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The thirteenth floor is a designation of a level of a multi-level building that is often omitted in countries where the number 13 is considered unlucky. Omitting the 13th floor may take a variety of forms; the most common include denoting what would otherwise be considered the thirteenth floor as level 14, giving the thirteenth floor an alternate designation such as "12A" or "M" (the thirteenth letter of the Latin alphabet), or closing the 13th floor to public occupancy or access (e.g., by designating it as a mechanical floor).
Reasons for omitting a thirteenth floor include triskaidekaphobia on the part of the building's owner or builder, or a desire by the building owner or landlord to prevent problems that may arise with superstitious tenants, occupants, or customers. Based on an internal review of records, Dilip Rangnekar of Otis Elevators estimates that 85% of the buildings with elevators did not have a floor named the 13th floor.
Amid the ongoing building boom in the U.S. hotel industry, one thing will be left unchanged: Most of the new high-rise hotels still cater to superstitious travelers by skipping the 13th floor.
"It was one of the first things I learned: Don't go to 13," says industry veteran J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr., chairman of Marriott International.
Starwood and other big chains generally discourage hotel owners from designating a 13th floor. Nonetheless, in the last 18 months, Starwood opened four Westin hotels with 13th floors. It's opened two hotels without them over the period.
Today, 13th floors are rare enough that many travelers say they've never seen one.
"In 11 years (of travel), I've never come across an elevator with a 13th-floor button," says Keith Kaser of Highland Heights, Ohio.
So when a 20-story Embassy Suites opened in November in Tampa with a 13th floor, it quickly became a conversation piece. Front desk clerks use it to "break the ice" with new guests, says front-desk manager Jeff Silsbee. Two guests have requested floor changes since the hotel opened in November, he says.
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If I'm not mistaken, the Chinese don't like the number 4...Unlucky as I recall.
So ghosts and demons must be dumb? calling the 13th floor the 14th floor confuses them?
Its kinda discriminatory too isnt it?
This day and age of political correctness, you cannot offend anybody. I say somebody should sue these hotels that blatantly discriminate against the spirits by not providing a labeled 13th floor.
I'd stay on the 13th floor with a black cat, an open umbrella, sleeping under an open ladder...
"At the Last Supper in Christian theology, there were 13 dinner guests, so that number is unlucky because Christ was betrayed. ... And in Norse mythology, 12 benevolent gods were gathering in a hall and the evil god Loki attacked the group. Loki was the 13th guest, and the god Balder was killed in the melee."