How Loews L’Enfant Plaza is truly pissing me off

I’m attending a conference here today, and their network connection fees that they charge the organizers are worthy of Soviet Russia. Charges by the day, by the network drop, by the WiFi connection, and by the connected user to the WiFi connection. And when I say charges, I mean hundreds.

I expect the organizers are dropping over $100K on this meeting; most of the attendees are academics who run their own conferences. What do you suppose are the odds they’re going to come back here?

When I asked for a place where I could grab a cigarette, I was directed to the outdoor plaza surrounding the building, where high winds made it impossible to make a phone call. Or, for that matter, wear my hat.

Important notice to Loews L’Enfant: in many hotels, closed-off locations with separate ventilation are provided to their patrons where they may have a cigarette. Such places are called “bars”. In these “bars”, many people are inclined to purchase “alcoholic beverages” which, I understand, can be sold at a nice profit.

Charmingly, once outside on the plaza, I found myself under attack. On a 63 °F day, half-dollar sized chunks of ice came raining down; given the speed, I’m assuming this was from a very poorly situated condenser off the Loews roof. One exploded off the lid of my PowerBook; had the PowerBook been open (as it was shortly going to be), that could have been a $1,000 screen repair.

The doors to the plaza? One way. Should you decide to actually attend the conference, you walk around the building to the front, or scratch at an entrance until someone lets you in.

The Starbucks kiosk in the lobby closes at 3 PM. Philistines.

I was going to mention the one bright spot here, which is the tasty food at the reception. But then the power blew out, and now it’s not bright anymore.

Brilliant planning. I’ve been here for four hours, and I’m already resolved to never do business with this company again.

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