Strauss-Kahn leaves negative review of New York Sofitel hotel on Trip Advisor
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF, has left a scathing review of the Sofitel New York Hotel on the popular travel website, Trip Advisor. In wide-ranging feedback on the midtown Manhattan hotel, he was particularly critical of the room service, complaining that what he called the ‘tease-maid’ was ‘more difficult to use than I’ve come to expect’.
‘All in all, I have to say that I found my time at the Sofitel disappointing,’ wrote Strauss-Kahn under his preferred username, DSK. ‘The facilities were OK, but in my experience the staff were reluctant to please and prone to over-reaction. Also watch out for the language barrier – they sometimes say ‘No’ when actually they mean ‘Yes’.’
Strauss-Kahn also complained that law enforcement officers ignored the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on his door, that he was given very little time to check out and that there was loads of paperwork to complete on departure. He listed the one regret of his stay as ‘Not getting the time to take advantage of the hotel’s dry cleaning service.’
Although a regular user of Trip Advisor, not all Strauss-Kahn’s reviews are so negative. Only days after leaving the Sofitel he posted glowing feedback on a lavish New York townhouse. ‘For £50,000 a month and a $1m deposit up front, this is the perfect hideaway. It’s got state-of-the-art security, and although it’s right at the heart of the city’s bustling legal district, I haven’t once felt the need to go out.’
With time on his hands, Strauss-Kahn is now using Trip Advisor to look into longer-term accommodation similar to an off-shore facility he recently reviewed after spending a few days there. ‘For much of the time you are pretty much left to entertain yourself in your room, but there is access to the gym at certain times of the day (gets pretty busy). Staff can be a bit shouty, and the orange lounge robes need to be laundered more often IMHO. That said, it’s great value for money, and all your meals are thrown in, literally.’
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Posted: Jun 9th, 2011 by waylandsmithy