I traveled to Recife with colleagues to conduct a series of business meetings, which took place at the hotel. I had stayed at the Blue Tree in Sao Paulo on numerous occasions without incident, so I figured the Blue Tree in Recife was a safe bet.
After checking-in, I proceeded to my room. My room key became stuck in the door, and required a maintenance man to remove. My stay at Blue Tree was off to a promising start. I proceeded to wash my hands in my leaky bathroom sink, and then took a cold-water shower (courtesy of the Blue Tree's lack of hot water). I then attempted to catch up on some work emails. However, the hotel's wireless network wasn't functioning (despite the R$15 charge). I found an ethernet jack in the room that actually functioned. When my colleague requested a cable to use the ethernet jack in his room, they promptly shut down the ethernet connection. Apparently, the ethernet jacks were not supposed to be operational.
The next day, our business meetings began. Since the internet connection wasn't working in my room, I decided to try to connect in the hotel lobby. I then heard some yells coming from the elevator. Apparently, the elevator was stuck halfway under the lobby. After laughing for a bit, the Blue Tree team pried open the elevator door and pulled each individual guest out of the elevator. You'd expect that the Blue Tree would put up some sort of barrier in front of the elevator in order to prevent more guests from entering; not the case. I watched a series of guests proceed to get stuck in the same elevator.
***The next day, the elevator NEXT to the malfunctioning elevator actually plummeted to the ground and was destroyed. Fortunately, no one was in it at the time.
Given I was conducting business meetings at the hotel, I was morbidly embarrassed.
If you have a complete disregard for your own personal safety and well being, and enjoy incompetent service, this hotel should be right up your alley.
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