Hotel room views

[By Marcia Milner-Brage in cities in the United States and Portugal]  When traveling, I more often stay in houses that are vacation rentals. But when I do book a hotel room, I ask for a high up room with a view. When checking in, I repeat the request. My explanation that I plan to sketch the view is usually met with a cordial nod. The Staybridge Suites is a five-story hotel in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. We were recently in town for the Iowa State Fair. I’d requested the top floor with a view. But the only room available upon check-in was on the fourth, looking out on the concrete […]