Housekeeping is an interesting department. Its the core of the hotel. Without clean rooms, what have you got to sell? Yet housekeeping staff are being look down on as less important people, that are doing less important work. How is this possible?

I have spent the past few weeks working as a room attendant at my, as you know, luxury hotel here in Dubai. I have been asked on multiple occasions if I "actually work as a housekeeper" and told that I'm too pretty for the department. I don't take those comments as compliments. I have also been hit on by guys thinking they are doing me a favour by giving me their number and offering me all sorts of things - no thanks!

I have so many thought and feelings on the topic that I don't even know how to get it down in words here without boring you all and going on about it. To get to the point - Working in housekeeping I have gotten to know so many wonderful and truly genuine people. For that I'm grateful. I'm grateful for a lot of things actually. Grateful for being Swedish. Grateful for my education. Grateful for this opportunity I have been given. For a few weeks I had to clean rooms on my own, and let me tell you about it - It ain't easy! You work hard, and fast, and its very unsocial (which is my problem with it! I miss guest interactions...) but there is nothing shameful about it. Not. At. All. I have had the chance to work with the most wonderful team so I enjoyed it. Even though there were some really though times... Now I am working as a supervisor for a few more weeks. We will see how that goes. I promise to keep you guys more updated!

xo.



I love this quote from The Grand Budapest Hotel - I think it's rather suitable for room attendants as well;
What is a lobby boy? A lobby boy is completely invisible, yet always in sight. A lobby boy remembers what people hate. A lobby boy anticipates the client's needs before the needs are needed. A lobby boy is, above all, discreet to a fault. Our guests know that their deepest secrets, some of which are frankly rather unseemly, will go with us to our graves. So keep your mouth shut, Zero.

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​Living life in Dubai these days. 

I'm about to finish my first month working for an luxury hotel here in Dubai. It's true what they say; they work you hard over here. Six days a week, nine hours a day. That's the minimum thats expected from me here, but hey! I'm surviving. I do love the work that I do, even though it's hard sometimes. I know the reward will be worth it soon! 

An update will come soon - Inshallah! 


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Do you read? - I love to read. 

Reading can be magical, you've just got to find the right book for you. I recently finished Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It's a book about life in Mumbai to keep it short. The book has gotten many and great reviews and been on my list to read since my first trip to India. However, I'm glad I didn't start it until I came back from Mumbai a few weeks ago. 

When you can relate to the places the author talks about, and even when he is writing Hindi words and you can understand them even before he translates them, it makes you relate and embrace the book even more. It's definitely not an easy read with its 933 pages. I read every day, it was a hard book to put down. You want to know what happens to Linbaba. A sequel came out October last year, so I believe I need to pick up a copy of that! 

Find a book that suits you, and start reading. Don't feel scared about the length and size of the book! What's great about books is that you can create like a film in your head. When you've thrown yourself into a good book it's like watching a good movie. 

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Looking out the small airplane window and seeing the landscape, buildings and slums open up underneath the wings; I couldn't help but smile to myself. A genuine smile from ear to ear. I was so excited to be back in Bombay.

I wish I could explain my feelings towards this city but its so hard to put a finger on what it is. I just love it. The people, the food, the culture, and when I was there, the monsoon season!

I got to spend a wonderful 7 days in the city this time. Compared to the four days I had last time. I arrived in the evening, and my beautiful boy A was there to pick me up from the airport. We got a mango smoothie from Starbucks and headed back into Bandra. We went straight to Masala Bar of Carter rd and had dinner and drinks. Then we were joined by his friends and together we headed out to the clubs. We went to Social, Anti-Social and Nook. Met several people, and University Alumnis! It ended up being an amazing night even though I wasn't in bed before 5am.

The rest of the week I met up with school friends who took me all around Bombay. Of course being the hoteliers we are we went to see the Four Seasons, St. Regis and both the Tajs. We also had a lot of food, mostly Indian, and got some great ice cream from a place called Naturals that we enjoyed at midnight on Marine Drive. Which at this late hour, was still full of life!

The best way to see the city? Go by bike! It might look scary at first, but sitting on the back of a motorcycle is so much fun and a great way to see the city! I got to ride smaller bikes, and full on powerful ones. One of my best experiences was to go on the back of this powerful bike, with a guy I met that evening, R, at 2 am from Colaba to the airport full speed. The excitement!

So in short, what is life like in Mumbai you might wonder? Sleep, eat, smoke, drink and repeat. And I love it!

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Hi guys!

Today is my last day of work here in Switzerland, most likely for ever. I doubt I will come back to work in this country again. I will come back an visit for sure, to go skiing and hiking in the beautiful Swiss alps - but that's it.

Leaving this mountain village feels very strange after the years I have spent here, but I am ready for my new chapter! I will embrace it fully and try to enjoy and find something good in each and every day from now on.

I got two months of vacation, which will be spent in Sweden and the States before I move to Dubai to embrace the new hotelier life over there. I am nervous, very nervous, to go work for the best of the best. Hopefully I will adapt to my new environment quickly and be able to make it through the next coming 18 months smoothly and come out on top with a good job! My plan is that once I am finished with my training in the Middle East I can either make my way back into the States, or what is more likely venture off to an adventure in India. I feel Bombay calling my name, and I cannot wait to be back in the city. There is something about India... 

I hope you will come with me on this journey!

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Covent Garden Hotel

"Covent Garden Hotel is situated in the heart of the theatre district and is just a short walk to the Royal Opera House, Soho and within easy reach of the city's business centre. It is surrounded by some of London's best restaurants and bars, vibrant cafes and most exciting theatre, nightlife and shopping. Brasserie Max is always a hive of activity with a menu based around fresh, seasonal produce. It's a great place for pre and post theatre dining."

Like all the other properties; I stumbled upon this hidden gem in Covent Garden. The hotel was indeed smaller than the others I had visited but had its distinct character. Michael from the land down under gave me the grand tour where I had the chance to see everything from the dining rooms to a standard queen and junior suit to the screening room. The location is absolutely ideal for someone wanting to stay in happenin' parts of London. Being a Thursday night, as well as pay day, the hotel was very busy. I was happy I got a chance to ask the Aussie guys at concierge as well as Danish Diana at the Front Desk all my questions about what it is really like to work at Firmdale! My new found friend Michael ask if I had had a chance to see their flagship property yet, and I told him it was next on my list. So he called a head to let them know I was coming, and told me to ask for Josh. So off I went in the search of the Flagship property and Josh...

Ham Yard Hotel

"In the midst of Soho and moments from Mayfair, Ham Yard Hotel has an urban village feel. The hotel revolves around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture centrepiece by Tony Cragg. Alongside the hotel's 91 individually designed bedrooms and suites are 24 apartments, 13 independent stores and a restaurant and bar with outdoor dining. There is a drawing room and library, Spa and Gym, theatre, private event rooms and a 1950's style bowling alley. The rooftop terrace, another of the hotel's private events spaces, has sweeping views of the Soho skyline"

This is Firmdales' flagship property situated just off Piccadilly Circus. It's their biggest hotel and opened last year. With 115 rooms, a beautiful restaurant and when visited a very crowded bar this hotel really is something else. What really differentiates this hotel from others? Well, I would say it would be their four lane bowling alley with an adjoined bar and dance floor. Prefect space for an event or just hanging with your friends one evening. Moreover, if you decided to go up instead of down you will be met by a beautiful roof top bar and garden. With spring in the air, I can see this terrace, which is exclusively for their in-house guests, being filled to capacity on beautiful evenings like this one.

Being sent over from the Covent Garden Hotel, I was told to ask for Josh at the concierge desk. Josh turned out to be a really kind guy who took me around the property even though the hotel was crazy busy. He even showed me around the courtyard outside telling me all about the history of the location and hotel.

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Once you have been doing interviews for a while, this question doesn't intimate you anymore. Overtime, I have noticed that a lot of people are caught completely off guard by this question. Why is that?  People often ask be how to answer this question, and here is my suggestion:

First of all, there is no right or wrong answer. 
In the end, its all about having a conversation with the recruiter.

Here are the key things to mention:

Who are you? Where have you studied and worked previously and how does the education and experience relate to the job you are applying for. i talk generally about my background, studying Media Communication and Journalism before going to university for Hospitality Management. I talk about how my studies have brought me to Dubai, Shanghai, London, Vermont and Switzerland. 

Interest? Depending on the job, I think it is a good idea to talk a bit general about your interestes. I tend to mention that I'm a fitness enthusiast and Ironman Triathlete who loves filming and editing movies in her spare time. Recruiters want to learn more about you and not only what is on your CV.

Where did you interest for this job come from? This is a hard one. Obviously it is not relevant for all jobs to talk about when your interest came, or why you wanna work for them, but try to mention it. I have worked in Publishing, Food & Beverage and Rooms Division. I tell them about me previous experience and how I have realised that I want to continue growing my career in Rooms. Make it clear for the recruiter that you understand the rest of the business, which in my case is the hotel. I know how the F&B side works, I know back of house,and that will let me grow faster in my Rooms Division role. 

Keep it short. Your answer should be between 1 to 2 minutes for this question. I might sound really short, but it is not. You want to make sure your answer are short and snappy. Moreover, make sure to tie up lose ends, make sure to finish off by relating by to the questions: "So thats a bit about me". Always want to make sure your answers are well rounded.

Thats just a few helpful tips on how to answer the question please tell me about yourself! 

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It is interesting what you can learn from a different point of view.

Companies have started their recruitment season and today I had two interviews. Both two equally big and international companies. One in hospitality and one in finance.

I was a bit nervous before my first interview with the finance company, as I have not had any interviews in a while (hence, I was feeling a bit rusty!). The interview went well. The second interview with a big hotel chain once again made me nervous, but I felt like I was getting the hang of things again. The interview went well. My feedback from my bosses was amazing. Both of the recruiters and their teams had loved me.

Six months ago I was starting my last semester at university - and boy was I bad at interviews! I was terrible, I swear I could not get anyone to hire me. I went to the Career and Development Counsellors and I ask for help. I got a list of questions to answer and I started practising. As much as I could. The feedback from that first interview? Amazing. Practice makes perfect. Doing interviews is hard, but if you practice, it becomes increasingly easier! Today, I never get as nervous before an interview, some butterflies are good as you don't wanna come off cocky.

Now I look at it from the recruiters point of views, as I have had to conduct interviews myself at my new internship. Confidence, knowledge and passion is key. Don't forget recruiters are people too. You want to create a flow in the conversation, and ask questions! Once you've gotten to the stage where your interview feels more like a two way street you've succeeded. If you are truly passionate about the position you're applying for that will come through. 

The head recruiters for the finance company asked my after my interview: "How did your interview go? Oh you know why, it doesn't matter, I have the final say anyway". He liked me. Sometimes, you can make an impression even before an interview. Find something to connect over! 

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Hospitality is a great choice. There is so many options and paths to follow or divert from.

i discovered the Hospitality Industry really by accident. I went to an small university fair in Stockholm and saw this huge poster of Burj Al Arab and thats how it got started. I have never looked back, and I love my career.

I am a firm believer that you should have a career and job that you love. You will spend so much of your life working, so why not enjoy it? For me, it is the fact that I miss my job when i am not working, and that having to work long, sometimes uncomfortable hours does not bother me. I am the one that works all the major holidays, I am the one that will be there to take care of you and your friends, or family. People always ask me, how can you be in this industry? Yes I work weird hours, yes I work long hours and yes I work evenings/weekends/holidays. But you know what? I love it. The follow up question tends to be "do you not want a family?" that answer to that is simple - No! I am 22 years old, I wanna live my life and enjoy it. If I one day decide that I want to have a family I am pretty sure I can have one and still keep my job in this industry. 

So far I have worked in Dubai, Shanghai, Vermont and now in a little mountain village in Switzerland. I have experienced a lot more than most people have or will in their lives. In September I am starting a new adventure in Dubai at the most iconic hotel brand in the world. I am beyond excited. Moreover, until then I am going to make the most of my time here on the mountain! 


xo

Hotelier 

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