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Update 3/12/18: reader Dan reports that he has visited the hotel today and was told the contract has expired. Looks like this is gone. I’ll update again if I receive word that United has later re-upped the contract.
I arrived Paris CDG this morning and tried to slip in the Terminal 1 Star Alliance Lounge to clean up.
No dice. The lounge dragon had a printed placard at the ready: departing flights only.
When I reacted less than favorably she mentioned that I if I want a shower, as a United business class arrival, I can head over to the Sheraton at Terminal 2. Huh?
If you want to read a grouchy FlyerTalk thread, here you go. If not, the gist seems to be that these hotel arrangements are a holdover from Continental days.
I took the train over to Terminal 2. If you are arriving Paris and heading to the city, going to Terminal 2 may not be worth the effort. If you are connecting out of Terminal 2 like me, then it is a breeze as the Sheraton is truly in the terminal.
I was concerned that the Sheraton would ask for some voucher from United. Happily, they took my boarding pass without hesitation. The more junior reception agent turned to the more senior who pulled out a United logo form and checked me in. No other names on the sheet.
The benefit is only for 45 minutes. No breakfast. Key presumably works at the fitness center if you need a very quick workout.
I was assigned a Satellite Room 2 which doubles as a meeting room. There is no bed. The bathroom is basic, with the typical Sheraton amenities.
Good to know this exists. It is not on the United website.
Note: I have not found a report of this working for United elite status traveling in economy.
Readers, what other hotels do United business arrivals have access to?
p.s. I found a delight in the lobby, a pile of The Economist’s The World in 2017!