I really want to love this place, but it is sort of a mess. First, the pluses: David is a wonderful, gracious host and really works to make you feel at home. The two rooms I've stayed in both have great antiques. The art is thought provoking and historically significant. The neighborhood is great, and the hotel is steps away from Belmont station that serves Red Brown and Purple. HOWEVER, if you are a frequent traveler, you will find the amenities severely lacking here. FIRSTLY, THERE IS NO DEADBOLT. A lock that can only be operated from the inside is mandatory, not optional, and I simply don't feel very safe in the rooms by myself. That is the single reason why I will never stay there again, but the list of "huh?"s and "WTFs" goes on... The rooms are extremely compact. Some rooms have clearly out-of-code build outs, like a closet converted into a bathroom where you have to walk THROUGH the shower to get to the commode. Dangerous and weird. There are no hairdryers, toilet paper holders or towel racks in the rooms. REALLY? you can buy a decent hairdryer for $12 and a cheap towel rack or hooks for under 10. There is really no excuse for not having those simple items in the room. But no TP holder? that is just nasty and unsanitary. even in an awkward space you can find a more gracious TP solution than a roll on the back of the tank. YUCKY! There is no wardrobe or closet, there is just a small rack behind the door for the robes (yes they have robes but no TP holder...) and NO extra hangers. Where is a person supposed to hang their clothing? In a room that small, where it is tough to situate your luggage, that is not acceptable. There is no daily maid service, which could be OK, but there are also no hooks (or in one room just one hook) to hang your towels. Gross. One of the rooms I stayed in had no form of bedside lamp whatsoever. Unacceptable. You cannot control the temperature of your own room. My headboard was so dusty I wondered if my room had been properly cleaned. The bathmats either had not been freshly laundered or were so old that it didn't matter. The paint job looks like an untalented 17 year old kid did it, with paint marks all over the exposed brick. There is a lack of outlets and the one in the bathroom did not work. The hot and cold water were backwards in the bathroom sink, and getting the shower to work at a comfortable temperature felt like a MENSA problem. (PLUS: the showerhead was decent.) My room smelled like hamster fluff. Perhaps the more deluxe rooms are nicer? I have stayed in 2 of the more modestly priced rooms that had their own bathrooms. (NOTE: both of those rooms felt cramped with just me by myself. Definitely choose one of their largest rooms if you are traveling with another person or are staying more than a couple of nights) I think this place has a lot of potential, however this just seems like a side project that the owners no longer have interest in. It feels like a weird hostel but at a heftier price. I normally stay at the equally weird but much more comfortable City Suites around the corner instead.
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