One high point is that, as an RA, I've received some really great upgrades here when booking the lowest rate available. Last time I was there, I was upgraded to a one bedroom suite on the 38th floor of the historic tower. I was hoping for that upgrade again, but I was surprised with a different upgrade to room 4100, a memorable room on the 41st floor of the historic tower. More accurately, I should say that my room was the 41st floor, since it occupied the entire floor.
|Fire Escape Map|
As you can see, the 41st floor is roughly square with a turret in each corner. The room is essentially split in half by the elevator shaft and stairwell. My introduction to the room began with the novel experience of the (tiny) elevator opening up to reveal a door immediately outside of the elevator.
There was literally no room outside of the elevator and I inserted my card while still standing inside. Once inside you are in a short corridor connecting the east and west sides of the room.
The east side of the floor holds the bedroom and master bath. There is a flat screen TV and minibar just inside the bedroom door. However, there's virtually nowhere in the room where the TV is visible, so I'm not sure what the point of it being there is (other than so the hotel can put 2 TVs on the room description) The bed is to the right, tucked into one of the turrets:
On the west side of the floor is a living room/seating area with another TV/minibar set up that 's actually useful. There are two couches (one of which is a sofabed).
|Jameson! Don't see that very often.|
The sparkling wine was Gloria Ferrer California, and the wine was something quite forgettable- Woodbrige or the equivalent. In the unrefrigerated section there was more water, red wine, candies, etc. (please pardon the blurry picture):
Of course, I always like to check out the price list to see what I'm not paying for:
As you can see from the pictures, the room decor is pretty tired. I imagine it wouldn't be easy to even get new furniture up to this floor, but it badly needs it. I'm not sure even Brick Tamland would love this lamp:
Overall, I would describe the service as "uneven." I had no trouble getting the minibar restocked and when I called down for ice, they filled both of the ice buckets and also brought up a wine cooler full of ice. But there was no RA welcome amenity at all. No fruit, no water, no gift.
In the end, this was an interesting room to stay in, and would be fabulous with a good refurbishment, but I think I'd avoid it in the future. The 1 bedroom suites on 38 are superior, in my opinion.