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PAX07 Hotel Feedback

KaitouAyashiKaitouAyashi Seattle, WARegistered User regular
edited November 2007 in PAX Archive
If you stayed at an official PAX hotel, share your experiences! Was it close and convenient enough? Were the rooms too small? How friendly and helpful were the staff?

Which hotels do you think PAX should book first for next year?



We stayed at the Paramount. A++. Literally one flat block (not uphill or downhill) from the convention center, GameWorks, etc.

Valet, concierge, front desk all EXTREMELY helpful, friendly, and great at giving directions or suggestions (food, banks, etc).

Someone staying at the Sheraton told me that the staff issued a letter to PAXers upon check-in that they felt was rude and condescending, and in addition weren't terribly helpful or welcoming. Is this true?

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  • BamboozaBambooza Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Stayed at the Sheraton and was pleased with the friendliness of the staff. Even a party that got a little to loud they handled it very politely and simply asked first if we could try to keep it quiet and then the second time they simply said that it needed to be brought to an end.

    Stayed at the Sheraton and was pleased with the friendliness of the staff. Even a party that got a little to loud they handled it very politely and simply asked first if we could try to keep it quiet and then the second time they simply said that it needed to be brought to an end.

    Edit: Was shocked to find out at check out that there was an extra 25 dollar plus tax fee per person over 2 people staying in the room. So the 165 plus 50 made it a bit more costly then first anticipated. The Sheraton did have self parking over at the pike street garage. Not much cheaper then the valet service who I bugged several times to get items out of my car that I had not gotten when I arrived. They didn’t seem to mind and returned with the items I had requested promptly.


    One thing I would like to see is if it would be possible to get whole PAX floors so that parties and gaming can happen with out upsetting other hotel guests.

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  • kruxkrux Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Sheraton was great. Got extra keys and bedding no problem.

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  • AnexkahnAnexkahn Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    sheraton was good, except booking was a problem with block size... the thursday night REALLY needs to be bumped up, ended up having to get a different rate for thursday and a second reservation for the remaining days of pax. ended up about the same price, but didn't count for the PAX block which is an important thing. would have been nice to have a bigger pax block for all the days -- there was still a TON of people staying there which were not associated with pax -- which made the double tree cooler in past years when litterally just about EVERY room was paxgoers.

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  • justiciarjusticiar Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Excellent experience at the Sheraton. I like the fact that it's right next door to the convention center. Pretty much everything you need is a couple of blocks away.

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  • EskimoAznEskimoAzn Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Sheraton is great. Room service is prompt and courteous. Housekeeping is polite and professional. I love Sheraton's location as well. Pretty much everything I need is around here. I thought I got lost a couple of times, only to find myself back at Sheraton unintentionally. Haha. And I adore Shmancy.

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  • StealthStealth Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    See, I took a slightly differnet approach and went on Hotels.ca and found the 8th ave in. Downside is it's approx a 10 minute walk to the convention centre.

    The plus side is it was only $85/night =)

    And if you're not splitting the cost of a room 4 ways, that's pretty damn cheap!

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  • RavenTKRavenTK Registered User new member
    edited August 2007
    If the Sheraton had PAX rates up right now, I'd book my room for next year. Nothing is better than being under a minute away from the convention centre =)

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  • SimplicitySimplicity Seattle, WashingtonRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Sheraton rooms that supposdly only fit up to 4 really can hold up to 8 if you're good at tetris and...breaking the law :D

    All though...Parking rates blow along with candy fees...3 dollars for a snickers bar?! WTF.

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  • JoahWJoahW Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Simplicity wrote: »
    Sheraton rooms that supposdly only fit up to 4 really can hold up to 8 if you're good at tetris and...breaking the law :D

    All though...Parking rates blow along with candy fees...3 dollars for a snickers bar?! WTF.
    Yeah, hotels always do that. Do not even TOUCH that mini-fridge.

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  • EskimoAznEskimoAzn Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    JoahW wrote: »
    Simplicity wrote: »
    Sheraton rooms that supposdly only fit up to 4 really can hold up to 8 if you're good at tetris and...breaking the law :D

    All though...Parking rates blow along with candy fees...3 dollars for a snickers bar?! WTF.
    Yeah, hotels always do that. Do not even TOUCH that mini-fridge.

    Hahahahaha.
    I was this close to chomping on my Snickers bar, then saw the price, and dropped it right back into the basket :(
    I use my mini-fridge to store my store-bought drinks and sandwiches; I'm sure the maid thought it was weird.
    Daily Grill wasn't that great either, but I was SOO hungry this one time, so...:|

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  • Dyrwen66Dyrwen66 the other's insane Denver CORegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    The Day's Inn was pretty nice. It's the second time I've stayed there. Really cheap, and decent rooms. They lacked fridges, but the coffee was okay. It's like 8-9 blocks away, but it wasn't any big trek to get there at the end of the day.

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  • SimplicitySimplicity Seattle, WashingtonRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    JoahW wrote: »
    Simplicity wrote: »
    Sheraton rooms that supposdly only fit up to 4 really can hold up to 8 if you're good at tetris and...breaking the law :D

    All though...Parking rates blow along with candy fees...3 dollars for a snickers bar?! WTF.
    Yeah, hotels always do that. Do not even TOUCH that mini-fridge.

    Holy crap i know. Jerks =[

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  • TheColonelTheColonel ChicagolandRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    The Sheraton was really nice beyond: 1.) The bed was too soft and so my lower back is killing me. 2.) Our cleaning lady was very persistent and would bug us in a sickeningly sweet way to get the hell out of the room so she could clean it. I've never had a cleaning person come before noon in any prior hotel, so having her knock on the door at 10 was quite surprising.

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  • EskimoAznEskimoAzn Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    TheColonel wrote: »
    2.) Our cleaning lady was very persistent and would bug us in a sickeningly sweet way to get the hell out of the room so she could clean it. I've never had a cleaning person come before noon in any prior hotel, so having her knock on the door at 10 was quite surprising.

    Did you hang your "Please Come Back Later" door thingy outside?
    I had mine hanging whenever I was in my hotel room.

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  • Gamedeals.caGamedeals.ca Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    We stayed at the Sheraton, and it kind of sucked.

    I expected it to be the "fancy" hotel and yet it lacked in so many ways. No fridge. No ability to open a window. The cleaning lady didn't speak english (which made it hard to communicate our issues). It was expensive. It was full of old people that had nothing to do with PAX. But most of all... when my wife went to bed she discovered that the sheets had dried blood stains on them. Granted housekeeping took care of it and we did get some "credit" for it, but it's still unacceptable for a hotel of this calibur. Oh yeah, and the Daily Grill sucked too.

    I like this thread as we need a new hotel for next year, preferably one that is ok if the noise level goes up a bit and can be booked for only PAX goers.

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  • SimplicitySimplicity Seattle, WashingtonRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    We stayed at the Sheraton, and it kind of sucked.

    I expected it to be the "fancy" hotel and yet it lacked in so many ways. No fridge. No ability to open a window. The cleaning lady didn't speak english (which made it hard to communicate our issues). It was expensive. It was full of old people that had nothing to do with PAX. But most of all... when my wife went to bed she discovered that the sheets had dried blood stains on them. Granted housekeeping took care of it and we did get some "credit" for it, but it's still unacceptable for a hotel of this calibur. Oh yeah, and the Daily Grill sucked too.

    I like this thread as we need a new hotel for next year, preferably one that is ok if the noise level goes up a bit and can be booked for only PAX goers.

    Our sheets had like gum or something stuck to them. Ew :[

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  • sithsethsithseth Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Me and like, 20 friends, booked rooms at the Red Lion. It was awesome, till I found out that it was 26 bucks a night for one car, and with 20 friends... well, you can guess that the bill was a lot different then what we anticipated.

    But, it still was really nice, and the people at the front desk were nothing but kind, even though it was clear that we were the "nerd" type.

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2007
    I stayed at the Crowne, and really wasn't too impressed. It was about a 10 minute walk, up hill back from the convention center, which by itself isn't too bad, unless you're walking back at 1:30 in the morning, after being at the convention center since 9:30 the previous morning. And it was ungodly expensive, which I guess wasn't uncommon amongst the "official" hotels. $150 plus tax per night, except for the mandatory valet parking, which after tax, added nearly $100 to our tab. Way too fucking expensive for someplace I only spent 16 hours in.

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  • TrainwreckXTrainwreckX Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Seattle

    Experience: ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I haven't stayed in a hotel this nice for the cost since I went and stayed at a Hilton in Times Square. The bathrooms themselves were beautiful, let alone the nice size of the room, and the awesome view of downtown.

    Comments: Please get this hotel again next year!!!

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  • sarranadesarranade Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Stayed at the Sheraton. It was a great hotel and everything, but since I got it last minute [literally, Thursday night] I didn't get the PAX rate.
    So it was way expensive, and I didn't have roommates. D:
    Way swank though.

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  • GwaehurGwaehur Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Stayed at the Crowne, and it was good.
    Front desk staff was nice, lots of other PAX goers around, and pretty close to everything.

    Definitely A++

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  • NightingaleNightingale Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Stayed at the Executive Plaza on 4th and Spring, not an official PAX hotel.

    Saw very few other PAX'ers there except for Sunday morning when we were checking out. Surprised to find other guests were curious about us and took the time to ask us questions as to our interest in games, what we enjoyed about PAX, and the demographics attending.

    The rooms were very small, as it is a historically renovated hotel with more atmosphere than luxury. We spent a brainless half hour getting the television to cooperate with our console systems, the bathroom door didn't close completely unless locked, and there was no mini-fridge. However, the beds were absolutely amazing with an ample amount of pillows. Extra blankets were delivered promptly; giving us two when we only asked for one. The front desk staff was helpful and parking was reasonable for the area of town - allowing us to leave & return as many times we wished, at any hours, for the day.

    This is not a place to have a party or pack in a lot of extra people - but for two or three people it's a great place if you don't require a fridge and aren't too concerned about how far you have to walk.

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  • ArcheiousArcheious Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I stayed at the Crowne, and really wasn't too impressed. It was about a 10 minute walk, up hill back from the convention center, which by itself isn't too bad, unless you're walking back at 1:30 in the morning, after being at the convention center since 9:30 the previous morning.


    If you had gone out the second floor and cut across Union Square it would have been a flat trip and shorter. It pops you out by that round church building, so I guess a little up hill for that one block.

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  • john_zoidbergjohn_zoidberg Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Red Lion was great. Booked a suite(18th floor, bitches!) and got nothing but great service.

    Okay, question for people who stayed at the Lion; if you ordered room service, did you guys get that really, really, really, really weird guy delivering the food? Granted he was nice, but I think complimenting me on how I looked in my shirt was a little off.

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  • PhanmanPhanman Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel.

    I was literally across the street from the convention center and the people at the front desk were excellent. They helped me right away and I had no problems with my hotel.

    The room was nice enough and had good coffee in it. The beds were very comfortable and I'd definitely recommend people stay there next year.

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  • amnuxollamnuxoll Registered User new member
    edited August 2007
    I was in the Crowne Plaza and found myself swimming in a morass of minor disappointments: indifferent, unpleasant and generallly unhelpful staff, flat pillows, non-flushing toilet, too-hot or too-cold shower, non-working TV remote and overpriced. For $149/night I should feel better about my stay.

    :AMN:

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  • slacktronslacktron Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I was booked at the Crowne Plaza.

    And let me say that I deeply appreciate Mike Fehlauer's efforts in getting us a discounted rate at a nearby hotel, because at $150 I merely walked away with disappointment instead of with that wallet-raped feeling.

    Note that in previous years I had stayed at the Bellevue Doubletree, which is the standard by which I now compare all PAX hotels.

    Conclusions about Crowne Plaza:

    --Parking. You pretty much had to use their valet parking in order to unload. There simply wasn't space for anything else unless you were better organized. I got my stuff out of my car, put it in my room, then realized they were going to charge me $28 a night for parking (I've seriously had hotel rooms cheaper than that), and demanded my vehicle. The valet took fifteen minutes to get it and charged me two hours for 45 minutes of parking. Jerks. This was my first impression of the Crowne.
    Tip for next year: Drop your stuff off and park in the garage next to the convention. It's $18/night. (EDIT: thanks, Kuribo's Shoe)

    --Staff. Valets aside, they seemed friendly enough, but I do have to question their language skills. I BYOC'd until 3:00 AM the first night. At 9:00 the next morning, I get *knock* *knock* *knock* "Maaaaid". I politely tell her through the door that I am sleeping and to please refrain from disturbing me further. One hour later: *knock* *knock* *knock* "Maaaaid"
    Plus, they shut down the Sealab party before I could get there, so they get massive negative bonus points for that.

    --Amenities, or lack thereof. No microwave, no fridge, no pool, ice machines out of order, un-openable windows, and what was up with the tapwater? It had two temperatures: hot and boiling. I had to wonder if their pipes were connected directly to a river in hell.

    --Elevator. Slow, and not nearly as much fun as the Doubletree's.

    ++Location. They didn't have shuttles to the convention, but didn't need them. Close enough to easily walk, provided you exited from the northeast doors.

    ++View. Great view of the Seattle skyline. Had I been inclined to spend more time in my room with my eyes open, it would have mattered.

    ++Easy checkout. I loved being able to leave without dealing with a stop at the front desk. Hardly unique, but I want to give them some credit.


    I figured this year was going to be an adjustment with the new location and all, and it was. I'd put the Crowne's actual value/night at well below $99, so I won't be staying there again. I'd be much more inclined to stay at a place that was farther from the convention if they had shuttle service and were more affordable.

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  • spanky0508spanky0508 Registered User new member
    edited August 2007
    We stayed at the Hyatt ... Great room. We had a king bed (For my wife and young daughter). Couldn't beat the fact that convention centre was up the block. Great bathroom and my daughter loved the waterfall faucet in the tub.

    Only complaint, $28 for self serve parking per day (no in/out privileges) or $35 + tips valet parking. Parking in DT seattle is just crazy ... If I knew of any other parking garages nearby that were cheaper, I may have used them instead.

    Overall, my first pax was a fun experience, nothing like how E3 used to be. It was good to see such great community support.

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    parking in the convention center was $18 a night

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style He/Him | Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    slacktron wrote: »
    --Elevator. Slow, and not nearly as much fun as the Doubletree's.

    I too was at the Crowne Plaza and I thought the Elevator was quite fast. It went to the 14th floor in an instant.

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  • slacktronslacktron Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    slacktron wrote: »
    --Elevator. Slow, and not nearly as much fun as the Doubletree's.

    I too was at the Crowne Plaza and I thought the Elevator was quite fast. It went to the 14th floor in an instant.

    I was on the 16th and it took forever. Plus, our ice machine was broken and I had to go down to your floor for ice. Oh yeah, you get the working ice machine.

    I guess all the cool kids got put on the 14th floor. :)

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style He/Him | Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    slacktron wrote: »
    slacktron wrote: »
    --Elevator. Slow, and not nearly as much fun as the Doubletree's.

    I too was at the Crowne Plaza and I thought the Elevator was quite fast. It went to the 14th floor in an instant.

    I was on the 16th and it took forever. Plus, our ice machine was broken and I had to go down to your floor for ice. Oh yeah, you get the working ice machine.

    I guess all the cool kids got put on the 14th floor. :)

    My one complaint about the elevator was that it got quite crowded on the way down. Oh yeah, 14th floor was awful for me, I'm afraid of heights D:

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  • PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    We stayed at the Sheraton, and it kind of sucked.

    I expected it to be the "fancy" hotel and yet it lacked in so many ways. No fridge. No ability to open a window. The cleaning lady didn't speak english (which made it hard to communicate our issues). It was expensive. It was full of old people that had nothing to do with PAX. But most of all... when my wife went to bed she discovered that the sheets had dried blood stains on them. Granted housekeeping took care of it and we did get some "credit" for it, but it's still unacceptable for a hotel of this calibur. Oh yeah, and the Daily Grill sucked too.

    I like this thread as we need a new hotel for next year, preferably one that is ok if the noise level goes up a bit and can be booked for only PAX goers.

    The fridge was hidden in the dresser. Although that blood is pretty creepy...

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  • BinkleyBinkley Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I stayed at the Sheraton. It was excellent, the room was actually probably too nice but whatever. The staff was great too, especially the front desk people.

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  • karlthepagankarlthepagan Austin, TXRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Sheraton was really nice for the price (either pax or non-pax rate) - wired internet, console-friendly flat-screen tv AND the bench/outlets below it made for an excellent GH2 party room

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  • mullymully Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I stayed at the Sheraton the first night, and the Crowne Plaza the second and third night.

    The Sheraton was absolutely gorgeous, the beds were more comfortable than I could imagine, and in comparison, made the Crowne Plaza beds feel like sleeping on bricks that had been spat upon.

    Yes, spat upon.

    Mind you, the Crowne Plaza room was pretty comfortable in itself - but next year I will likely stay at the Sheraton, if just for the FAST ELEVATORS.

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  • StrawberryFieldsStrawberryFields Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    We stayed at the Sheraton, and it kind of sucked.

    I expected it to be the "fancy" hotel and yet it lacked in so many ways. No fridge. No ability to open a window. The cleaning lady didn't speak english (which made it hard to communicate our issues). It was expensive. It was full of old people that had nothing to do with PAX. But most of all... when my wife went to bed she discovered that the sheets had dried blood stains on them. Granted housekeeping took care of it and we did get some "credit" for it, but it's still unacceptable for a hotel of this calibur. Oh yeah, and the Daily Grill sucked too.

    I like this thread as we need a new hotel for next year, preferably one that is ok if the noise level goes up a bit and can be booked for only PAX goers.

    The fridge was hidden in the dresser. Although that blood is pretty creepy...

    Did you guys have an actual fridge or a mini bar? The small fridge that we had was actually a mini bar that was locked.

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  • PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    We stayed at the Sheraton, and it kind of sucked.

    I expected it to be the "fancy" hotel and yet it lacked in so many ways. No fridge. No ability to open a window. The cleaning lady didn't speak english (which made it hard to communicate our issues). It was expensive. It was full of old people that had nothing to do with PAX. But most of all... when my wife went to bed she discovered that the sheets had dried blood stains on them. Granted housekeeping took care of it and we did get some "credit" for it, but it's still unacceptable for a hotel of this calibur. Oh yeah, and the Daily Grill sucked too.

    I like this thread as we need a new hotel for next year, preferably one that is ok if the noise level goes up a bit and can be booked for only PAX goers.

    The fridge was hidden in the dresser. Although that blood is pretty creepy...

    Did you guys have an actual fridge or a mini bar? The small fridge that we had was actually a mini bar that was locked.

    I guess it was actually a mini-bar. I didn't bother poking around too much because I didn't have anything to keep cold. Normally there is still some room in there, does anyone know if this was the case?

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  • BuraisuBuraisu Psychomancer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    My friends and I were cheap, we stayed in the Motel 6 over in Kirkland for $69 a night. ^_^ The pool is nice but it was not a offical place but we did meet a couple of PAX goers their. You could tell they were PAX goers when they have the Tri-force tattooed on one of their backs when we were in the pool. Not to far to drive too, only 12 miles. I only got majorly lost AFTER PAX on Sunday. It was funny. How I found my way, I have no idea. Seattle is crazy.

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  • KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    The Days Inn was AWFUL. It smelled terrible. The only redeeming point was that it was cheap.

    5/10

    I hung out in the Sheraton for a bit and it was nice, sans GETTING STUCK IN THE ELEVATOR FOR 1 HOUR!!!

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