2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Valet Tales
February 26, 2013
The valets at the Arizona Biltmore really, really liked our 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged. During our stay there, the Jaguar routinely got a front-row parking space, so we never had to wait more than a minute or two for it. I don't think it was just luxury-brand snob appeal, either. The car is beautiful in its own right and fits in with the Biltmore's theme of low-key elegance.
We had loaded up the Jaguar for our return trip on a Sunday morning and were 40 minutes out of town when we realized we were in a valet's worst nightmare: There, in a center compartment of the console was not only our key fob, but someone else's keys, too. A Lexus owner was about to be very, very unhappy.
We called the Biltmore's valet station and told the manager that we were on our way back, declining his offer to dispatch someone to meet us somewhere. Too complicated. I described the key and its silver Tiffany heart-shaped charm. He knew exactly who the owner was: a regular. With any luck, she was still brunching.
The back-track added more than an hour to our trip, but we weren't on a tight schedule. And sometimes it's good to make a deposit in the universal favor bank.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 18,727 miles