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Since you clearly LOVE the Hotel New York so much, you’ve got to go take a walk over to the Hotel Santa Fe. That’s where we spent a night last year. Wow. You’ll thank your lucky stars you’re staying at such a fun, luxurious, intricately themed hotel such as the New York once you see the Santa Fe — which is a bit like a Motel 6 without the class.


Steve Expounded Thusly:

I did not even know there was such a hotel here! I saw the fancy-looking Newport and the rustic Sequoia Lodge. Whew. And to think therre’s worse.

Richard said today that this must be considered a decent hotel in Europe. Hmm…

It reminds of the Swan and Dolphin in Orlando. Ugh!

Saturday, April 9th, 2005 • 8:39pm • Permalink

John Expounded Thusly:

The New York is not considered a decent hotel by most Europeans I know. They would rather chew off their feet, pull the skin off of the now-chewed-off feet, stretch it and make a tent to sleep in rather than stay at the New York.

The Sequoia Lodge is like the Wilderness Lodge if it were designed on a budget with the strict instruction “make it all look like a big box.” And that’s probably exactly what happened.

I like the Newport Bay, except that they have no room service because the place is so extraordinarily oversized that (and this is true) they had to discontinue room service around 1993 because the food was cold by the time it got to the rooms.

But, now, onto the Santa Fe. Steve, you MUST go visit this place. Picture yourself a 9-year-old child, from, say, Switzerland or Portugal. Your parents tell you that the family is finally going to Disneyland Paris. Your little eyes light up, you begin dreaming of the day you will meet Mickey, and, after making it clear to your parents that under no circumstances will you visit The Walt Disney Studios, you count the days and minutes until your trip. You spend nine hours in a Punto to get to Disneyland …

… and then you wind up at the Santa Fe.

Would you cry? Would you have a little 9-year-old nervous breakdown? Would you insist on going back home? “Sad” does not begin to describe this place.

You must also take some time to visit the Hotel Cheyenne. At least that has the benefit of being … well, novel. Quite novel.

Sunday, April 10th, 2005 • 12:02pm • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

I hope any more spare time I have is not spent looking around these horrible hotels!

Oh, and you are very right. The Sequoia is like a Grand Californian or Wilderness Lodge as designed for Wells Fargo. Ugly and dull. What the hell were they thinking here?

Monday, April 11th, 2005 • 10:21am • Permalink


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