Here's what that $1,000 will get you in-room: flat-screen TVs, electronic key cards, iPod docks and digital touchscreens that let guests change lighting and temperature or call for assistance. You'll also have a floor butler on call 24 hours a day and you can hang out in a bathroom that has 24-karat gold-plated faucets and mosaic floors.
Also Kitty Beyonce at Hotel Hotsheet says the hotel reneged on its promise to deliver free WiFi and is instead charging $14.95 a day because its competitors charge for WiFi.
So it doesn't sound like we're getting the bang for our buck here. For that money, we would request a talking robot. (Seriously, people. Is this too much to ask for?) Or at the very least, give us our own personal butler. Not one that we have to share with the rest of the floor.
There's so much more we could rail on here (Artie Frommer, we hear ya!) but this is what gets us: The hotel prides itself on its legend and its history. But $400 million has been spent upgrading the rooms and some public spaces to look nothing like it used to. So basically they are selling guests on the history of the hotel that they have pretty much plastered over and then charging them (starting at the lowest price we found) $755 and up. Boo.