This is an open letter to Rocco Termini. It is part love letter, part plea.
Mr. Termini, I am so thankful for you for buying and restoring this wonderful hotel in the heart of our wonderful city. It is beautifully done and you re to be commended for it. We stayed last night in one of the suites and had a lovely time. The hotel is ALMOST a first class, 5 star hotel. I just want it to BE a first class, five star experience, and it misses. I love great hotels: the Faimount Royal York. The Taj Palace in Mumbai, the Kimberly in NYC, The Hotel Granduca in Houston, TX. and so on. The thing that distinguishes the greats from the not quite greats is attention to the details that make a guest feel pampered and special. In your hotel the rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished. The beds are very comfortable and the towels are perfect. The fireplace is amusing. However, in a "Bridal Suite" there should be bathrobes, a mini fridge, nicer toiletries. The room colors are lovely and soothing but a bit TOO masculine??
The continental breakfast is NOT good. We came down just before 9:00 to a sea of dirty dishes, no clean dishes and, frankly, a really uninspired food assortment. The Hampton Inns have a much better breakfast!
The Hotel LaFayette is beautiful and having Mike A's there is so amazing, (both the bar and the restaurant.) I love the Pan Am Grill also. I hate to write anything negative about your hotel BUT I want it to be a true Five Star hotel and not just a beautiful piece of architecture. Little details add up! Thanks
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel @ The Lafayette is a historical landmark built by America’s first professional female architect, Louise Blanchard Bethune in 1904, and has been painstakingly restored to its original beauty in 2012. It boasts thirty-four boutique guest rooms, three mouthwatering restaurants, and five breathtaking ballrooms. ... more less
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