Right off the bat I want to make it clear that I’m not passing judgement on anyone who’s taken something from a hotel, nor am I accusing anyone of anything here. I myself have an excellent bathrobe I liberated from what shall remain an anonymous Fairmont property (catch me if you can, suckers! I mock you with my pantslessness!). Anyways, I’m simply reporting on the bizarre trends of disappearances our room inventory suffers from (on a side note; if you’re interested in solving crimes, there are many forensic psychology programs available online).
# 3. Corkscrews
It’s one of those things. You never really realize just how vital a corkscrew is until you don’t have one and there’s some wine drinking that needs to be done. Possibly because of this, it’s a rare week when we don’t have to go around replenishing the ones in our rooms. It’s also why we now buy corkscrews in bulk from Malaysia.
#2. Pots and Pans
This one truly mystifies me. I mean, who has the room in their luggage for a frying pan? Who wants to carry a pot around? If someone could explain this to me, I’d be more grateful than angry. At any rate, because our suites all have fully equipped kitchens, they all have a complete set of pots and pans. In keeping with our goal of providing a high-quality experience, we source all of our kitchen materials through Lagostina and, let me tell you, Lagostina makes a fine set of frying pans. This is probably why one of our largest recurring costs is for sets of stainless steel pots and pans.
Really. No, they’re not fancy bowls, or even particularly well-made to be honest. They’re just your average, white cereal bowls. They’re from IKEA. Costs about $2.00 per bowl. Why people take ‘em, I honestly don’t know, but they go missing in droves. We normally have to hit up IKEA for a bulk shopping trip a couple of times a month to buy enough of these bowls to keep our inventory levels in the green.
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing and Social Media Coordinator Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta. When he’s not compiling endless lists of missing inventory, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.