One of the difficulties of flying to Europe is the arrival at the crack of dawn after an overnight flight. Wouldn’t it be nice if you arrived and got to check into your hotel as soon as you arrived? Here’s my latest adventure on the “morning after.”
No matter what I do, I can’t sleep on overnight flights. I’ve tried drinking wine, taking Benadryl, and even taking sleeping pills. Nothing works! I flew over from JFK to Athens on Delta Airlines Business Class (thanks to miles), so I had my own cozy little cubbie. I watched a few movies and attempted, once again, to sleep. My seat reclined all the way down and it was all very comfortable but still no sleep. I laid there listening to jazz music with my eyes closed and aware of all the sounds of plates being put away and people snoring around me. Eight hours later we arrived in Athens.
Upon arrival into Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport we gathered our welcome kit at the City of Athens Infopoint which included: A city map and guide, transportation passes, Athens Spotlighted Card, and a letter for free admission to a variety of venues. We popped into the metro and off we went to the Acropolis Metro Station.
By the time, we arrived at our hotel “Royal Olympic Athens” it was close to 11:00 AM. We were exhausted and just wanted to sleep a few hours. I had a tour already arranged with the “Athens Walking Tour” group to see all the sights of Athens at 2:00 PM. When we arrived at the hotel, the lobby was impressive and the staff very attentive. Once we got to the reception counter we got the dreadful news “YOUR ROOM ISN’T READY“. My husband told the employee that we were exhausted and needed to sleep. The hotel was very accommodating and put us in a “De Luxe Room” facing another building and overlooking the pool area. We had a small view of the Parthenon. I was disappointed when I saw our room. It wasn’t one of their glorious rooms that I had looked forward to. Our bathroom and the bedroom were a little outdated: The air conditioner hardly worked. We were pretty busy and my husband hates changing rooms once we’ve checked it so I didn’t pursue getting a better room but it continued to bug me that we weren’t in one of their great ones. I believe we were staying in the old wing of the hotel and it wasn’t a 5 star hotel room.
The next day I run into another blogger who was staying at our hotel and was raving about his room and the view. His room was facing the Acropolis and had floor to window views with a marble tub in the bathroom. Was I a little jealous when I heard he had a fabulous room with a view? But I had told my husband I wouldn’t make him move…So I kept my month shut.
Wouldn’t it be nice for hotels to accommodate travelers arriving from overnight flights to Europe by charging a little extra to have your room available upon arrival