The minute you walk inside you know this is not your typical hotel. In the lobby, I was surrounded by a large art display of a body with no head breaking hundreds of records, large plastic animals and huge photographs of gypsies. It was a refreshing change from the normal sterile lobbies I encounter often during my travels.
Check-in was fast and easy with a helpful staff member. My room was a good size, bed was comfy and clean. The bathroom was small but clean and had nice funky toiletries such as cilantro conditioner and rum body wash. I enjoyed my organic, vegan chocolates each night on my pillow. I would suggest asking for a room with a city view. Mine was a view of the middle of the hotel atrium which is basically just brick walls.
After check-in I went to the bar where they had a nice assortment of local beers and lots of interesting conversation about the crazy art such as the countdown clock to the owner's death. The gallery was great to check-out and even the stretched hotel limo outside was an art piece. We had a reception in the penthouse which had a lovely view of the city outside on the terrace and even more art. There were some pieces that were not "corporate friendly" but great conversation starters. We also had a group dinner in the gallery which was nice and the only negative I heard was one art video that showed a man struggling to eat with no hands which made some diners uncomfortable.
The restaurant was also very good for breakfast and lunch. The service was great, prices were reasonable for a hotel and food was great and had nice portions.
The plastic penguins throughout the hotel were a hit and they constantly ended up in new places like hotel rooms, elevators and I heard even a shower.
This hotel was a breath of fresh air for this very busy traveler. I would indeed stay there again.