On my next hotel stay, I am slipping the front desk agent a $20. That’s what I learned from reading Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles and So-Called Hospitality, written by a friend of a friend, Jake Tomsky. Because from my point of view as a guest, the first room you get is like the first offer and I know the hotel can always do better.
(For example, the first room we were given at the W South Beach was handicap accessible, which you wouldn’t think would be that big of a deal, save for the large metal ramp attached to the bed. Looking at it and knowing how much we were planning on drinking and it just spelled disaster. One phone call later, and we were upgraded to a full two bedroom suite.)
Well, now thanks to Jake I know that this whole game and hassle of trekking down to the front desk a second time can be avoided if I simply slip the front desk agent a $20. Watch a trailer of the book below.
That’s just one of the pieces of wisdom you’ll learn in his recounting as his years as a hospitality worker, first in New Orleans and then in New York City. Anyone who enjoys traveling will appreciate learning about the inner workings of a hotel and Jake is an entertaining and intelligent author. Check out Heads in Beds on Amazon now.