The Adrian Loveridge Column – Research Hotel Before Making Reservation

Adrian Loveridge

Over the past two weeks I have been battling online with a major hotel brand and a third party booking company concerning a recent seven night stay in the United States.

When you declare a mission statement like ‘as our guest you can expect warm hospitality and clean, comfortable rooms where everything works, to make your stay trouble-free and enjoyable’, you had better deliver on that promise if you wish to stay in business and grow the brand.

If I have learnt anything during five decades in the tourism industry, it is that however diligent and committed you are things still go wrong. The absolute imperative is that when things do, you deal with the problem immediately and be seen to have dealt with it to the total satisfaction of the guest or traveller.

In this particular case, the hotel group which operates a staggering 20 brands with almost 8,000 properties across 153 countries, responded within a few days and then posted sufficient points on my loyalty programme with them, for a stay at another similar standard, but hopefully cleaner property for a future two night stay.

Following on to their mission statement, ‘We are prepared to resolve any situation that does not meet our high standards. As your hosts, we are empowered to meet your needs in a timely manner’, that is exactly what they have done, at least from a superficial perspective and the token was appreciated.

Before I contacted the hotel group, I studied a number of similar branded hotels within the same state on Tripadvisor based on actual guest reviews. Almost all the various locations mentioned the subject of cleanliness as a significant concern. And frankly, I found this deeply disturbing, as many, if not all of the properties have independent owners and operators.

Hopefully, there may now be a greater focus on this area of deficiency.

Whatever, your personal opinion is about Tripadvisor, it is indisputable that they have dramatically changed the way most hotels are researched and eventually booked.

I never use it as ‘the holy grail’, but more to read a variety of views and opinions, some more informed than others, to measure if the particular hotel will meet my needs.

At this stage I have less praise for the booking company, who took more than a week to extract a response from the property where I stayed and whose ‘management’ virtually denied any responsibility for the 17 defects outlined in my complaint. This despite three separate attempts to report the room faults, but unable to do so, as each time the reception was visibly ‘unmanned’.

Feeling that I was not effectively getting my disappointment across, I sent a personal email to the company’s Senior Vice President of Customer Care who replied the same day saying – ‘Hi! Adrian – Let me know what we can do’.

I replied immediately and hopefully some acceptable resolution is in sight!

Have I posted a review on Tripadvisor regarding this recent stay?

Yes!

So hopefully others will benefit from my mistake. A past posting concerning another property has so far had 4,990 reads, which clearly demonstrates the power of social media.

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7 Comments on “The Adrian Loveridge Column – Research Hotel Before Making Reservation”

  1. lawson October 30, 2017 at 5:20 AM #

    I agree with you Adrian how much effort does it take to get a pea from under a mattress.

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  2. Robert October 30, 2017 at 7:39 AM #

    The name of the property or booking engine would be helpful to evaluate your comments. I would think if you have posted your review on Trip Advisor it is in the public domain anyways!

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  3. Adrian Loveridge October 30, 2017 at 8:20 AM #

    Robert, Days Inn – Kingsland (GA) and I booked through Priceline, so with Express Deals you have no way of accessing standard of hotel prior.

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  4. Adrian Loveridge October 30, 2017 at 8:22 AM #

    Sorry – ‘assessing’

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  5. Robert October 30, 2017 at 1:45 PM #

    I agree that if you had access to review prior to booking you would not have booked. However price is usually indicative of the type of accommodation you are likely to receive. As is the rating which is given. I have used Express Deals and also Bidding. I have found with a little research you can narrow down the hotel you are likely to receive. I am sure you are aware that rates will change depending on how often you visit the site. If you visit a site several times the rates will change usually upwards. It is a good idea to clear your cookies when you return to the site. I am surprised Days Inn usually presents a fairly consistent package.

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  6. Adrian Loveridge October 30, 2017 at 2:19 PM #

    Robert, Your last sentence is what I thought too, but cleanliness is a big issue with many Days Inn (Tripadvisor) and according to overall ratings of all the US based hotel brands, Days Inn is number 4 from bottom. A lesson learnt.

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  7. David November 4, 2017 at 12:40 PM #

    St Kitts Welcomes the Caribbean’s First Park Hyatt Hotel

    Caribbean360November 4, 2017

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Saturday November 4, 2017 – The Park Hyatt St Kitts Christophe Harbour on the island’s southeast peninsula officially opened this week to become the region’s first Park Hyatt.

    Spanning the secluded beach of Banana Bay at the foot of the island’s lush rolling hills, the 126-room luxury resort is home to three signature restaurants, two pools, a destination resort spa and wellness sanctuary, and indoor and outdoor event spaces.

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    Officials said Park Hyatt St Kitts has brought a new level of luxury to the island’s expanding tourism product.

    And Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce Lindsay Grant described its debut as “a historical occasion for the island”.

    “This elegant and sophisticated property brings the unparalleled Park Hyatt experience to St Kitts as the brand’s first hotel in the Caribbean, which is a welcome addition to our existing accommodations product and to our overall island community,” he said.

    Racquel Brown, CEO of the St Kitts Tourism Authority, added that the Park Hyatt St Kitts Christophe Harbour increases the island’s appeal among “those discerning destination travelers seeking experiential getaways who represent a key segment of our visitor market”.

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