Archive for May, 2012


Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

After a fine breakfast at the Hilton Madrid Airport we checked out, took the shuttle and checked in at MAD. Surprised to notice the words “fast track” on our boarding pass as we hadn’t know such a facility existed. Fortunately it does and we were soon through security and off to the Iberia business lounge. Flight was delayed and the boarding was as chaotic as usual. There is a little point in announcing they are boarding by seat row number if they fail to enforce it. It soon became apparent there were some unusual people on board and not just those heading to Pride. For a Spanish internal flight the average height of young men was significantly higher than usual. It turns out that the Gran Canaria basketball team were on board! No drinks on board today as we had a hire car to pick and on Iberia you have to pay if in cattle class!  At LPA we collected our luggage after not too long a wait and headed out to collect the hire car, which was nicely blocked in by two cars. Whilst the better half (hereinafter known as TBH) went off to fine someone to help I waited by the luggage. I then noticed a car rental chap, explained the situation in my halting Spanish and he promptly pushed one car one way, the other car the other way to reveal a gap to drive the car out!

Drove down to Playa del Ingles to pick up the two straights in the group and went to the villa. This was the uncertain bit as the normal villa we have was already booked so we took this one two doors’ down. Very different to the first one but pleasing nonetheless. Quick disco nap and then prepared to go out.

Madrid – Hilton at the airport

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Second time here. Service was absolutely excellent. Check-in was great. The information to get to the metro was spot-on. In the lounge the lady on duty couldn’t do more, even though the Americans could have gone online and answered their own questions. They are so lazy. Because they are in  a Hilton Hotel they assume they are in America. No, you are abroad. For an airport hotel this is top-notch.

Other pics can be found here

Gran Canaria via Madrid – why not direct?

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

The obvious way to get to Gran Canaria is direct from London, e.g. easyJet which was our regular means of getting there. However, I have now given up on that route, until easyJet introduce allocated seating (they are trialling it at the moment on some routes). For me the stress of running through the airport to get to the front of the queue is now too much; I don’t need it when going on holiday. Half the flight now buys speedy boarding making it a mockery and a total lottery. Although once on board the experience isn’t too bad it’s still not worth it for me. And it’s not always cheaper once you’ve paid for speedy boarding, luggage (no more than 20kgs) etc. Bring back GB Airways, a BA wholly owned subsidiary that flew to GC direct from Gatwick. Great experiences with them. In the meantime, we now fly to Madrid (this time staying for a couple of nights) and then onwards to GC. OK, luggage doesn’t always keep up with us but flying back with no overnight stop we will have about 4 hours in Madrid airport so hopefully the luggage won’t be delayed.