Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
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I love reading about unusual experiences and occupations. You learn the inside of the hotel industry in HEADS IN BEDS. Tomsky started in the New Orleans hotel business and during this lively book moves into New York City.
The book is peppered with advice and yet the writing is exceptional. Yes, at times a bit profane but still fascinating writing.
On my way to New York, I was reading HEADS IN BEDS. Many people try to use a story to get an upgraded room when they check into a New York hotel. According to the author, these stories do not work. He worked for years as a front desk manager and heard all of the stories about birthdays, special events and first time experiences. What works? Cash.
I used the advice in my recent trip to try it. When I checked into my hotel, I didn't ask for any upgrade. When I gave the clerk my driver's license and credit card, I also gave him a $20 bill (called a baby brick in the book).
The man at the desk said, "Mr. Whalin, thank you very much. You need a better room. I'm going to upgrade you to a junior suite."
I don't know where they planned to put me in this 16 story hotel but I was moved to the corner room on the 15th floor. My view of the city was outstanding and I had a little larger room—all without asking and for a $20 tip. Remarkable. The advice in HEADS IN BEDS works. I recommend the book and the practice.
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