Almost wonderful, except for sleeping
Posted Jun 24, 2016
The general structure and decor of the Maria Luisa gives a solid impression of traditional elegance, even opulence. High ceilings (probably about 16~18 feet) and paintwork that's both new and detailed (thoughtfully coordinated tones, with accent colors on the extensive trimwork such as the crown moldings) all give the feeling of a solid four-star London hotel.
Unfortunately, the thing that let this down quite badly for me, was a lack of attention to some particular details.
1) There was no actual window covering capable of blocking light, just a thin sheer. This was a huge problem for me, there was a bright light outside my window, and with a nine-hour jetlag, it was very hard to get any sleep.
2) There was some kind of machinery; maybe a fan, or perhaps water pumping/heating, which made a very loud, and continuous noise.
3) The bed linen wasn't really big enough for the bed; that is, it didn't tuck under very well, so tended to come un-made and wrinkled. The pillows were rather poor quality and felt rather lumpy, making it hard to get perfectly comfortable.
4) The main light in the room was a two-strip fluorescent, and one of the strips flickered. My request to have this fixed went unheeded, though the bulb eventually quit completely.
5) I suspect the plumbing is old iron pipes. The water each morning was distinctly brown (like weak tea). Let it run for a couple of minutes, and it was clear. But it tasted fine, and I didn't get sick! Perhaps it's spring water?