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New York Republicans score closest, comfiest beds to the convention floor

Membership has its privileges.

Especially for delegates of Republican nominee Donald J. Trump's home state of New York, who are resting their heads on some of the most luxurious beds in Cleveland.

Delegates from the Empire State are staying at the Renaissance Hotel on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, just blocks from the Quicken Loans Arena.

Built in 1918, the architecturally rich Renaissance bills itself as a "sophisticated downtown Cleveland hotel" near the Public Square that is "connected to Tower City Center's exclusive boutiques, restaurants and cinema."

It boasts 441 rooms and 50 suites that come replete with "oversized marble bathrooms with TVs and luxurious toiletries," the hotel's website states.

Beside the cozy comforts, New York's delegates are are sleeping closer to the stage than those from any other state.

It's only a half-mile walk to the Quicken Loans Arena from the front steps of the hotel.

In fact, New York is one of only five states whose delegates are staying in downtown Cleveland and within easy walking distance of the arena, according to a list published by Cleveland.com.

The others are delegates from the host state of Ohio, along with Wisconsin, South Carolina and Texas.

The next nearest, Georgia, is staying at a Holiday Inn about 3.5 miles east of the convention site.

Others, like delegates from Maine and Virginia, are staying 20 miles or more outside of the city.

The furthest away?

California's delegates.

They're almost a full hour to the west in Sandusky.

According to the Cleveland.com report, the hotels are assigned by the Republican National Committee and "are a mix of the political and practical."

For instance, it's tough to find space for California because it has more than 600 delegates.

Also, the report stated that the GOP national committee "can afford to offend" California's delegates because the state hasn't gone Republican in the presidential election since 1988, when it voted for President George H.W. Bush over Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

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