Is there a difference in meaning between these two sentences?
- I went to the hotel you were staying at when you were in New York.
- I went to the hotel you stayed at when you were in New York.
Perhaps one reading is that they went to the hotel where their friend was (still) staying, but another is that they went to the hotel where their friend had (previously) stayed. The use of the past tense were staying at when you were in New York would seem to mean that the friend was no longer there.
With I went, which represents a definite action at a point in time, does it matter if the stay at the hotel is described with the past continuous you were staying or not? Is one more correct than the other?