[Yak] Re: Yak Digest, Vol 15, Issue 18
tony at raven-family.com
Thu Sep 15 13:56:32 CDT 2005
I agree, I have taken my Bike Friday into some top hotels and provided
you do it with confidence and assurance its almost never a problem. As
soon as you start looking uncertain or guilty you could be in trouble.
My best experience was cycling up to a very fancy hotel and as I was
getting off my bike the liveried elderly doorman came over and said "May
I take that for you sir". When I came back down later he spotted me and
asked "Will you be wanting your bike sir?". I later found out that the
hotel chain CEO was a keen cyclist.
From: Dante Lanzetta <dante_lanzetta at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [Yak] Re: Bike in Hotel
>> This isn't on point re: BF bags. However, whether with a Friday or a
>> regular diamond frame bike, I've had very few problems in hotels, including
>> some very fancy ones overseas. What seems to matter most is getting the
>> bike to the room in its suitcase or travel case, usually if not always via
>> bellhop; then, the first time you leave with the bike, make it prominent and
>> conspicuous, at a time when the place is fairly, but not impossibly crowded.
>> Leave like you belong there greeting employees and guests pleasantly and
>> confidently. If possible, return on the same hotel shift, so the people
>> seeing you return and striding to the elevators are more likely to be the
>> ones who saw you leave. You will have registered in their minds (not just
>> at the desk) as a "Guest" who "belongs" there, bike and all. After a couple
>> of goings and comings, they get comfortable with you having the bike.
>> Ten years ago in Moscow, it took a KGB-looking security guy over a week to
>> get up the nerve to challenge me at all and all he demanded was my guest
>> card. On one or two occasions when I have been challenged and told I can't
>> take my bike to my room, I have acted relieved and asked to see the secure,
>> guarded place they planned to keep it for me, where it would be ready for me
>> to use at any time. They decided that place would be my room. In a
>> rowhouse kind of small hotel near the British Museum I was thankful when
>> they provided a nearby hallway where I could like my Friday. The room was
>> barely large enough for me and my wife.
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