A Brazilian couple spending their first 24 hours in a quarantine hotel have complained about the size of food portions and pleaded with staff to move rooms because their view is so depressing – but still found time for nookie on their first night.
Wagner Araujo, 43, is staying with his wife Elaine, 40, at the Radisson Blu hotel close to Heathrow Airport after arriving from Brazil on Monday, where they will spend the next ten days confined to their room.
He told MailOnline that in addition to the rotten view from their window, the couple were so hungry by the modest portion of their first meal that they had to order a takeaway McDonalds at 11pm to stop their bellies from aching with hunger.
Mr Araujo told MailOnline: ‘It was only our first day, but the view was already getting us down. It made us feel very depressed and glum.
Wagner Araujo, 43, a removal man, aand his wife Elaine, 40, are stukfollowing a trip to Brazil
‘All we can see is another part of the hotel, it’s not very inspiring and I don’t think we could have taken it for the next ten days. I asked the hotel management if they could move us to a front facing room, which they have agreed to do and that’s very kind of them.’
Mr Araujo’s new room will offer views of a busy main road and one of Heathrow’s runways.
He smirked: ‘It’s better than looking at roof tops of buildings that form part of the hotel. I would rather watch traffic going past and planes landing or taking off, that’s a lot more interesting.’
Mr Araujo revealed that their first night in the hotel was not helped by their evening meal of pasta and salmon.
He said: ‘We love our food and enjoy eating well. The meal was very healthy and tasted nice but there was just not enough of it.
The couple complained that the view from their hotel room was not good (pictured left, Elaine next to a window), while they also said the food portions were to small (pictured right)
‘So, Elaine and I ordered a McDonald’s chicken select meal at 11pm, which was delivered to our room.
‘We’re not big fans of fast food but I have to say that was the best McDonald’s we’ve ever had. We felt nice and full up and actually had a great night.’
After eating, Elaine went to sleep while Mr Araujo, who works as removal man, stayed up until 1.30am playing FIFA on his PlayStation 4, which had been delivered to him by a friend so that he could while away the quarantine hours.
Wagner Araujo, 43, a removal man, has lived in London for 20 years with his wife Elaine, 40
An avid Tottenham fan, he added: ‘Getting my PS4 has made me really happy. I’ll be able to watch films and I also love playing FIFA, so you can guess what I’ll be doing for most of the next ten days.’
Elaine, 40, who works as a secretary, has had her laptop delivered and is planning to spend quarantine working.
She said: ‘I’m happy that Wagner’s got his PS4 because it’ll keep him occupied and means that I’ll be able to get on with some work. I’ve actually been quite busy since this morning dealing with work calls and emails.
‘Wagner normally doesn’t have much free time, so I think he’s looking forward to spending the whole day playing FIFA and watching films.’
The couple moved to the UK 20 years ago and went to Brazil on January 11 to visit a sick relative. They were supposed to stay for only two weeks, but their return flight got cancelled, meaning they were unable to get back before the Government’s hotel quarantine deadline.
The couple have four children, aged between 17 and 6, who are being looked after by a relative at their home in Finchley, North London.
Despite the challenges facing them over the next ten days, Wagner revealed that he and Elaine are planning to make the most of it by ‘getting romantic’ as often as possible.
He said: ‘We’ve got busy lives and four kids, so are going to make the most of this time together locked away in this room.
‘We were very tired on our first night after a very long, 20-hour flight but let’s just say that we found some time for romance. And I think we’ll be doing a lot of that over the next few days.’