Looking for a weekend of romance, my wife and I booked a room at the Capitol Plaza. Based on earlier reviews we'd heard the atrium had a waterfall from ceiling to floor, a nice breakfast, and, for a bit more money, a romance package. It seemed perfect, so we booked it.
Upon arrival, we were impressed with the ease of check-in and the parking. For the price, however, there was no bell service, so we spent a while lugging our luggage up to our room (perhaps that's why they call it luggage).
On first glance, the room seemed fine. According to our Romance Package, however, we were supposed to have a room with a special view... in our case, special means a Model 324D Rooftop Air Conditioning Unit. In addition, instead of finding a chilled bottle of champagne in the room, we had to call the front desk to order it. Once it arrived, however, we popped the cork and had a couple of glasses. The champagne was excellent. One of the best bottles I've had.
On our way to dinner, we decided to take a tour of the hotel. It was nice, but a few notches south of luxury. The middle atrium was open, but there was no waterfall, just a few empty chairs waiting for patrons to also discover a lack of activities and take a rest.
After dinner, there was really nothing to do, so we returned to our room... only to find it reeking of cigarette smoke. Because there were notices warning that smoking in one's room would earn a $200 plus cleaning fee, we called the desk to inform them that we weren't the ones smoking in the room.
The front desk sent a maintenance man to the room, but he couldn't discover the source of the smell. He offered to change the air conditioning filters, but told us that the floor we were on was once the smoker's floor, so we would probably smell the smoke as long as the air conditioner was on. Really?
By the next morning, my wife was sick and unable to breath through her nose after a night of breathing in the stale smoke smell.
And that's how our romantic weekend went.... up in smoke.
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