As for the Quality Inn comparisons, NYT says: “Five stars is a lot to aim for in a former Quality Inn with two slow and awkwardly located elevators, but behind its slick new white facade, Stay manages a hip vibe and professional, friendly service.”
A few more highlights: luxurious custom-woven 300-thread-count sheets from India, Skype and Bluetooth-compatible phones with video (linked to the doorbell!), and generous eggs-bacon-and-toast breakfasts from room service at half the price of shabby options at many luxury hotels. NYT says the T-shaped lobby has a “festive nightclub ambiance,” and the frequented Aspen Social Club off the lobby draws 20something locals (“so you never feel like you’re coming home to an empty house”).
Maybe best of all, though, is the recession’s impact on the room rates, which have dropped from what was meant to be $565 down to $229 (and lower).
[Photo: Robert Caplin for The New York Times]