I have been on a 6 week run of too many hotels, too many cities, not enough sleep. Well, I had the pleasure of spending last evening at the St Louis Ritz-Carlton. I do not have this pleasure often enough, but every time I do, I ask myself why all hotels cannot meet the standard set by this chain, and the specific execution of those standards by this location. Seriously, I cherish every minute I am at the hotel. From the front desk greeting, to the arrival gift, the fabulous work out area, the great lobby bar, the room accomadations, the bathroom, the coffee, the 4 bottles of water in the room, the unbelievable bed, the quiet, yet efficient a/c, the above-par toiletries, and the list could go on. I love this place! When in st louis, give this a try. You too will love it.
In my industry, we have a mantra of: we will make the best shoe possible for the price. so, whether it is a $20 shoe or a $200 shoe, the standard is the same. the execution will obviously be different, but the standard should always be the same. It's a philosophy. Yes, added expenses for better stuff has to trickle down to the consumer, no doubt about that. For me, it is the mind-set at Ritz that cannot be beat. Wish I could afford to stay at the chain more often......
Bass weejuns.... I don't think we could afford the real ones, we got the knockoffs. The brand is still out there, but under a new companies umbrella. Found mainly in Bass Factory Outlet stores. Not the same quality as back then. They were all made in New England factories. One of my friends grandfather had one of those factories. All went bust. Now, everything is made in the far east.
Nuhusker and Shoeman I know this is away from hotel comments but the shoes caught me. Wearing a 13AA it is hard to find anywhere--but I have found A-E, although expensive, has a loafer that I would refer to as a "penny loafer" in the old days we would put a penny, if you well wealthy a dime, in each shoe...enough of this day dreaming....Bill