AHL Insider:

Kelsey Harper

  • What Do you do?

    I am a florist in Los Angeles, specializing in arrangements for hotels like Chateau Marmont and Sunset Tower.

  • Do you have a favorite hotel in the world?

    I love Claridge's in London, their afternoon tea is incredible, and the bath tubs are extremely large and luxurious. The George V in Paris is also to die for! The floral arrangements in the lobby are breathtaking and so over the top (as is everything else there).

  • Hotel anecdote you'd like to share?

    I love giving floral advice or leftover flowers to the housekeeping and staff at the hotels I work for. Everyone is so grateful to receive and recycle flowers which would have otherwise been thrown away. They love learning how to take care and revive almost dead flowers and it makes me happy to know the flowers are going home with people who appreciate them.

  • Dream job?

    I have it!

  • Favorite mini bar item or hotel amenity?

    I love the bicycles at the Bowery Hotel in NY. To me, there is no greater way to get around New York City, and being able to hop on a bike in minutes is such a bonus when you're away from home.

  • What are your Top 3 travel destinations?

    I am a huge fan of Isla Mujeres, in the Mexican Caribbean. It's an easy place to escape to and it is PARADISE! Hotel Secreto is my go to resort there and is highly affordable and stunningly beautiful. Shelter Island, NY, was my destination last summer. I spent a week there and had such a relaxing time on the tiny island. Big Sur is one of the most breathtaking places in the world! The community of people who live there are so welcoming and lovely. I have made some life long friends over pancakes at the Big Sur Bakery. The Big Sur Inn is the prefect place to stay.

  • What do you love about the hotel business?

    The hotel business is like having an extended family. From the valet, concierge, front desk, housekeeping and even the chefs in the kitchen, everyone is always so warm and welcoming. It is a privilege to provide flowers to such lovely hotels, and the relationships that have formed are close-knit. Everyone works together to create an environment that is an extension of home and being a part of that process is incredible.

  • What are 5 things you can't travel without?

    My sheepskin slippers from the New Zealand Airport. My Rimowa carry on suitcase. Noise blocking headphones (even if its just to block noise). Herbacin Kamille + Glycerine hand cream. My iPhone which serves as camera, computer, iPod, concierge, weather forecast, map and personal assistant.

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