SoHo Grand Hotel, NYC
By Shep D
To brashly confess the un-affordability of an overnight experience. One can surmise the costly rooms are suitably restful. Working on nearby Grand Street, curiosity encouraged a lunch-time "walk-around" appraisal of the free public spaces, which in many instances are also quite nice.
(1) Main entrance lobby: Hushed and murmurously purposeful airy/voluminous spot. The numerous staff gives you the once over and if your shirt's tucked and shoes laced, "you're in." So what if you're luggin' a brown-bag 22oz Heineken as luggage. "Where are the restrooms?" inquiry conjures a helpful pointing staffer graciously directing.
(2) Bathrooms: expectedly sleek with stylish no-knob magic faucets. Unacceptably chintzy hand-towels.
(3) Mezzanine Library: Super-great comfy-furniture zone one of those nifty NYC hideouts you and maybe a kissing pal could be the only fun folks in there.
(4) 7th floor outdoor-setback pool-bar: Okay; the pool seems like a fountain.
(5) Room-floor Hallways: sleek but the veneers and treatments seem chintzy; not stolid/quality.
(6) Elevator Lobby: Too narrow, big traffic jams, the consequence of compromised building proportions that compelled saving space in the wrong, much-trafficked place.
Would Shep stay if he could afford to pay? Maybe-to-probably. Enjoy!!
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