Certainly this place deserves excellent ratings and I have only downgraded it one notch for reasons I will explain. But the location is great, the rooms are very comfortable and nicely appointed, the ... more
Certainly this place deserves excellent ratings and I have only downgraded it one notch for reasons I will explain. But the location is great, the rooms are very comfortable and nicely appointed, the showers and breakfast are excellent. Considering the location in the capital, we thought the price was very reasonable.
We are big foodies and had researched a place called Moma that we thought was nearby. We called down to the front desk to ask the young lady to book us a table. "Sorry, I don't know this place," she said. It was getting to be dinnertime anyway so we went out to look for it. Shockingly, it was next door to the hotel! And we had a really very good meal there in nice atmospheric surroundings (you can read my wife's review if you wish). The next day I asked another hotel staff about this, how can you not know the place next door? "Oh" he said, "we don't work with them." And he proceeded to suggest another nearby restaurant that he said was "the best in the center." We accepted his advice and went there the second night. The food was heavy and average at best and it was clearly a place catering almost exclusively to tourists. A lot of clever, showy touches in the service, décor and staff apparel but we thought the food was a C- at best.
This is a great hotel, no doubt, but if you are serious about good food, I suggest you don't ask for restaurant suggestions. I will leave it to the reader to imagine if "we work with them" means "they pay us a rake off." In addition to Moma you can go down another block to the intersection of the pedestrian street for a nice sort of café meal at Samurai (not Asian) and leave the tourist traps to those who ask for advice. Unless you want one, of course.... less