First impression of the Etap - tiny room (about 12ft x 8ft) but clean. VERY spartan - the only furnishings are the bed, a TV on the wall, and one chair, with a tiny shower cubicle, lavatory, and wash basin in the room. But it does have a mains socket for the laptop, it's dirt cheap at £115 for four nights including breakfast, and I don't expect to do anything here except sleep, shower, and eat breakfast, so I'm not complaining. Having said that, there doesn't actually seem to be any shower gel in the room, I think they sell teeny bottles at reception - I shall have to investigate! View is an inspiring vista of some bits of car park and a couple of small airliners parked at the airport
Anyway, I shall head over to the Hilton shortly, see if anyone I know is there etc., and possibly go out for a meal with friends tonight. More later.
Correction: The shuttle from the airport to the station isn't a monorail, it's a trolley car with cables under the track. Apologies to anyone who has gone to the airport just to see the monorail!