The interior decor is great - well designed, and "hip". It fits the Melrose area perfectly. On arrival, the staff was fantastic, being friendly and efficient and getting us checked in. The bed was comfortable and the linens were nice.
That's the good part.
The downside is that the rooms are dark and small. It's clearly a converted apartment, so the room is a 1-bedroom with an old-style bathroom (pedestal sink and cast iron tub and surround that's been repainted and updated with new fixtures). The room is DARK - the walls were dark blue/teal, and the ceiling is a dark wood. There's reading light available, but it's very small feeling.
We had room 205 on the front of the building, 2nd story. That meant the room faced the street, with the window (singular) closed it wasn't too bad...road noise and random screaming people, but livable. Unfortunately there is no air conditioning in the room, which mean we had to leave the window open...10 feet between the bed and a busy-at-all-hours street through an open window did not make for a relaxing time.
This hotel does have on-site parking, but it's precarious and cumbersome. It's a VERY tight garage below the building, accessed through a pot-hole (LARGE pots!) ridden alleyway, down a steep driveway. Oh, and there's obviously a gate, and you have to call (on your phone) the front desk to get them to open it to let you in. Exiting your car, there's a few stairs and then you get put back on the street, not into the hotel.