After spending three days there last week, I say without hesitation, reservation, or caveat: I could happily live at the Waldorf-Astoria.Now, my stint was much more in the role of hired help than spoiled guest, as we were running a conference. But seriously, even if you have a maid's room with a view of other walls and windows, you're still a guest there, and the Waldorf is charming charming charming.And not that I tasted them, because of course I am on this appallingly straight and narrow no sugar no processed anything no fun midwife diet, but they have these cookies that are pretty much like crack. Gooey, chocolatey, marshmallowy, warm crack.
Also the decor is lovely. I would've taken a million more pictures, because everywhere you look there is some exquisite detail. Except that my tourist moments were numbered. I was more in the role of "This way to the luncheon" and "It's in the third floor ballroom."
And the service. The service is delightful. Friendly, polite, prompt. Used glasses and plates get swept away immediately. As do break foods. Because God forbid your pastry not be warm. Seriously.
Not to fixate on the cookies or anything.
Their flower arrangements are so perfect you touch the orchids to see if they're real. And I'm sure I left nose prints on the fancy shop windows.
I'm not a money-focused person, or one of those people who feels like they just need the finer things in life to be happy. I'm really not. I don't even think I'd like many of the 1%-ers as human beings. Honestly. If I had the money, I still wouldn't be hob-nobbing with high society.
It's more that swanky places are just so pretty. And comfortable. Kind of like how more expensive shoes just feel better.
One of our hotel staff guys was talking about events, and how friendly we all were, and how nice to work with. He didn't say that anyone else was unfriendly. He just left it at that.
But listen to this: they have weddings there that cost in the millions. It is a giant hotel, and they only have one wedding at a time. Some people pay to have them remove the ballroom carpet, put down carpet of their choosing for their event, and then re-install the Waldorf carpeting.
That's some money, no?