OMG was my first reaction upon seeing this hotel from a distance. In one way, its design is diametrically opposed to the Frank Lloyd Wright philosophy of architecture: it sticks out so dramatically from the surrounding countryside and buildings that it will make you gasp. Whether it's a positive gasp or a negative gasp, you'll have to decide. The opulence is such a contrast to the surrounding poverty that it made me somewhat uncomfortable. In another way, the design of this hotel is very like the buildings of Wright: during heavy rain, the strikingly modernist glass atrium leaks badly. I got used to seeing people with mops wiping up puddles in the lobby and stairwells.
Some reviewers have commented on the fact that the rooms smell damp when the A/C is not on. That was true for my room the first time I walked in, but I was there for four nights, and the smell quickly dissipated.
The mattress had a somewhat cardboard feel to it, but there was plenty of hot water, the toilets flushed, and the grounds were quite grand; many restaurants and bars, shops, three large, attractive swimming pools, lots of places to sit, lounge, enjoy a drink in the open air, and the breakfast buffet is spectacular. I was blown away by its size, and by the fact that if you like, you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.
One warning: my room was wonderfully quiet, but friends in rooms on the odd numbered side of the floor got very noisy because of a club in the hotel that plays very loud music until midnight.
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