Table Talk

15 November 2004 by
Table Talk

Just the place to lie back and think of England Twickenham is set to become one of the few stadiums where you can watch the game from the comfort of your bed. The Rugby Football Union recently announced a tie-up with Marriott - a four-star hotel of 156 bedrooms plus six luxury suites for unrestricted views of the action on the pitch. But rugby fans may find their attentions divided. At stadiums where similar facilities already exist some audiences have been distracted by goings-on in the bedrooms. On three occasions at the Toronto SkyDome, home to the Blue Jays baseball team, the stadium cameras, which project images of the crowd as well as the game, have caught couples having sex through the windows of their bedrooms. The couples had either forgotten, or been unwilling, to close the curtains. Since the last incident, in 1993, the management has made guests sign pledges not to have sex in full view of the stadium.

A meal to remember - if only for the bill If you thought Sketch was expensive, get on a plane to Japan. A Tokyo hotel is charging £7,000 for a "hedonist dinner" in December. The Hotel Seiyo Ginza has enlisted wine expert Robert Parker Jnr and brought French chef Joel Robuchon out of semi-retirement to plan the feast. The wine list will feature eight rare, historical wines, including an 1864 Lafite and a 1961 Latour a Pomerol (total bar tab £109,000, according to Christie's). Just 22 seats are available, and the hotel says it expects the meal to sell out. The hotel's managing director, Lloyd Nakano, says no price would have been too high. "Never plan with your wallet," he says, "it gets in the way of creativity." Easy to say when it's not your wallet.

Can pay, will pay A remorse-stricken Norwegian has finally settled a hotel bill 24 years after he did a runner, the Hotel Clarion in Kristiansand said last week. It had recently received an anonymous letter containing SKr500 (£43) for lodging and drinks outstanding from 1980. "The writer explained that because of his lifestyle at the time he had left without paying," said manager Kay Johnsen. "He said that, after many years of feeling bad about it, he now felt the need to settle his debt and offer his apologies. We have accepted both." The hotel has donated the money to the Salvation Army.

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