This hotel is beautiful. They have done a fabulous job of creating a modern hotel but retaining the features of the old building. Its the only place I've ever been where there is a seat in the lift (one would think that if you are already taking the lift, perhaps you don't need the sit down?) which was an interesting design feature....
Our room was glamorous, high ceiling, wooden beams, divine Egyptian cotton sheets...but very dark. Mood lighting is fine, and welcome for romantic evenings, but not when you want to read a paper or a book, or locate something in your unpacked suitcase. The bathroom was also very good, with a powerful rain shower.
The hotel is right on a tram line so easy to get around if you don't mind being a bit out of the centre (museums are only 5 minutes walk away and its about 15/20 minutes walk to the centre). Its actually a good thing if, like us, you'd rather avoid the more tacky side of the city and don't mind a walk. There were some great local resturants a short walk away which we really enjoyed for lunch and dinner.
We only stayed one night and left early so we didn't try breakfast at the hotel or have too much to do with the staff. They seemed fine - not quite the standard of efficiency or professionalism you would expect at a more expensive chain hotel but totally adequate (we got the double bed we requested on the phone, the taxi we asked them to order arrived on time). The room wasn't ready until 3pm (we arrived just after 12pm) which was a little annoying as you'd normally expect hotels to be able to check you in if you arrive in the early afternoon, but it didn't really matter.
All in all, a beautiful hotel with lovely rooms - well worth the E150 we paid.
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