I stayed at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in March 2010 for three nights. I had booked a double bed room for a great price via their website, but when I arrived, I was upgraded to a king room. Off to a great start! Check in was quick and easy, and staff was very friendly. The lobby is small and intimate, with beautiful marble columns and art-nuveau decor (love the red glass chandelier). The hotel was recently renovated in a way that modernized it, while keeping its good old bones and character intact. As I came and went through the lobby throughout my stay, the staff was always there to greet me by name -- very nice.
The room was beautiful, with sleek and comfortable decor. Bathroom was small, but well appointed and done in beautiful Carerra marble. I had a hard time with the sink/vanity. The bowl was a vessel-style, on a small granite countertop. There was really no room to lay out toiletries, hairbrush, hairdryer, etc. - only a small ledge to precariously perch things.
Great desk and chair for doing work, and free WiFi was a great perk. Bedding was beautiful crisp white cotton, and the mattress was comfy and quality....but the pillows were cheap and lumpy foam. Boo! Management take note -- this ruins an otherwise perfect bed!
There is no drawer space in the room, except for one tiny drawer in each night table, small 3-drawer nightstand-sized chest in the closet. This was fine for my 3-day stay, but longer stays will require a request for extra hangers to hang everything in the closet.
The grab-and-go breakfast in the lobby consists of coffee, tea, and juices; high-fat, sugary pastries, and pieces of fruit. This selection could benefit from some protein choices - yogurt or hard boiled eggs, perhaps? There is a Starbucks underneath the hotel, and a Walgreens across the street with various options, so the hotel offerings aren't your only option.
The hotel restaurant - FIVE - on the other hand, was WONDERFUL. Had a fabulous dinner there with colleagues. The only complaint from our group was that the fish selection was farm-raised Atlantic salmon. Kind of a strange choice on the part of the chef, considering the rest of the menu is locally sourced and sustainable. The ribeye was AMAZING!
The proximity of the Shattuck to the BART station makes it VERY convenient to get around. If you don't want to travel far, there are plenty of things to see, do and eat right in the neighborhood. Don't miss Gather - the new restaurant on Allston, on the ground floor of the David Brower building, and Pete's $1.00 Scoop has to-die-for ice cream that won't break the bank! (the coconut was divine)
Book the Shattuck with confidence -- you won't be disappointed!
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