2 a.m. calls rarely thrill me, but this was from the Beverly West, a boutique hotel that never calls. Happily, I threw on my suit and drove off. Traffic was light. Parking was easy.
Afterward I introduced myself to the desk clerk.
“I remember you from the Beverly Garland,” he said. “I’ve only been here two months.”
It’s flattering that employees continue to call when they change hotels, but it also meant that the Beverly West was probably not switching doctors.
“So you got my number from the Beverly Garland?”
He shook his head. “You’re on the computer. I picked you because the name was familiar.”
That was good news. Sort of. I’m probably on every hotel’s computer.
As the wee-hour desk clerk, he had little contact with veteran employees, but they would soon clue him in. After caring for a guest, the Beverly West’s regular doctor gives a “referral fee” to the employee that called. This is illegal but a hotel doctor tradition as well as a superb marketing tool.