Trip to Tijuana, Mexico via San
Diego, USA for Marilyn to have Stem Cell Treatment at the Baja California Stem
Cell Therapy Centre.
13th to 25th July 2016,
based at the Grand Hotel, Tijuana.
Travel on 13th July.
We were driven by Cliff Rider from Hill House to
Heathrow on Wednesday 13th July to catch the 15.35 BA flight to San Diego. We
booked the hold luggage in and Assistance had been booked at the airport,
which worked quite well this time. We had front seats in the World Traveller
Plus section and had a reasonably good journey. It certainly makes travel much
more pleasant having the slightly better seating. The flight was about 11 hours. The service by the cabin crew
was excellent and the food was acceptable.
San Diego Airport was rather smaller than the airports we
have used recently. However, it took us a surprisingly long time to get
through! A wheelchair was waiting as we left the plane
and Marilyn was whisked right through passport control to baggage reclaim and
out onto the main concourse, where we met up with Jonathan who had organised
everything. He left us in the very good hands of one of the lady staff members
(actually the ex wife of the lead doctor) and we were transported across the
border into Mexico.
Getting through the border control was somewhat more
difficult than anticipated, but with the right payments, was achieved in about
30 minutes. It was very hot, despite being by now late afternoon (the car
didn't have aircon!). We arrived at the Grand Hotel, Tijuana and again
experienced a few teething problems. However, the Hotel staff on
arrival were very friendly and helpful and our room was excellent. It was on
the 11th floor and had a fantastic view.
The Hotel was a 5 star (probably 4 by our standards) and
was part of a complex of two 32 storey towers linked by the lower 3 floors.
One tower was the hotel, with breakfast facilities on the top and medical
floors on 10 and 11. The second tower was offices, with the lower floors
(which spread way beyond the tower footprints) full of medical clinics
catering for every conceivable procedure imaginable! There were also eating
places, etc,. The hotel restaurant was on the ground floor of this very
extensive complex. The food was excellent and the breakfasts to die for. The
range of choices available was astonishing.
The Hotel/Clinic Complex. Hotel tower on the left.