My wife and I were staying at the Chateau Whistler on an overnight trip on the a Rocky Mountaineer. The trip up from Vancouver was enjoyable, and having settled into the hotel we looked forward to a quiet dinner to savor our time in the mountains as it came to a close. Regrettably, upon entering the otherwise seemingly charming 'Wildflower' we were confronted with a large group of almost exclusively males talking at a level as male bonding requires and destroying any ambience the restaurant seemed to promote.
Such we're the numbers of the male diners (attendees at an electricians conference, I believe), that regular guests were very much in the minority and we, along with other private guests, were seated in one corner of the dining room.
Now, don't misunderstand me here, for the conference attendees had every right to dine and socialize as is done on such occasions. I simply thought it was a poor choice by management to subject private guests to the impact of a group better accommodated in a conference room or other location appropriate to the needs of both groups.
I did comment to this effect to the staff who well understood the imposition and tried to explain this matter would be raised with management. No help to us I have to say.
Sufficient to say, the hope of enjoying a quiet meal as a couple seeking to reflect upon some lovely memories over drinks and a meal were stolen from us as the appeal of the Wildflower was transformed from an elegant dining room into something like a sportsmen's bar or a pub.
Again, I don't blame the conference attendees. The fault lies with management not exercising sound judgement to the benefit of all concerned.
What was to be a quiet and memorable occasion was lost to oblivion.
I still don't recall what I ate that night.
I do know that I went out of my way to greet and well wish a fellow diner (a stranger, but another guest) who was there to celebrate a ninetieth birthday in her fragility. She deserved a special and memorable occasion too.
Regrettably, for all concerned, in our section, it was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
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