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My first business trip

“What would we do without these?” the man in the elevator asked me, pointing to the smart phones in both of our hands.

I smiled politely. But instead of feeling grateful, as I usually do for my various devices, I was thinking back to my first business trip quite a few years ago. Continue reading

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Five things I would do if I owned a hotel

I travel a lot, particularly on business, so I spend a good amount of time in hotels. This year-to-date, I have spent approximately fifteen nights in hotels already.*

Here are five things I’d implement immediately if I ran a hotel.

1. Provide high quality hair dryers.

If you care about female business travelers, this is a must. I want to look good, but I don’t want to lug my Rusk Speed Freak in my suitcase, OK?

This evil little hair dryer pictured below is the worst-of-the-worst, but a Conair without heat control and a worn out motor doesn’t win a prize either.

evil little hair dryer

Hotels should treat quality hair dryers as an upsell opportunity like they do robes. If someone steals the hair dryer, add $250 to the bill. Easy.

2. Offer breakfast for room service 24/7. 

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I went to New Orleans

It was a quickie – just two nights!

I stayed at the French Quarter W. The service could not have been better.

NO Whatever

I arrived by cab in the midst of a conference call. The valet whisked my bag inside and pointed me toward an open couch. When it was clear that my call wasn’t ending, the Concierge motioned to my purse. I gave him my license and corporate card. He checked me in and delivered my bag to my room.

NO Tarot

My room decor, including this tarot card-inspired mural looming over my bed, was typical W. Which is to say atypical. It worked for me–although the mural may have given me some weird dreams. Who knows!

I had dinner with some business partners, @MW_ and @ticktock6 at Cochon. My second visit. I ordered a ham hock with späetzle. Delicious. I was too busy eating and talking to take pics.

NO bubbly

A business partner sent me sparkling wine. Next time I complain about biz travel, please smack me.

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Hilton Financial District, San Francisco

1875 watts? Surely you jest.  More like someone with hot breath blowing on my curls and maybe making them shimmy a little.

Conair, more like a con in this case. It’s SF so my hair already sucked, but for $300+ per night, I’d like a real hair dryer, Hilton.