St. Regis, New York City

Feb 20th, 2002, 04:13 PM
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Susie
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St. Regis, New York City


I am taking my husband to NYC for his 40th birthday. I wanted something special, so we're staying at the St. Regis. Each floor has a butler. I am embarrassed to ask, but what do you use the butler for? I thought one used the concierge for reservations, etc. Since the place comes with a butler, I like to take the opportunity to use the service (so I can tell everyone at home I had a butler!) I just don't know what for! Believe it or not, this is a serious enquiry from a country bumpkin! Thank you to anyone who can offer some suggestions.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 04:40 PM
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OK,this is the most I know about butlers.Because my husband refuses to get me one
Each floor having a butler, gives you a sort of private person to deal with everything, instead of a concierge.Everything that you would normally call down to the desk about-the butler will do it!
Such as--"press these trousers,please,Jeeves"-or"Madame and I would like a cab," And Jeeves takes care of it.
Enjoy and tell us all about it when you come home!And enjoy the lovely city of New York~
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 05:08 PM
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Thank you, C. They'll actually get a cab for us? I always go and wait at the door for a cab! I am very much looking forward to this trip. We have not yet seen ground zero (not that I'm looking forward to that). Most likely we'll go see MOMA, also. No plays this time. My husband wants to eat at Aquavit, so that's where we're going. I also plan on having lots of champagne. I guess I'll have to have Jeeves bring it around!
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 05:45 PM
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Jeeves will even help you to the door and open it so you can collapse in a fog of champange giggles with the birthday boy~
He will bring the paper in the morning and make sure the room is turned down for bedtime also.
Have fun~C
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 05:55 PM
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I'm sure that they'll give you some kind of info on what kind of services the butler offers, but I've heard at some hotels they will draw you a bath (from a "menu" of baths -- like one with rosepetals, one with lavender, etc.)

Enjoy -- I'm so jealous!
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 05:59 PM
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It is not likely the butler will go to street level to get a cab for you. The doorman will perform that duty.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 06:09 PM
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No - Jeeves will call for the cab-not actually going into the street to do it, but calling down for it.He will be your go- between, just like a real butler does with you and the rest of the staff, if you had a staff
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 06:18 PM
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c, lisa, xxx,
Thanks for all of your thoughts! Wouldn't it be great to always have a butler? I guess staying at someplace like the SR wouldn't be as much fun, then. I plan on having the doorman get my cab, and the butler press the evening wear, bring the champagne, paper and morning coffee. I am also looking forward to being called madame! When we return, I'll tell you if it's worth the $500+ price tag!
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 06:53 PM
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Susie - a BUTLER? - too cool! You must give a report when you get back. Have a fantastic time!
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 07:47 PM
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Upon arrival, the butler will greet you once you have arrived in your room. Typically, they bring a basket of fresh fruit and tea to greet you. They will also steam/iron your clothes for that evening if you so desire.

If you express an interest, they will bring you coffee or tea in the morning, as well as again every afternoon. While the first pressing of clothes is compliments of the hotel, they may charge you for the service afterward.

The butler is there at your beck and call to arrange for things to be sent to your room or take care of anything you might need in your room. The St. Regis still retains concierges (doing what concierges do) and doormen (to call you a cab).

The St. Regis is such an amazing experience. I hope that you will really enjoy yourself! This is one of the most amazing and luxurious hotels I have ever stayed in. You won't want to leave when it comes time to check out.

Without knowing what kind of room you booked, I recommend that you ask for an upgrade to a Grand Deluxe room when you check in. These are slightly larger than normal Deluxe rooms and have a small sitting area. Don't expect a view of the park or fifth avenue from any room unless you have booked a suite.

Finally, be aware that all the bottled water (both still and sparkling) in the mini bar is FREE...take it all and don't feel guilty about it.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 07:55 PM
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And most importantly, don't forget to live Jeeves or James or whatever his name is a hefty tip.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 08:29 PM
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There is a hotel in London that has butlers also.I always thought that would be so cool to stay in London and have my own Jeeves..do you think he would mind me calling him Jeeves , even if his name was Ralph?
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 09:03 PM
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It sounds like you're visiting NYC soon (happy 40th bday!) so you probably won't need this info but MOMA on 53rd Street is closing on May 21until they finish with their renovation in 2005. They're opening a place in Long Island City for the next 3 years. Have fun with Jeeves!
 
Feb 21st, 2002, 01:06 PM
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My husband and I just returned from the St. Regis last weekend. Staying there was truly a luxurious way to celebrate our anniversary.

The room had chandeliers in the foyer, bath and bedroom. The room was quite spacious with a king-sized bed, sofa, chair, desk, and bed-side tables. The large marble bath featured a separate tub and shower, two basins, and a separated enclosed area for the toilet.

After check in, we were met outside our room by George, the butler. He escorted us inside and explained the available services and demonstrated how to use the telephone to control the lighting, room temperature, etc. Throughout our four-night stay, we called on him or whoever was on duty for assistance with anything concerning the room. The doorman hailed taxis and the concierge handled reservations and general information about the city.

Although our room faced 5th Avenue, we never heard any street noise. Being on the 12th floor probably helped.

The evening of our anniversary we returned to our room to find champagne and strawberries.

I booked the "Taste of Luxury" package, which includes a free fourth night, full breakfast each morning in the restaurant or through room service and taxes and gratuities for the room and the meals.

I also booked transportation to and from LaGuardia through the St. Regis. As we approached the baggage claim area we were met with a person holding a sign with our names and a baggage cart. She helped collect our luggage and escorted us to an awaiting sedan.
You can easily get a taxi from the airport or reserve other car companies, but arranging this through the hotel, you can be sure you'll have a clean and comfortable ride.

I don't think you'll be disappointed with the St. Regis.
 

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