Hotel Pennsylvania

Photo from the Hotel Penn Website
Okay, so I know everyone is dying to know-- how was our stay at the Hotel Penn?

(If you're confused, read last week's post here.) 

I booked the hotel out of curiosity, but I must admit, the feelings of trepidation grew stronger as the time for our NY trip came closer. Truth is,  I'm squeamish about seedy hotels. I've experienced a few too many doosies in my time.

No, I don't moonlight as a hotel call girl; my husband is a tight wad.

In our twenty-some years of marriage, my husband has booked us hotels that have been host to spring break, middle-of-the-night fire drills...doors without locks after, I assume, being busted during drug, fresh air ventilation sans air conditioning in the hallway...clerks behind bullet-proof glass...

My husband was so lousy at hotel selection, he was fired from making reservations in 2004.

I now make the travel accommodations.

So, it was my turn to sweat. I realized my desire to see history could get me served a big plate of crow from Mr. Seckman. I mean there were LOTS of bad reviews. Plenty of stories of bedbugs and bad service. There was even one that claimed a rat was spotted in the room.

But we know how reviews can be unfair, so I tried to keep an open mind.

Initial impressions were stunning. The lobby was gorgeous.

Check in was smooth and fast. I was done before my husband and son returned from the parking garage. I decided to try to find the Cafe Rouge where the Big Band's played while I waited on them. Sadly, all I found was a souvenir shop run by an aggressive salesman obviously working on commission.

Afraid to wander down anymore corridors, I went back to the lobby to find my crew and we headed to our room.

The hallway leading to the elevator still had some of that Roaring Twenties glam with the dank musty-smell of age.

It reminded me of the fifth season of American Horror Story Hotel. During each episode, I kept asking, "Who would stay in that hotel?"
As we got on the elevator that looked like it needed a uniformed guy in a pill-box hat to push the brass buttons for us, my son said, "Now you know what kind of people check into haunted hotels."
But it was all good. I wasn't getting any creepy vibes from the place. I expect old things to have an old smell and creaking floors.

All in all, my biggest disappointment in the place was that the hotel had been stripped of so much of its character. It looked like it had been last renovated in the 1970's and was stuck there. There were still gems, like the lobby, but so much of the character was gone.

The room itself was worn. The furniture, the carpet, even the drapes looked decades old. But the room was huge and contrary to reviews, it was clean. Probably one of the cleanest I've ever been in. It was so clean, my son suggested the room might have been a recent crime scene and cleaned with copious amounts of bleach.

Of course, I'm not saying crime is good, but cleaning up after yourself always makes this mom happy.

I've heard the owners of this hotel would like to return it to its turn-of-the-century splendor. I've also heard they might demolish it and put up office buildings. I hope they've come to appreciate the beauty of their investment and keep  it. I did notice from their website that they seem to be appreciating the history of the place.

*So who was the driving influence behind the Hotel Penn? EM Statler...interesting guy...I'll tell you about him next week. 

Now, onto this week's good thing check-in!!

Thanks to our hosts LexaL.G, and Tonja Drecker for this weekly good things check in! 

~Mr. Right, the movie. I watched it on HBO Go and really enjoyed it. It's rated R for the violence and language-- so when I say it was a great romantic comedy, you'll think I'm nuts, but it was. I'll add that to So I Married an Ax Murderer as one of my favorite off-beat romance flicks.  
~Caleb flew in Thursday night for spring break. His two younger brothers were home this week, so if my blog visits are light, blame being busy and not wanting to work when I could be visiting.
~We booked our beach cottage for summer. Let the countdown begin!

Congratulations to Cathrina Constantine on her latest book! It's on sale now for .99 cents. I got my copy, you better grab yours!

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