Farewell to hotel room service

  • Article by: JACOB TOMSKY , New York Times
  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 1:59 PM

There’s a knock at a hotel door. A table is wheeled in, and on it stands a silver ice bucket with a bottle of Champagne. The room service attendant smiles and backs out of the room to the sound of a marriage proposal being accepted, a cork exploding.

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cynical1Jun. 19, 1311:39 AM

I don't like the trend of less human services. I appreciate the feel of being cared for by others, of having personal services delivered with deference, and I'm willing to pay for them. I lament the decline of our society into an antisocial network of individual staring blankly into their phones. It's pathetic.

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dazel21Jun. 19, 1312:23 PM

Stayed at the Hilton in Madison they closed the sports bar restaurant in the afternoon for lack of business ,3 pizza joints a couple of Asian and wing places were at your door in 5 min plus the 5-10 bars all within blocks ,only makes sense.

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kirby96Jun. 19, 1312:25 PM

The problem is room service is horrible basically 100% of the time.

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scubadoo68Jun. 19, 1312:48 PM

Most hotels have restaurants attached that will deliver. Sort of makes room service redundant.

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RossbergJun. 19, 13 2:09 PM

I didn't realize ordering room service was a display of decadence. In my case it was something I did when I was tired and just wanted to watch TV and return calls and emails at the end of a long day spent with clients rather than trying to find a decent restaurant at night in an unfamiliar city. That was one reason for staying at a major hotel chain rather than in some cheaper accommodations. If you take away the amenities why would people bother staying at them?

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wastroidzJun. 19, 13 3:28 PM

So what are they going to do with all the laid off illegal aliens? Can we start deporting them again?

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wastroidzJun. 19, 13 3:29 PM

I never proposed marriage to any woman in a hotel room but I partied serveral times like it was our honeymoon.

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zekim09Jun. 19, 13 3:58 PM

@Rossberg -- "If you take away the amenities why would people bother staying at them?"

I think that one of the points of the article was that, in this instance, hotel guests have better options available. They can call any number of local restaurants that will deliver to the hotel and get a better meal for a lesser price.

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TeddyWelshJun. 19, 13 4:28 PM

The one time room service is really needed is if you arrive really late at night after a flight with no food and you need something. I have had times when no restaurant was open and room service, even if limited was the best option. I once had a limo driver who warned me that my hotel had no room service and he found a late night place for me to get a sandwich so I wouldn't go hungry. He got a good tip!

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hobie2Jun. 19, 13 5:48 PM

I only stay at hotels with room service - spend half as much as the room bill on it, and it is worth the time saved. But I am not in that city for tourism - I wake up, eat room service as I work, come back at night, nap, work and eat room service and work until an hour before bed. A dozen times a year, easy. I will add "room service" to "non-smoking" on my preference list

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