When you can open the windows and sit outside for a beer, the old house smell does not bother much.
This is a fun hotel, the kind where you spend as little time in your room as possible. If you're planning on lounging in your room and zoning out infront of the TV, this is not the right hotel for you. For one, there is no TV and the noise from outside can be bothersome, when you have some yapper standing outside your open window (and remember, the window needs to be open so you can breathe fresh air).
The bed is soft and you will roll to the middle a bit, but the King size mattress is big enough to avoid this. The blankets are the old, brown, fuzzy kind and the pillows are not great. Don't rely on their soap and shampoo, they're Made in China.
The hotel is located very close to Alberta Street which has some great restaurants and it's also close enough to any other part of the city you'd want to get to (by car).
25 minutes from amazing hiking at the gorge. Grab a sandwich at the German Bakery on the way and you're set for a day of outdoor wonder.
The best part of this hotel is the fun factor. 5 different bars, with much character, great mixed drinks. Monkey Punch!! And the food is good too. Free movie nights at the fabulous theater.
I don't get the appeal of the soaking pool, but they have one.
It's weird and it's fun, especially if you surprise your partner and don't tell them anything about it before you go.
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