Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

  • Title: Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
  • Author: Jacob Tomsky
  • ISBN: 9780385535649
  • Page: 130
  • Format: ebook
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    ✓ Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality ✓ Jacob Tomsky - Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality, Heads in Beds A Reckless Memoir of Hotels Hustles and So Called Hospitality In the tradition of Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant a rollicking eye opening fantastically indiscreet memoir of a life spent and misspent in the hotel industry Jacob Tomsky never intended to g

    • ✓ Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality ✓ Jacob Tomsky
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    Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    About Jacob Tomsky


    1. Jacob Tomsky is a dedicated veteran of the hospitality business Well spoken, uncannily quick on his feet, and no honest than he needs to be, he has mastered every facet of the business, worked in many departments, and received multiple promotions for his service Born in Oakland, California, to a military family, Tomsky now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


    625 Comments


    1. Hotels have no thirteenth floor, hence I have no thirteenth chapter I m guessing there s at least one person who s reading this review that has never noticed most hotel elevators don t have a button for floor number 13.Dear Author, I had fun reading your book than I have had reading memoirs from actual comedians A trashy errr classy girl like me really vibes on your kind of humor Please ignore the fact that I just reviewed a book for being too brash and crude You, sir, are nothing of the sort Y [...]

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    2. Heads in Beds is the perfect dessert book Dessert books are the books you want to read when you don t want to cry at the end or get too emotionally involved in an overly intricate plot or when you really don t want to think too hard about anything at the end of a shitty day Sometimes people might think that lighter reading fare means that it s intrinsically not good, but that s just a matter of perspective For me, a great, light nonfiction read like this one totally makes my day.There have been [...]

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    3. This book is not what I expected I travel often and frequent hotels I was hoping for some behind the scenes action and useful tips If this is what the heart of hotels looks like then eww this book is trashy crass The author is a bitter and nasty, and by the end of the book he drowns his troubles in alcohol drugs Essentially, what I got from this book was unless I tip exorbitantly I could expect shit service and a shit experience I don t know about you but I m not about to toss around 10s and 20s [...]

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    4. In this Age of Memoir, I guess we were due for one by a hotel clerk Jacob Tomsky s book focuses on his experiences working at two hotels a luxury one in New Orleans and a Midtown one in New York All names have been changed, so there s no point stating them He even changed his own name in the text to Tommy Thomas In his introduction, he brags that he has worked in hotels for than a decade and that he s probably checked us in before Jacob Tommy Thomas promises to give the reader advice on how to [...]

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    5. Well I made it through the book OK, so I skimmed in places , though at around the 2 3 mark I was sorely tempted to bail Two stars out of five reflects that roughly 40% of the book has redeeming value, and the rest didn t, between repetition, attitude, and the author s personal life.First part covers his time at a new upscale hotel in New Orleans, where the author starts as a valet parker, bonding with the largely non white crew Then, he s promoted to front desk there, and we get much of that 40% [...]

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    6. With Heads in Beds A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So Called Hospitality, something unprecedented has happened in the publishing industry they published a book by wait for it a good writer gasp I know I m as shocked as you are, really While Heads in Beds is being marketed as Kitchen Confidential with a hotel slant, there s a marked difference between the two books Anthony Bourdain is a cocky chef who also happens to know how to open a Word Doc on a PC, and thus gets his half decent mem [...]

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    7. This will be short n sweet, since I m typing on my ipad, and doing a road trip with a challenging meeting behind me.The author provides several good reasons why you should not stay in hotels, if you re not into bribes, extortion or abundant tips You will regret it My mouth hung open for most of the book Rudeness will cost you dearly Don t despair, the disgruntled desk clerk also explains in detail how to raid the minibar and get away with it The friendships and wacky lingo between employees was [...]

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    8. Having worked as in the service industry both as a waiter and front desk agent , I had high expectations for Jacob Tomsky s memoir about life as a front desk agent at a luxury hotel.And I was not disappointed Tomsky s description of life in the service industry is spot on the great friends you make on the job, the after hours drinking and commiseration with said friends, the casual use of profanity what you don t swear spend 2 months as a waiter or a front desk agent, and you goddamned will, mot [...]

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    9. I ll start with what I liked about this book As I would say to anyone who seems angry or upset with me in this case, it seems, the author is in general pretty upset with guests , I appreciate the candor In the author s words, Boom That s it.What I don t appreciate and this list is longer 1 Thanks for trying to tell me how to game the system and, essentially, steal and cheat No interest, thanks, though 2 It seems the author is bipolar In parts of the book, he has whole monologues about the import [...]

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    10. At one point in the book Jacob Tomski states I am a ing good writer I disagree This book would have been great at 20 pages Tomski s language is unnecessarily foul and he repeats the same anecdotes just in different locations While mildly entertaining in a few spots, the book does not deliver on the author s promise of how to work the hotel system I m not sure that anyone was looking for the secret to be summed up in one solution just hand out twenty dollar bills He also lost credibility about ho [...]

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    11. This is a fun, somewhat raunchy book about the author s experiences in the hotel business Jacob Tomsky starts out as a valet at a luxury hotel in New Orleans He graduates to become housekeeping manager, and then on to a front desk clerk Then he moves to New York City, where he continues to work at the front desk at a luxury hotel The book is fun because of the variety of anecdotes about hotel guests and co workers One woman checks in for a few hours in the afternoon, several times a week Tomsky [...]

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    12. Forget The Bible, this is the book that should be in every drawer of every bedside table in every hotel room Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky is just about the most horrifying in a good way book I ve ever read I had no idea that doing the crinkly handshake could get you a better room Or scarfing down the entire mini bar just before demanding a room change too smoky, too loud, too pink, whatever would get you free grub And sadly, I was not aware of just how many housekeepers heads of housekeeping m [...]

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    13. This read was a bit of a gamble Written by a employee in the hotel business it professes to tell great stories, tips on getting the best service and an insider look behind the scenes With many other writers this could have been quite dull, but Jacob s wit, heart and cynicism makes this a great read that does deliver on all the promises.The memoir part takes up most of the book with a chronological tale of his employment from a valet parer in a luxury hotel in the southern U.S through the lofty h [...]

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    14. I have a confession to make I really, really, really enjoyed this book I wasn t expecting to like it quite so much, I picked it up as a filler between reading some heavier fiction just to see what it was Yes, as expected, I read the gossipy anecdotes about what goes on with the guests, got the scoop on what to do and, most especially, what not to do to insure good service But what I also got, and was not expecting, was some very fine writing from a man who tried to maintain some humanity and com [...]

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    15. I admit it I like the rant tell all memoirs of service industry They make me remember past jobs that I was glad to leave behind, and make me grateful that I m not walking a mile in the author s shoes I don t expect the books to Pulitzer worthy, nor do I want them to be I want to sit back, glad that I m only reading about a particularly nightmarish job and not experiencing it I want to revel in insider dirt, be outraged by patron behavior, and deliciously scandalized by staff retaliations High br [...]

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    16. The narratives were written in varying accents from Cajun Louisiana to Japanese to hip hop vernacular If you are amused by snarky invectives then you will like this book I just thought it kept hammering the same ideas over and over again I actually got it because it claimed to offer insider tips on getting upgrades and better service Instead of anything meaningful, the author suggests that lying is the way to go Stuff your face at the mini bar, watch porn and then Deny Deny Deny The reason being [...]

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    17. Not only have I got a soft spot for behind the scenes looks, I also love traveling which, often than not, involves staying at a hotel Needless to say Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky went straight onto my list of books I really wanted to read.The thing is that books like these are usually written by wanna be authors who, with any luck, have a bit of talent up their sleeves, plus a proficient editor, which may then result in an enjoyable, insightful and fun read Sadly, this isn t the case here.The [...]

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    18. This worthless book is written by a bellhop front desk guy who has had limited experience at a couple hotels His job is dull, his stories are simplistic, his anger fueled anti guest attitude gets him fired, and his perspective in the book is one of preaching at those of us that pay to money on how we should treat him, not on how his industry should improve to treat us.It s hard to believe this book got published there s nothing interesting in it It might not even have enough material for a magaz [...]

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    19. I was pretty disappointed in this book For one thing, the author admitted he s not honest He said right up front that names and people were fictionalized And he kept bragging about lying and hustling So I questioned the truth of a lot of what he said Even worse, I felt like he didn t really have a story to tell The author gets a job he doesn t really want, is good at it but has problems on the job Does he quit Get fired Not only did I not care, it was hard to see how it ultimately mattered He di [...]

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    20. For what it is, very good, very much like Kitchen Confidential A great book to get you through a plane ride, or as in my case a day sick in bed I would disagree with those who say that the author sounds like a real asshatI would defy anyone to work a service industry position for that long, with the management he faced at the end, who could come out half as well If you want to read the adventures of an jackass author, may I humbly recommend Do Travel Writers Go To Hell That one will have you des [...]

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    21. Ten Things I Learned Reading Heads in Beds A Tell All Memoir About Working In Elite Hotels If you don t tip the bellman who carries your bags to your room, something nasty could wind up on your toothbrush during your stay.There is always a better room People who hang out in hotel lobbies all day are called lobby lizards Reservations made through Internet discount sites usually get the worst rooms If you want an upgrade, hand over a twenty at check in and say, Give me something nice Slang names f [...]

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    22. Service is not about being up front and honest Service is about minimizing negatives and creating the illusion of perfection Here s how it s done Lie Smile Finesse Barter Convince Lie again Smile again I didn t expect to laugh so much I respond to his type of humor and a funny book is exactly what I needed This is also an interesting glimpse into the hospitality business I highly recommend the audio Tomsky s narration is perfect.

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    23. In life than a few things have caught attention and fascinated me Some of the great questions I have pondered include How are roads made How did they make that big tall building How does a 747 stay in the air Have people always confused Taiwan and Thailand And Is the cheery helpful hotel staff person as enad with the hotel experience as I am Mr Tomsky would answer me with a resounding no In fact, he did his best in Heads in Beds to take whatever glamour and gilt I and many others have attribute [...]

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    24. Heads in Beds is the author s memoir about his accidental career in hospitality, starting from working in valet to front office manager and housekeeping manager What I did like about this book was the behind the scenes info, and learning about the inner workings of the hospitality business He did shed light on the bellman lifestyle and the difficulties of being a front office manager dealing with thousands of patrons, to the challenges in managing housekeeping Some stories he told here genuinely [...]

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    25. Remember heads in beds The only thing that matters in this business Heads in beds My best friend Lauren loves going on vacation Specifically, she loves going on vacation and staying in hotels She has a weird fetish obsession with hotel beds that makes absolutely no sense If it were up to her, she probably would never want to leave the room at all just stay in the bed all day I joke with her all the time that if being an elementary school teacher doesn t work out for her, she could always become [...]

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    26. A revealing memoir that I could not stop reading.

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    27. Thomas is a pseudonym for a hotel worker who writes his memoir of several years in the hotel business If you have read Do Travel Writers go to Hell or Anthony Bourdain s Kitchen Confidential, you will get the idea of where Beds in Heads is coming from It is a true, though appalling, story of the culture of hotel workers As a worker himself, Thomas writes a full scale ethnography which makes even the most steadfast reader flinch I thank Doubleday for their generosity in providing me this review c [...]

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    28. A rambling chronicle by a cocky grunt who pulled together stories of his years, so far, as a hotel front desk clerk The stories are interesting, some appalling, but may be better told than written When you get into the minute details of what you do and try to explain intricacies to outsiders, sometimes there s a lot of background explaining to be laid down before you can deliver the full impact of the punchline These stories got interrupted by preliminary stories, a number of them pages long so [...]

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    29. Love this book It shows you world of people we never see going through hotels front desk, bellman, cleaning ladies, etc After this book I will never look the same on hotel s worker Author put it as is no sugar coating specially liked instant karma stuff Lot of tips how hotel works and what to do to get all upgrades.

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    30. Finished Review to come Having issues with my computer.

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