We booked the hotel a day before arrival via mobile phone's web, did not read much of the place itself, only cost (including free parking) and location mattered. It was a bit surprising when we got there, the hotel was over 20 floors high! It looks quite shabby from the outside so immediately we though we had arrived to the ghetto. The reception had an updated decoration but the amount of hotel guests roaming there, mostly kids running around, just confirmed our thoughts.
Anyway, we were not disappointed in our choice, but curious to see what our stay would bring along. The biggest surprise came when the receptionist wrote our floor number to the key card; it said 20. We were going to have a penthouse!
On our way up we noticed that the elevators could cause some headache along the way. There are 3 of them and on a busy moment you are going to have to wait a while to get into it. After a couple of minutes we happily stepped on to the elevator, but, as there had been other people waiting for their lifts in other floors too, we stopped in almost every other floor. A bit frustrating to stand in the small space with strangers going up in a lift which stops every 10 seconds. Also on our way up we noticed that the hallways on the lower floors looked quite horrible, so were a bit afraid to see our room. But when we reached the top floor, the atmosphere changed a lot. There were no dirty carpets on the floor or any smells of smoking. A nice glass wall welcomed us to walk along the clean hallway to our room in the end. VIP floor, we thought.
Entering the room, we first saw an ugly grey carpet covering not just the floor, but also one wall. No idea why. The bathroom was clean and tiled not too long ago, nothing to complain about that (except a big sill on the floor when stepping out of the bathroom, almost fell two times because of it). There were two rooms, one with a balcony, beds, tv and the air conditioner. The other had a fridge, a sofa and.. that's about it. We didn't find the extra room useful. The balcony was closed, probably for safety reasons (the railing wasn't high enough to feel safe, immediately thought of the number of people the wind had blown down from there). I opened the lamella curtains and a piece of it fell on the floor. So they were broken. The tables looked really worn out, and I did not dare to look too closely the lamp shades as they seemed to be growing mold.. Otherwise, the sheets were clean and bed after all felt quite comfortable. And the view of course was maqnificient. You could see as far as the eye could reach! The sunrise a saw up there was quite something.
There were no remote control to the air conditioner (nor tv), we found out that you could get one after giving a deposit to the reception. Reluctantly we gave them the 20 euros, but it was worth it, it would have been to hot to sleep otherwise. Also a deposit for the hairdryer was needed. Other conveniences we did not even think about using, so can't tell how much money the reception is actually going to hold for you.
The breakfast was ok, quite versatile. Just remember that it takes time to get down as everyone else is also going to use the elevators to go to eat. Also remember to bring your key card to restaurant, otherwise the bouncer won't let you in.
All in all, it was a great once in a lifetime experience but probably wouldn't go there again, as there is no point staying in this hotel unless you get a really good deal and a room high enough to enjoy the views.
P.S. the stuff was very friendly to us, no bad comments about that.
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