I did not specifically request the largest suite style in this hotel, but that is what I got. This a full, one room apartment and a comfortable one, at that. In Manhattan, an apartment like this would sell for at least a million plus dollars, but even though that's Manhattan and this is Stamford, think about that when you stay in this suite.
I'm afraid that careful watching of HGTV "House Hunters" might have made us all more critical of this type of space, instead of appreciative, but as I'm a fan of "House Hunters" I'm going to tell you why we are in love with it, followed by a brief description of what is less than perfect.
Love: Clean. Great smelling. Comfy kingsize bed with plenty of pillows. *4* huge closets. Very large bedroom. Windows surrounding the space starting in the livingroom and ending in the bedroom. Spectacular sun rises!!! Very nice views. Self-adjusting heat in the livingroom and bedroom spot on. A relatively large open-concept kitchen (at least, it shared livingroom space). A big glass diningroom table. A sturdy desk. Comfortable stuffed furniture (one being a sofa bed), *2* flat screen TVs (amazing). A jet tub.
If nothing else, the temperature and the feel of the air in this room was perfect.
Less than perfect: Strangely, there were places where wood was worn, with one area being by the elevator on the 7th floor and another around the edges of the kitchen. This is such an easy fix, I wonder why it wasn't done (I almost felt like stopping at a hardware store and picking up appropriate products to fix it myself).
The bathroom with perfect, jetted tub also held an old 1970s style vanity with drawers that suffered from a few issues. If you look down on the sink, it appeared OK, but the view of the edges of it while seated on the toilet provided a more shabby view. And the 1970s cabnets in the kitchen could use an upgrade, but that is a quibble.
Window Glass: Very unfortunate, the double-pane windows were slightly foggy, which effects the quality of the sweeping views during the day, though not a problem at night. I do not know how profitable the hotel is, but if it is socking away cash, I highly recommend that the windows be replaced. Other than that, there was NOT one draft in the suite and we stayed during 10-degree weather.
And the good again: Carpet in good condition (better than most medium-priced hotels) *No Smoking* (need I say more? This is a smoke-free building.) Attentive front desk staff (Hi Ebony). The cleaning staff that I met did not speak English well, however, were very friendly and efficient.l
So, this is really an almost perfect suite, with just a few flaws. The wood issues seem like an easy fix and as it appears management checks these reviews, I hope he or she "gets it on." For the big ticket, I recommend tackling the vanity in the bathroom, and for a major reinvestment, replace the windows.
But, outside of that, my husband and I were in heaven staying here and if you are not too freaked out by the details I mentioned here, I think you would be, too.
BTW, Stamford has a "restaurant row" on Bedford Street. Behind the restaurants is a huge parking lot that may not be obvious to people staying briefly. All local restaurants (no chains) in the area. It's within easy walking distance from the hotel, not that we walked when the temperatures were so low (which is why I'm mentioning that parking lot).
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