Shaugnessy is a fantastic read when he is "on", especially when it comes to high school sports and anything that doesn't relate to highly paid athletes.Oh Peter King.
I'm honestly not sure what he's trying to convey here. Is he trying to big time these place: "I have an American Express black card. I should be able to eat any where I want." I'm not positive what he's doing in this paragraph.Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me
The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa must be doing quite well in the face of the economic downturn. I attempted to eat breakfast at two of its restaurants Sunday. I was turned away at one, with the place half-empty, because I was not a guest in the hotel. I was turned away at another because I was not a guest at the hotel and I did not have a reservation.
All those without a black AmEx card had better be full when they walk in the door here.
Don't most hotels have coffee makers in their rooms now? Wah, wah, wah.Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week
Some of the media, SI included, chose not to fork over the $425 a night at the St. Regis and ended up a couple of miles down the Pacific Coast Highway at the Marriott Laguna Cliffs, a lovely place in its own right.
With one serious flaw.
Sunday morning, 6:17, I stumble down to the lobby, desperately needing coffee. Any coffee. I look in the quiet lobby for a coffee urn, a coffee station, a coffee shop open to get a to-go coffee.
"Sorry, sir,'' the front-desk guy said. "No coffee on the weekends 'til 7 a.m.''
That's what I call a full-service hotel. Want a coffee at 6:30 on a Saturday or Sunday? Get in your car and go find one.
Seems like more people thought the same thing:Don't most hotels have coffee makers in their rooms now? Wah, wah, wah.
But that's just it, Peter; they DID have coffee available at 6:17 ... in your room• I EVEN GET IN TROUBLE WRITING ABOUT COFFEE. From Craig Meyers of Aiea, Hawaii: "Not a question, but a comment. You really need to get a reality check when complaining about having to wait 30 minutes for coffee. I've never been in a hotel that doesn't have a coffee maker in your room, and if that's too tough, then just wait. I think you're a great writer, but given the way things are these days, whining about coffee while staying in a $250/night room is sad.''
It's $179 a night. And you don't think it's, well, a bit lacking that a hotel charging $179 a night doesn't have coffee available in the lobby or the restaurant or anywhere at 6:17 in the morning?
I have no doubt he's a generally decent guy. I just question how much he's actually in touch with the average person who reads his column, and contend that he shouldn't try to elicit sympathy or do the "You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?" routine when he isn't sure of his audience.I ran into to him the other day in the south end. He actually looks great and was friendly.
Seems like more people thought the same thing:
But that's just it, Peter; they DID have coffee available at 6:17 ... in your room
(UPDATE: The commenters have astutely pointed out the Laguna Marriott, like every other hotel, HAS COFFEE MAKERS IN EVERY FUCKING ROOM. But get this: they aren’t Krups! Is it really a coffee maker if it doesn’t froth milk?)
weeba. FYI - Boston isn't in England."f. Coffeenerdness: I'll say this about England: It has to work on its espresso, in a big way."
Peter. FYI - Boston runs on Dunkins.