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Browsing through our photo archive, we come across many hotel memories: some fond, some we wish to forget, and some that stand out for being just that little bit different. One of the latter relates to The Plaza New York, which has had a rather tumultuous decade or so: from its controversial acquisition and disgruntled owners suing the developer over the sight-unseen acquired apartments, to struggles at both the restaurants and the food mall. Then of course there was that whole Charlie Sheen disaster.
Way before all of this went down, we found ourselves inside The Plaza on a sweltering early summer day when its contents pre-renovation were on sale, for anyone who wanted to take a piece of hotel history home. The truly fancy stuff had already gone by auction, so we’re talking everything that was left. And we do mean EVERYTHING: from maids uniforms and iron boards to linens and individual strands of the chandeliers, if it was there, you could buy it.
We were fascinated by the strange experience of walking through the ornate public spaces and the long corridors, all packed with piles of sometimes rather questionable stuff. But it didn’t stop there.
The other week during our stay at The Jade Hotel in the West Village, we were tickled to find a working rotary phone on the nightstand. Just when we thought hotels were doing away with the in-room phone, this boutique hotel had to bring it back in an old-school way!
And the Jade isn't the only one. The newly opened High Line Hotel, also in Manhattan, has put rotary phones in their guest rooms as well.
While we do love the novelty there is just one drawback, in an age of emails, text messages and IM, a rotary phone simply takes too long. We only called the front desk and room service during our stay but we just pulled back the 0 number each time. We can't imagine having to do more than that. Also, the hotel really can't advertise great service "at the touch of a button." Perhaps they should stock a regular phone at the desk as well?