Celebrity Hotel
True Inside Gossip, Scandal & Intrigue at the Grosvenor

By Neil Kirby
March 2010
Book Guild
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781846244414
304 pages
$33.95 Cloth


In Celebrity Hotel, Neil Kirby, a former General Manager of Grosvenor House, looks back at his extraordinary rise from below stairs washer-up to bespoke-suited manager. Whether he's encountering a naked Natalie Wood, making sure that Luciano Pavarotti's bed is big and strong enough, or supervising a charity luncheon attended by Princess Diana, Neil Kirby shares the secrets of this exclusive isntitution and gives us a vivd portrait of two contrasting worlds - on the one hand, the sheer graft of the hundreds of maids and pageboys, porters and valets seeking to boost their meagre wages and on the other, the vanities, whims and oddities of the guests themselves, for whom money seems no object.

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