- SkyTeam Elite Lounge, London Heathrow
- Air France: LHR-CDG, Economy
- Courtyard by Marriott, Paris CDG
- Air France: CDG-TLS, Economy
- Crowne Plaza, Toulouse
- Aeroscopia Museum: In Pictures
- Toulouse: In Pictures
- Air France: TLS-CDG, Economy
- Air France: CDG-LHR, Economy
For the stop over at Paris CDG, an airport hotel was a must. I was close to booking the Holiday Inn Express. However, as I was keen to explore the Marriott Bonvoy program in 2020, I figured I’d get a head start.
The Courtyard was around the same price as the Holiday Inn Express, but on paper looked far better. The downside though was that it would require a shuttle to get from the airport as opposed to using the CDGVAL train to get to it. No matter though, as I wasn’t arriving particularly late or departing early.
One thing that annoyed me before I’d even arrived was… you guessed it. The pre-authorisation. More recently, I’ve taken to reading the T&C’s more carefully when booking hotels. Now, I know that the hotels will more than likely take some sort of pre-authorisation, but they still don’t mention it anywhere. And the fact that this place took it before I’d even arrived was a bit much I thought! I could go on for hours about this, but I won’t bore you.
The shuttle to the hotel turned up within a few minutes and made the surprisingly long journey to the hotel.
Upon arrival I was impressed with what I found. The lobby area was large and welcoming. It featured a restaurant, bar and a marketplace.
I was checked in reasonably quickly, and given a room on the third floor.
The room itself was fairly large. Immediately as you enter, there was a separate toilet to the left.
Next to this was a shower and sink. All very clean.
Along with the standard Courtyard amenities.
On to the room itself, there was a large bed with powerpoints nearby.
At the far end of the room was a chair with a small table.
Along the front of the room was a small-ish desk area with a power point and lamp.
Attached to the wall was a good sized TV with mostly French channels, but also a good deal of other languages too.
WiFi was provided free of charge, although connecting via the standard means wasn’t possible. Therefore a trip to the front desk was in order, where a connection code was provided.
And finally, there was the standard tea and coffee tray provided in the room.
The pre-authorisation issue aside, the Courtyard Paris CDG was a great hotel. The bed was very comfortable – meaning I got a great nights sleep. The room was very clean and I’m led to believe the hotel recently had a full refurbishment. Despite not being the closest hotel to the airport itself, the shuttle ran fairly regularly, meaning I wasn’t waiting more than ten minutes either at the airport or at the hotel when returning. The price was also very reasonable for an airport property too.