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The Diary of Anne Ku

20 July 2000 Thursday dry


Windows you cannot open - even if you could, it's minimal or noisy outside - so you wouldn't.

Refrigerator you can't use - because it's full of electronically tagged items. If you open a compartment and take something out, then you will be billed for it.

Ridiculous call charges:

  • local: $1.00 per call for first 15 minutes then 5 cents each additional minute
  • collect or operator assisted calls: $0.75 for the call
  • credit card calls: $0.75 for the call
  • toll-free: $0.50 access charge
  • long distance direct dial: 40% above operator assisted day rate
  • international: 40% above operator assisted day rate

I asked for a non-adjoining room, non-smoking floor, quiet room, high floor, one bed as I was staying here for a week. But these five requirements were too much for this hotel. Instead, seeing that it was my first stay and that I was so difficult to please, the front desk upgraded me to an executive room which entitled me to breakfast. The breakfast was hardly worth waiting for - as it was in a crowded diner full of tourists.



20 August 2000

I had jotted down my thoughts of the day during my travels. Now that I've FINALLY unpacked and cleaned up my room, I found these notes. So I will now "back-fill" my on-line diary.

Basic hotel requirements
"must haves"

  • quiet room
  • no smoking
  • convenient to destination
  • safe
  • reasonably priced
  • swimming pool or access to one via sports membership etc

Additional requirements
"nice to have"

  • no adjoining door (peace)
  • high floor (privacy)
  • security deposit box in room (convenience)
  • lots of light (energy)
  • many lifts so you don't have to wait
  • access to grand piano
  • breakfast included
  • refrigerator that's is open (not electronically tagged)
  • spacious
  • cotton sheets