Saturday, 16 February 2019

Hilton Dead Sea Hotel and Spa (Dead Sea, Jordan)

I really do enjoy the upgrades I receive from Hilton as a “thank you” for being a frequent guest. After breakfast I couldn’t wait to return to my room for a little more sleep. The suite is very large and has a wide balcony that overlooks the Dead Sea. Would be nice to live here, but no kitchen. That is a deal-breaker.

At lunch, so Housekeeping has time to come in, I ate in the large hotel dining room. It was a buffet lunch with a very varied spread of food. At least 10 entrees to select from. Was good about avoiding the desserts and tried several of their salads instead. Everything tasted terrific! I ate outside since it was a comfortable 65F and enjoyed the view while I ate my lunch.

After lunch I walked next door to the Executive Lounge and drank a cup of tea while I worked on my blog post for yesterday. This would give Housekeeping more time to visit. Though, there probably wasn’t much for them to do. Still, it is nice to come back to a properly made bed and new towels.

I hit a bit of a snag for my trip to Beirut tomorrow. I got the wrong time for my departure from the Amman airport and needed to contact my driver to pick me up at 7:30 rather than 9:30. I sent him a text but also went to the Transportation Desk in the lobby just to make sure they knew. And who was there waiting for me? My driver, Mamoot! Great timing and he will have no problem picking me up at 7:30 tomorrow.

After meeting with Mamoot, it was then time for a glass of wine in the Executive Lounge. While there I spoke with a women who mentioned she was allergic to wheat. When I mentioned that my niece was joining me in Paris and allergic to peanuts, she suggested that my niece put, in French, a description of her peanut allergy on the home screen of her phone to show to restaurant staff. Great idea!

Was also able to confirm the visa requirements for Lebanon by U.S. travelers. I should be able to show up, buy a visa, then proceed through Passport Control. I confirmed this with the hotel.

I decided not to take another nap so I can have a better chance at a good night’s sleep. Will order dinner to my room (tuna sandwich) and watch the current episode of “The Orville” tonight before bed. I also have some texts and email to answer too.

Tomorrow, travel to Beirut. I don’t have any particular sites to see, but I’m sure I’ll find something to do.

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