As you guys know, I document just about every aspect of my hotel stays and flights so that I can write detailed reviews. I do my best to take pictures as subtly as possible. On planes I make a point of being the first aboard and taking cabin pictures without people in them as much as possible.
The same is true in hotels, though in hotels it’s almost inevitable that some people will end up in the pictures. If someone tells me they’re uncomfortable being in a photo I’ll of course respect that.
In July I wrote about my stay at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, where one of the employees in the restaurant told me I couldn’t take pictures of the breakfast buffet. To clarify, we’re talking about pictures of the actual food, without anyone in them. It goes without saying that this was simply a bored employee who was on a power trip, as the hotel confirmed there was no such policy.
Well, I’m staying at the St. Regis Rome right now, which has been incredible. It’s truly a fantastic hotel, and the employees have been exceptionally friendly and accommodating across the board.
But I did have to share one funny interaction from breakfast yesterday morning. We arrived right as the restaurant opened, so it was virtually empty. The restaurant was impressively grand, and I started taking pictures right away.
After I took my second picture one of the guys working in the restaurant stopped me and said “no photo” please. After my last experience I wasn’t about to let someone just make up their own rules, so I said “to clarify, no pictures of the restaurant at all, or…?”
“Oh, please take pictures of the restaurant, just make sure I am not in them. My wife doesn’t know I work here.”
Hah, fair enough… I guess? I won’t ask. He was super nice throughout the whole interaction, though that has to be the funniest reason I’ve been given for a request to not take pictures.