Walking in from the back parking lot through the ballroom is like coming home. The ground floor level is not air conditioned, but ceiling fans, potted palms, beautiful sitting areas, and the front porch remind you of a quieter, slower pace of life. The staff, from the front desk to the folks who keep the hotel spotless, welcome you with a smile and a greeting. With early morning coffee, a wonderful breakfast, and the newspaper on the front porch, it's easy to forget you are in the heart of the downtown area. The upstairs rooms, which are air conditioned, are comfortable and inviting, but we always seem to spend more time on the porch.