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What different types of jobs would there be for people in an upper class hotel in Victorian England?

Question by : What different types of jobs would there be for people in an upper class hotel in Victorian England?
Just asking this as background research for a project on local history and hotels.
If you know of any useful websites or books on this topic please also list them too.

A sensible answer would be much appreciated. Thanks 🙂

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Answer by deb.peg1
I would think they would be pretty much the same as with any upper class hotel these days, with a few exceptions.
If one were to have booked at a very high class hotel in those days, the duties of the staff likely included more than they do these days. As an example, lighting fires in the grates in order to provide heat. Just because it was upper class does not mean there was electricity, running water or private toilet facilities. So someone may have had to light the lights, carry hot water from the kitchen to a free-standing bathtub, and empty chamber pots. While many women traveled with a maid, she was likely engaged more to take care of the lady’s clothing, dress her hair, while the hotel maid would be expected to clean the room, make the bed, provide clean linens. Men did not often travel with their manservants, so someone would have to be on hand to clean and press the gentleman’s clothing, shine his shoes, help him dress and provide other grooming assistance.
Insofar as how jobs may be the same comparing now to then, there would have to be a manager, desk clerks, porters or persons to tote luggage, chefs, waiters and dishwashers for the hotel restaurant and lounge, bartenders, full housekeeping staff, room service, pet walking, a doorman….
…I’m getting tired just thinking about it!

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