The idea of staying in a modern style hotel occurred to me when I visited
New York last summer. Roger Williams sat on the corner of Madison and
31st. It was a "minimalist" hotel, newly designed and refurbished.
In the middle of the lobby sat an old Steinway grand. I asked the front
desk if I could play it. He said, "Yes, but only a few notes."
What did that mean? I soon learned that it was saved for performances
- the most recently being by the lady from the Young and the Restless.
The 14th floor superior room came with a balcony, to my pleasant surprise.
I walked outside to feel the Manhattan spring air. Had there been chairs
I would have sat outside for a while. But the air was chilly.
The bathroom was unique. Mirrors, frosted glass door, and glass shower
separator. No bathtub, but a wooden plank on the floor for the shower.
This was the first hotel I stayed that had a CD player. I put on the
CD made by my new friend. It sounded better than from my laptop.
The true test of a hotel is, however, by the quality of the bedsheets.
Mine was of the highest kind.
Only I stayed just one night. Complimentary continental breakfast was
served from 7 to 10 am. This was the second test of a hotel. Not bad at
I liked the high ceilings. I liked the proximity to Korea town. I liked
all of it, except not being able to play the piano.
17 May 2001