Flying cheap, well...more like affordable
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In October 2007 my daughter and I decided it was time for another climbing experience, so we immediately booked our stay in Sella for coming May. Villa Pico only has 4 rooms and a studio, so booking early is always good, especially if you want the studio. We truely thought we would have enough time to book an affordable flight to Alicante. Boy, were we wrong! I´d never counted on the long spring break, that would infect the whole Dutch population with the travel bug and cause an unusually two week-exodus. Of course, this drove the air prices through the roof! I should have seen it coming. Knowing we flew up and down to Alicante for 300 euro, we were shocked to find the price in May to be over 700 euro. Allright, no panic, we could always try to fly with a low budget airline, could we? And so the hunt began.
Next step: booking a hotel in Geneva. Funny, I´d never realised we´d have an option to sleep over in France. We would land in Geneva 22.35, so we didn´t care much about the hotel. As long as it was close to the airport, because check-in for Alicante would open at 05.40 next morning. The Median Geneve, located in Ferney-Voltaire offered a good internet rate, we booked it immediately. It was only untill much later I searched for some reviews. On TripAdvisory the ratings were bad, really bad. Hard beds, lots of noise, reception closed when you arrive, no airport shuttle as promised. I did get a little nervous, I must admit. But we decided that for a 5 hour sleepover, we wouldn´t get ourselves worked up. And rightly so! We arrived at Geneve Airport (Cointrin International Airport) half an hour late, due to traffic jam at Schiphol. It took the taxidriver ten minutes to get us to the Median hotel. He warned us, we´d have to arrange a taxi for next morning, with the receptionist of the hotel, otherwise we would get stuck. In contrary to all the reviews I´ve read, the receptionist was very helpful. He arranged a taxi for next morning and promised us to wake us on time. The room was small, but quiet. No problem there! The beds were okay, so why were all those people complaining? Or is it just that we were prepared for the worsed? The receptionist rang us on time, the taxidriver was not late and check-in was very smooth. Villa Pico here we come!