Bayside, New York
January 4, 2005
Minor drawbacks, such as having to carry your own luggage and making trips to an ice machine that is on a different floor, can be mildly annoying, but they make up for it by serving you a complimentary breakfast every morning, and if you’re lucky enough to arrive or stay through a Wednesday, you can partake in the social hour. They have a fitness room if you need to loosen your muscles, and if you’re without a car, their shuttle will deposit you at the airport straight to your designated airline.
As you can see from the pictures, the decor is simple and clean. They skimp terribly on the pillows, which feel like dead sausages. It’s only one pillow per head, and if they can accommodate you, you might get two. The kitchen is very well equipped with all the necessary utensils, dishware, tableware, fridge, microwave, etc. Of course you have wireless connections, as you’re in the heart of Silicon. You get to read the Mercury News, which, by the way, is a far, far better newspaper than the San Francisco Chronicle. Boy, did I suffer with that paper for 2 years!
If you’re here for business, they have a dry cleaning service and meeting rooms for your convenience. There was also a hair dryer, a coffeemaker, and two line phones but, unfortunately, no view. The rates are extremely reasonable, especially if you book on the Internet. I don’t know why, but we have frequently landed in handicap accessible rooms. Don’t laugh, there is an upside - everything is larger!
From journal Los Tigres del Norte call it home: San José