Saturday, September 2, 2006
$$$ went to decor, not room size
This year for our anniversary my husband and I opted to stay with the Hotel DeLuxe. We made reservations on-line and selected the King Deluxe room (there are 2 King room selections, we chose the less-expensive option). The hotel has a great location - very easy to find - but only has valet parking for $19.00 + tip, per day (even though their parking lot is literally right across the street). The valet service was incredibly professional and did make us feel very spoiled and I have to say each time we asked for the car, it was ready and waiting for us downstairs. Nevertheless, if you plan to drive anywhere it gets a little expensive in tips to retrieve and then release your car. Check-in was great - very smooth and easy. we were done in 5 minutes, and the lobby really is wonderfully decorated and very elegant. The main level hotel decor is beautiful, just what the website advertises. The elevators are security controlled and you have to use your room card to operate them, very safe. We were so excited to see our room after all of this warm-up but when we opened the door......it was SO small. The King size bed took up the entire room! And the bathroom was so tiny that you could not open the door all the way without hitting the toilet and forget about having 2 people in the bathroom together. You could barely stand in front of the pedestal (read: no counter space) sink because of the bathtub right behind you and there was no fan to get rid of the shower steam. The fixtures were fabulous though - a huge rainshower shower head and lovely Restoration Hardware-looking silver faucets and knobs. Really beautiful. The HDTV was fun to watch, the IPOD station was a nice touch too, and the bed was clean and very cozy. However, we just felt that the room was too cramped, under-decorated and too expensive ($179.00) for what you receive. We had much better luck (and a much LARGER room) at 5th Avenue Suites, which is where we will stay next year.
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Pros: Gorgeous decor, very courteous staff, nice location
Cons: Small room, tiny bathroom, valet only parking