The deficits outweighed
There were some very good things about this hotel that were unfortunately mitigated by deficits. The main good things were:
1) The room. Upgraded to a 16th floor junior suite on account of my Diamond Hhonors status, I had a bathroom that included a shower stall of about four square meters (including a marble bench with waterfall) and a separate bathtub overlooking the city. All the usual toiletries were on hand doubly. The room was spacious and comfortable.
2) The location. The hotel is pretty central and in particular within a complex that includes a shopping mall with a very good supermarket.
Of course, staff was also nice, but that's been the case at all hotels I've stayed at in Minsk.
The main deficits for me were:
1) No gym worthy of the name. Yes, they have something they call a fitness room, but it is minimally equipped, so that the whole thing seems to be there just so they can claim to have fitness facilities.
2) No executive lounge. Doubletrees don’t usually have one anyway, but they certainly can when they want, and a property of the competition in Minsk belonging to a comparable brand does have quite a good one.
Though these were the main deficits, I was a bit disappointed to find that an otherwise decent breakfast selection (though no peanut butter, oddly) included potatoes with cheese on them. This is a completely gratuitous way of preventing anyone who avoids milk products from enjoying a standard breakfast item that doesn't even need cheese in the first place. The cheese can be offered on the side. The hotel may say that a guest could always request potatoes without cheese – I would counter by saying that a guest can just as easily request potatoes WITH cheese. The grilled tomatoes were also covered with something that appeared to include cheese.
Also, both other hotels in Minsk I stayed in on this occasion charged me an amount in local currency very consistent with the US dollar amount of the respective reservation. Only the Doubletree charged several percentage points more, for reasons unexplained. It struck me as an underhanded way of charging more than the agreed-upon price.