Here's a new guest-room amenity that popped up on a press release
touting a Caribbean resort: adjustable air conditioning.
What's the big deal? Ask anyone whose extremities have been
frostbitten in the middle of the night in a hotel room in the
tropics. Many air conditioners we've encountered in the islands
operate on two speeds only: Off and Freeze.
These units' Arctic blasts are usually aimed directly at the
shivering victim cowering under light blankets at the far end of
the bed. The fixed air vents do not permit any adjustment of either
direction or wind velocity.
The only thing to do is move out of harm's way, which usually
reduces the victim to sleeping either in the closet or huddled up
on the bathroom floor.
Of course, there should be the option of shutting the unit off
and opening the window, but some newer hotels have rooms that are
hermetically sealed, and some older properties consider bug
repellent and window screens unnecessary amenities.
So the benefits of adjustable air conditioning is welcome news.
We hope it catches on.
Not long ago, while visiting a relative, Insider stayed at a
Doubletree hotel in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (That's right: Plymouth
Meeting. You gotta problem with that?)
gathering up our stuff to check out, we noticed that a coupon for
freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies had been stuck in the envelope
that came with our room keys.
When we tried to redeem the coupon, though, we got burned by the
"freshly baked" part: That morning's batch of cookies was still in
the oven. Not wanting to wait, we left and promptly forgot about
A few weeks later, though, a friend whose sister works at a
Doubletree brought us several of the chocolate chips, and after
sampling them, we decided that the next time we're in Plymouth
Meeting, we'll wait for the cookies -- traffic on the turnpike be
Nov. 10 turned out to be more than just an average day for
Expedia.com's chief executive officer, Richard Barton.
stock was to begin trading for the first time that day, and it just
so happened his wife went into labor that very morning.
As Expedia's stock skyrocketed, the Bartons greeted their first
child, a boy.