I stay at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport quite frequently, as it’s by far my favorite Frankfurt Airport hotel. The location can’t be beat as it’s connected to the terminal, the tower rooms are nice, and the club lounge has a great spread that’s available for several hours in the evenings.
Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Towers Room
As I’ve mentioned a million times before, I like to get work done in club lounges, since it’s a nice change of scenery from hotel rooms. When you live in hotels and spend 8-10 hours awake in hotels working, you go crazy sitting in a room all day. Beyond that, club lounges usually have water and coffee, which helps.
Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Club Lounge
One thing I find interesting is that every single time I’ve stayed at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport there are some US military people in the lounge. Let me start by saying that I appreciate their service, of course. The only reason I know they’re military, though, is because how loudly they talk about it. They’ll frequently have conversations that everyone can hear, though it doesn’t really bother or faze me much. I even noted this back when I reviewed the property in 2012.
I stayed at the hotel last night, and there were four guys that were even more crass than I’ve experienced in the past. They were sitting in the lounge drinking beers, and both what they were talking about and how loudly they were talking left me shaking my head. For starters, every second word was “f&$%.” And it’s not like I was eavesdropping, but rather I was seated a few tables away from them and couldn’t not hear what they were saying.
One guy talked about how he recently bought his wife a new pair of t!t$.
Another guy was saying how a “f%&^ing corporal” dared give him lip and that he can “go f%&^ himself and suck a d*&$.”
I’m not easily offended — you don’t have to look far beyond the comments section of this blog to realize that. 😉
But at a certain point it’s just embarrassing. It’s embarrassing anyone would act that way in public. And it’s especially embarrassing that this is the impression they’re giving to others of the US.
While I’m usually pretty outspoken, I stayed quiet in this case. I don’t know if they were headed abroad or home, but gave them the benefit of the doubt. At the same time I really wanted to tell them that I thought it was inappropriate how they were behaving in front of others (including children), and especially that the impression they were giving others of the US was embarrassing.
But I restrained myself and didn’t.
Not necessarily specific to this situation, but at what point do you call other people out for bad club lounge etiquette? Do you ever? If so, how do you approach it?