THE CORNER VIEW / THE ROOM WAS LARGE. It was blue and white. There were gilt, mirrored doors on the armoires. A small but elegant crystal beds. The room was beautiful. But the view of the lake, the chandelier hung in the center of the room. Pristine, handpainted promised magnificent view of the famous lake, was not the right one. It was only a corner view. One had to step out onto the tiny balcony and turn one's head a hard left in order to see it. I saw in an instant that no amount of beautiful room would alleviate this. "Take me to a room with a front view of the lake," I said. The pretty assistant concierge smiled politely, smiled sweetly, in fact, and led me to the smallest hotel room in the world. It was on the top floor, furnished with iron beds painted white, wooden floor painted white, white chiffon curtains in the tiny window. The little concierge opened the wooden shutters. I had to bend down to see the famous view of the magnificent lake with mountains "Pretty, yes?" The concierge smiled at me. "This is up under the eaves," I said. "Oh
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1989
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