How the Heat in Europe Is Affecting Travel

“I knew that going in,” he said. “But when I called to ask for a fan, the person at the front desk said, ‘Yes, I know fans are standard in American hotels, but that’s just not how it works here in Europe.’” Mr. Hake did not get a fan.

“I’m in my final leg of a six-week backpacking trip through the Balkans and Italy, 12 cities in eight countries. The heat is brutal!” Stephanie Craig, who lives in Philadelphia, said in an email.

“When I booked accommodations, I didn’t consider air-conditioning,” she said, “but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Every hotel I’ve stayed at has had air-conditioning. Of the 12 hotels and hostels I’ve stayed in during the heat wave, nine had air-conditioning and two had enough fans for every room. Only one place did not have either available.

“The heat wave practically ruined my time in Venice, a city where it’s either hard or expensive to escape the heat,” she added. “I’ve been staying cool by doing more of my sightseeing in the early morning or evening, booking individualized walking tours where we can change plans at the last minute if we need to, and getting taxis when it’s too hot to walk. Plus, tons of gelato.”

“American travelers are accustomed to air-conditioning in the warmer months,” said Chelsea Hudson, from Morristown, N.J. “I recently traveled to Athens, Greece, and I expected the weather to be warm. On our first couple of days there, the temperature reached 107 degrees. Even the Acropolis was closed due to the heat wave.” Her hostel had air-conditioning units in its windows, “but because it was so hot and all guests were running their units, we experienced power shortages. We got very lucky because a group of us were able to stay in the basement where it was extremely cool. With one fan, we were perfectly fine.”

Hotel owners say they too are coping as best they can. Jaime Armero owns a nine-room hotel in Requijada, Spain, La Tejera de Fausto, built in a former…

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