THE KEATING HOTEL
CRITICAL POINTS:THE KEATING HOTEL
IS NOT for everyone!
IS PERECT for those who know what they want!
This was a BLEISURE add-on event,
three unbelievable evenings at The Keatingthanks to a great LL auction.
Several on-line reviews (a couple came up on tripadvisor.com), created a cautious approachafter all when seasoned travelers complain about no shower doors & water on the floor, not enjoying quiet evenings, shocked at stark black and red minimalist design.. sounded more and more like a destination worth exploring.
Stay out of Gaslamp Quarter, if you are in search of quiet. try an assisted care living center for senior citizenslights out at 9:00 PM and no talking.
If night time quiet is a huge concern, then make certain you request and confirm the third or fourth floor for your accommodations.higher is quieter
and lower is louder at The Keatingsomething to do with being a designated historic building and retaining original window glass (bureaucratic details).
If you get a bit of water on the floorcall your personal conciergemaybe it will be Christy orAnji
..they will have extra towels deliver to your door and designate someone to wipe up the wet spotswe know, we did!
It's that overhead rainforest shower fixture that
complicates floor water control.....and the blue side glass gives you the impression of florating underwater or in outer space.....
Dont waste your money on a Stanza "Vista" (yes, everything is a "stanza" not a room....just than Pinnfarina Italian design concept carrying through).split with the extra bucks and go for at least a Chic or Imperiale.or blow the whole enchilada and take the Fresca (similar to a Presidential Suite in English) more space and more interesting things to do both inside and outside the space.
The in-room coffee maker is top of the lineget extra canisters (just askno extra charge)you will covet the espresso!
Pay attention during the in-room check-in process and ask questions if you dont understand how the remotes workeverything is
Bang & Olufsen
has a NASA designed remote!
Spend at least some late night time in the Minus-1 Loungegreat bar staff (check out the Vault).the atmosphere and crowd start morphing around mid-night.
They also make it simple to figure out the difference between the Womens Room and the Mens Room.
Love that special Keating Naughty or Nice Package[/i].black silk pajamas, etc., etc..wait till you see what the turn down crew does to your room to make your evening memorable.all kinds of little boxes of stuff .and with all of the candles burning, its more or less of Santeria[/i] meets Victorias Secret[/i].
We soaked up every nuance of the experience.
btwwhen the street noise starts getting a little loud after 1:30 AM.just toss your ear plugs (which are provided when you check in..get dressed (optional)
and go join the fun on 5th Ave.be part of the noise
problemlet others worry about the solution.
Also, if you have a car available and dont mind the drive up to Del Marconsider a late lunch or early dinner at Sbicca American Bistro http://www.sbiccabistro.com Susan Sbicca is a fabulous chef and co-owns the bisto with her wine fanatic husband, Dan.
The location is perfect.private tables, lively bar and a staff who makes you feel welcome and appreciated.
There is also an elevated deck with tables, just in case you want a sunset dinner.
Dan feels strongly about enjoying wine........on Tuesdays and Thursdays all bottles of wine on his extensive wine list
are offered at
half priced and on Sundays and Mondays there is "no corkage" so you can bring your own selection, if you like (maybe there's a special bottle or box of your favorite wine
on sale at Trader Joe's http://www.traderjoes.com)!
Message Edited by omegaet on 07-16-2008 08:09 PM