Does the Starbucks in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel really have a dress code?

by admin on August 26, 2009

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The world's fanciest Starbucks?

 ‘Twas in a binder on the desk of a Waldorf-Astoria guest room where we happened upon Exhibit A, which suggests that, apparently, old lady Waldorf has the fanciest Starbucks in all the land. Yes, it would appear that this particular outpost of the corporate coffee palace has a dress code.

Though “smart casual” is certainly open to interpretation, we understood it to mean that adding flip-flops to the ensemble we wore the previous night and sauntering into the ‘bucks for our post-dawn venti Americano was not acceptable.

And not only does the Waldorf’s Starbucks close at 6:00 pm – a bummer for the caffeine-addicted and the sugar-dependent, which we learned when we encountered bare shelves upon entering at 5:15 pm on weekday – but the staffers are totally clueless…about the dress code, that is. (See what we did there?)

In other words, when we asked the (very, very friendly!) gentleman behind the counter if he enforces the “smart casual” dress code on the other side of his register, he said exactly this: “Huh? The what? No.” So, you know – don’t panic. Everything’s cool.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Willy August 27, 2009 at 12:21 pm

The coffee shop is listed as MORE dressy than the restaurant?
Ha ha.

Your mom August 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Whew! thankfully, my in-room robe will suffice the next time I’m visiting that Starbucks!

Mike Handy August 30, 2009 at 12:46 pm

It looks like this guy went with dorky and sweaty…

Michele November 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

Well I had the worst experience at the Waldorf Astoria Starbucks- This location is a total ripoff- My usual drink is 4.25 but at this location is 6.30- Then they would not accept my Starbucks card & proceeded to make the wrong drink- I asked for a refund & walked down the block to the next Starbucks location to receive better service, charged the regular price & have my card accepted with the proper drink.
They do not deseve our business-

Best Price Mushroom Coffee January 15, 2011 at 4:37 am

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Joe Stout October 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

The Waldorf Starbucks is without question, one of our favorite places to visit while in the city. Yes, the coffee costs more, but the service and friendliness of the staff makes it all worth while. I could care less if they don’t take our Starbucks card…the value is in the people and they deserve our business.

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