The Four Seasons of Isadore Sharp

Posted by - January 6, 2011 | Category: Archives

Have I mentioned I like a good documentary? I know what you’re thinking. Preachy. Pretentious. Holier than thou. Or perhaps all of the above? But give this one a chance — it’s light in content, and feel good in form. It’s the story of Isadore Sharp who founded the Four Seasons hotel chain starting with a motor inn in Toronto’s red-light district, and turning it into a multi-billion dollar empire. 

You get a pretty good insight into the man and the business, and how he changed hoteling along the way. 

For example, did you know that the Four Seasons was the first hotel chain to put shampoo bottles in the bathroom?  Or that they were the first to put a telephone in there too?  Fascinating stuff! You also get to learn about the altruistic nature of the Sharp family. I was surprised to learn that it was Isadore Sharp who organized the annual Terry Fox Marathon of Hope run shortly after his death. The whole piece on why he got involved is both moving and memorable. 

So if you get the opportunity, give this one a look. You’ll think it’s pretty good too.

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