Have you seen the (I believe) famous Canadian comedy show The Red Green Show? I liked it a lot (10-15 years ago) – it was shown on PBS…The main character Red (Steve Smith) is the leader of Possum Lodge and a self-proclaimed handyman who is constantly extolling the virtues of duct tape (“the handyman’s secret weapon”).
Well, on my recent business trip to Paris I relived my happy memories of watching Mr. Red….but I also had the bad experience with the Hilton at CDG-Paris.
I arrived late (around 10pm) and checked in quickly into a nice room – exec room on the hotel’s 2nd floor.
In the morning though I had rather unpleasant experience when I tried to take a shower – the hotel shower = a handheld shower with a grip bar – turned out to be broken and fixed with….yes! you guessed it DUCT TAPE (Mr. Red would haven been proud!)
There were two problems with that
a) the shower was broken and fixed by a questionable housekeeping handy person
b) with Duct Tape that would not hold the handshower in place as the water started flowing through it, the grip would release and the shower would fall to the floor….
You can see the shower setup on these two photos I took with my iPhone – pretty interesting usage of duct tape after all…
I took a shower eventually – gasp! – by holding the handheld shower in one hand…not convenient but, hey, it is only a Hilton!!! Not..!
Then, later that morning, the second surprise came about – I wanted to get to the airport. The helpful front desk staff told me “Yes, of course – which airline?” I told them “British Airways”. The response was “Sure – terminal 2….please wait for the shuttle”. I waited for about 20-minutes and finally the shuttle was there. Well we boarded, and made it to the airport, but to Terminal 2E!!! We were told here you are for your flights….I asked them “Is British airways here?” the response was “yes”
Come to find out – indeed – BA was in Terminal 2 – but Terminal 2A…. A helpful airport employee smiled and said – “you better hurry…you have a bit of a walk ahead of you”
I guess I needed it – indeed, it took quite the walk to make it from 2E to 2A…. But my frustration was with the Hilton staff. I bet there are plenty of guests who fly BA
Why not drive to the proper terminal to start with? Hopefully someone from Hilton will see my gripe and do something about it.