by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
November 13, 2000
The Hotel Federale was full, but the desk clerk said she had one room, if we were willing to use the toilet facilities down the hall and shower downstairs in the exercise sauna. The price was right ($61.94 USD for both of us), and our sense of adventure said, ''Go for it.'' The room was more than adequate, two twin beds, a small T.V. one chair and a sink. The toilet facility was just a few steps down the hall, and it appeared that we were the only guests using it. The shower was quite nice also; we just had to remember to take everything we need with us since it was two flights down.
After a good night sleep, we went to the hotel’s very elegant dinning room for breakfast, which was included in the room rate. A buffet style, offering breads, cheese, ham, cereal, yogurt, jellies, jams, and fresh fruit was offered. While enjoying our café latte, we noticed that the waiter who took care of the entire dining appeared to know everyone, as if they were frequent visitors. This made for a delightful experience.
From journal 24 hours in Paradise