Concierge

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A concierge (French pronunciation: [kɔ̃sjɛʁʒ]) is an employee who lives on the premises of an apartment building or a hotel and serves as a general property caretaker; while the phenomenon and theterm are most common in France, they can be seen elsewhere, for example in the French-influenced neighborhood of Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt. A similar position, known as the el portero, exists inSpanish-speaking regions. In medieval times, the concierge was an officer of the King who was charged with executing justice, with the help of his bailiffs. The term concierge evolved from the French ComteDes Cierges, The Keeper of the Candles, who tended to visiting nobles in castles of the medieval era.

In 19th century and early 20th century apartment buildings, particularly in Paris, theconcierge often had a small apartment on the ground floor and was able to monitor all comings and goings. However, such settings are now extremely rare; most concierges in small or middle-sized buildings havebeen replaced by the part-time services of door-staff.[citation needed] These are less costly and less intrusive. Some larger apartment buildings or groups of buildings retain the use of a concierge.The concierge may, for instance, keep the mail of absented dwellers; be entrusted with the apartment keys to deal with emergencies when residents are absent, provide information to residents andguests, provide access control, enforce rules, and act as a go-between for residents and management, when management is not on-site. [1]

Hotels
In hotels, a concierge assists guests with various taskslike making restaurant reservations, arranging for spa services, recommending nightclubs, booking transportation (limousines, airplanes, boats, etc.), procurement of tickets to special events andassisting with various travel arrangements and tours of local attractions. In upscale establishments, a concierge is often expected to "achieve the impossible", dealing with any request a guest may...
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