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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Mariann Mohos (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983236666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983236665
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I'm a concierge, they are immediately intrigued. "Oh, I bet you have some fun stuff going on?!" they exclaim. They become even more intrigued when I tell them the place where I ply my trade - Las Vegas.
Thanks to everything from the 'What happens in Vegas' advertising campaign to movies like The Hangover, people have an unending fascination with life on The Strip. They want to know the weirdest question I have ever heard as a Las Vegas concierge, the funniest guest request, the most memorable one, and so on.
Over the years, as I have shared stories about my career as a concierge, people would always want to hear more. This gave me the idea to go out and ask my fellow concierges about their stories, and to compile everything into a book to share it with the world.
I interviewed more than three dozen colleagues from both big and small hotels. Since a cornerstone of our profession is privacy, all guest names have been changed. A few stories have also been modified, at the concierge's request, to further protect the confidentiality of the original parties. But I have taken great care in these instances to make sure the changes did not interfere with the basic narrative.
Interviewing my fellow Las Vegas concierges turned out to be an extremely rewarding experience. Even though most of them would start out the conversation with something along the lines of 'I am sure you've heard it all' or 'No request is too weird,' I soon learned that I definitely had not heard it all and that some requests really should be deemed too strange.
There is truly no limit to the variety of things that happen to a concierge on the Strip. In one conversation, you are talking about where to get the best foie gras, and in the next you are assisting a guest whose quickie marriage has turned out to be the biggest mistake of their young life. Sometimes, we use our network of connections to get things done, while at other moments we are just there to provide a compassionate ear. For the most part though, it's all about helping guests fulfill their personal and vacation dreams.
Finally, I hope that you, the reader, will have as much fun reading through these Las Vegas snippets as I did compiling them. If you happen to have a Las Vegas concierge story of your own that you would like to share, please feel free to email me at the address listed below.

At your service,
Mariann Mohos
July, 2010
lveditors@gmail.com

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Copyright © 2011 by Mariann Mohos
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, or
transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical,
including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and
retrieval system, without written permission from the author, except for
the inclusion of brief quotations in a review.
Cover design by John Kasperowicz and Annie Manning
Book design and text composition by HERIBERT C BT., heribertc.hu
ISBN 978-0-9832366-3-4

Library of Congress Control Number: 2011900026

Printed in the United States

More About the Author

Mariann Mohos spent four years working as a concierge at one of the most popular hotel and casino resorts in Las vegas. With her great love for this magical city and its people, she quickly became proficient in creating memorable experiences for the millions of guests visiting each year.

In addition to her MBA from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas, she has degrees in English and Russian studies and Economics. Mohos founded and operated a grassroots marketing company for a number of years prior to beginning her career as a Las Vegas concierge.

Mariann has been interviewed by The Gamblers Book Club in Las Vegas, the largest and most famous gambling bookstore in the world.She has also been mentioned in Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas City Life, while Las Vegas Leisure Guide proclaimed her book a must read for travelers.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed the fact that I could read a few stories and put the book down.
Bob Evans
Many of the stories were so lackluster or routine that I didn't understand how anyone could possibly think it would be of interest.
Ms. Goose
This is a great book that shows what people really do in Las Vegas....all that it takes is money and someone to arrange it for you.
Packman

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Hoolio on January 14, 2012
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This book is terrible. I purchased this book to read on my way down to Vegas to get myself in the mood and was very disappointed. Most of the stories lack any details whatsoever which make the stories totally unappealing. For example there's a couple stories about guests wanting drugs but since that's illegal the concierge advises they cannot provide them... while I'm summarizing a bit that really is about all the detail that the author goes into, very boring. Another example of a worthless tale included in the book is that a guest wonders who a certain celebrity (not identified) uses for a plastic surgeon the concierge makes a few phone calls but cannot figure out the answer and that's the end of the story!

My second major criticism of this book is that its told in the first person however the stories come from multiple concierges but you never know when "I" changes. So sometimes "I" is a man, sometimes "I" is a woman, sometimes "I" is a rookie and sometimes "I" is a veteran... if the stories were great you might be able to overlook this but when the stories are so watered down for details they feel like the could be written by someone who'd never worked in a hotel this is one more reason to hate this book.

I really want my money back
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Dean on November 30, 2011
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I thought this might have some juicy stories, or at least a few laughs. Each anecdote was very short, and almost always ended with an exclamation point! It could have been so much better, if it were fleshed out a bit. I felt like I was reading the funny/silly blurbs on the last page of a cheap women's magazine.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pconrizzle on August 30, 2011
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I should have known from the cover that this book would not involve any elaborate stories. This book features a handful of 1 page stories about the most boring requests I have ever heard. If you are looking for a book full of stories of hookers, private parties and behind the scenes vegas, look somewhere else. If you are a grandmother you will enjoy this book because there isn't a single offensive story in here, it is all happy cute stuff. I recommend you read "Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Super Host" this biography has interesting stories and gives you a good look into the life of hosts in vegas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on April 25, 2012
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The stories are rather dull. None of the stories last more than a paragraph or two. There is nothing special in this book. Save your money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline on August 24, 2011
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The stories are true which is amazing! Some are immensely funny while others are incredibly touching. It is crazy what guests have requsted of these concierge. Really fun and quick reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cupcake on August 18, 2011
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I finally got this book and loved it - the anecdotes were funny and believable, yet unbelievable at the same time. I met the author a couple of times, and she struck me as a lovely young woman who is a real asset to the concierge industry. This is a quick/must-read for anyone who works in the hospitality industry, or who just wants a good chuckle while working on their tan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Berk on January 28, 2012
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There's just nothing exciting here. Each story begins with buildup, and the punchline always disappoints. There's nothing outlandish, nothing crazy, just people asking for weird things. The worst was the story where she simply misunderstood a foreign guest's accent. That's funny? It was just STUPID. Don't waste your money. The local Motel 6 front desk clerk has funnier stories than these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michel on August 9, 2011
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This is a great book! I could not put it down! After every story, I continued out of both curiosity and simply because the stories are genuinely amusing. I live in Las Vegas but I never realized the guest's requests could be so silly sometimes. The author did a great job with the writing as well as the layout of the book. It is an interesting, light and fun read. I would recommend to anyone with a sense of humor ;)
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