Stayed at the Astoria hotel for three nights this week. Not sure if I should give three or four points, but chose four in the end. I agree with most things written before. Reception staff is friendly and helpful, and the hotel gives a nice impression from the moment you enter it, with its expensive-looking "retro" interior. Same "wow" impression when I entered my room and the bathroom, but when you look at the details, you see that not everything is as great as it seems: The wash basin water tap was loose and connected in reverse (i.e. you open the "hot" faucet just to get cold water and vice versa; probably the plumber couldn't read English and didn't care to ask anyone who does). The "luxury shower cabin" looked great (if you often go to DIY building stores like OBI you will have seen it), but when you enter it everything is made of cheap plastic, some things are loose and knobs almost feel as if they'll fall off next time you use them. The drain pipe was clogged so that you stand in water after your shower. Not a huge issue, but things that should be fixed. Otherwise, everything was OK. Internet worked well and fast. My room had windows into the inner yard which offers no view at all, but you can leave the windows open at night and it was rather quiet. The breakfast offers a good choice of food (although I had the impression that some of the warm food like the pies had been warmed up a few times already, and the offer of healthy bread could be better; there was just white toast on the last morning) and the hotel's location is convenient both for walks to the city and for bus/tram connections. Would probably go back there, but also look for other alternatives which are less "grandstanding/showmanship".
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