of the services Statler provided for the traveling
salesmen who came to his hotels were sample rooms.
Sample rooms were rooms which could be rented
for the display of wares.
Statler had 66 such sample rooms located on the
16th and 17th floors. Also located on these floors
were small guest rooms which the salesmen could
rooms became very popular with salesmen. They
were much less expensive then renting a meeting
room and far superior for displaying wares then
one's guest room. Soon virtually every good commercial
hotel offered such rooms.
the number of traveling salesmen staying at the
Statler declined following the Second World War
so did the use of the Sample Rooms. As part of
the massive renovation campaign of the 1960's,
Hilton did away with the sample rooms. They were
converted into luxury hotel rooms. The 16th and
17th floors became the Hilton Towers. It was a
'hotel within a hotel' concept. For a higher price
guest of the Hilton Towers received larger rooms
and special services. The above photo shows one
of the old sample rooms as a Hilton Towers parlor.