i love design hotels and generally choose them over boring bloated corporate behemoths. however, i still expect a place to provide the services i need when far away from home. that means a hot water knob on the sink that actually turns on hot water, a phone you can use from the bed, an elevator, a front desk staff that can direct me to the things i need to find in the city, and a quiet place to sleep after a hard day working.
the drake had all sorts of extras, none of which really interested me. i would have much preferred to have a phone next to the bed rather than a menu of sex toys and porn. gimmicks are great but only after a guest's basic needs are taken care of.
i hated coming home at night and having to pass through three bouncers including one woman who sprawled herself fully across the stairs in an attempt to keep bar visitors from entering the hotel part of the hotel. when she realized i was a hotel guest, she said, "welcome back," but having to push past someone stretched wall to wall each night just wasn't that welcoming.(i'm starting to think some hotels only keep rooms so they can get a bar/club license the hotel part seems like that much of an afterthought)
i am a designer and love interesting visuals. but i also understand things need to function and this hotel does not. the heat/air is loud. the housekeeping crew and their walkie talkies can be heard in the rooms starting quite early in the morning. i couldn't make a phone call nor watch tv from the bed. and the waitress in the coffee shop was so blech toward me, i thought i'd done something to offend her (just ordered breakfast), particularly noticeable because everyone in toronto was so over the top nice.
on the plus side, the white chocolate chip cookies left at my bedside each night were delicious and the s'more bar in the restaurant was so good, my employee came from across town each morning to get himself one for lunch.
the front desk crew was terrific and several times refused tips when loading heavy things into taxis for me. but this is a place to stay when you plan to wake up with a hangover. i just can't consider it a real hotel.
the rooms on the lower floors vibrate when the club is swinging. didn't hear music, but there w...
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