The great unbundling continues, let’s kill room service

Bravo to them, I have never wanted their room service anyway:

The New York Hilton Midtown is the largest hotel in the city, with nearly 2,000 rooms. In August, it will earn another distinction: It will discontinue room service.

The move will eliminate 55 jobs. It could also ignite an industrywide trend. Other hotels, such as the Hudson in New York and the Public in Chicago, are already nibbling at the concept, offering meals delivered in brown paper bags.

…The Hilton property on Sixth Avenue, between West 53rd and West 54th streets, will open a downmarket grab-and-go restaurant this summer called Herb n’ Kitchen, a cafeteria-style eatery that will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The full story is here, hat tip goes to David M. Wessel.  I believe that the argument for the continuation of room service has to involve some mix of drugs and sex.  I say why turn yourself into a captive culinary audience?  This is Manhattan, buy what you need in advance.


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