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New York, New York

I'm serious about music, and sometimes very silly about everything else. Enjoy good times with people -- the quiet kind, as well as the boisterous kind.

Member Since: July 9, 2011 | Originally From: Noo Yawk! | Relationship Status: Single
Body Type: Few extra pounds | Ethnicity: Caucasian | Friends Call Me a: Music Lover, Theater Queen | I'm looking for: Whatever, Networking, Travel buddy, Soul mate, Date, Friends

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  • Excellent value
    I loved this hotel -- a better quality than I'm used to getting from online travel sites. The staff was uniformly friendly and helpful (although the woman who checked me in misinformed me that local calls were free -- fortunately, I checked again before I made any!). The suite was spectacular. I've been in hotel suites before, but the entry hall/living room is spacious, with broad lines, and beautifully furnished (sectional coach, vaguely modern coffee table, wooden dining table/desk with a strip of outlets, plenty of lamps). The Pullman kitchen is equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, sink (of course), napkins, and coffeemaker with pods, though no utensils or pans. The queen-size (I think) bed is firm and supremely comfortable. The bathroom is a bathroom, but looks good. The supplied breakfast includes a full hot and cold buffet, plus an omelet chef. A very nice amenity is the daily cocktail hour for hotel guests (who get a pass) in the lobby: a free drink, plus all manner of munchies: pretzels, chips and salsa, sometimes cookies, sometimes pita and hummus -- you get the idea. The location is excellent, at the edge of the financial district as well as on the museum road. City Hall, Market East, and Midtown Village are all a short walk. Here are the small quibbles -- and they _are_ mostly small: --The good news is that there's free in-room Wi-Fi (which contradicts the website). The less good news is that it tends to be spotty -- my tablet kept notifying me it was reconnecting. It's mostly serviceable for simple tasks like e-mail, but rarely consistent enough for video or audio. --The way the breakfast is organized, you can't get back in later in the morning to get an extra cup of coffee or two, (Mind, I still like this breakfast better than most others I've had.) --There's no coat closet in the entry area, if you care about that sort of thing -- I don't. All told, I'd gladly stay here again at a comparable rate.

    February 26

  • Pricey, but worth it!
    Usually, for my first night in Toronto, I do something fast-foodish: small-time Chinese, for example, or a falafel platter someplace. This time, I was in the mood for a sit-down dinner so I could relax. I checked out the restaurants on Elm Street, and ended up choosing Adega, not least because it offered a $40 prix-fixe. It's actually a Portuguese-fusion place, which wasn't one of the choices above. The atmosphere is lovely: wood and brown-toned stucco, lit by what could have been track lights, had they been on a track. My opener was the "Romaine hearts" -- basically, a small Caesar salad with dried prosciutto, which was good. My entree was the pan-roasted salmon; the serving looked small, atop a bed of vegetables with two roast-potato halves, but was just the right size; the salmon was excellent. Finally, dessert and coffee: I chose the mixed-fruit sorbet, one scoop each of orange and strawberry, atop a few fruits; and first-class, strong brewed decaf. The service was attentive throughout the meal, despite the presence of several larger parties in the place; and the waiter gave me something like three coffee refills. It was lovely, and absolutely worth the money -- which wasn't as much as I thought; at the current exchange rate, it came out to about USD 32 with tip! Strongly recommended!
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    November 21

  • Nice bar and grill
    My friend and I had never been there, though he lives right on the next block; from the name, he'd expected a Chinese place! It's a better-than-average bar and grill. I had a grilled chicken Caesar, which was good; I don't remember what my friend ate -- this is two weeks ago -- but it looked quite appetizing, with mac-and-cheese involved somehow, I think. Very open and relaxing space, and the service was good.
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    November 21

  • One of my regular hangouts
    I always visit Fran's while in Toronto. The College Street outlet -- I've not visited any of the others -- has a pleasing retro diner vibe. The service is usually good, though it slips when the place is really busy. I like the food; my mixed review is based on two meals. Once, I had "breakfast" (but for lunch): scrambled eggs and sausages, which came with their diced fried potatoes and wheat toast. Everything was good, though I might go with the bacon instead of the sausages next time around. Another time, for a casual dinner, I ordered a hot open turkey sandwich, which came with cranberry sauce and vegetables. Everything was delicious. The presentation, however, stacked the two slices of bread vertically -- an American diner would overlap them, or stretch them across the plate, somehow -- with the turkey and gravy on top. This meant I got less turkey than I'd expected! Still, I like Fran's and look forward to my next (probably breakfast) visit.
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    November 15

  • Very nice, with a few reservations
    I'd never stayed at this particular hotel, although the chain itself has a good reputation. The good things: the staff was uniformly friendly and helpful; the room was beautifully laid out and tastefully outfitted, with a rather large bathroom; the breakfast selection (which came with the room) was excellent. My reservations were about the sorts of niggling things that might matter less for other people, so I'm citing them: --The location -- _behind_ the Convention Center -- means an extra few blocks' walk (through an area where a few homeless people sleep) to get to Market Street, the gayborhood, or other nightlife and restaurants. OTOH, it's near Chinatown. --The 24/7 coffee service in the lobby is a wonderful perk (so to speak!), and it would have been even better if they had urns that kept the coffee consistently hot. As it stood, whether the coffee was hot or not was sort-of-a-crapshoot. --The lightbulbs in the room -- lamps, no overhead -- were strong enough for general lighting, but not quite strong enough to read by, either in the bed or in the comfortable armchair-and-ottoman set (which had its own stand-up lamp). When I reported this to the desk on my first full morning, however, I got excellent service: first the woman at the desk brought up regular 75-watt bulbs from the bodega next door; then, a half-hour later, a fellow from facilities came up with the newfangled-type bulbs, which were even better. --The cable-TV system was a bit wonky, prone to "freezing" on certain stations. (For those who like PBS, it's buried way up on channel 50.) But I really enjoyed my stay, and I'm looking forward to staying again.
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    June 23, 2016

  • Still the best ice-cream
    It's actually just an ice-cream place in the Reading Market, but ice-cream wasn't one of the available categories. I made a point of stopping here on the morning of my departure. Even though I chose relatively bland flavors -- cinnamon, and French vanilla -- the ice-cream was first-class. I remember the fruit flavors as being excellent, but didn't have them now.
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    June 23, 2016

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