Les Clefs d’Or [‘lay clay door’, meaning ‘keys of gold’] is an International Network of Concierges expected to make ‘impossible requests of a guest possible, no matter how strange’. They have ‘sources of inside information, intelligence and communication’. Oberoi, Mumbai in 1986 was first to have a Member of Les Clefs d’Or.
Sunny Prasher, Member of Les Clefs d’Or India, was Chief Concierge at Leela Palace, New Delhi on 17th January, 2014. It is widely alleged, a murdered Sunanda Pushkar’s body was moved from Room No. 307 to Room No. 345. Concierge’s role cannot be understated? #345 has been shut, since January 2014. Over 3 years later, any possible evidence of foul play or forensic clues would have long gone. No one from Delhi Police has checked in, or checked out, for past 15 months. #345 must be, by now, covered in dust and cobwebs since housekeeping has been barred.
Leela Palace recently claimed, there are 17 Suites and cost of these range from Rs. 55,000/- to Rs. 61,000/- per night; Hotel’s inability to offer Suite No. 345 in last 3 years has caused a loss of approximately Rs. 50 Lakh.
The Room Number Duality also existed while filming The Shining [1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick]. Timberline Lodge, located on Mt. Hood in Oregon, was used for exterior shots of Overlook Hotel. Kubrick was requested not to depict Room No. 217. A non-existent Room No. 237 was substituted.
There is a long list of notorious Hotel Rooms. In Room No. 100, Hotel Chelsea, New York – Sid Vicious, Prince of Punk awoke finding his girlfriend dead from a stab wound. He was charged with murder. He died of a heroin overdose while out of jail on bail, awaiting trial.
Bob Woolmer, Coach to Pakistan Cricket Team, would be found dead in the white-tiled bathroom of Room No. 374, on the 12th Floor of The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. It is now a ‘hot tourist destination’.
Janis Joplin (105), Jimi Hendrix (507), Whitney Houston (434), Sridevi (2201) are just some more who have met their end in a Hotel Room.
Does the temporary nature of staying in a Hotel inspire oddities? So many rationales, none of which begin to explain why you would dangle your baby outside a window [Michael Jackson, Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin].
As per Court Orders, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik must prepare a report. At present, Leela Palace, New Delhi is spearheaded by 2 sisters, grand-daughters of Captain Chittarath Poovakkatt Krishnan Nair, one of them a fan of Wes Anderson. Connoisseurs of alleged crime wait eagerly for their next step.