Both of us love heirloom style, historically rich places and things. Old hotels that used to house former presidents and diplomats are just fantastic, and I love nothing better than looking in the old lodge and ballrooms of those places and picturing the grand parties of a hundred years ago (while we may be using rose colored lenses, it's still fun to pretend). I used to work in such a place, and actually dealt with a great deal of abuse from the owner of the place solely because the property was so great.
So we were prepared to love this place, we wanted to love the American. We would have forgiven a lot of issues in a lot of areas just on account of what it was and what it represented in the modern world, not to mention its appearance on the Beekman boys. Unfortunately, what we experienced simply surpassed what we are willing to forgive in any eatery.