The Fairmont Hotel is a beautiful pre-war hotel in San Francisco.
If you walk in the main entrance, there is a piano player.
A marble staircase.
And chandeliers they don’t make anymore.
But, if you take that marble staircase down, you reach The Tonga Room.
A tiki bar.
In the middle of the Fairmont Hotel.
Something you would only find in San Francisco.
Now, The Tonga Room didn’t always exist inside the Fairmont.
Before it was a tiki bar, it was the hotel pool.
Then, in some meeting in the mid-40s with hotel executives, someone raised their hand and suggested the Fairmont turn their pool into a tiki bar.
The Tonga Room was born.
A tiki bar, with a pool, rain, and a band that plays on a boat floating in the middle of the pool.
Seems like a crazy idea now. I’m sure it sounded crazier then.
The next time you have a crazy idea and are a bit nervous to mention it, just remember the person who raised their hand in a Fairmont Hotel meeting to propose The Tonga Room.
Who knows, your crazy idea might just work.