There are so many reasons why I would like to give this hotel a good review. It's in a great location. The property is new and well kept. The bed is great. There is a lovely gas fireplace in our room.
However, two factors combined to make my stay a less than pleasant one. If you are not a light sleeper or if you are lucky to get a different room than the one I got, these issues may not be important to you. First, the windows do not have drapes adequate to block light from the bright street lights outside. There are decorative drapes, blinds, and a sheer curtain but nothing adequate to darken the room.
Looking at the photographs on the hotel's web site, it appears that some rooms do have drapes that would darken the room. Second, and most importantly, our room faced Thames Street where the music from a nightclub awoke me from my sleep. The noise got worse later as the club closed and loud voices invaded the parking lot on the other side of the room. To give the hotel credit, at our request, they did move us to a room on the other side of the property. I am not really sure what the hotel can do about the problem with noise from the club. Perhaps the persons or company that operates said club has more political clout that the hotel operators.
If I had gotten a room originally on the quiet side of the building, I am pretty confident that I would have written a review that gave the hotel a rating of "as good as it gets" but given my experience with the drapes and noise, I can't do so.
I would like to make one last note about parking at the hotel which is odd compared to most hotels you might visit. When you arrive, there is a nice lot directly outside of the front desk but you can't use that lot for more than a couple hours, i.e. long enough to check in, take your bags to your room, and get settled in. After that, you have to move your car to a lot that is across and down the street a few hundred yards. On an evening with nice weather, this is not a big deal for most people but if you are disabled or find yourself at the hotel on a frigid evening, you may not be happy about the parking.
My room had excellent wired internet via a jack next to the telephone but the wifi did not reach the room from the lobby. The front desk will give you a network cable if you do not have one, but if your device does not have a network jack, i.e. if you have ipad, you won't be able to use the Internet except in the lobby.
We were moved to a new room that was quiet and had drapes. They also refunded half the cost of our second night's stay so I am now a fan again but would never agree to a room facing the night clubs again. In case management is reading this, there were some small issues with our new room (225). The tub was discolored, a few floor tiles were cracked, and one of the drapes did not open and close properly. Also, the first room had a bulb out in the overhead lamp. This is something housekeeping should catch and report.
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