My wife and children loved the room and property, I was ambivalent....
It began with our drive into the hotel. As we were driving in, we had to cross over a little bridge where there was roadwork/construction. It was clearly marked as a one-way road, but for some reason, another vehicle was coming straight at us. Both of us slammed on our brakes, and we only barely managed to avoid a head-on collision. The other vehicle reversed course backward down the road.
Once we got into the hotel for check-in, the staff were wonderful, and commiserated with us over the road situation. We observed the Euro/modern look of the lobby, breakfast area, and elevators. When we arrived on our floor, we once again observed the Euro/modern look of the room.
At this point, opinions among my family diverged. My wife and children loved the Euro/modern look of the room. The enjoyed the aesthetic, the frosted glass separating the 'living room/office' section of the room from the bedroom area, as well as the sliding door between the toilet and the bedroom, and the sliding door between the shower area and the bedroom area. My 23/21/11 year old children all thought it was "really cool".
As someone who has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, the room really struck me as similar to many of the modern hotels in Europe, which I assume was the intent. There, space is really a premium, and it is my assumption that the designers attempted to maximize utilization of space in this hotel.
As the reviewer on March 18, 2013 noted, the frosted glass separating the 'office' area from the bedroom area did not work effectively. After the family went to bed, I still had work to do, but the light coming through the frosted glass kept them awake. Despite the "cool" factor of the sliding doors between the toilet and the bedroom area, they were a bit noisy to use in the dark.
Some of the things we all agreed on was that the bedding in our room was fantastic and very comfortable, and the room and all the spaces we observed in the hotel were very clean.
While we were in town for a youth lacrosse tournament in March, the temperatures had dipped down suddenly, after having been very warm all week. We found the thermostat controls worked flawlessly, and we were able to easily adjust the temperature so we were always comfortable > quite a feat when my wife gets cold very easily, and I get hot very easily.
Unfortunately, we forgot to pack swimsuits, but we noticed tons of families taking advantage of the pool. We didn't use it, but it looked fun.
The breakfast bar in the morning was well-stocked, with everything a visitor could want. All of the hot food (bacon, sausage, eggs, etc.) was well-prepared [not always the case in these types of hotels] and everyone loved the do-it-yourself waffles.
Finally, the service staff were excellent throughout. No complaints whatsoever in that department.
Overall, I give the property 4 out of 5 stars. The main thing to consider when deciding between this hotel and others in the area are whether you prefer the Euro/modern aesthetic and a more traditional/classic one. If you and/or those you travel with enjoy the Euro look, you will love it. If you are traveling by yourself on business, this is a great property.
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