I needed to be near an event, and this hotel's location was perfect. With all the excellent reviews here on TA, I wasn't really concerned about the lack of viable alternatives in the area. So I spent 2 nights here, flabbergasted at the poor quality of the accommodations versus the amount I was paying, and then checked out and went back uptown to the Michelangelo, where not only was the room LESS expensive, but it is at least 2 -3 stars better in rating category. (See my review for it.)
The lobby, while small, confers its limited charm through its beautiful deco tiles and artwork. The small, cosy bar off the lobby, where some nice snacks can be ordered to go with drinks, closes early! This is just ridiculous for a hotel, IMO! And you certainly don't want to bring company up to your room for a visit - they are TINY, (and I did not take the lowest category, but the mid-level), and provide no other comfort than a horrendous plastic chair. Just because they provide bathrobes, a Keurig and decent toiletries does not bring them past a 2-star. I found it quite depressing, starting with the walk to the room, which takes you down very dingy, narrow hallways (with filthy carpeting and scruffy walls) that are difficult to navigate because you also have to open very heavy awkward fire doors, almost impossible when you have your luggage with you. While the room was generally clean, it was functional (barely) only because I was by myself. I would not want to have had my husband along on this trip. Quite honestly, I couldn't believe that I was paying almost $350 a night for this room!
I probably would have forgiven it all if I had been paying no more than +/- $150 for the room....I can overlook a lot if a bargain is being had! There are so many better options if you don't have to be in exactly this - admittedly terrific - location. And while nice to have the price/convenience of the breakfast thrown in, it did not make me feel at all better about paying so much. I breathed such a sigh of relief when I moved out and uptown to the gorgeous Michelangelo for $299 a night - where they also provide a free continental breakfast and the huge rooms are truly luxurious. The WSH is like a bare-bones hostel in feel - once you leave that lovely lobby, any and all aesthetic vanishes. If you need this very location, and spend no time in the room, and don't need the room to provide ANYTHING other than just a place to crash on the bed (because there is nowhere else in the room!!), and can deal with the difficulties of a tiny bathroom, then you might actually be happy here, but ONLY if you can get it at a bargain. And then you might actually feel smug about things, because you DO get free WiFi here, and those bathrobes are nice, and the Keurig saves you from going to the (EXCELLENT, btw) coffee shop at the other end of the block, and the breakfast is certainly adequate. Good luck!
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