One of the most exciting and interesting aspects of working at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville, is the vast array of international travelers who stay with us at the hotel. A common question asked by the curious guest, is “Why is there no 13th floor?”
Modern construction and architecture often skip the number 13 when numbering floors. Some reports indicate that nearly 90% of Americans surveyed feel somewhat uncomfortable about staying on the 13th floor floor. Thus many hotels, including the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville, skip from 12 to 14 when numbering their guest room floor plans.
When Friday the 13th comes to pass, people may feel some sense of unease, prepared for bad luck. This phobia has not escaped the creators of pop culture. For instance, the horror film Friday the 13th uses Triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13) as a basis for the plot for this classic movie.
Many professional athletes will refuse to wear the number 13 on their jerseys for fear of jinxing their game. Some athletes will chose the number 13 as a direct scoff at the superstition, as if by this action they are stating that their game is more powerful than this ancient fear.
Even former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt is reported to have had such a fear of the number 13, that if a dinner party totalled 13 guests he would have his secretary join the party to raise the number at the table to 14.
Although many people no longer subscribe to the dark power of “13″, others still avoid and fear the number just as their ancestors did.
If the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville had a13th floor, would you be comfortable on this floor?