When I get a call from a single person, wanting to stay one night “on business”.
I’ve always known it’s the Hotel Inspector. I get no business guests – someone turning up wearing a suit, carrying a briefcase has always been a giveaway.
But I played along anyway…
His last visit didn’t get off to a great start. I don’t take one night stays and there was a bit of a tussle over that before I gave in.
With a full B&B, the morning was a bit frantic.
He ordered breakfast for 8.30, the next guests at 8.45 and the others hadn’t done their breakfast menu – something that’s going to raise my cortisol levels on a normal day, even when my every move isn’t being scrutinised and documented.
Having finished breakfast, he produced his business card with a flourish and announced he wanted to talk through my report, just as the last guests arrived.
With no other choice, I left him leaning against the only clean spot on my kitchen island, to take the guests’ order – eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes.
My day wasn’t getting any better.
As I rushed round making hollandaise, praying for perfect poached eggs, we got into a ridiculous argument about the room needing a full length mirror.
There is one – it’s behind the robes on the bathroom door.
And me needing to put glass tops on the furniture – not going to happen.
That year, I “scraped” through with a low 5 star gold.
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