greet a planeload of Brits off the first Virgin Atlantic flight from London?

We asked the doorman – or Doorman/Greeter as his official title is. Christopher Roddy is his name and he told us that his hat – so English wedding! – is not part of the uniform. He bought it 11 years ago from Henry the Hatter - a Detroit hatmaker since 1893.

The bowtie isn’t Aloft’s, either – he bought that, too. The look he’s going for: Mr French, an English butler on a TV show from his childhood. We haven’t seen the show, but he has the English butler look on fleek.

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Fairmont Copley Plaza Doorman Does Sick Kid A Solid

May 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Here’s a warm and fuzzy story to keep that holiday buzz going, and well—it’s actually something warm and fuzzy. One doorman in Boston went above and beyond, and in doing so the Fairmont Copley Plaza might just have become the go-to property in that city.

From the folks over at CBS Boston, Michael Eades has worked at the hotel as doorman for well over 20 years. Recently he has found a special place in his heart for a 12-year old boy living at the hotel with his mom, as the little guy seeks treatment for a rare disease at a nearby hospital.

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Good Samaritan Hotel Doorman Helps Rescue a Baby

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  Site Where: 20 E. Delaware Place [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
March 18, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

A while back, we wrote about how the Talbott Hotel in Chicago might benefit from some new personnel, after several guests had unpleasant experiences with "argumentative" staff.

Well, apparently a few positive changes have been made since then, as the hotel's doorman made headlines this weekend after helping to rescue a baby.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a couple who lives across the street from the hotel panicked on Saturday night when their baby's lips turned blue and started having breathing problems.

But the situation took a turn for the better when Talbott doorman Dwayne Neff spotted them across the street frantically trying to hail a cab. Neff immediately came to their aid, flagging down a nearby squad car (an ambulance would have taken too long), which then sped the couple and their struggling infant to Lurie Children's Hospital. Long story short, the baby turned out fine.

Meanwhile, Neff the doorman, described by the Tribune as a "spiritual man," who "believes the baby's rescue was a 'divine intervention' because everyone was seemingly at the right place at the right time," is now emerging as one of the story's heroes, for his quick thinking and pragmatism. In many respects, he might have been the difference between the baby's life or death.

He told the Tribune simply:

"I could sense the panic."

All in a day's work, we suppose.

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Twitpic Of The Week: There Is No Doorman Too Un-Kissable For Lady Gaga

November 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!

On Friday, Lady Gaga mega-fan @hausofrobert shared this Twitpic of Gaga leaving her London hotel—mermaid parasol, anvil earrings, gem-encrusted nails and all. Quite the vision! But it was what photographers caught Gaga doing as she made her way through the exit that made Twitter-ers all over the world sit up and pay attention.

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Kim Kardashian Is Making One Hotel Doorman a Very Happy Man

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  Site Where: 85 West Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10007
October 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM | by | ()

Everyone knows The Kardashians have taken over The Smyth Hotel in Tribeca as Kim and Kourtney film a spin-off TV show that follows them as they open an NYC fashion boutique.

Now, some folks might be turned off by the amount of paparazzi hanging around the joint but from the picture, it looks like this hotel doorman is loving his new guests. We just hope Kimmy and co. are tipping him for his efforts!

Planning on getting close to the Kardashians on your next trip to NYC? Let's take a glance at the room rates. This weekend, a queen superior room was found on the hotel's website for $419 a night. The following weekend that rate jumps to $429 a night.

On Quikbook.com, the rates weren't that much different--about 5 percent off. (But the brand-new James Hotel was available for $387 a night.) The Smyth hotel wasn't listed on Expedia at all but TabletHotels.com had a room for $395 a night.

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Allow The Kilted Doorman at the Hotel Missoni to Explain Why You Should Stay Here

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  Site Where: 1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Lothian, United Kingdom, EH1 1AD
October 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM | by | ()

Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

Between the scotch sipping and nighttime ghosts and ghouls tours in Edinburgh last week, we holed up at the stylish Hotel Missoni, right in the heart of the Royal Mile.

Since we’ve already brought you an inside look at the fabulous guest rooms and the swinging lobby and bar, this time we found the coolest kilted doorman at the hotel and asked him to to make a video for our regular Pitch Your Hotel series.

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The Power of a Good Hat: The Affinia's Doormen Rock Fedoras

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  Site Where: 166 E. Superior Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
June 16, 2010 at 12:49 PM | by | ()

This doorman at the Affinia Chicago is having a much better day than the doorman at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf. We think it probably has something to do with the hat, don't you agree?

We recently stayed at The Affinia, our first time with the brand, and we'll have a full review tomorrow but we have to say, we're impressed. We loved the location off Michigan Avenue on Superior (right next to touristy deep dish spot, Gino's East) and we loved the simple modern design in the rooms. We also picked a great time to visit the hotel as its Chef Marcus Samuelson just won Top Chef Masters.

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Why So Serious, Hotel Doorman?

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  Site Where: 46 Westferry Circus, London, United Kingdom, E14 8RS
May 10, 2010 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

Looking a little glum there mate. Is it the weather or the bowler hat?

We've long been keeping tabs on the cool and uncool Hotel Uniforms out there so we were delighted to see that HotelChatter Flickr pool member Stuart Lee dropped in this lovely shot of the doorman at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf.

He's not looking that happy is he? Well, perhaps these stories of doormen turned successful actors should cheer him up. At least, until he gets off of work and can take off the bowler hat. All else looks good though. He is fit!

Should you want your door opened by men in bowler hats, rates at this east end hotel start at 190GBP for a standard room with daily breakfast.

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Another 'Glee' Cast Member Has a Secret Hotel Background

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  Site Where: 220 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5S 1T8
April 13, 2010 at 8:40 AM | by | ()

We already knew that "Glee's" Quinn Fabray aka Dianna Agron grew up in Hyatt Hotels in Northern California but now we learn, conveniently on the day "Glee" returns to TV, that Coach Ken Tanaka played by Patrick Gallagher was once a doorman at The Intercontinental Yorkville Hotel in Toronto.

He recently told the Globe and Mail that he fantasizes about returning to the hotel as a paying guest. Presumably, he had a nicer uniform than the one he sports on "Glee" which is usually too-tight short shorts, knee-high socks and a fanny pack.

And given the attention that the show gets from fans, we bet the Intercontinental would totally invite him back for a free stay in one of their suites, along with fellow cast member and Canuck, Cory Monteith. Just think of all the publicity!

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What Stories the Dorchester Doormen Must Have

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  Site Where: 53 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1K 1QA
March 10, 2010 at 3:39 PM | by | ()

Ah yes, The Dorchester. Famous spot of celebrity breakdowns, divine tea service, and even a Sex and the City package, but it's always important to remember that at the end of the day, it's still just another expensive hotel in London.

We recently meandered around the place, and amongst all of the decadence and splashes of art nouveau, we were most taken with the proper green-suited doormen, who have no doubt seen their share of notorious guests and illustrious arrivals. Oh, the stories these men must have—but then, they'd never tell. The Dorchester Collection is a we-don't-kiss-and-tell type of place.

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Before The Hangover (and Renee) Bradley Cooper Was a Hotel Doorman

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  Site Where: 237 Madison Ave [map], New York, ny, United States, 10016
January 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM | by | ()

A man in uniform, holding the hotel door open for us, candles flickering … Let’s make that Bradley Cooper in uniform, flashing us that smile … Oops. Hello there! Yes, you caught us daydreaming, but if we had a time machine this could have been a reality. Back in the late '90s when Morgans was the hottest hotel in New York City, it had a doorman to match: future Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper.

The Hangover star was on Letterman last week, chatting about his gig at the first Morgans Hotel, which apparently involved lighting up the lobby in more ways than one. Part of the job description was keeping the tea lights dotted around the room lit when gusts of wind from the door opening blew them out.

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