I love the building! What splendour! But beware - if you don't like breathing second hand smoke, The Benson could be a problem for you. The 'lounge' is the magnificent lobby of the hotel; when waiting for checkin at the front desk, you may have to endure significant smoke inhalation. We arrived around 5 pm on a Friday evening - prime 'lounge' time, and had to wait 20 minutes for checkin, breathing others' toxic fumes.
Once we got to our room we opened the window for a breath of fresh air. Sadly we were faced with an ugly, ugly mess of cigarette butts, an ashtray and a liquor bottle located on the ledge outside of our non-smoking room's window. The mess was not cleaned up by the time we checked out on Sunday (although I had reported it on Friday night). Such a disappointment in so lovely a property!
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- Classic Landmark Hotel located in heart of business & financial district. ... more less
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