a traveler from Travelocity.com
on February 10, 2008
My husband and I vacationed in Russia and on our return we had to change planes in Paris. Our plane was to depart at 1 p.m. and Air France went on strike at noon. I'll spare you the details, but within 24 hours Charles de Gaulle looked like the New Orleans Convention Center after Katrina. People were everywhere srambling for a way out of Paris. Twenty-four hours later when my husband and I were told that we could not get out by air for five days, we decided to take the train to anywhere to fly home. We were able to fly out of Amsterdam three days later so we opted to take the train to Amsterdam.
Fortunately, Starwood Hotels has a Sheratonl right off the baggage area at Charles deGaulle airport. We asked the concierge to help us reserve space on the train and also book a room for us at the Sheraton at the airport in Amsterdam.
You would think that the flight traffic would be disturbing. We didn't hear one engine. The room was fabulous, unbelievably comfortable and full of amenities. The food was a feast each morning. The staff was elegant, friendly and most accommodating.
If you think you'll be too far away from the city, the transportation to and from the airport is plentiful and speedy whether by bus or train. We always wanted to go to Amsterdam, but not by accident. By the time we flew out of there after two nights, you would have thought we planned the trip thanks to the thoughtful, experienced concierges at Starwood.
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