I'm not Jenny from the Block, and I don't have the rocks that she's got.
But I walked in her heels at Galveston's San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, where the singer, actress and American Idol judge stayed during the show's taping and auditions last summer. She was there with host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson.
With the new season of American Idol under way, channeling Jennifer Lopez seems fitting.
The San Luis is a 16-story, 250-room resort on the Gulf of Mexico, where sunrise on a clear day is a calming escape from weekday stress in the city. Lopez stayed on the penthouse floor, and concierge Tommy Hendricks and Philett Carter, director of guest relations, graciously offered a tour.
The Ambassador two-bedroom penthouse suite is grand, but not overly done, with modern furnishings, a wet bar and earth-tone dÃ©cor. It offers an amazing view of the Gulf and the resort's H2O pool area.
Certainly, J.Lo has seen more opulent, over-the-top hotel rooms. But after a long day of listening to many off-pitch, starry-eyed singers, I'm certain she found comfort lounging on the fluffy, penthouse bed while her entourage catered to her every whim. (She flew in by private plane to the island's Scholes International Airport with her manager, stylists and security guard.
I spent the night in the hotel's Club Ten in one of 21 custom-designed VIP rooms. The 10th-floor rooms come with luxurious bedding and a sofa area, iPod docking systems, plasma flat-screen TVs in the bedroom and bathroom and a bottle of champagne.
During the American Idol visit, Lopez's security guard stayed in the room next door to the star. Seacrest was a few doors down with girlfriend Julianne Hough, and Jackson and Tyler stayed in condos in the resort's adjacent building.
I was eager to find out if Lopez had any special requests or diva demands. Celebrities typically provide hotels with a rider, a list of room requirements. Lopez's rider originally indicated she would be visiting with her mother, husband Marc Anthony and their twins, so she requested ashtrays for Anthony, a smoker, and milk and treats for the children. However, the list changed shortly before she arrived to indicate she would be accompanied by just her staff. (The couple announced in July that they were splitting.)
For her multiple outfit changes, she requested an in-room makeup and wardrobe area. To accommodate her needs, the hotel staff removed the bed from the second bedroom and added a table, clothing racks and Hollywood mirrors. This gave her glam squad, which included hair, makeup and wardrobe stylists, ample space to get Lopez ready for the spotlight.
She wanted neither a special flower nor wine, which some celebrities are known to demand. But she did ask for a special water: Penta, an "ultra purified, energized" bottled water unavailable in Galveston. A resort employee made the trek to Whole Foods Market in Houston to purchase some 90 bottles (about $3 per bottle).
Her favorite Jo Malone candles and bags of Ruffle's sour cream and onion potato chips also were brought in. Coca-Cola, a major sponsor of American Idol, provided a variety of products, as well.
Lopez scheduled an in-room, 90-minute tandem massage, in which one massage therapist worked on her upper body, while another massaged her legs and feet. The treatment came recommended by Tyler, who had it earlier during his stay.
When the massage therapists arrived at 11 p.m., she was sitting on her bed wearing no makeup and typing on her laptop.
"She was very nice, but she wanted silence during the massage. No music. No conversation," said Candice Perez, one of the two therapists. "She didn't say anything, but she was very relaxed."
The room smelled of Lopez's favorite lavender scent and was noticeably warm, Perez said. Lopez had requested the air conditioning be turned off and the windows opened, so the heat and humidity could pour in.
As part of my J.Lo experience, I enjoyed a similar in-room massage treatment by Perez, minus the hot room and lavender scent. I slipped into a deep sleep once it was over, the sign of a good massage.
When it came to socializing, Tyler was the most engaging of the Idol bunch.
He mingled with hotel guests in the lobby, took photos with fans by the pool and even kissed a bride who was getting married in the courtyard. He dined at the resort's The Steakhouse restaurant with his fellow judges. (Jackson and Seacrest were so impressed with their steaks, they had executive chef Brian Robertson prepare a filet mignon dinner for them to take on the plane.)
Tyler's rider list included suntan lotion, a veggie shake for breakfast, and free weights and a stationary bike for his in-room workouts.
American Idol taped at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis, where the judges nibbled on a healthy menu that included fresh fish, sushi, organic vegetables and homemade cookies. (Lopez had three bites!)
While she was there, she also filmed a Samsung commercial for Best Buy spotlighting her charity, the Maribel Foundation.
"J.Lo was all about business," said Paul Schultz, vice president of hospitality of Landry's Hotel Division. "I don't think she slept while she was here."
Too bad for Lopez, because the San Luis, with all of its luxury amenities, is a perfect place to relax and catch up on sleep.
Next time, J.Lo.