...but with more decay! This place has a fine lobby, which is good, because you won't want to spend much time in your room: awful bed; dim lighting; only one wall socket, so you have to boil the tea kettle on the floor; no outside line access on phone, intercom only; plenty of scalding water in shower and sink, but cold water is delivered at a trickle; no bath tub stopper plug; no Wi-Fi (lobby only, and spotty at that); ancient analog TV with rabbit ears and snowy picture. The food at the breakfast buffet was cold, and you have to tackle a waiter twice to get a cup of coffee (why don't they just leave a tank of coffee by the juice bar and let us get it ourselves?). The only server on his toes is the guy who rushes up to get your room number to make sure nobody sneaks in to not get a cup of coffee. My second day there, I was literally the first person to the buffet, and the scrambled eggs, potatoes and beans were already cold. I had nearly finished my meal, but none of the many waiters yammering nearby thought of bringing me coffee. When the room number dude showed up and said, "Room number, please?" I said, "I'll give it to you if you bring me a cup of coffee." He said, "Yes, of course, sir, room number please?" I waived him off to indicate that it was going to be coffee before room number. He spoke to the clutch of idle waiters, and five minutes later, as I was standing up from my table, the coffee arrived. What else? There is a lot of wood in the hotel, and I started worrying about a fire when I saw that at least one of the emergency exit signs led to a door that was padlocked at night. The grimy red stairway carpet looks like it's been in place since the British pulled out. Have a nice stay.
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