Following on last week’s post on A Very British Airline, a documentary into the modern day operations of British Airways, there’s another tv documentary that follows the inside operations of Claridges, one of the nicest hotels in London…and in the world.
Per their website,
“Claridge’s, in the heart of London’s Mayfair, is a five star luxury hotel favoured by royalty and celebrities. For the first time in its long history, this famously discreet institution has opened its doors to documentary cameras. Director Jane Treays has spent a year behind the scenes, upstairs and downstairs, following staff and their guests, some of whom are prepared to pay the price of a small family car for one night’s stay. We’re with the chambermaids and housekeepers as they spend days transforming the entire third floor into a palace for foreign royalty who could cancel at a moment’s notice. We observe the annual two week stay of the Melchors from California who have been coming for over 40 years, re-kindling their relationship with personal butler Michael Lynch; and we follow the energetic general manager Thomas Kochs as he travels to New York to drum up new business from the top US travel agent.”
It’s a fascinating series divided into 3 episodes, each with their own story, and following different hotel personnel. Funny enough, I first found this series on a Virgin Atlantic Upper Class plane ride back to the US from London Heathrow.
I’ve posted Episode 1 below, though be aware that you’ll have to search the web for episodes 2 and 3 since they aren’t available on YouTube, or as “public” as they should be. Once you watch episode 1, though, you’ll be hooked, since it follows the life of the rich and famous, and explores the creme de la creme of the hospitality industry…Claridge’s of London.
Have you ever stayed at Claridges? What did you think of this documentary series?
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