For my return flights home to Washington, DC, I intentionally booked a twenty-two hour layover in Tokyo between my inbound flight on Air China from Shanghai and my final leg in ANA First Class to Washington-Dulles. Why, you ask?
Because I freakin’ love Tokyo. And my buddy had never been.
That, my friends is an opportunity to maximize my routing on this award.
I’d been to Tokyo before on a previous globetrotting adventure, so I was pretty familiar with certain areas in the city — mainly Shinjuku since I stayed at the Park Hyatt Toyko last time. Since I knew Shinjuku well, I figured that would be the best place to stay this time around — we could hit some highlights and be done with it. I was looking for a Hyatt property, and the Hyatt Regency Tokyo fit the bill nicely, as it is a few blocks from the Shinjuku Station and was reasonably priced.
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For the first time in four years, I opted to stay at a hotel for Oktoberfest not named Four Points Sheraton Munich Central. And the result?
A mixed bag, really.
The Le Meridien Munich is located pretty darned conveniently – especially for Oktoberfest. The property is literally across the street from the south entrance of the Haufbahnhof Central Station, and an easy, fifteen minute walk to the center of the city, Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel. Though it’s not nearly as close at the Four Points Munich Central, the Le Meridien is only about a ten minute walk (4-5 blocks) to the front gates of Oktoberfest at the Theresenwiese.
We attempted to check-in relatively early, due to our morning arrival from the States, but not surprisingly, we were informed that our room would not be ready until 2pm. Okay, not a big deal. We then were informed that a roll-away would cost us 60 euros extra PER day. This was not what the details of our reservation said when I booked the room, and luckily I’d printed out all the confirmation details and had them with me. The front desk staff member was extremely nice and agreed that our rate did, indeed state that there was no fee for a roll-away…. score! Continue Reading →