Upon arrival, I found out I booked a hotel in the middle of 2 sets of construction. Can you read my lips - starts @ 7am LOUD!!!!!! I had 2 hotel rooms for our group - a Jr Suite on the top floor of the hotel with Hudson River & Southern views that faced a huge construction project that will last until 2017 AND a 2-double bed room on the 2nd floor facing 11th Ave, which you could not see for all the scaffolding on the hotel until August 2015. I would describe the interior design of the common spaces of this hotel as "someone hired a bad decorator who was hung up on using dark chocolate brown colors". The hallway walls and halls were very dark. The lobby was very dark except for the lit yellow glass behind the front counter, which did not match anything else in the lobby. The lobby area had a dark sitting area you were allowed to use. The vivid red eyesore of a seating area in the lobby was off limits as was indicated by ropes blocking it off and a sign that said you could only use it if you got permission from the dining area (guess you had to buy food/drink to use). The hotel rooms were bright and roomy - boy were we surprised. One wall of the bathroom was made of glass making it very bright. Unfortunately, it was not soundproof and all the toilet noises could be heard in the room - big ICK!! Most of the staff in this hotel could use some training. The doorman rarely opens the front door for you & has no uniform. I thought he was a street person wanting handouts. Not a lovely 1st impression. The hotel is only 1 avenue & 5 blocks from Piers 92 & 94 if you are going there - big advantage. Upon checkout, the desk staff will only give you a receipt if you ask for it. I had to ask twice for mine - as I said, more training needed. Will we stay here again? - NEVER!!!!
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