I booked this Hotel after looking at all the photos and thought this is a nice Hotel for the price. The photos must have been taken years ago. This property is in need of serious renovation and repair. I booked the room and was originally going to stay in the Annex. Upon arrival I walked through the lobby and thought to myself that this was an older property and looks like they updated it by adding funky furniture and a few new finishes. At check in the staff couldn't have been nicer. We got the keys to my room and proceeded to the Annex. As we rode up the Rickety Elevator I was already not impressed. We got off the elevator and walked down the hall dimly lit by Red Neon signs and can lights in the ceiling. It was like a scene from a horror movie or a house of sin filled with seedy creatures and prostitutes. When I unlocked the room and entered It immediately smelled like a Sweat Sock. Gross. I told my friend that we are not staying in this room. So we went back down to the front desk. I told the agent that we could not stay in that room. He was nice and I could tell by the look on his face he knew when we had just experienced. So he changed our room to the regular part of the hotel for a $50 upgrade fee. I asked him what was this hotel before it was the Chelsea. He said it was a Holiday Inn and the Annex was a Howard Johnson. OHhh Nice. So we got our keys and went to the new room. Not that impressive. It was better though. Upon entering this room it smelled better, but noticed the lamp shade was broken and the curtin was torn. A pair of ladies black underwear was found in the bathroom. Wall paper coming off the wall. Worn out and tired furniture. etc. So we explored the hotel a bit. The pool area on level 5 was ok. Cool space but the pool was dirty. The cement walk way and patio area showed remnants of chewing gum all over the place, now blackened and fused with the cement. Clearly needs hours/ days of power washing. The owners of this hotel have a lot of work to do to bring this property up to a 4 Star level hotel. The Restaurant TEPLITZKY'S was quite good and the staff were real nice. Here's my Hotel rating system. I seem to think that some folks don't understand the rating system. I have stayed in really nice hotels and some not so nice and down right dirty. There is no way this place was ever a 4 Star Hotel. This place even after its renovation (15 years ago) at its best was never even close to a 3 Star. Also I believe the Valet's damaged my car. They scaped the drivers side mirror against something white. I think painted white cinder block which is the garage.
1 Star - Total [---] Hole
1.5 Star - Breeding ground for Hookers
2 Star - Roadside Inn, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn
3 Star - Hilton, Marriott, Hampton Inn
4 Star - Kimpton, W Hotels, Etc ( Some Hillton and Marriott properties).
5 Star - Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental
Spend the $400 - $500 and stay at the Borgata.
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