If you’ve read the October issue of Travel + Leisure, you may have noticed the debut of a new column, "The Scoop," penned by our preeminent hotel guru, Shane Mitchell. I’ll leave out the details on the new and exciting properties we’ll be covering next, but I will let you in on my own "Must Meet," a hotel staffer with an unusual story.
Jimmy Fisher, 85-year-old bellman at the Lenox Hotel (doubles from $189) in Boston’s Back Bay, has been working at the family-owned boutique hotel for 60 years. When I visited the glamorous address last month, I asked him for his expert tips.
Here are the highlights:
Best room: “Ask for number 423, where you’ll have views of Boylston Street and parts of Copley Square. It’s called the Judy Garland room because she lived there for three months in 1965.”
Tips for a successful stay: “Don’t be shy and just ask for what you need. It’s our job to do as we’re told and take your orders. I’ve seen plenty in my many years at this hotel, and now nothing seems out of the ordinary.”
How to have a long happy life: “Forget a big breakfast. I stick with a banana, baby aspirin, and tea.”
Sarah Kantrowitz is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.