New York City is one of my all-time favorite places. I have a lot of favorite destinations, I have to admit, but NYC and Manhattan really are special.
I’m writing this post on the 23rd floor of WestHouse Hotel in New York City on The Terrace, the hotel’s beautiful patio that overlooks the city. From here I can see down Broadway, and across West 54th street. The city itself is humming all around from this vantage point, but it also gives a little clarity into what’s around you from a kind of bird’s-eye-view.
For ten years now I have been writing about hotels for The Gate and for newspaper travel pages, in addition to my last book. I have been in about as many hotels as the Gideon Bible and given that I have formed very definite, almost subconscious ways of determining if I am digging a hotel I am in–and that usually begins immediately with the way I am treated on my first approach to the front desk for check in.