Best. Apology. EVER!

May 30th, 2011

Comment of the week, from a discussion1 of the chances that hotel staff might inadvertently walk in on a guest who was in a state of undress:

dsquared 05.26.11 at 8:36 am

I have only once had any similar experience in fifteen years' business travel (as an aside, I would suggest in general[1] that if you are in your hotel room at any time when the cleaning staff might be there, you are not working hard enough). I was in a hotel whose blushes I will spare, in the town of Rosmalen half way up the Netherlands coast. I did indeed forget to bolt the door and was surprised while in a state of partial undress. But there were extenuating circumstances!

  1. It was not mid-morning or turndown time, it was 2am.
  2. The female worker who surprised (and indeed woke) me was not a housekeeper; she was a prostitute who had got the wrong room number.
  3. She was naked herself.

So I think I can throw myself on the mercy of the court. The (male) hotel employee who was called on to resolve the situation had a somewhat resigned look to him, as if this was a frequent occurrence only complicated by the fact I don't speak Dutch. I frankly did not see it as a tipping situation at the time, but I will always treasure his apology; "this hotel is popular with sailors, and the women who love them".

True story.

[1] The exception being those cases when someone flies you half way round the world for a single meeting.

  1. Prompted in part by a post by Megan McArdle in response to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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