The English Hotel Nuisance
by Albert Richard Smith (9780217347815)

The English Hotel Nuisance
Albert Richard Smith
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 22
ISBN: 9780217347815
ISBN-10: 0217347819

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE HOTEL NUISANCE. N The Times of Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 1855, there appeared the following leader, so excellent and practical, that I take the liberty of extracting it:? "Is it not a strange thing that in London, which is called the most civilized city in the world, a stranger may be sorely puzzled to find a place in which to lay his head ? There are, 110 doubt, a few inns scattered about the town, but it is almost necessary that a visitor in the metropolis of the British empire should be well informed before-hand, or he runs a very fair chance of finding no other quarters for the night than such as would disgrace a provincial town. Everybody, of course, knows of Mivart's, the Clarendon, and of two or three other hotels of the first class, as they are called?but mm cuivis;?whose purse is equal to theexpenditure which is involved in a residence at such establishments ? Besides, if the stranger be a millionnaire, or a person who is determined to keep up the appearance of a millionnaire at an alarming sacrifice, the accommodation which he obtains in return for his lavish expenditure is scarcely commensurate with the outlay. It is not to be denied that the accommodation given at such establishments is good enough, the attendance excellent in its way, but no hotel- keeper, however great his anxiety to please his customers may be, can convert dingy rooms into cheerful ones, or enlarge an ordinary London house into the dimensions of a palace. The Infernal Three-cornered Washing- stand of the good old coaching times. " Let us, however, dismiss from consideration altogether the question of the half-dozen hotels at the West-end of the town which have contrived to win for themselves a certain amount of reputation. As long as customers are found to fill their apartments, and submit...

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