Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sleepless in Denver
We left for the airport this morning at 3:00 am....it should be illegal to get up that early.
As a result, I got almost no sleep (cause I stare at the clock worrying that I'll over-sleep...so I end up not sleeping at all). Our flight left at 6:20 am, we got into Denver around 9:30 am, and then to the hotel around 11:00 am.
So...I'm a "wee" bit tired and will be napping very soon. As I type this blog to the sound of my traveling companion snoring blissfully in the background, I also realize that my free wireless internet connection comes and goes as it pleases...so I'm gonna try to make this a quick entry.
The Curtis Hotel, where we're staying is great and, once the very friendly and proud Marys behind the counter realized that we were also just as proud, they were VERY kind and immediately upgraded our standard room with a one window view to a larger room on the top floor that also came with two different views of the city.
A very nice welcome indeed!
The hotel is great and a lot of fun. They have a very friendly and helpful staff, themed floors (we're on the "Cool Riders" floor...so it's famous TV and Film visuals that relate to cars. There is a framed pic of David Hasselhoff with his Knight Rider car just outside our door and we didn't even have to pay extra for it), cool bar, tasteful decor and pre-recorded Don Pardo-type announcements on each elevator stop (I imagine it gets old quick for employees, but it's fun for us now). It's also in a nice area of downtown Denver and right next to the Performing Arts Center and a very modern Convention Center.
We basically checked in, dropped our things in the room, and then went out and did a quick walk around the area to see a few things while we could still stand upright.
So far, I really like Denver.
The convention center has a very cool design (plus a random two story tall blue bear peering in from outside)...you don't get that everywhere.
The Performing Arts Center is also a fun mix of old and modern design....lots of interesting visuals all around.
Even the hotel bar has a variety of interesting visual snacks....
Like this large Post-It board in the bathroom where you can leave any message you want (rather than actually writing on the wall).
People seem to be enjoying it and, by the looks of some of the notes....there are a variety of people one can call for a good time.
That's always important to know when visiting a new town, don't you think?
I must nap now....