The location cannot be beat - a very short walk from Paddington Station. Despite the very central / touristy location, I found the hotel itself to be very quiet, with not a lot of foot traffic around the hotel, even though the hotel was nearly full.
I came in on an early flight and planned to just stop by to see if I could leave my luggage with them, but they let me check in a full 5 hours early! That was unexpected and was the first sign of the excellent customer service I was to receive during my stay. When reaching my room, there was a minor problem. The front desk immediately sent someone up to rectify it and offered me a change of room if I wished. Similarly when I checked out, they helped me with my baggage and offered to allow me to leave an extra bag there while I traveled out of London for a couple of days.
The rooms were fairly roomy by London standards, with very comfortable beds and bedding, a wardrobe to store clothing and luggage, and a small desk. The bathroom was exceptionally clean and very modern. The shower water pressure was fantastic. I really didn't want to leave. Quite a change from the older hotels I've stayed in, where despite strong reputations, everything is a bit mildewy and worn. No such problems here! There was a small refrigerator which was handy for keeping some small breakfast items and beers cool in the room.
I did not take advantage of the street level restaurant, or room service, while I was there. Next time! I liked this hotel better than most I've stayed in, in London, and the price was certainly better than most hotels of a similar standard.
This place is GREAT when you want to eat until you feel sick. :D I normally am not one to eat a lot of red meat, but when I'm here, it's like... I need to get my money's worth? And also feel it's required to try everything. My favorites are the lamb chops, fraldinha, and picanha. The sides and salad bar are also quite good, but as my friends always remind me: don't waste your time filling up on salad. Heh. The bar in the front is also a pretty decent place to wait for a table - decent martinis, OK wine list.
Great, location, perfectly situated for access to 6th Street bars and a variety of restaurants in downtown. All of the hotel staff I encountered during my stay were very friendly and helpful. Immediate service from any request. I have to also give some kudos to the concierge. I was staying here during my birthday, and the concierge not only received/delivered gifts that friends and family had sent to me, but helped one of my family members arrange a surprise dinner for me. Pretty exceptional service.
The room was well appointed, very clean, spacious. I felt the housekeeping staff did a better than typical job of attending to the rooms - it appeared they vacuumed each day, something that a lot of hotels skip during a guest's stay. I had a wall of windows with a great view down the street (can't remember what floor I was on). Unlike other guests, I did not experience any problems with noise from the street. Room service was pretty good, nothing special.
My only complaints are that: 1) mini bar prices were quite a bit higher than what I feel is typical in similar grade of hotels in this city; and 2) parking at the hotel was quite expensive (and there was no where near by that I could find, upon arrival, to park.
Love Corky and Lenny's so much. Theirs is what a pastrami sandwich should be. The sandwiches are ENORMOUS. Somehow I find a way to eat it all. (I usually eat half for lunch, put the rest away, then an hour later realize I'm kidding myself and scarf the rest down). The bread is super bread. Somehow it doesn't get soggy even when you leave your leftovers sitting around in the fridge till the next day.
The only thing I don't like are the pickles. They're kind of weird and a little flavorless. I can forgive them for that though.
Much nicer than usual for a Best Western, and the price is quite good compared to neighboring hotels. I ended up here after neglecting to book a hotel for my trip until the last minute, and the price was still under $200/night.
The room was a lot bigger than I expected (much bigger than the rooms I've had at posher hotels in the same area), with a big bathroom. Very small "bar" area with a mini fridge, microwave and counter top. Bedding & bathroom was very clean though the carpet did seem a little worn. (I wish I'd brought slippers). Digital cable type TV selection with tons of channels (though hopefully you aren't sitting around a hotel room watching TV all night if you're staying in Hollywood). The only complaints I had with my room that the walls were very thin -- I could hear everything going on in the neighboring rooms -- and heat/air conditioner was an old wall unit that made a lot of noise. I also felt that the front desk was not very helpful or polite.
A few of the other reviewers mentioned excessive noise and being bothered by other guests. This was the case during my weekend stay, too, but it didn't bother me as much since I was also out late. There was a lot of noise coming from the hallway until early morning, and there were drunk guys (guests) roaming the hallways and knocking on doors.
Okay, this place is a party hotel. I couldn't imagine showing up here as a traditional guest... it could lead to a very disappointing experience! But for what it is, it's a good spot. There's not a lot to do at night immediately by the hotel, but it's right by the Metro and a quick ride away from Hollywood and other nightlife destinations.
I stayed here when attending one of the Culprit rooftop parties, and it was perfect for that purpose. As such, the amount of noise in the hotel did not bother me (there were tons of people in the rooms - clearly not guests - and the neighboring room was having a party well past midnight on a Sunday night). However, I can't complain since no one said anything about me having a dozen people in my room. Plus, as a guest you get two tickets to the party and get to skip the line, which is a great perk. The rooftop has a nice lounge area, good (though very pricey) bar, and a pool which was greasy with sunscreen by the time I got there. Heh.
The rooms themselves are on the small size. The beds are so very comfortable, but there is not much space in the room other than the bed. Another thing that is a bit weird is the glass enclosed shower. When I read about it on the website, I thought it had a glass door or something... NO, the whole shower is glass -- the sides that face the room have no curtain/privacy. So that is a bit awkward if you're sharing the room with friends, and someone needs to take a shower while others are in the room.
The front desk was really helpful, when making suggestions for dinner and stores in the immediate area (this part of downtown is kind of barren late at night) and arranging last minute airport transportation.
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I stayed here for a night after a late flight into SNA airport. It was a last minute booking at a reasonable price, and I really wasn't expecting much. In fact, I was really just hoping it wasn't so awful that I wouldn't want to stay there.
Needless to say from my rating, I was very pleasantly surprised. The room was huge, extremely clean, well furnished. The suite had a kitchenette with mini fridge, sink, and a small amount of kitchen items. The sitting room had a large sofa, easy chairs, and additional seating -- could have easily accommodated 6-8 people. The separate bedroom was very large and comfortable. The bathroom was on the small side compared to the rest of the room, and the "whirlpool" tub was not working, but it was still quite OK.
I was very happy to find that the rooms were well insulated from noise. In a room overlooking the pool, I had been concerned I would hear a lot of noise from children playing outside, but it was very quiet. The only thing about the room that I did not like, was the second (pool-side) entrance, which was a glass door with no deadbolt -- this door connected to a walkway that anyone could access. It was a little unsettling as it would be very easy to break in to the room.
The hotel staff was really pleasant and eager to help. The complimentary breakfast was actually pretty good by "free hotel breakfast" standards, though the dining room itself was completely overrun by hyper children. (I later learned a lot of the guests were families on their way to Disneyland).
Overall, a very good experience, and I think this would be a great choice for families as the rooms are very spacious.
Nice little place for brunch. Being on Santa Monica Blvd, it's not really the best of views (some car traffic, and no people watching), but the restaurant is pleasant inside, cozy, not too loud. My cinnamon french toast was excellent, and I tried a bite of my friend's omelet, which was also quite good. I can't remember exactly what she ordered as it was a "build-your-own" concoction, but I do remember some really tasty sausage (maybe the cilantro chicken sausage?) At any rate, the restaurant was good enough for me to give it a second try, this time for lunch. My apple cobb salad was delicious, This is such an easy thing to make, yet so many kitchens screw it up.
Staff was friendly and service was pretty quick. Since my original visits, I have called in for a take out order, which was prepared very quickly.
I am completely enamored with the cucumber mint lemonade and would probably keep coming back to have more of that, even if the food wasn't good.
I've stopped in to pick up soup a couple of times (have not tried the delivery service, so can't comment) and they have been delicious. I think the potato leek was my favorite, but really none of the soups I've tried has been bad. Worth a try!
It's been a little while, but my memory of this place is: very pleasant atmosphere (good decor, relatively quiet, very easy to hold a quiet conversation with your table), good service (attentive without lingering too often), better than average food. I've had several fish dishes here, and they were all prepared perfectly. The wine list was also pretty decent. The bill did add up very quickly, but I felt I got my money's worth here, moreso than the other similarly priced restaurants in the neighborhood. This would be a nice spot for a romantic dinner.
Fantastic architecture & interiors, comfortable seating & great sound for concerts. Ideally, you should book tickets to see a concert here during a visit, but if you cannot arrange it, or want to pay less, they also offer tours during the day time.
I've only visited here during happy hour, when the restaurant was very empty and slow. The happy hour menu didn't appeal to me much so I ordered off the normal sushi menu, while my friends ordered from the happy hour selections. Reactions from the food ranged from "fine" to "one of the best rolls I've had." My sushi was very good, nothing outstanding but a bit better than I'd expected. Non-happy hour prices seem to be a little high by Denver's standards, and I felt their menu was too heavy on specialty/americanized options/rolls and would have liked to see more options with simple preparations. My nigiri was very good though!
I dined here recently for happy hour and was thoroughly impressed by the fast service, HUGE selection of items on the happy hour menu, and very low HH prices. My bill with food and drinks was only about $20. We were seated immediately, drink order was taken right away, and our waiter came back to check on us frequently. We ordered quite a few things and I thought they did a great job pacing the meal.
Everything I ordered food-wise was delicious. Best sushi I've ever had? Not by a long shot but I live in a major coastal city, and this was much, much better than I anticipated it would be. Fresh tasting, rolls well prepared. Also, I have a ... small.. fixation with ume, and their umeshiso rolls were really well done.
The only thing I did not like about Hapa were the specialty drinks. While cheap, they were disgusting. Too sugary. Sushi: yes, drinks: no.
Seriously, don't sleep on their happy hour specials. $2 nigiri, $3.50 rolls,....
I've been here a couple of times for happy hour, and did not eat, so cannot comment on the menu. Service was OK (served our first drinks quickly but not particularly attentive afterwards). Each time I've been here, the staff were just standing around having loud conversations with each other which seemed a little weird given the ambiance they are trying to pull off. I would have like to have seen a bigger draft selection, but can't complain about their prices for happy hour so I'll settle for what they've got. Suitable enough as a place to meet up with friends before continuing on elsewhere.
First of all, everything I had here was delicious. I wish I could give 6 stars.
We were seated immediately, our server was at our table very quickly and was very thorough in explaining the menu to me and in offering suggestions for drinks. Possibly the friendliest waitstaff I've ever had. I also liked the ambiance of the restaurant.
The food menu is two pages I think, and I really would have like to have tried... at least half of the things on the menu. Next Time. :) We weren't extremely hungry, so my friend and I decided to split the prosciutto pizza. It was definitely big enough for two (we had several pieces left over). It was absolutely delicious. As much as I want to try ALL of the other pizzas, I don't know how I would be able to skip this next time.
I also had to try a charcuterie plate. I believe I had the napolitana meat, along with smoked mozzarella, and marinated olives. I am an olive snob: they were good. The napolitana was good, but I would have liked it to be a little spicier. The smoked mozzarella was heavenly. Like... two weeks later, my mouth is still watering when I think of it. I'm checking flight prices to see when I can come back for more. You get the picture.
For all the delicious options on the food menu, the drink menu is insane. So many pages of beers. It was really tough to choose. Our waitress offered a recommendation and I was really happy with the choice.
A friend took me here for happy hour on a Sunday a couple of weeks ago, and I had to be cajoled to leave hours later.
First impression wasn't the strongest, the decor didn't really match my expectations. This is a vodka bar with Polish food menu and they have attempted like... posh lounge... with the decor. It's weird. Sequined throw pillows and leather couches. Moving past that, it was completely empty. Through happy hour, my friends and I were the only people there.
Now that I've said that, let me tell you how charmed I was by every other aspect of this place. Our server was darling, and when I was baffled by the menu, came up with one good suggestion after another. Their happy hour special is any "shot" of flavored vodka for $3. For that price, they will also add mixer for a cocktail, or can do 1/2 shot of two different vodkas. I can't recall exactly what I had, but there was a dill/horseradish vodka blend with soda water that was fantastic, cinnamon with 7-up (I think) which was a little spicy but good. I tried my friends' drinks, and while I can't recall which concoctions they were, but all of the 'savory' ones were delicious. I didn't care as much for the fruit infused flavors, but I'm not very into sweet drinks.
I have to say, for people claiming the flavored vodkas were gross, my instincts on what would make a good drink were way off (the only gross drink I had was the one I picked). The servers know what is good, so if you're not sure what to order, ask.
They brought pickles and olives to snack on while we drank. They weren't very flavorful but were fine. After a couple of drinks, we decided to have some periogis which are half off during happy hour. The feta and spinach ones were just OK, but the cheese and potato ones were really good.
I'm definitely a fan and will be back.
I love this place! The drinks are expensive, for sure, but where aren't they on the strip? The decor is my favorite of Vegas bars. It's over the top, glamorous in an absolutely cheesy way, but I've only had great times here.
Not bad for airport food. The pizzas taste okay, though they're a little difficult to eat due to all the toppings and cheese sliding off the crust every time you try to take a bite or tear away a slice. Service is pretty quick considering pizzas are made to order.
Oh my god breakfast is even better than dinner!! I'm probably going to have to move to Vancouver now. Will someone marry me so I can move? Thanks.My friends and I ate here recently during Dine Out. We had to wait 10-15 minutes past our… En savoir plus
Recently, I dined at La Terrazza for Dine Out with a small group of friends. Our table was not ready at the time of our reservation, and we were directed to the bar. We were not offered water, and the bartender seemed to be avoiding making eye contact with us. We were led to our table in an adjacent room, which was nicely decorated but rather loud. The room we were seated in had a number of tables for 4-6 people; in addition to this, there is a main dining room with similar and smaller tables, and a separate dining room for large parties. It looks like a good location for large parties. Service was attentive once we were seated.
As for the food, most of my party ordered from the Dine Out menu. For a starter, most of us had the mozzarella de Bufala appetizer, over cherry tomatoes with fresh herb salad. I enjoyed the tomatoes but was a bit disappointed with the dish as a whole, especially with a $5.88 supplement to the fixed price menu. The cheese was bland, in need of some seasoning, even just a pinch of pepper and salt, and I felt the "herb" salad was overly bitter. I noticed everyone at my table had pushed the greens to the side. One of my friends ordered the bruschetta trio (prawn, tapenade, and a third I can't recall) which seemed to be well received.
For the entree, I ordered strozzapretti Bolognese with meat ragu. I enjoyed the sauce but the pasta was a bit overcooked, and the dish did not live up to my expectations given the menu price. One friend ordered the duck from the Dine Out menu (was good) and another ordered lobster served on a cheesy risotto cake, which she said was delicious. One of my friends ordered from the dinner menu, selecting the taglierini with truffle bison meatballs, wild mushrooms and parmigiano cream. She felt this was far too salty.
Dessert was my favorite course. Two of us ordered the vanilla creme brulee, which was rich and decadent but a bit too heavy for me; the other ordered cheesecake in phyllo which received a rave review. Oh, and the table bread smelled amazing, but didn't taste as good as it smelled.
Overall I liked the ambiance of the restaurant, though it was a bit louder than I'd liked, and thought the food was "good" but not anything special. Aside from the creme brulee, these were dishes I could have easily made myself. I expect dining out, especially at more costly restaurants, to offer dishes whose quality and preparation I could not match at home.
My party of five ended up at Hitoe last weekend after finding our original choice of sushi restaurants was closed for the afternoon. Its appearance is so unassuming (and from the street, even cheap looking), that I would not have picked this restaurant -- fortunately several of my friends had eaten there before and could vouch for the restaurant quality.
Firstly, coming from the states, it was a shock to see such inexpensive prices for sushi, especially for nigiri. With affordable prices and an extensive menu, I had difficulty narrowing down my order but decided on some sake belly nigiri and an umeshiso roll. The salmon was fantastic... buttery, very fresh, very mild. The umeshiso was great too, with a generous amount of ume paste that was just sour enough. It was all so good that I ended up ordering another serving of each.
No complaints at all. $15 + tax for 4 pieces of nigiri and two small rolls. I'll definitely be back the next time I'm in Vancouver!
Recently met friends here for a night out. Capacity is limited according to the number of seats/tables filled, so even though it doesn't appear extremely busy from the street, a wait may be required. We were lucky that our friends had arrived earlier and were able to hold seats for us. Once inside, we were faced with the difficult decision of picking from a long beer list. My only real complaints with the bar were that beer menu was organized in a somewhat confusing manner and that it was not updated as they ran out of some of the beers.
The environment is very casual, young and rather loud. For large groups, you may need to arrive early for a wait. (Our friends were told to expect a 30-45 minute wait for a table for 6-7 people.
I love this place... last visit, I tried so many oils and vinegars that I left feeling a little queasy... not a reflection of the quality of their products, just of my own overindulgence. I ended up with a suitcase full of flavored vinegar to bring home as gifts. I had never been a bit fan of flavored vinegar, but theirs are just flavorful enough without being overwhelming, and the flavors are simple, mixing well with other ingredients. Some of my favorites are cranberry pear, honey ginger, and sicilian lemon.
I've spent many a layover at this place. Somehow, when I travel to the Midwest, I always have a connecting flight in Denver, and almost always have a connecting gate right next to this bar. So, I've spent a decent amount of time drinking there and then nearly missing my next flight.
Normally I've partaken of beer in this particular establishment, but on my last visit, the taps were being cleaned and were not functional. (It was about 10AM, to be fair). I opted for a bloody mary instead, which was not bad for an airport drink. I'd order again. In a rush to make my next flight, I ordered breakfast to go - a first for me here - and I was surprised how good the breakfast burrito was. Next time I'm at DIA, I may not just drink my breakfast....
Really cool, lots of history on display, though I think they could do better with the details / back story on some of the exhibits. I enjoyed the "theater" exhibits the best (while I was there, it was American Bandstand and Music Festivals). We were a bit rushed during my first visit, so I definitely plan on coming back some day by myself to view the exhibits at a more leisurely pace. Appreciated that the snack bar had some decent Cleveland area beers available, and the seating area outside had a nice view of the lake.
My last two nights as a San Francisco resident were spent at Hotel Monaco, made affordable for me by winning the Priceline lottery. I arrived directly from my apartment move out, which let's just say, didn't do entirely as planned or on schedule. After days of packing and cleaning, I looked and smelled awful. I showed up with many bags stuffed with the last of my belongings. Let's face it. I looked like a bag lady.
The bell hop was still SUPER nice to me even though I looked homeless. They were kind enough to take all of my miscellaneous paper bags and overflowing suitcases to my room, and were even nice enough to let me know that a wine happy hour would be starting soon. I looked down at my dirty sweats and said "Maybe I'll come down after I've cleaned up." The porter said "It's casual so you're fine in what you're wearing." Yea right. I appreciate their diplomacy, though.
The room was super cozy (not a snarky remark - I'm well aware of typical hotel room sizes in SF). Only complaint was no fan in the bathroom. It got a little too steamy after a shower was taken.
I'm still kind of shocked that a reasonably posh hotel still treated me like a queen even though I looked like I'd moved in off the street. That's something I used to love about SF (appearance not being a factor in the customer service you receive), and something I'd felt was starting to fade recently. Hotel Monaco impressed me thoroughly and I hope to stay there again sometime.05/08/2014 Hi Heidi M- You made me laugh when you said we still treated you like a queen despite your… En savoir plus
My friends and I stayed here during Movement. The location was good - a lot of our friends were across the street in the Westin, so it was great to be so close by. The positives for our visit were the free valet parking, free breakfast (though we only made it to breakfast once), and friendly staff. Unfortunately the room was a bit shabby and there were constant problems with the key cards. Every single time we tried to get back into our room, we were locked out and had to get our keys re-programmed. They even tried replacing the card reader on our door mid-weekend, and no joy. It was a significant inconvenience, especially with people coming and going at all hours because of the festival and after parties.02/09/2014 Heidi,
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I've only eaten brunch at Rioja, but it was tasty enough that I felt inclined to write a review and recommend it to my friends. My companion and I split an order of raspberry brioche French toast. I wanted to like it, but it was "too much." I think it was the cornflake crust which took things too far. The raspberry mascarpone filling was fantastic -- it was just that the rest of the dish was kind of dry and had competing flavors. Fortunately I'd ordered something else - the rioja benedict, which was good but not great. The goat cheese biscuit was the best part. Our caramelized bacon was also not very good at all. What was good: the house bread. Seriously, the free bread basket was some of the best bread I've ever had, and was worth the trip. So, keep that in mind when you order.... :)
I dined here last fall with some friends who were looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. Our service was excellent -- our waiter went out of his way to ensure our orders were appropriate for my food allergies and to make accommodations. Our appetizer was the ishiyaki style wagyu beef. This was... fantastic! I could have just eaten an order (okay, two orders) of this and been happy with my meal. For an entree, I had the pork trio with shoulder, tenderloin and sausages over a bed of chanterelle mushrooms. The sausage was fantastic, and the mushrooms were a perfect accompaniment. The rest of my dish was just OK. Frankly, I envied my friends' entrees which looked more interesting. I'd go back and try other items on the menu (namely the elk which looked great), but it wouldn't be my first choice for a visit with all of the other good restaurants in Denver.
Two words: carnitas poutine.
Two more words: pickle samper
Two^D^D^DThree words: takeout foie gras
Customer service was great. Everything I tried was great. Beers were pretty damned fine too. I did not want to try the poutine. It didn't look appetizing. But my friend insisted and then I couldn't keep my fingers off of it. I liked it so much that the restaurant offered me the recipe. (Hint: it requires a bone saw...)
Very pricey compared to neighboring lots, but I can't deny how convenient MasterPark is. The lot is easy to find right off the airport exit, and I've never waited for more than a couple of minutes at most for a shuttle to or from the airport with this lot. With the express service, your car is waiting for you ready to go without having to wait inside to run your payment. After a long flight, I love that I can be in my car and on the road within 15 minutes of leaving the terminal.
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