I booked this hotel last December so we could spend a couple's night in Palm Beach and see the great fireworks provided by the Fourth on Flagler event that West Palm Beach sponsors every year. I did put in the comments that we were celebrating a 35th wedding anniversary and asked them for a nice room. Over the seven months from the time I booked until we arrived, I checked the price online for the one bedroom suite I reserved. Noting that the price remained the same, it seemed that there was plenty of vacancy.
A few days before our arrival I received an email reminder. I responded that I hoped they had a nice king room room picked out for us. They responded that all king rooms were already booked. I was very disappointed because we booked so far in advance. Since it was only for one night, I let that go.
A nice young man checked us in. He did not even mention the anniversary or anything about not being able to give us a king bed. There is a small parking lot next to the hotel. There was no charge for parking. All of the staff we encountered were very pleasant. There is a K cup coffee brewer in the lobby which is a nice touch. The outside of the building has scaffolding which has apparently been there for quite a long time. Previous reviews talked about the construction noise. Since we were there over a holiday, there was no construction, however, the balconies on all the floors were taped off.
The one bedroom suite had hardwood floors and typical "Palm Beach" furniture- overstuffed sofa and chair, lots of flower patterns and brocade. There is a full kitchen with a stove and full sized refrigerator. There is no dining room table, though. Two bar stools are at the kitchen counter, forcing you to eat looking at the sink and stove. I suggest that they put a small table in the living room area to alleviate this oversight.
The coffee table is actually a large rattan storage chest, which we pulled up to the couch and used as a make shift table for the dinners we brought back to eat before leaving for the fireworks.
The windows have wooden blinds that need some maintenance. Some of them would not open with the wand. The view from our room was to the west, which is probably one of the better ones. The queen sized bed was very average. I have back problems and I would not have lasted more than 1 night on that mattress.
What appeared to be a small closet in the living room is actually the door to a connecting room. I didn't even open that door for the first couple of hours because it really looked like a closet. When I did notice that there was a lock on the outside of it, I realized that it had to be more than a closet. Ours was open, meaning that from the time we checked in, the people next door had full access to our room. I think at one time it was a closet, since the corresponding connecting door was several feet away. That was a bit disconcerting.
I think the biggest disappointment was the bathroom. It is so small that a larger person would have difficulty using the commode. Everything in the room was tiny. There is no room for even a toilet paper holder- it is on the back of the door. If you forget to lock the door and your spouse opens the door, you will be injured. There is no vanity and no place to put any toiletries. A very strange medicine cabinet is mounted on the same wall as the door, up so high that I could barely reach the handle. You have to reach over the toilet and to the opposite wall if you were to try and use this. I truly had never seen anything like this. It seemed like everything in the bathroom was an afterthought.
I know that hotels are usually happy to supply extra towels, but I believe that each person should have two already in the room. Especially in Palm Beach, you expect more than one towel per person. The strangest thing, though in this mini bathroom was the mini soap. I am not sure if this was a theme or just a coincidence. I have seen soap bars three times larger in a Days Inn. I thought it was a joke actually. The bath and the hand soap were identical. It was a half oval that was 2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide by 1inch high. Yes- if you do the math, 1 square inch of soap. I had to take a picture. It is a good thing I travel with my own bath gel and face wash. I had to include this picture because it is really hard to believe.
There is no central air, but I knew that in advance. The old fashioned window air conditioners were adequate for the day, but it was overcast and intermittently rainy all day, keeping it cooler than usual in July. You do have to set them at the lowest setting to keep it comfortable.
The best part of the entire experience was the location. It is two blocks from a public beach access and one block from the Intracoastal Waterway. You can walk to dining and to the Lake Trail. It was a great choice for viewing the fireworks.
When we checked out the next morning, there was a woman in the small reception area that might have been the owner or the general manager. Neither she nor the young woman that checked me out even asked how my stay was. I thought was extremely odd.
Overall, it suited our purpose for one night.
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