Room Service Ending at New York City's Largest Hotel

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

It is the rare hotel these days that has 24 hour room service. The boom in the hotel business in the U.S. right now is in low cost suite hotels that offer a free buffet breakfast and no restaurant on the premises. If you want food delivered, the front desk will be happy to give you a list of pizza places in the neighborhood.

The Grand Hotel days have been over for a while, and now one of the holdouts is calling it quits on room service. The Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is cancelling its room service.

Jacob Tomsky is the author of "Heads in Beds, a behind-the-scenes memoir of the hotel industry." 

Guests:

Jacob Tomsky

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

When I was 15 years old, I looked older and was able to get a job as a room service waiter at The Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, in the heart of the Borscht Belt.

After a summer of classic room service stories, involving infidelity, mobsters, wealthy annoying, demanding people, Mrs. Tobias was leaving and asked me if I were a Medical student."
"Yes," I said, having just finished High School biology.
The thinking was, she would tip higher if I were a Medical student.
She raised a glass and asked,"Does this urine color look right to you?"
"No," I answered. The urine has blood in it and you have to go to a doctor."
I like to think room service saved her life.

Jun. 04 2013 03:43 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.