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Thanksgiving in Mumbai: LH F, UA F, the Grand Hyatt and city adventures

Thanksgiving in Mumbai: LH F, UA F, the Grand Hyatt and city adventures

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Old Dec 12, 10, 4:19 pm
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Did I mess it, or did you talk to the CSD? I find on my LH F flights the CSD comes by a few times to make sure everything is OK including handing out the menus, and then towards the end of dinner to find out how everything was.
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Old Dec 12, 10, 4:48 pm
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With all due respect Gary...

This is a situation that happens now and then to all premium passengers on all airlines.

The vast majority of F passengers either do not realize that anything is wrong, or decide not to make an issue out of it.

I would expect the esteemed GLEFF to be a bit more proactive about this.

At the first sign of trouble, a bit of overwrought drama might be in order.

Pull out the camera, tell the offending FA that you're a travel writer (partially true) and tell her you're writing a feature on LH F service.

I would expect that the situation would change 180 degrees in a heartbeat.

Or take a walk downstairs and introduce yourself to the purser. A hesitant grimace about the service should be enough to get the ball rolling back in your favor.

I have traveled much less than you Gleff, but I know that things happen, and it's ultimately up to the airline passenger, hotel guest, etc. to recognize a service failure and be proactive about the situation.

You are the mentor to hundreds of thousands of travelers.

For you to lament about something like this afterward is a sign that you have become complacent. The old Gleff would have never let this go on past the point of "NO CAVIAR."

Was it a service failure on LH's part? Of course.

But I would rather read a story about how you turned a potentially bad situation into a positive spin, than this "sit back and accept horrible service tale."

You are a true travel hero Gleff. I'm just playing Devil's advocate here....

And by the way... The trip report is spectacular at least 95% of it...

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Old Dec 12, 10, 5:50 pm
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Look, I agree, perhaps if I had acted earlier with the purser things might have straightened out. But at first, and perhaps I was tired having come off a transatlantic flight, and I just assumed that nothing was wrong. I would have asked directly about the macademias (seemed petty) or the amuse bouche but I just wasn't having luck engaging the FA in conversation. I gave quite a bit a pass.

And by the time I realized things were really wrong, well I was tired and wanted to be done with meal service and go to sleep. I did actually do something about the passing plates. I did have one look of disbelief that the FA clearly caught and she got a little better about passing stuff.

By the time things were really bad I think I was in such comic disbelief that I didn't see a chance to rectify it.

Perhaps I should have. But it was so far beyond anything I had experienced. And to the poster above who mentions the purser coming by several times during the flight to check on things, I've never actually seen the purser come by after the beginning of the flight. There's always an introduction but I've never seen them a second or third time, perhaps just on deplaning.

Should I have gone downstairs? Certainly. But I think I really just couldn't imagine that things were as bad as they seemed until it was pretty much too late to do anythnig about it. And I also didn't want to embarass my wife, as much as I wanted to correct matters.

Live and learn, this was really a new one on me. I've had ups and downs in international F for sure. But nothing so engregious in all of my travel.
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Old Dec 12, 10, 6:16 pm
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Look, I agree, perhaps if I had acted earlier with the purser things might have straightened out. But at first, and perhaps I was tired having come off a transatlantic flight, and I just assumed that nothing was wrong. I would have asked directly about the macademias (seemed petty) or the amuse bouche but I just wasn't having luck engaging the FA in conversation. I gave quite a bit a pass.

And by the time I realized things were really wrong, well I was tired and wanted to be done with meal service and go to sleep. I did actually do something about the passing plates. I did have one look of disbelief that the FA clearly caught and she got a little better about passing stuff.

By the time things were really bad I think I was in such comic disbelief that I didn't see a chance to rectify it.

Perhaps I should have. But it was so far beyond anything I had experienced. And to the poster above who mentions the purser coming by several times during the flight to check on things, I've never actually seen the purser come by after the beginning of the flight. There's always an introduction but I've never seen them a second or third time, perhaps just on deplaning.

Should I have gone downstairs? Certainly. But I think I really just couldn't imagine that things were as bad as they seemed until it was pretty much too late to do anythnig about it. And I also didn't want to embarass my wife, as much as I wanted to correct matters.

Live and learn, this was really a new one on me. I've had ups and downs in international F for sure. But nothing so engregious in all of my travel.
Don't sweat it Gleff.

I've had a few flights like that. Mostly on TG F...

But there were a few LH flights in F from FRA that started off really bad. And it took a Herculean effort to right the wrong...

But when we're with our significant others, it can be counterproductive to fight for what's right.

Sometimes the path of least resistance is the best choice.

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Old Dec 15, 10, 9:46 pm
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Thanks for the excellent reports.

The service to Mumbai sounded ridiculous and certainly not the norm for LH F.

In fact, the FA seemed to be deliberately rude to you and your wife. Her response when you asked for an espresso (a basic request) was just plain discourteous. "We'll see"? In F, for that amount of dosh? I don't think so!

I've never experienced German FAs on LH having any sort of language barrier - EVER. They speak perfect English, as do most Germans!

Do not listen to this "Tivoboy" person who told you not to "call her out" - of course you should call her out! She screwed up, not the entire FA brigade that day. Whenever we're given those surveys on LH we have several good things to say about the GOOD FAs. If you don't call her out you will move the blame to other FAs as well.
You did not get what you paid for, which in LH F is basically great service (let's face it, the hard product is not competitive at this stage).

She needs to be corrected of her errors or removed from the F cabin in the end.

I am actually quite surprised with your amount of travel and experience that you did not let the cabin manager know about it early on. I also did not see a rose on your table!

I have been on a few flights where the service is slow or poor but have never been spoken to the way this lady treated you - it seems quite purposeful. I would have been very upset had my own wife been treated this way. There is no excuse for some of her comments and complaints about having to move the cart (well, perhaps next time don't rush things), telling you to pick one starter (never had that happen), and handing you and your wife hot plates or anything else. If you wanted economy class service you could have saved yourselves about 10,000 US each!

Also, anyone flying on an award is to be treated the same as anyone paying with cash. Perhaps you got your miles to spend by flying with them in F on your past 4 trips? Or perhaps the service you get may determine which airline you choose to spend money with for your next flight. Good business would mean the FA should not make any assumptions about a passenger on an award ticket.

+1. Everything said is my feelings exactly. Hope my trip in 2011 is smoother. Keep up the fascinating reports on LH!
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Old Dec 16, 10, 6:20 pm
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Do keep us posted as to LH's response

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Please keep us posted on the outcome of your complaint / notification to LH regarding the poor service. I have a similar flight coming on LH in F and am hoping for the best....

Thanks for the great post! We love reading your blog and TRs.

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Old Dec 16, 10, 9:52 pm
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And we'll do a trip report of my upcoming February Asia trip, with a return to the usual mix of airlines and hotel porn... NH F, TG F, SQ F.. a pool villa on the beach in Thailand, etc.
I am sure the upcoming trip will be a pleasant with good food and sevice level coming from these 3 asian airlines
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Old Dec 17, 10, 1:40 pm
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But there were a few LH flights in F from FRA that started off really bad. And it took a Herculean effort to right the wrong...

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With a statement like this perhaps you could elaborate?

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Old Dec 18, 10, 9:12 am
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Please keep us posted on the outcome of your complaint / notification to LH regarding the poor service.
I did correspond with someone fairly senior at LH on Monday, and he told me it would be a few days before they were back with me. Though I haven't heard anything yet. Will definitely post a follow-up when I do.
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Part V: Grand Suite at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai
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Part VI: Touring Mumbai
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Gleff, I have been following your report with interest, having visited India for the first time this year (although for work). I also stayed in the Grand Hyatt and found it to be one of the best hotels that I have stayed in. What interests me though is your room. It looks identical (apart from extra chairs) to the room that I had which as I understand it, was the basic room. I am surprised to learn that this was an upgrade. Photos of my room here:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...eb-2010-a.html

I also found the room service to be very good with a high standard of food. My Indian friend remarked on how good the dahl was.

Looking forward to the remaining instalments.
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Old Dec 19, 10, 4:18 am
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I have been on these flights a few times and the service was great. I am glad that LH contacted you as my opinion is that had they not then you should have contacted them. For what they charge, the service should be next to flawless.

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I don't live far from the GH and I agree that it's a lovely hotel. They have a great Sunday brunch for a reasonable price that includes drinking including their martini bar. Decent alcohol is very expensive in India, so it's actually pretty nice to have. It really is an oasis of calm from the insanity of Mumbai. I admit, though, that I am a little disappointed about the size of the room as I have never stayed there. Agreed that the southern hotels are much more convenient. The IC Marine Drive is lovely as is the Marine Plaza Hotel, the Trident, and the Oberoi. The Taj Palace is great and the staff is wonderful but you really need to get into the Palace wing to get the history of the building. The rooms are very nice, especially the suites. And, finally, especially for the price, the Taj Vivanta (old Taj President) is very nice as well. Some of the biggest rooms I have seen in Mumbai and a very good Thai restaurant. I have not been to any of the ITC properties.

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10K for a day tour? Are they on drugs? That's well over a months wages for a lot of people here.

Glad you enjoyed the city. Do you know the name of the falooda shop or what part of the city you were in?

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Old Dec 19, 10, 4:04 pm
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Part VII: Mumbai - Frankfurt, Lufthansa First Class
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Old Dec 19, 10, 4:50 pm
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All in all, a perfectly normal as-expected and totally pleasant Lufthansa First Class flight. Not special as far as these things go, but exactly formulaically executed. Which is all I really wanted.[/url]
Glad to hear you had a proper LH F experience on the way back Gleff.

As you noted, it's not mind-blowing, but usually an "exacting experience."

And a very wise choice for not eating the lounge food...

Great report!
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