fri 14/08/2020

The Hotel Inspector, Five | reviews, news & interviews

The Hotel Inspector, Five

The Hotel Inspector, Five

Gimlet-eyed Forte heiress picks on some more helpless hoteliers

Cruella di Polizzi resumes her quest to hunt down Britain's surviving Basil Fawltys

I stayed in a frightful hotel in Plymouth once. Decrepit rooms, filthy windows, potentially fatal cuisine, sinister staff… By contrast, that same city’s Astor Hotel looked quite pleasant, though not if you were viewing it through the gimlet eyes of Alex Polizzi. Nothing that met her gaze was adequate. The décor was too kitschy and flowery and old-fashioned. The carpets were disgusting, the walls stained and peeling, the lobby too gloomy to contemplate. The establishment’s habit of equipping wardrobes with tatty mismatched plastic hangers aroused her ire. The practice of leaving towels on the bed in little heaps made her positively tear her hair out (“every shit hotel has towels piled in the middle of the bed!” she stormed).

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