The hotel is in a fantastic location in downtown McKinney. We loved the historic square and all the shops. Unfortunately, the hotel was not as "grand" as we had expected. Our room was large and spacious, and we loved the high ceiling with old ceiling tiles. The bathroom had a very musty/mildew smell, and the shower area was very small. While using a hand towel, the towel rack fell off the wall. A large armoire is situated across from the sleigh bed, but the television contained inside is quite small in comparison. Even cheaper hotels have larger televisions. The leather chair in the corner of the room was very dirty and soiled. The window few from the second floor is less than desirable as it looks out on rooftops, dumpsters, and restaurant storage. Perhaps our greatest disappointment with our stay was how noisy our room was from evening to morning. A very loud band plays downstairs until 11 and the bar is open until midnight. The noise is not muffled at all by the paper thin walls. Just as the bar noise died down, some people clearly moved in to the room next door to us. We could hear every inappropriate noise through the thin wall between us. Once they fell asleep, we were kept wide awake by their snoring. We were tempted to leave the hotel around 2 am to go elsewhere to escape the distracting noises, but did not want to wake others by moving our things out of the room. I understand hotels can be noisy, but one would expect a bit more insulation between rooms/floors to help muffle noise to allow guests to rest comfortably. Despite the great location and old world charm which we loved, we would not recommend this hotel to others due to our less than "grand" experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blending old-world charm with an emphasis on style, the Grand Hotel is regarded as one of the best luxury hotels in Texas. Built in 1880, this landmark building, which originally housed the Heard Opera House and Heard Mercantile store, is located on the historic downtown square surrounded by shops and restaurants. Each individually-designed room features granite bathrooms and rich decor, pillow-top mattresses, and luxurious Italian Frette robes and linens. ... more less
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