This hotel does not let anyone inside except its guests. A guard at the front said, "Wee doo thees to protek the preevacy of our guezt." Um, ok. Fortunately, someone in our group had the courage to ask for just a quick peek into the foyer and the gift shop which was right next to the entrance.
We really cannot even tell you what the hotel was like. Our "experience" was over in a flash and we spent the millisecond that we peeked in worrying that the guard was going to call in for backup in case we crossed over to the elevator bank.
Needless to say, that was a first for us: we've never had a hotel not let us into the lobby. Ah, Paree! It's kind of funny how much we wanted to go here way back when we found out the place had free WiFi but we're over it now. Note to Barry Sternlicht: If you still plan on making this hotel into a chain, we hope you reconsider this rule.