Sunday, 26 February 2012

Hilton Hotel: a humdrum conundrum


The Beetham Tower, Manchester; the first 22 floors are a Hilton Hotel, floor 23 is the Cloud 23 bar, and floors 24 to 47 contain 219 private apartments and 16 penthouses.

But I relate to the dilemma posed by Irma Kurtz in her 1994 book The Great American Bus Ride:

“When I was young and learning to survive on the roads of Europe, Hilton was anathema to me and other wanderers of my ilk. Hilton was the home away from home for all bourgeois American tourists. Hiltonites were be-cameraed and wore Bermuda shorts...[but] was it such a big deal nearly 40 years on to spend one lousy night, the first of my entire life, in a Hilton Hotel?”
Linked to the Weekly Top Shot blog.

12 comments:

  1. Love the composition! When I was a kid, the Hilton here in Manila was truly special. Now it's gone.

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  2. I guess that most of that glamour is gone...
    I wonder what it is like to live in an apartment just above a hotel. Kinda weird...
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  3. Great post Chrissy. Love the image. I can definitely relate to Irma Kurtz dilemma.

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  4. Very good photo.

    Regards and best wishes

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  5. Not much glamour at the Hilton here in Leeds, I think that our is a ghastly building.

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  6. Great angle on this tower Chrissy and love the way the foreground colours are repeated in the tower.

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  7. Great shot, love the composition.

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  8. Chrissy, I love the juxtaposition of the sleek tower and the ornate lamp! Thank you for sharing on 'Weekly Top Shot.' I hope you'll come share again next week...

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  9. I like this shot. It's real classy.

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  10. Yes, the Hilton Hotel chain has its uses - if it makes for lovely photos like this.
    I know Irma Kutz's dilemma, but when a waery traveller needs a hot bath and straightforward service... needs must.
    Is the Cloud 23 Bar open to the public?

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  11. Great post,Very good photo.Thanks sharing....

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