Have you ever been on a staycation? Well I swear this is strangely more exciting then going out of town. You feel super spoiled because you are going to have someone serving you hand and foot whiles you are sort of at home because you don’t need to ask a stranger for any direction, hot spots to grab lunch whatsoever. Heck, you need not check your mailbox!
The Dream Hotel in Downtown New York was supposed to be my staycation. Come to find out it reminds me of those super chic looking designer bags that are actually fake… and not worth a dime. Although outside the hotel looks beautiful, after we stepped out of the elevator and walked the dark smelly halls that led to the room, I knew this was not the hotel for me.
The hotel designers remembered the importance of beauty when designing this building but forgot the importance of comfort. Aside from the lobby, pool and roof top terrace this hotel does not feel like a home away from home. At best it feels like a closet… with a nicely decorated door.
I recall sun bathing at the pool of this hotel last summer, believing it was the pinnacle of luxury, but I was poorly mistaken.
Their hallways are dimly lit and incredibly cramped where a stench of cigarettes hangs in the air. I sacrificed an entire bottle of designer perfume trying to unsuccessfully change the scent of my 2 by 2 hotel room the was offered as a “suite”. The bathroom was especially bad. They were bare and ugly not to mention terribly stocked with a permanent scent of cigarettes in the air.
I was later “upgraded” to a suite I’ve never seen in any other hotel– and I’ve been to many, given that I’ve traveled to twenty countries in my life. I can honestly rate this the worst hotel I’ve been in. Mind you I’m from a very small town of Eshowe South Africa where even there my local hotel is luxury compared to this.
Truthfully what makes this hotel worth while is the pool, lobby and roof top. Not much beyond that.
Overall the Dream Hotel is no Dream; it is a nightmare. It was the amazing roof top with one of NYC’s best views that convinced me the rooms would be ‘dream’ but after this failed staycation I can assure you there are better places worth your time, money and peace of mind.