Sometimes, it might happen that you share the same hotel with the customer, especially if the the area doesn’t offer many options. Or you might meet them by chance in a restaurant for dinner.
I remember one flight, where we took the owner of the Private Jet and his family back home, in their summer residence in the middle of Siberia.
It was a specific time of the year and the hotels around Kemerovo were fully booked.
The owner proposed to the company to host the crew in his residence for 3 nights, before we could take them back to Europe.
It never happened to me before, that I was invited to stay in one of my customer’s residence!
How’s sleeping in their house?
I remember asking myself million of questions.
“What is convenient to wear? What if I feel sick and don’t feel like having dinner with them one night? If they offer me alcohol, shall I accept of should I deny? What type of conversation is convenient to have?”
One above all was: will I get my privacy?
The only way to get answers to my questions was to experience it myself, so I grabbed my common sense, my suitcase and I went to the airport.
We flew to Siberia and then we drove to the summer residence: a beautiful villa with several bedrooms.
We were staying in the guest side of the house, each one of us had a bedroom with private bathroom.
The dinners were in the big dining room, together with the family and the rest of the personnel.
I spent my days walking outside in the park of the villa, reading in my room, hanging out with the crew and preparing the flight back.
At the beginning I was feeling a bit uncomfortable in being so deep inside their life. But I really appreciated the hospitality and, by the end of our stay, I was feeling completely comfortable.
I didn’t really talk much with them and I kept a humble profile at all times. Of course I had been polite and extremely grateful for the opportunity!
What I enjoyed the most was the chance to see how they were living, the architecture of the building, the peace of the surrounding nature and the delicious home-made food by the house chef!
Did you ever experience overnights in your customers house?
How did you feel?