I've read a lot of mixed reviews on this hotel so I'm wavering between booking there 8/25-9/1-06 or not. 2 travelers, in their 50's, who like balconies and water so it's appealing. Will only be traveling on public transportion or foot (no car) and coming in on the Amtrak. How convenient is this hotel to Union Station and the subway/bus lines? Is it a 'safe' area and most importantly is the hotel really only a two-star - is it more inclined to live up to the good reviews or down to the bad?