We never pass up an opportunity to hang out with Texans.
So, when friends from Houston and Austin asked us to meet them in New York this past weekend we hurried up to Gotham as fast as New Jersey Transit could carry us (which, as you might expect wasn't very fast).
In any event we still arrived with time to spare (we departed very early) and checked into our surprisingly tiny room at the W Hotel on Manhattan's fashionable East Side. Staying at the W is a bit like staying in a spa. The entire hotel (including the guest rooms) features dim lighting and aromatic scents. The pluses: incredibly plush, heavenly beds; digital wide screen TVs, new decor and furnishings, nice amenities, ample water pressure in the sink and shower, fluffy cotton robes and a sight 'n sound in-house TV channel that tranquilizes. The minuses: not enough lighting anywhere, a bedside air conditioning system that blows directly on your head, abysmal closet and drawer space, the aforementioned teeny tiny room and the hotel's insistence on trying to get you to buy everything in the room (amenities, wine, bottled water, junk food, the robes, etc.).
Anyway, who goes to New York and stays in the hotel room?
We had a great time in the city. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed many sights, sounds and tastes.