Echoing other recent reviews, The Columbia Club is no longer exclusively a private sanctuary of dues-paying members -- grudgingly, The Club will now take the money of the general public. (A little off-topic: I have to wonder how The Club can continue to collect membership dues for a private club experience that no longer exists?) The building, at 121 Monument Circle, is still enchanting in a sort of crumbly and fussy way; the Grand Lobby and Crystal Terrace are wonderful.
However, the food remains proudly oblivious of ALL nutritional and health recommendations of the last twenty years. And may I say that The Columbia Club menus are just embarrassingly pretentious in their attempts to cast grandeur, sophistication and refinement upon... the actual food that you will eventually get on a large plate from the kitchen. Eating at The Columbia Club just makes me feel sad... for everyone.
The stories of the hispanic housekeeper who cleans the toilet and drinking glasses -- in that order -- with the SAME rag, are legendary. And, also, sad. More prosaically, the furniture of The Columbia Club, frankly, is worn out and more suitable for a community garage sale than a proper overnight stay in a club with a "platinum" mission statement.
I guess it's the tired and desperate claim -- as though it was an entitlement -- to some long-past venerated status that irritates me about The Club. Times have moved on, and such attitudes of exclusivity and privilege are not fashionable (or particularly profitable!) any longer.
As to rooms, more specifically, only stay in one of the Circle rooms -- the view, and the extra money it costs, are worth it!
Ahhh, the Fitness Center: as I am a man, I can only advise skipping the cliquey little groups of naked, gossipy men in the changing rooms. :::shudders:::
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