It was my husband's birthday and we were looking for a quick weekend getaway to celebrate.
Online booking was a breeze (way to go, Expedia!)
We were settled comfortably in no time, thanks to the attentive front desk staff. Our room had 2 queen beds with a city view. It was well appointed, smoke and scent-free, very quietly nestled on the 15th floor.
We knew we were going to a historic building and adjusted our expectations accordingly. The bathroom is small compared with those found in newer hotels, but it was not as bad as what we read in some reviews.
The Starlight Room on the 21st floor is a definite plus, for its view and vintage ambience. The music was not bad either. It's not for the younger, 20s-30s crowd. As a couple in our mid-40s with young teen daughters who enjoy arts and cuisine, the restrained, friendly vibe was definitely to our liking. From bellhop to the red and gold-attired beefeaters, to reception staff - the level of hospitality is wonderful. La Scala Bistro is one elevator ride down. Its short but carefully crafted menu is an extension of the warmth of hotel service. For short stays, trade housekeeping (save water) for free drinks and other offers. For chocoholics and treats, we went to Tout Sweet Patisserie, known to locals for great pastries & espresso, located on the 3rd floor of Macy's (yes, the department store).
Desigual and UniqClo are go-to for comfortable, quality clothes' shopping. Ruby Skye for
heady, bass-heavy dancing is nearby. Fun!
We were surprised at how clean, comfortable ,and pleasant this hotel was. The accommodations were perfect. The staff went out of their way to be friendly and so helpful for 2 lost and tired souls!!! I would gladly stay again. It was much better than some of the other supposedly higher end hotels we stayed in during our trip.
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