I will start with the good and then provide a very few concerns.
1. The rooms are huge and very well appointed. We were in a Junior suite and it had two rooms and a bathroom. There was a large leather couch and two chairs along with a table with two chairs, a refrigerator and microwave and sink in the living room. We really enjoyed the old secretary and the armoir. There were actually books in the secretary that we used while we were there. 16 food wood beam ceilings and a very comfortable bed with a large bathroom completed the suite. There were two flat screen TV's and many original art works on the walls. All in all a magnificent setting.
2. The staff were amazing. we asked about places to eat and were guided to several wonderful restaurants that we sampled during out visit. All were really wonderful. However, it gets better, there was one day that my husband became quite ill and was in bed all day. The housekeeper must have stopped by several times and saw the "do not disturb" sign up. At the end of the day, I left to go to the wine and cheese reception (see next area) and there was a basket with everything that we could need to replace in the room, new towels and washcloths, additional coffee and tea, more shampoo and soap etc, even chocolates for the pillow. We could not have been more pleased, I guarantee that a Hilton, or Hyatt would not have been so thoughtful.
3. Breakfast and wine and cheese every day. Some days the breakfasts were largely carbs when they offered french toast sticks (yes there were hard boiled eggs, however...) there was lots of fruit and cereal and toast and cinnamon buns. Some days there were eggs (other than hard boiled) and I preferred that but nice spread, and then the wine and cheese in the evening was lovely. During the weekdays it was really wine and cheese, (but all you wanted of that) but weekends had more interesting items. We were talking to some folks one evening and they were extolling the wonders of the Brie, we were not going to be able to be there the next evening when the Brie was going to be served. The server offered to bring some to our room so that we could try it. When we returned the next night, lo and behold, there was a plate of brie for us to try. How wonderful is that. Again, not what one would find in a Hyatt or Hilton!
4. Location. The location was quiet and right up the street from the majority of the restaurants. My husband and I are walkers so we walked the entire city several times over and found the location of the hotel to be perfect. We actually took our rental car out of their lot (a great perk) ONCE during the week that we were there. In addition, it turned out that it was a huge advantage being directly across the street from a full service grocery store. The day that my husband was ill, I walked over and got him some supplies and bought a meal that I could put in the microwave for myself. Perfect!
5. Now, the only negative, I guess because of the spectacular ceiling, we could hear every step when the people above us walked around. In addition, we could hear the folks in the next room like they were standing outside our door. I am not at all sure what can be done about this, but as it is clear that the hotel folks read these, I would suggest that you see fi there is some way you can soundproof the rooms. We were fortunate that there were very few people there the week that we were there in the beginning of December, AND that they all seemed to be on the same schedule as we were, so we, personally, were never disturbed by the sounds, however others might be.
All in all a great hotel and well worth the stay!
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