The filch factor4 min read . Updated: 01 Feb 2008, 12:06 AM IST
The filch factor
I have a somewhat unusual method of rating hotels. I call it the filch factor. If I feel like filching something from the hotel, I consider it worthy of my esteem. I hasten to add that I haven’t actually filched anything from hotels (okay, maybe some toiletries) but the filch factor is what makes a hotel memorable in my mind. I still remember the crisp asparagus-green linen napkins at the Ritz-Carlton in Santiago de Chile; the spa robe at the Shanti Ananda Mauritius; the delicate paper-thin china at the Four Seasons Resort Bali; and the purple velvet pillow that I desperately wanted to smuggle out from the W Seattle. I am happy to announce that the salt-and-pepper shaker at the Taj Exotica in Maldives joins this not-so-illustrious list.