on January 28, 2009
The Carriage House at 105 E. Harmon is a quiet non-casino condo/hotel. This is our second stay as a timeshare exchange. This time we had a one-bedroom unit. It had a comfortable king-size bed with plenty of closet and drawer space. The living room was subdued, with good reading lights and an excellent TV. The dining table is a bit small for our needs since it had to double as a desk. The kitchen is huge. It had one big empty corner. Perhaps the addition of pantry shelves would be appropriate. Or better yet…donate that space to the bathroom, which is way too small. Actually the bathroom has a roomy walk-in shower, but the vanity is extremely small. We were on the west side of the building and with a wall-to-wall window in both the bedroom and living room we had a view of some of the Strip. Unfortunately since The Carriage House was built a lot more high-rise construction has gone on in the neighborhood. Three years ago, we could see the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. Now, you saw an odd shape apparently clinging to the side of another building that with the use of your imagination did look like the Eiffel Tower. The Carriage House has few amenities. One is a popular swimming pool. Tennis courts are above a parking area, but I never saw them in use. Another popular amenity is laundry facilities on each floor. I requested a room near them and that came in handy for between loads dashes back and forth. The staff was accommodating in other ways. Our arrival from the airport was hours before check-in time. The desk clerk checked our luggage into a locked room. The lobby was being refurbished and during our stay there was no furniture in place. That was a little awkward, as we had told friends to meet us in the lobby. A grocery shopping service is available, either shop for you or take you to a store. There were some vending machines off the lobby and on the back patio. We used the concierge service to book a tour. She was also available to help with show tickets. There is no pantry shop, but there is one in the neighboring Marriot Tower. Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile shopping are across the street and a block west. MGM Grand is a long block south out of the back door. If you don’t mind long walks you are close enough to The Strip to find plenty to do. We take taxis. The front desk clerk flips on street side call-light and within a few minutes a cab rolls in to pick you up. We did also use the airport shuttle service. If you drive into town, there are plenty of parking spots for no extra fee. On this trip we did notice the addition of a rent-a-cop that patrolled the grounds. I know there are many more luxurious and glitzy places to stay in Vegas. We find The Carriage House to be comfortable and the employees are accommodating. Just wish they had a coffee shop.
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