Best asset: Location; worst feature: the room
Posted Oct 2, 2016
If a hotel can't deliver hot water to its bathrooms, there's not much that can redeem it. The Stafford could not. On my first night, I tried the shower late at night. When it had been turned on at full power for more than 15 minutes and the water still was barely tepid. The night clerk came up, acknowledged that was what flowing was not hot. He then turned on the hot water faucets (it's old-fashioned enough to have separate hot and cold taps) in both bathtub and wash basin at full flood. After a few minutes, water from all three sources--shower, tub and basin--was indeed hot. But who knew you had to resort to such drastic, water-wasting methods to get a hot shower? He said he would inform plumbing in the morning. If he did, it had little effect. For the next two nights, the shower stubbornly stayed tepid. Ah, but now I knew the secret: turn on all hot water sources full-bore. But it's far from what you expect at the Stafford's prices--or even from a hotel at a quarter the price.
The room I had, the hotel's most basic, was tiny, with little room to maneuver around the king bed--none on one side when the wardrobe doors were open. Drawer space for clothing was sparse. Almost every surface except the bedside tables was occupied: a coffee maker, a kettle, a $55 half-bottle of wine, glasses, cups and saucers, mini-bar price list, room service menu, the usual array of glossy but substance-less magazines. The effect: clutter everywhere.