I and my companion went there expecting to have a nice traditional thanksgiving turkey dinner with all of the accompanying dishes. The food was just sub-par across the board. The stuffing tasted like it was from a mix, and it was WAY too sweet. The mashed potatoes were just OK. They could have at least put some buttermilk in them to give them some flavour! The Turkey was dry as a BONE, and the server at the turkey station didn't even know how to carve! It was pathetic. The "cranberry chutney" was right out of a can. Most of the food tasted like it was from can or package. The sweet potatoes were the only thing that tasted like any sort of real effort was expended to prepare them, but a meal some sweet potatoes does not make. The green beans were cooked within an inch of their lives. I got one that was actually somewhat crunchy because the kitchen must have missed putting that one in the torture chamber with the others. Dessert was dreadful - - same deal, everything tasted preserved and out of a box. The cakes were dry and dreadful, and the pies were just goop in pre-fab pastry.
Also, we had to stand in the main entryway of the hotel, waiting in a very long line to be seated for dinner. They really should have provided a better option than just standing there like that - or at least had staff walk around with some hor d'oeuvres - something the make the wait more pleasant.
And, a few comments about the hotel itself. The main concierge/lounge area (where we waited on line) was absolutely threadbare. Every chair, couch, etc....was obviously worn. It looked really dingy, and gave me a terrible impression of the place. I would never stay at the hotel, ESPECIALLY knowing what they charge per room!
Do NOT go to eat at the Thayer Hotel (MacArthur's restaurant) if you want a good meal. Go anywhere else. Walking with a slice of pizza is better eating than sitting down at MacArthur's.
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