Rose Penthouse by Any Other Name
“Who are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes?”
— Caption, New Yorker cartoon.
Guess how tall the hotel pictured above is (located in Cancun, my wife and I recently celebrated our 21st(!) anniversary there).
According to the resort’s owner and its marketing literature — not to mention the hotel’s own elevator buttons — it’s 29 stories.
But, a cursory count of the actual floors from outside suggests that it’s really only 19 stories.
Another tell: the exercise room that’s billed as being on floor #12 looks curiously more like floor #4 (in the photo above, it’s the dark blue band of taller windows a couple stories up).
Missing: 10 floors
So, how do you conjure up an extra 10(!) floors, seemingly out of thin air?
There are no floors #2 – #11; instead, there’s only one floor in that range (albeit with high ceilings), for conferences and meeting rooms.
In addition, there’s no floor #13, presumably for superstitious reasons.
Apparently, at least some credulous vacationers will pay more for a 29th floor suite than a 19th floor one (not us: we got a discount room on the 16th — I mean 6th — floor 🙂 ).