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The Life of a Concierge: Top 3 Strangest Requests!

Could you imagine what it’s like to be a concierge of a 4- star hotel? A Concierge helps assist with anything and everything that you could think of: from food recommendations, things to do, and places to see to arranging car services and giving directions around the city.  Our Chef Concierge, Charlie Loor, here at Hotel Chandler, shared that being a concierge has certainly been a rewarding experience.  He has been able to help guests have an unforgettable and unparalleled experience in NYC.  On the other hand, he’s also heard of some very outrageous and unusual requests! Here are Charlie’s top 3 strangest requests as a Concierge:

Surprise Wedding Proposal

The Concierge: Charlie Loor, Hotel Chandler

“I had a guest who was going to propose to his fiancé and ask if I could arrange a horse and carriage ride through the streets of New York. He wanted someone to jump in the carriage and surprise her with the ring so that he could ask her to marry him. I contacted our friend that does the horse and carriage tours in the city. After careful planning and having someone that would be ideal for this request. I put it all together for him having a fellow colleague coordinate with the driver of the carriage pull up to a stop light and my colleague jumped on the carriage and sang “amore” (the song was my idea) he caught her off guard as he proposed. This one could be the most difficult one I’ve had to arrange thus far.”

Movies on the Beach—with No Sand

The Concierge: A group of staff, the Ritz Carlton Cancun Mexico

“In 2001, a wealthy older guest staying with his family and personal chef at this elegant oceanfront property wanted to watch a movie on the beach—without having to step on the sand. “We decided to order a whole lot of carpets,” says the hotel’s public relations manager, Paulina Feltrin. “They needed to be white to match the color of sand. It was summer and there’s not much need for carpets here, but we located a dozen and laid them out all along the beach, along with a large movie screen and cinema-style seating. The entire family watched the film under the stars, and no one got their feet wet or dirty.””

Poisonous Fish Removal

The Concierge: Abdul, Four Season Resort Seychelles

“A Russian guest at this sparkling beach resort in the Seychelles recently demanded that the hotel remove a fish from the sea so he could be comfortable enough to swim. The offending creature, a lionfish, is indeed venomous, but it’s so common in these waters that divers specifically stay at the hotel for the chance to see one. This was explained, but “the guest was still not happy,” says Manaf, the hotel’s recreation manager. “In the end my staff had to spend a morning snorkeling through the waters looking for the creature. We told him they had all swum away. Only then was he satisfied.””

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New Dining Destinations: The Hottest Restaurants in NYC, in Flatiron and Beyond.


In the city that never sleeps, the local restaurant scene is as dynamic as the city it feeds. Celebrity chefs and undiscovered culinary superstars alike come to New York from all over the globe to test their talents on the city’s discerning diners, making NYC one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations.

We’ve rounded up a list of the hottest new restaurants in NYC, in Flatiron and beyond. From the avant-garde to down-home classics, these dining destinations elevate eating from the everyday to the extraordinary.


ABC Cocina

38 E 19th St

New York, NY 10003

(212) 677-2233

Don’t Miss: Guacamole with Ruby Grapefruit Salsa

Following the success of ABC Kitchen across the street, chef (and culinary legend) Jean-Georges Vongerichten helms a culinary team serving a seasonal menu of globally inspired, locally sourced dishes in a mystical and magical dining room. Inspired dishes like Short Rib Tacos with Habanero and Frizzled Onions and guacamoles spiked with seasonal specialties will satisfy any adventurous appetite.



17 W. 26th St.

New York, NY 10010

(646) 490-8240

Don’t Miss: One of New York’s Most Extensive Whiskey Lists

Belly up to the bar or grab a table at this new hotspot, named after the Kentucky town where Bourbon was born. Living up to their namesake, Maysville offers an incredible cocktail list specializing in Whiskey, Rye, Bourbon, and Scotch from all over the world. A menu celebrating the culinary heritage of the South offers standout dishes such as Grits with Country Ham and Bourbon Aioli, and Smoked Oyster Chowder.



157 Second Ave

New York, NY 10003

(212) 539-1900

Don’t Miss: Carrot Cake Sundae

Avant-garde chef Wylie Dufresne, known for his inventive (and critically-acclaimed) culinary feats at downtown staple WD-50, recently opened Alder in the East Village. A whimsical menu features dishes like Peekytoe Crab Crostini and creative cocktails such as the “Burnt Reynolds.” (Rye, smoked vermouth, and Campari, in case you were wondering.)


La Birreria

200 Fifth Ave.

New York, NY 10010

(212) 937-8910

Don’t Miss: The House-Brewed Cask Ales

Dine under the stars with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline at Birreria, located on the roof of Italian food mecca Eataly. Cask ales are brewed on-site, which also makes this the highest brewery in New York! Start your meal with a selection of the best cheeses and salumi in the city, followed by Italian dishes that perfectly compliment the great selection of beer.



171 East Broadway

New York, NY 10002

(212) 933-1176

Don’t Miss: Brussels Sprouts with Cashews, Fuji Apple, & Tamari Lime Vinaigrette

This newly-opened hotspot may be located in Chinatown, but the menu is an eclectic mix of New American dishes featuring seasonal ingredients. Highlights include the Ember Roasted Leeks with Huckleberry Jam and a Seared Steak Tartare.

As always, our personable concierge team is on hand to help you plan your stay in New York City.

To learn more about our Flatiron hotel, please visit www.hotelchandler.com.

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