The husband's been lucky enough to stay at this hotel a couple of times before (business), he has so enjoyed his trips that as a special treat he took me over for 3 nights (from London, so we are talking big treat here). As it happened this coincided with the St Patricks Day celebrations. I figured I'd better make some restaurant bookings well in advance. I got into contact with Jessica Ebacher one of the hotel's amazing team of concierges. She was extremely helpful and more than happy to get everything organised, very prompt in replying to emails. In the past the lovely Mark Kraemer has helped the husband with his restaurant bookings, and on this occasion Mark re-confirmed the bookings and ensured that we got special tables and exceptional service. Check in (at around 6pm on a Thursday) looked at if it was mobbed - but it wasn't, in fact they have an evening wine sampling and guests were milling around clasping large glasses of vino - which I have to say I gazed at longingly. As we checked in, because we 'just' missed the wine tasting we were presented with two tickets entitling us to claim a complimentary glass of the evening's wine at the Sable bar (more on that in a moment). I'd also signed up as a Kimpton InTouch Member (it's free), this further entitled us to free wifi for the whole of our stay and a one off $10 'raid the mini bar'! We had been upgraded to a corner room 1604 and I was totally blown away by the size of the space...there was a large working desk and chair, a large flatscreen TV, a coffee table with a three seater sofa and easy chair and a gi-normous bed. Plenty of storage space. A couple of wacky dressing gowns and even a yoga mat (with a special TV channel that you could tune into to do various exercises). The bathroom was almost as large as our first flat. A Jacuzzi bath for 2, which after a long day of pounding the streets was fabulous. A walk in shower for 2 plus guests!! All the usual complimentary smellies and a whole host of things in the mini-bar if you had forgotten anything. The hotel is well situated for plenty of really good restaurants including Joes Seafood, just around the corner, and Smith & Wolenski on the river just down the road. In the mornings you can amble downstairs to grab tea or coffee, also available mid-afternoon, thereafter iced water and a selection of sweeties (I noticed some people taking handfuls). The Sable bar was buzzing every night, great atmosphere and the food looked pretty good too. The husband wasn't feeling so well on the Saturday evening so I asked Mark if he could work his magic and ensure that I had a seat at the bar so I could enjoy a drink on my own - sure enough he liaised with the bar manager and they reserved me a spot, much to my great appreciation. All in all this is an absolute gem of a hotel, all the staff are delightful from door men (one of these guys, wears a hat, has the most amazing whistle I think I've ever heard!) to room service. My special thanks however remain for Mark Kraemer, in him this hotel has the greatest gem of all.
Corner rooms are great, very large and very sunny - get a room at the back, it might not have the vi...
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