The Thornewood Hotel has seven stories and 666 rooms. Sometimes it has grand elevators and a ballroom. The staff mostly keep out of site, but they are watching. The guests come and go…well, oftentimes, they come and stay.
The character Darryl is based on a “food and drink man” who worked with my father, who refurbished hotels. I saw many hotels stripped to the bones while growing up, as my father and his workers replaced floor and wall coverings, plumbing, and electrical fixtures. I saw through hotel walls, into the space between rooms. I saw chandeliers laying splayed on the ground. Hotels are a beautiful facade for their guests. The workers know what lies in the rooms the guests never see.