First-Ever Trip Outside Of Texas Is The Tip Of A Lifetime for Hilton Housekeeping Supervisor

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December 10, 2009

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Hi, my name is Patricia Jimenez and a funny thing happened to me this year. I had a guest that checked into my hotel, the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, who requested a birthday cake for her husband. The couple had come to spend the weekend with us and she first talked to room service and then room service passed the call on to me asking if I knew where she could get a cake. I explained to her that I would call around to find out if anyone had a cake I could purchase. She said they were going for drinks at Durty Nellie's, and guess what? We got her his favorite carrot cake and I presented it to him in the bar and everyone sang him Happy Birthday.

Later that evening, I spoke to my daughter and told her the story. She is always telling me her neighbor says her family descended from a sea of angels; I guess because I'm always doing something for someone else. My daughter commented to me that I'm always saying "good things come to those who wait." Well, I don't know if someone was listening to me, but I entered the "Up in the Air" contest and won; it was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me.

First of all, I had never been on an airplane and I had never been out of the state of Texas. When asked who I was going to take, right away I said my husband; he had just retired from 30 years of service at his job. When I called him to tell him what had happen he thought I had gotten fired because I was crying, but then was so very happy for me. So, I guess you could say I really did get to go to the City of Angels. My life will never be the same; I'm always going to give that extra mile, that extra piece of myself to my family, to my guests and my friends.

Patricia Jimenez, Housekeeping Supervisor, Hilton Palacio del Rio, is a 14 year Hilton Team Member.


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