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Also located at the end of the first floor hall is a very nice staircase that meanders down to the swimming pool. This staircase from the 1st floor allows hotel guests to go to the pool without walking through the hotel lobby in their swim wear. If you've been out hiking and are really grimy, this stairway also provides a way to get to your room bypassing the lobby. Herbert Hoover could have used this back stairway if it had been around in his day. The hotel was originally off limits to all but the most affluent guests and aggressive doormen had the job of keeping the common folks out. President Hoover was a guest at the hotel, but had been out fishing that day and returned a bit grimy looking. The doorman didn't recognize him and would not let him into the hotel!
Today the hotel is fully open to the public, although signs do warn that appropriate behavior is expected. Yay! Now we can all see the hotel our government owns! This is a recent change; under the previous concessionaire, only the Main Lobby, Elevator Lobby, and gift shops were open to the public.
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