The Hilton Hotel was in a huge modern tower in the 60th and was the best hotel in Brussels. Mr. G. saw President Nixon there, for whom 3 floors had been emptied one above his room and one below. Later Ted Kennedy came with his wife and they were using the room service mostly for ordering strong drinks and they were always well out late night. Breakfast started with a glass of salt and water. Mrs. Kennedy once bumped in the door of the elevator, she couldn't walk straight anymore, hurt her head so badly that she needed some stitches and had a blue eye. Of course when you work in such a Hotel you also see a lot of famous people's private life, which of course is not always mentioned in the press. He really could write a book about what happened there. Today the awful looking tower houses offices and the Hilton moved into a more beautiful building and is not the best hotel in Brussels anymore.
Ever since I travel with friends I was staying in a lot of hotels.
Palace looking like Hotels are very common in the tourist areas of Egypt. They are beautifully decorated with marble and artwork and very spacious corresponding to at least a 5* hotel in our Western World. Unfortunately the guests, especially the Ukrainians or Russians demolished the rooms, stole everything which they could take, even toilet covers, cutlery, bath towels, pictures etc. For us "normal" guests it was just unbelievable.
In Tunisia too I always stayed in "palaces" and once even got the honeymoon suite. It was such a big room, that I almost got lost in there.
In this "royal" suite, I had a nice surprise. I sat on my bed and it broke, I found myself sitting on the floor with the bedlinen and cover over and around me. Of course they promised to repair the bed immediately, but when we checked out it still hadn't been repaired, the room maid had even made the bed and had put the mattress back on the broken frame, on which I had finally slept on the floor !
The Falmouth Hotel in Falmouth was a very beautiful hotel at least concerning the common rooms, like the entrance hall, the reception, the bar, the dining room and the staircase.
The rooms were a different story. The toilet flush didn't work on the 3rd floor which everybody found rather annoying it was only working again the next morning ! Impossible to take a shower, the water mixer didn't work and only very hot water came out. I had set a temperature and my arm became red like a lobster. I decided to do a cat wash. The cold water tap didn't work either it turning like a spinning wheel and only hot water came out. During breakfast we heard other shower adventures, so we hadn't been the only once.
The nicest surprise I had was in London this time. We stayed in the Swinton Hotel, a small bed and breakfast hotel near the St. Pancras station . Our room had the size of broom closet, but everything worked perfectly and the beds were good. The surprise was this :
there was a door between the beds, leading into a beautiful little garden with palm trees and roses in the middle of London ! Needless to say that we spent most of the time sitting there in the sunshine.
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