- Flight DL 15 FRA to ATL
- Flight DL 2155 ATL to LAX
- Hilton LAX, Hertz
- Embassy Suites Ontario Airport
- Comfort Inn in Oakhurst
- Yosemite NP
- Comfort Inn in Mariposa
- Travelodge Merced
- Merced to Sacramento, Red Roof Inn
- Shopping, Dining
- W Silicon Valley
- San Francisco Day 1
- San Francisco Day 2
- Days Inn & Suites in Hayward
- San Francisco Day 3
- Sleep Inn & Suites Bakersfield
- Sheraton Ontario Airport
- EconoLodge Near LAX
- Flight DL 1814 LAX to CVG
- DoubleTree by Hilton CVG
- Flight DL 1520 CVG to ATL
- Flight Delta 14 ATL to FRA
After we had picked up our baggage we headed to the hotel shuttle stop outside the building and waited for the Hilton LAX shuttle. After a little bit longer than short wait it finally arrived, picked us up, and brought us to the hotel. The drive was relatively short onto Century Blvd including a U-turn to get to the hotel.
After unloading I tipped the driver and took a photo of the lobby while entering. Then we proceeded to the front desk to check in. Fortunately, the hotel provides an extra desk for Gold and Diamond VIPs. And thanks to my gold status (have to thank several BoardingArea bloggers for that) I could bypass the line of non-elites (at least not above silver). The front desk agent was friendly and quickly checked me in, giving me room #1404.
He informed me about the hours of the pool and the gym (which was open 24/7) and the hours of the Tower VIP lounge located on the 16th floor.
We took the elevator to the 14th floor and headed to our room.
On the right side of the entrance section of the room hang a mirror and on the left side was the door to the bathroom. Straight ahead was the actual bedroom with a comfortable king bed, a comfortable chair with a small table, a small desk, and a flatscreen tv.
Desk and tv
View of room from other side
King bed and door to bathroom
The bathroom featured a toilet, a single sink, and a shower tub. The temperature control worked very good and the water pressure was excellent.
Sink with Peter Thomas Roth amenities
We settled into our room and then took the elevator to the 16th floor to check out the lounge where a dessert was offered. As it turned out this dessert consisted of cookies. We helped ourselves to a couple cookies, I had a diet coke and Karin had a red wine, which, unfortunately, was not complimentary. After finishing our drinks we grabbed a couple bottles of water and headed back to our room.
We showered and then fell soundly asleep on our comfy bed.
The next morning, after a great and restful sleep, we again headed to the lounge to enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast. The breakfast spread was sufficient with fruit, bread, pastries, and cereals, especially when considering the price 😉
When fed we packed our stuff and headed down to check out and take the hotel shuttle to the airport to catch a Hertz bus taking us to, well, to Hertz. The Hilton driver we had this morning did an incredible job! Though there were quite a few people, all with some luggage, he remembered correctly who came with which bags. Amazing! He really earned his tip.
When we were dropped off at ground transportation at LAX we did not have to wait long before the next Hertz bus arrived and took us to the Hertz lot.
I looked up the Gold service table to find the right stall number and then we walked to the car that had been reserved for us. It happened to be a Toyota Camry which was fine but I had been assigned a Camry several times now so that I was curious what Gold Choice had to offer.
Pre-assigned Toyota Camry
So we walked over to the row of vehicles reserved for Gold Choice. After walking back and forth between the cars parked there I decided to take a Nissan Quest after I had figured out how to fold down the third row seats. Of course, this was very easy and done quickly. We packed our stuff into the rear of the car making use of the hidden compartment underneath the flat floor. Kinda cool!
Nissan Quest we chose from Gold Choice area
When exiting the grounds of Hertz we received our contract and were on our way. Finally, after half a year I was driving a car on American roads again! First stop was USPS to buy a batch of stamps we would need for sending postcards both within the States and overseas back to Germany. Shortly thereafter the freeways were mine 😉