a traveler from Travelocity.com
on October 8, 2008
This is an utterly gorgeous, gracious and well located hotel. Decor is dramatic and stunning, not only the lobby but the halls and rooms, too. Very high ceilings allow for this unique style. Rooms are spacious and very clean. We had three rooms for our family: two had street views and the third had a view of an atrium. This was not the usual ventilation shaft one sometimes gets stuck with. This was a soothing view of red painted walls and beautiful plantings. The bed linens were the high end hotel variety that you wish you could have in your own home. The staff was unfailingly gracious and everyone spoke English. The breakfast buffet is pricey but well worth it. We arrived very early and just hung out in the dining room until our rooms were ready. No one rushed us as we drank endless cups of coffee and sampled the buffet. The next two mornings, we had room service breakfasts, also very nice. Complimentary tea is served in the lobby bar every afternoon. A lovely way to end an afternoon of sightseeing. Outdoor pool deck has a bar, pool side "beds", and great views of the city. But if you do nothing else in this hotel, you absolutely MUST try the serenity pool in the basement. Low lights and a variety of water jets (some in chairs, some like waterfalls, another like a whirlpool) wash off the stress of traveling and sightseeing in the most soothing manner. We ended our days there, prior to dinner. Not fish eaters, we found two restaurants around the corner to the left as you exit the hotel. One is Sagarro; the other is directly across from it. The second one is the gem. Sorry I don't recall the name.
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