Traveling, and yet another night in another hotel. New smells, sounds and sensations. Craving rest, yet unable to find the solace. Another night, another sleepless, restless experience.
You know what I mean. It always seemed that the first several nights of a trip were the worst, and then as the end of the week neared on the horizon, finally, Thursday was a good night with a decent sleep. But, you never made up for the prior nights. Well, the Benjamin Hotel in New York addresses that problem for you with their “work down” approach to rest and relaxation.
We know the “wake up” process pretty well; the Benjamin has taken a look at the other stage of our hotel stay – preparing to go to sleep. Those pesky electronic gadgets are the real tormentors. We want the very last word and update, lying there in bed, with our laptops and phones, lighting the pathways to our very being. Little did we know that these ambient lights actually suppress melatonin, a hormone which causes slumber. The staff, acting upon numerous guests complaining about their rest and readiness due to technology, created the “work down”, where an hour before you want to call it a day, you receive a polite call, reminding you that it is time for bed.
Beyond the gentle reminder, the hotel is also ready to provide soothing noise machines, massages and even a pillow menu with twelve choices. The only thing missing is hot milk and cookies (which may be in the offing). A well-rested employee is alert and productive. And, with this program the staff was listening and responding to needs. We are battered by data all day long, and it is an effort to become untethered. A Night Cap doff to the Benjamin for advancing the Guest Experience and placing our electronics where they should be at the end of the day - off. Now, can they get me a cab in the rain?
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