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Mike Oppenheim

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Mike Oppenheim

In his regular column "The Life of a Hotel Doctor", Mike Oppenheim shares remarkable stories around visiting hotel guests as a doctor. When he began as a hotel doctor during the 1980s, only luxury hotels had a “house doctor,” usually a local practitioner who did it as a sideline. Nowadays, in a large city even the lowliest motel receives blandishments from a dozen individuals plus several agencies that send moonlighting doctors if they can find one. “Hotel” doctors often acquire hotels by dropping by to extol their virtues to front desk personnel, perhaps with the promise of a tip.

Insights by Mike Oppenheim (210)

Long Time No See - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

"Hey, Doctor! It's been a while." I love it when parking valets recognize me. That was the good news. The 'it's been a while' was not so good.

Ever Hopeful - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

Years ago, I shared a Four Seasons elevator with Robert Duvall. He was reading a script, and I pretended not to notice.

Another Summer - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

A wave of heat poured out of the guest's room as he opened the door.

A Dog-Eat-Dog Business - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

Waiting at the local carwash, my eye ran over a sheet of ads along one wall. Among notices for personal injury lawyers, pest control, acupuncturists, and pizzas was a photo of a smiling young man in a white coat carrying a doctor's bag.

A Critical Feature - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

The Airport Hilton has a long entrance drive that accommodates perhaps twenty parked cars without blocking traffic. Le Mondrian has a tiny drive that fits three or four.
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