I've sat on writing this for a few weeks because I wasn't sure what to make of what should easily be an excellent rating. In the end, it comes down to this: corporatization. I'm originally from Sudbury, and staying in this place made me feel like I could be anywhere--which is the same thing as nowhere at all. Making someone feel like they're not in a place as distinct as Sudbury is no mean feat.
Perhaps it's the exterior of the hotel, and the one next to it, Homewood Suites. They look as forbidding as one of those Bell Canada buildings, so bland as not to be noticeable, but sinister in that branded, secretive sort of way. This feeling carries right into the lobby, the elevator, the hallways, and, finally, the room.
The staff at the front desk were simply excellent, though, and the complimentary breakfast was fantastic. I used the cardio equipment, and it was great. One sour note was the presence of beer cans outside the elevator on my floor. There were, two nights in a row, about seven people down the hall sitting in the hallway drinking and laughing. I mean, really? The second night (when the beer cans appeared), I went out into the hallway and politely told the people to take it elsewhere. They did. Just to be sure, I called down to the front desk to register what was going on, and the person said he would check on it. If he ever did, I don't know; but the beer cans were still there in the morning.
I slept as well as anyone might in a hotel like this. The overall feeling, though, was that the entire experience was akin to going to Starbucks: great product but ephemeral feeling. Where am I? Who knows? Sudbury? Colorado? Finland?
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