Note: Hidden in this post is a stupid mistake I made, but realized before any significant consequence. If you spot it before I reveal it, you get a gold star!
Lufthansa Flt. 2229, Paris CDG to Munich, 1h 30 min, A320, Business Class
The Hilton CDG is on the airport property, but given the size of CDG, that’s not saying much. It wasn’t too bad, though, as I took the CDGVAL airport shuttle train two stops to the Terminal 3/Train Station exit, and the Hilton was a few minutes walk from the station. The property is modern and a fairly typical airport hotel. As I arrived, a Qatar Airways flight crew was checking in, so I waited patiently. Then two French people walked up and literally stood about 3 feet in front of me, as if I were a hologram. My face must have shown my repulsion/shock/anger and the clerk called me over, and said, “Sir, it’s okay.”
I had booked the Hilton because of a competitive rate, about half that of the CDG Sheraton, its location, and my Hilton HHonors Gold status – though before the recent massive devaluation of Hilton HHonors points. Hilton treats its mid-level elites very well, though, with upgrades, free internet, and free breakfast, which all came through on this stay. I was pre-assigned to the Executive Floor, the highest in the hotel, and given access to the Executive Lounge. The room was fine, with cool views of the runway, but nothing remarkable. I decided I’d head to the gym first as I was fighting to stay awake to get my body closer to New York time. I was exhausted though, and lasted only about 25 minutes. The gym was also adequate, and there was a small indoor swimming pool which French teenagers were enjoying. I then headed up to the Lounge, only to find it’s hot hors d’ouvres service had ended, and though the lounge was open for 2.5 more hours, there was no food available at all except a fruit bowl. (The sign suggested there was “salty mix and beverages” til 11pm, but alas, no salty mix.) The lounge was nothing special, so I had a diet coke (no booze available) and an apple and then headed back to my room.Read More