It was a long flight and we are both rummy from lack of sleep. Anyway I am rummy, Tim was more successful on the sleep front than I was. It is currently in the wee hours of Tuesday morning here (just after 5 am) and Tim is anxiously awaiting 6 am when the breakfast room opens. We have eaten five times since we arrived at LAX, but you would think he had not seen food in months.
There was some confusion over our hotel reservations. Since we planned on arriving two days early to help get over any jet-lag, I booked us two nights at the Mariya Boutique Residence located near the airport. Arriving in the middle of the night, I wanted a quiet place close by so we could simply crash for a few hours until we got acclimated to the local time zone. I had arranged for roundtrip transportation, so had expected for someone to meet us outside of the customs/immigration area with a sign and our last name prominently displayed.
No such luck – no sign, no driver from the hotel
We asked a small group of uniformed individuals if they could direct us, and almost immediately a young man held up a Gate 1 sign. That was the tour company we were to meet up with in two days. As luck would have it, they had our names, and had a driver standing by to drive us to the hotel.
Well not the hotel I had booked, but the hotel that the tour company had us booked at two days from now. Undaunted, we hopped into the car and off we went toward the city. Coming in this late there was little traffic.
So upon arrival at Aetas Lumpina, they of course do not have any reservation for us. The two desk clerks however handled us gingerly and kindly and got us a room. It worked out for the best, as we are now in town, already settled in where we will be staying, and can now rest up and explore for two full days.
The hotel lobby was unexciting, but the room itself is clean and roomy with a comfortable bed.