The first "recent review" on the page on which I am writing this is entitled "Amazingly Comfortable!" All I can say is that the reviewer has a unusually low bar for comfort! Let me attempt to articulate my discomfort. The elevator (which even the "Amazingly Comfortable" reviewer said needed instructions to operate) was dark, hot and slow. The room, when we finally reached it, needed to be powered up with your room "key." The bed, which has been described as a "platform bed" is actually situated on a wall to wall wooden structure. A more precise description would be a mattress on the floor (see picture). The rest of the floor, which is reached after rolling, crawling and dragging oneself off the mattress, is concrete. That's right-concrete! Nary a rug or carpet to be found. The seating in the room (I use the term seating very loosely) consists of a beanbag chair which, rather than being filled with beans, appears to be filled with dry cement. The other seat is some sort of polyp covered with cheap carpeting that, I suppose, serves as the desk chair. There is also a hanging lamp situated near the mattress that, as far as I can tell, serves no useful purpose. It contains about a 5 watt bulb and is situated in a way that can only serve as an impediment to getting out of bed. There is no way that one could use the lamp to read or to serve any other useful purpose.
Assuming that one is able extricate oneself from the mattress, the next great adventure is the bathroom. It clearly falls into the "are you kidding me" category. The sink is approximately 12 inches in diameter (check out the picture if you think I am kidding) with the faucet protruding right to the center of the sink thus rendering it almost useless. It is not even as large as the average water fountain. As a sink it may be avant garde but it is a waste otherwise. The shower is also in a class by itself. Whether the person taking a shower can actually be seen by anyone else in the room is kind of a moot point. The person taking the shower sure feels that his "privates" are on open view. It may be a decorating conceit, but it sure makes taking a shower (or going to the potty) an uncomfortable experience. The shelf over the sink is about 3" deep. We spent the entire weekend worrying about breaking a glass on the concrete if we accidentally missed the tiny shelf. Also, the towel rack is about 6'3' off the floor. If you are short in stature, you might need stilts to reach the towels.
I will say that the hotel had a very nice rooftop bar with views of the city which seemed to be populated with many more people than the hotel had rooms for. It was also very noisy and the noise could be heard at all hours in our room on the 7th floor.
In the interest of fairness, I must point out that my wife and I are senior citizens who would have been much better served in the average Hampton Inn. This is clearly not a hotel designed for anyone over the age of 40. Obviously, based on some of the other reviews, there are many who will disagree with my assessment. All I can say is that we have stayed in hotels all over the world. I don't think I have ever stayed in a hotel where I was less comfortable. I suppose that some sort of design statement was being made. Clearly, the comfort of the guest was not a primary consideration in the design of this hotel.
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