This gem of a hotel is undergoing remodeling but the owners are doing the economically smart thing -- booking finished rooms in the meantime.
The Room: Our room was very comfortable and quiet. We never heard any remodeling noise or noise from other visitors. That could be because it one of those solid old hotels with thick walls. We booked a corner room, which is a little larger than some of the rooms. It had a closet, an additional small storage area with doors to put suitcases out of the way, two comfortable chairs, a floor lamp, a table lamp on the one bedside table, a ceiling light, and a tv (which we hardly used). There is no counter space in the bathroom but this is easily overcome by hanging cosmetic/toiletry bags on the wall hooks.
Temperature: The windows are screened and can be opened (I love that in a hotel)! I found the summer night breeze comfortable for sleeping, but my husband needed to use the large table fan in the room to sleep. If you are attached to refrigerated air at night, you might be uncomfortable. But if you like fresh night air like I do, you will love it. Throw the windows open and enjoy. To me, one of the drawbacks of refrigerated air is the noise. Even if you can open a window in a hotel, you usually will hear air conditioner noise. Not at the Murray. There's very little street noise too. What a treat that is. The small window in the bathroom also opens. If you go in the spring or fall, there should be no problem with the night temperature. And there are room and bathroom heaters for winter visits. By the way, there is refrigerated air in the hotel lobby.
Housekeeping: Excellent. We always leave a tip. For the first time ever, anywhere, the housekeeper left a note saying "thankyou." I always appreciate a thank you.
Front desk: Extremely helpful. The lady on duty when we arrived gave us a map and many helpful details on restaurants within walking distance. All the front desk personnel were friendly and helpful.
Location: Perfect for our trip because we could walk everywhere we were going.
Parking: No problem. You can park on the street free, usually right in front.
Price: Higher than some but worth it for the amenities and location.
Breakfast: You get a coupon for a nearby bakeshop that is excellent. The coupon is generous and covered most of our breakfast expense. There is excellent coffee in the hotel lobby all day.
Summary: I loved it and will go back.
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