a traveler from Travelocity.com
on July 6, 2010
It's always a clue when a hotel emphasizes its "charm" -- meaning, it's old in an interesting and special way. This hotel is really charming. It's built within two side-by-side large, gracious old homes.The people at the front desk and other staff are wonderfully old school: friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, efficient. The common areas have high ceilings and are beautifully decorated. The continental breakfast, served in a parlor area, is really good. Free wifi and free access to a computer for printing boarding passes are nice touches. Turndown service at night leaves 2 chocolates bedside. And the location -- right on Sherbrooke Street just up from downtown -- is also ideal for tourism or business.
And yet ... all this charm comes with its downsides, including old plumbing, dark rooms, creaky stairs, traffic noise, so-so air conditioning, hard bed, views into other rooms, etc. Kind of annoying, but we were on vacation, so we could say what the heck, and just enjoy the uniqueness and character of the place. But I mention this because if you're an exacting business traveler who needs things to be a certain way, you may want to explore other options. ;)
©Travelocity.com LP 2000-2009