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Horrible service
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Rating: 1/51
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- I would like to share my resent stay at Best Western Seven Sea in San Diego. I was planning a 2 day trip to San Diego to spend a day at the San Diego Zoo and a day at SeaWorld. I was traveling alone on a mini vacation. I knew I wanted to stay at a well known hotel/motel with a good reputation. I have stayed at Best Western all over the country including many trips oversea. I like that the Best Western Seven was in hotel circle and it was close to all the major attractions, restaurant and provided a shuttle service. I was going to be traveling alone and need a set plan to go by so I called Best Western Seven Sea to ask them about their shuttle service. I explain my travel plans, I was going to be flying in on 11/7/12 at 9am and I was going to take a taxi straight to the zoo and that I would need to catch the shuttle back to the hotel. On 11/8/12 I was going to need a ride to SeaWorld and then I was going to need a ride back, so that I could catch a ride to the airport to catch my flight back to Houston. I was told that the shuttle will pick up at the Zoo at 4:30pm everyday. The hotel shuttle would be picking up their guest at the hotel at 9:30am to take them to SeaWorld and the shuttle would be picking up the guest from SeaWorld at 5:30pm to bring them back to the hotel. I told the person at Best Western that that was perfect and that I would be booking my trip with them. After that I booked my trip. A week before my trip I called Best Western to confirm the shuttle schedule and was told to call the day I arrived.
On 11/7/12 9:00am my flight landed so on my way to the zoo in the taxi I called Best Western to let them know that I was going to be checking in at 5:00pm and that I would need to catch the shuttle at 4:30pm. The girl who I spoke with just said to wait outside the zoo at 4:30pm, she was quick to hang up on me but I stopped her and ask her what kind of shuttle should I be looking for. At 4:30pm I was standing in front of the zoo looking for the shuttle but I didn’t see one, so at 4:35pm (my phone shows that was the time I called Best Western) I called Best Western to ask if the shuttle was running late. I was told to hold and the girl got back on the phone to tell me that the shuttle already left. Left? When did this shuttle pick? Did this shuttle bother to stop or did the shuttle just drove by??? How is it that the shuttle came at 4:30 but was long gone at 4:35????? I ask the girl who they picked up cause it wasn’t me. I was put back on hold then she came back on the line to tell me that they picked up the one person who was schedule to be picked up and that person wasn’t me. I told her how I called 6 weeks ago and I also called a week ago and I called earlier that morning explaining that I needed the shuttle to pick me up from the zoo. So told me that the shuttle could come back for me in 2 hours. How is it possible that a shuttle that was to arrive at 4:30 was so far away by 4:35 that it would take them 2 hours to come back for me? I explained to the girl that I was traveling alone and that I didn’t know anyone in San Diego. With the time change for daylight saving it got darker faster and it colder really fast. I explain all this to the girl and she just told me to call a taxi or I could just wait till 6:30 for the shuttle then she hung up on me. I sat on the bench and waiting for almost 2 hours in the cold and dark waiting for the shuttle. It got so cold that a girl selling t-shirt felt sorry for me and offered me a ride to the hotel. Thanks for nothing Best Western!!
When I arrived at the hotel to check in I ask her where the shuttle was and sure enough the shuttle and the driver arrived. I guess I was not important enough to come pick up. All the girl said to me was that it’s wasn’t 6:30 yet and that the shuttle would have picked me up at 6:30! Are you serious? Is this how you guys ran business? How do you stay in business? I then asked for the manager and was told that the manager would be out all week and that one of the little girl was in change. If you call ignoring me and turning her back on me whispering to her coworker being in charge. Everyone there was rude and blame me for not being checking in that morning. I told them that I called 3 times in 6 weeks to confirm the shuttle service schedule and everyone all told me the same thing and I was rushed off the phone. I was like okay Best Western does not care about their customers nor do you care that you left a young woman at the zoo in a strange city in the cold and dark sitting on the bench. I told them that I will be up and ready the next morning to catch the 9:30am shuttle to SeaWorld and for them to please not leave me again. I got no apology or anything so I just went to my room.
The next morning as I was waiting for the shuttle I watch as a new quest checked in and wanted to catch the shuttle but they were told that the shuttle was busy and they could just call a taxi. I’m glad it wasn’t just me. You guys are horrible and unreliable! As I waiting for the shuttle I notice that there was a gentle man that turn out to be the manager. What do you know you guys do have a manager? I ask him to confirm the time the shuttle was picking up because I did not want to be left again, the manager said 6:00pm! What the hell happen to 5:30? Do you guys make up schedule as you go? You are incompetence!!! After explaining to the manager that I was left at the zoo the night before he said he will have the shuttle pick me and another couple up from SeaWorld at 4:30pm. The shuttle was supposed to pick us up at 4:30 and bring us all back to the hotel. Then the shuttle would take me to the airport at 5:00 to catch my flight.
Best Western went and did it again. At 4:45 when the shuttle picked us up from SeaWorld and deliver us to the hotel. I had asked the driver if he would be going to the airport and he said NO!!!!! I got off the shuttle and went to the front desk while the shuttle drove away. I asked the front desk if a shuttle was going to the airport and the girl said it was supposed to but its not. Yes, this is really how you run business. I had to take a taxi to the airport since I was lied too again. While I waited for the taxi I watch more people come to the front desk to ask about the shuttle service and they were all told to just call a taxi.
I have never in all my years of travel see a company run this way. There is no rhime or reason or schedule in anything you do. I have stayed at hotels/motel all around the world and have never been treated like the way I was treated. It wasn’t just me it was at least 6 other people that I personally witness who were turn away. I don’t think I should have a to pay for a taxi when I pay for a hotel who had a shuttle service. How could you leave a paying customer at the zoo and tell them to wait 2 hours while the driver may or may not pick them up. I have told anyone that would listen what happen to me. I will never stay or let a friend stay at another Best Western. I have booked my trip to Spain with Best Western but I am cancelling it because I will not waste another penny with such an incompetence company that would treat loyal customer so poorly.
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FoDaddy19 on 11/13/2012:
Good detailed review. It does sound like the shuttle service was lacking to say the least. I've stayed a Best Westerns before and haven't had any problems. I would suggest that you might want to consider renting a car in the future, that way, your transportation is in your hands and not up some people who apparently can't tell time. It'll add to the cost of the trip, but it may be worth it to not have to deal with other people's schedules or lack thereof.
Heartland on 11/14/2012:
I also travel alone and your experience is why I always have extra cash for taxis etc. But Best Western is entirely to blame. A little extra care from them would have gone a long way, and simple decency - leaving a woman to sit in the dark. Why didn't BW send a cab for you on their dime? Especially after you made so much effort to confirm and re-confirm? Hope you post your story on Trip Advisor too!
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Unhappy With Hotel and Workers
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Rating: 1/51
WEST COVINA (GARVEY ST), CALIFORNIA -- Myself, sisters, mother, aunt and children all stayed at the Best Western on Garvey ave in Covina California on Friday 4-12 through 4-16. We came to town to see our grandmother all the way from Oregon and Montana! We were only in the hotel in the evenings because we were visiting family during the days.

On Sunday was our first problem, I sent my daughter to grab shampoo from the desk and the gentleman was very snotty and rude to her about coming down alone, so he called me in the room and was very rude about it! I am a paying customer and if I want to send my daughter for shampoo then it is my business. Then on Monday night we got back to the hotel around 9 pm and my sister and mother were going to take our kids down to the pool to swim for a bit. The kids ran down the hall to the elevator, they were not loud.

When they got to the 1st floor the employee greeted them with crossed arms telling them that our kids are too loud and people are complaint and sick with diabetes, my family told the guy well our kids have not been here all day and we are just going down to let them get energy out, we haven't had any complaints yet so it must not have been our children. When the employee was rude back that put my family on the defense! The employee told my family he was going to send out the sick man to talk to them! Sure enough he came out and started yelling at my sister, and excuse my language but he said, " you are a wh0#€, s!ut, c*nt, and if you wouldn't have opened your legs you wouldn't have these problems running around!" Then he asked her if she wanted to fight!!!!

My sister feeling threatened gave him a push. Well the cops were called and came up banging on my door at 930 pm. After talking with them and they even said they questioned why the employee would send another guest out after he was clearly angry.. So the cops left and we thought everything was OK! Come 430 am my sisters car alarm starts going off and she had a few attempts of someone trying to bust the windshield and when that didn't work they busted the back windows out. The cops were called back again! We tried talking to the front desk to talk with a manager and all we got was a run around, the manager will be in at 1230. Well we were supposed to be on the road at 5 am and it was now 9am we can't wait any longer with a 13 hour drive ahead if us.

So I left my name and number and at about 7 pm a man calls me to try to resolve the matter and I'm not 100 percent sure but I think he said his name was Marty!? Well he apologized and tried saying it was the angry customer who was just out to fight and his employee couldn't handle it himself so the guy took it upon himself to deal with it and was really trying to make it better. I asked for my mothers, aunts and my rooms refunded but all he said he could do was give us 2 nights free in that hotel whenever we want! Well after all that has happened and the very rude mr. Martin at the desk none if us will ever stay there ever again! We all would like to be refunded our money. Our rooms were 220, 222,223
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jonthethird on 04/21/2013:
Best Westerns are independently owned hotels who support a central reservation and purchasing system. They are supposed to meet standards, but those vary from hotel to hotel. Use TripAdvisor to check out your potential hotel.
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Scammed out of $500 for bogus smoking fee
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OREGON, CALIFORNIA -- I am from out of town and frustrated by what happened during my visit to Portland, I need help exposing this scam and assuring that businesses do not engage in unscrupulous tactics such as this. My recent stay at Best Western Inn at the Meadows has been one of the worst travel experiences of my life. I was falsely, and unlawfully charged a $500 a smoking fee despite the fact that smoking did not occur in the room. The manager is basing this solely on his discriminatory opinion and bias. My credit card was initially charged $500 on 3/23/13 for a smoking fee, that charged was reversed soon after, a subsequent charge of $352.68 was made on 3/23/13, the charge for $352.68 was then voided and my card was again unlawfully charged $500. This is a blatant attempt to steal my money. I fully comprehended the non-smoking policy, and I was well aware of the fees associated with violation of this policy.

Also, having worked in Property Management for several years, and being a non-smoker myself, I completely understand and agree with this policy. I checked in on 3/22/13 directly off of a flight from Hawaii. I was only physically in the room for approximately eleven hours total before exiting the property for over 24 hours at around 11:00am on the 3/23/13. I left Portland for the night to continue my vacation and upon return around 10:30pm the following night I noticed neither of my door keys worked. I proceeded to the front desk, showed my identification and returned to my room to rest after a very long day. The front desk then proceeded to call my room near midnight, demanding I come down to discuss something. In all of my years of staying at hotels dispute, issue, or whatever the situation I have never been instructed to get out of bed at midnight, put on my clothing, and engage in dialogue with the front desk clerks, not even management, to settle a matter. When I arrived at the front desk I was greeted by a very rude and unprofessional employee that was not previously at the desk when I was there earlier, (fixing my keys that coincidentally had been deactivated). This employee proceeded to shove a paper across the desk at me instructing me to sign a “smoking fee.” I immediately disputed this! It was past midnight, I had no idea what was going on, this is the first I've ever heard of such a thing, I had not smoked in the room or even been there for 24 hours for that matter. There is no basis for this charge other than assumption and no evidence irrefutable, conclusive, or otherwise that smoking occurred in the room.

Furthermore, I was not provided with proof that services for a room recovery were actually completed by your hotel. It is my understanding that a merchant needs my signature to validate a charge and I need proof that a violation has or had occurred and proof that services were rendered (which was not provided.) When I got upset and disputed the charge on check out the manager increased the fee from $362.68 to $500 which posted to my account on 3/25/13 subsequent to check out and following our unpleasant discussion! This was was unauthorized and charged solely because he didn't like what I had to say to him. The manager has been completely uncooperative, unfair, unkind, and unprofessional. He has failed to provide any contact information for anyone besides himself, he stated he was owner and manager and I had to go through him. He gave me nothing written, provided no dispute policy, and said I had no recourse, it was his opinion I had smoked therefore I was paying the fee. I am currently working with my financial institution to fight these unauthorized charges and recoup my losses.

I am in no way paying any $500 smoking fee charged to my account by the Best Western Inn at the Meadows, for the simple fact that no one smoked in the room. Each establishment is independently owned, however, Best Western Inn at the Meadows is a horrible example of what a customer service oriented business should be. I sincerely hope my experience wasn't indicative of how they treat all of their guests. Having worked both in the customer service industry and management, along with traveling frequently, I am still having trouble conveying to you how astounded I am by the unprofessional treatment by those working at Best Western Inn at the Meadows and their theft of $500.
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Alain on 03/27/2013:
If you haven't done so yet, you may want to file an official complaint at:
and after that you can contact Best Western corporate (6201 N. 24th Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85016) at [602] 957-4200 and let them know they have a problem at this franchise location.
Obsfucation on 03/27/2013:
And also make sure that your credit card company does not pay the charge.
JAKFK on 03/27/2013:
I always have a separate debit card with $0 balance that I keep for hotel reservations and such. When deserving the room online, they only need a card # to hold the reservation. Then whenever I'm checking in, I ask to pay with cash. Nearly every hotel I've ever stayed at, will also ask for anywhere between a $50-$100 cash deposit. And that has always been returned at the time of our check out. On occasion, there have been a couple of high-end hotels (Vegas) that don't accept cash, so I simply transfer the exact amount onto my card. I absolutely refuse to give authorized or unauthorized access to my regular credit card, only to find out later that I've been charged for smoking, or an extra set of pillows that housekeeping made off with. If ever the day comes that a particular hotel won't accept either cash or my debit card, then I'll exercise the power of the almighty dollar by driving down the road til' I find someone else who will.
JR in Orlando on 03/27/2013:
The problem is this is a he said/she said case. You say you him did not smoke in the room, the hotel says you did. I would consult with an attorney in your area to see if you can sue Marriott in California in small claims court. If you do that, you would want to request certain information:

A) all receipts showing that they cleaned the room for smoke damage after your stay;

B) record showing whether the room was rented the following night after you left;

C) past records of tenants in your room, showing whether they had been charged a smoking fee. If the tenant within the last week before you had been charged with the smoking fee, that would indicate that the smell of smoke was from them, not you.

Good luck on this.
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Bad Experience At Best Western
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We rented a room at the Best Western on Water St., in Port Huron Twp., MI. from Sept. 26 through Oct. 5th while we were having home renovations done.
We were charged $55.00 night and $110.00 on the week-end. Our room was non-smoking. My initial observation was: the lobby area, elevator and hallways were extremely uncomfortable and hot. No air was in use. We were on 2nd floor-2nd to last at the end. The carpeting was extremely stained and dirty. It was evident that it hadn't been cleaned in a long time. The first time I put my entrance card in the door, it would not work. I had to turn around, walk back to the elevator with all my baggage, go to the desk and have card re-activated. (never even used!) I then had to wait for the elevator and walk back down the hallway to my room. The very 1st thing I noticed, was that the room although clean, smelled horribly of cigarettes. It upset my stomach. I am used to being around cigarette smoke, as my husband smokes, but never inside our home. This odor was overwhelming. We had no intention of sleeping at the hotel, only using the shower or tub. There was no way I could have stayed in that room over-night. There was a card on the dresser that said-the room was non-smoking, and that there would be an automatic fee assessed to an account if there was any smoking. This did not make sense to me-someone was smoking, heavily in that room and it wasn't me! I took a bath, and climbed into bed to relax. Around 10 am, there was a loud knocking on my door. As I responded "just a minute" (not fully dressed), my door opened and a female yelled in that she needed dirty towels. The top lock was on the door, so she could only open it a few inches, but wide enough for me to see her and her to see me. I was infuriated. I paid for privacy, and at NO time should an employee walk in an occupied room! I dressed and went directly to the manager, and advised him of the smoking smell and the episode of the "towel lady" walking in my room. He simply apologized.
Later that day, my son went to the hotel, and his room card did not work. He, too had to walk back to the elevator with baggage in hand, go to the front desk and have it re-activated. This issue happened on at least 10 different occasions. This was frustrating, as the hotel was informed of our extended stay.
The following day, a female employee came up to me, as I entered the hotel, and advised me that she sprayed freshener in our room. I asked her if it smelled like smoke to her, and she said that she was a smoker, and yes-it did smell like smoke. The only logical explanation is that the hotel employees did smoke consistently in this non-smoking room. My husband was only there 1 time and he did NOT ever smoke in that room. The room continued to smell heavily of cigarette smoke during our entire stay.
The room was kept clean with plenty of towels available. But, we were very dissatisfied with the inconvenience of the deactivated room card, and the smoke smell. I am also upset that an employee would barge into an occupied room without permission.
I paid almost $800.00 for our 9 night stay, and I definitely feel this was excessive. We would not consider using Best Western Hotel again because of these complaints. There was never any suggestion or offer for a discount or adjustment.
T Munce
Port Huron, Mi
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At Your Service on 10/08/2011:
I'm surprised too that the hotel would allow employees to enter an occupied room. After the Erin Andrews issue, I thought hotels were being a little more careful.

Did you yell out "Just a minute" loud enough to be heard? Is it possible that they were entering the room thinking it was unoccupied?
Anonymous on 10/08/2011:
Not making excuses for the hotel, but merely trying to understand...perhaps, it's possible that the cards were only being activated on a daily basis. The math adds up, since you stated it happened about 10 times and you did stay 9 nights. That's nearly once for every day stayed. When the maids read their reports/print-outs, it may have looked to them like the room was unoccupied. Again, not justifying or excusing them, but merely trying to help understand why it may have happened. At the very least, you sounded somewhat inconvenienced, and some sort of compensation should have been made. Good review!
jonthethird on 10/09/2011:
If I am going to stay at a hotel for any period, I try to check it out first. Most hotels will let you look at a room before renting it.
Anonymous on 10/09/2011:
Did you have a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door? If you didn't, that might explain why the maid opened the door. If you did, then the maid was out of line
At Your Service on 10/09/2011:
Good point littleshorty.
Skye on 10/09/2011:
This is another good reason to ALWAYS chain the door when staying at a hotel or motel.

For me, it's just habit to do both. Nobody likes surprise visits.
Nohandle on 10/09/2011:
I honestly thought you were going to state you were charged for smoking in a non-smoking room due to the tobacco smell. We've been advised many times by members on this website to get that one straight immediately. Many were charged for a cigarette butt discovered floating in the toilet or one in the trash when they did not smoke in the room. The odor of cigarette smoke does not bother me but if I was in a non-smoking room would not want to be accused of smoking when it was my word against theirs.

I'm not too keen on folks walking into my room with a pass key when it's obvious the door has been locked from the inside. I, also, lock and put the chain on the door when staying somewhere. I don't like surprises either. Best Western was in the wrong here and sometimes it's not feasible to change accommodations so you are pretty much stuck with what you have. Thanks for the warning.
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Profiling & Pretext of Customers with NO Evidence
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32124 25TH AVENUE SOUTH, FEDERAL WAY -, WASHINGTON -- We showed up at 3:30 to check into our room that was to be ready at 3:00 and it was not. We waited in the lobby with two expensive race bicycles and all of our belongings until after 4:00 when our room finally became available. We ended up in a handicap room with a heater that didn't work. The next morning we woke up to pounding on the door. For a moment I forgot where we stayed that night and was quite star-told by the ruckus. I asked "who's there" and was told too open up immediately and that it was "an emergency". I went to the door a looked through the peep hole. I observed a dark skinned man wearing black jeans, and a business suit with no name tag before he covered the peep hole with his finger. I grabbed boxer shorts and a ball point pen off the table and slowly cracked the door. The person who was later identified as the manager TJ Bal pushed the door the rest of the way open and quickly barged into the room. My girlfriend covered herself up the rest of the way and fled to the corner of the room. Mr. Bal stated that the police were on the way and that we were being evicted from the room immediately for smoking and that there was a $500.00 smoking charge. I later realized that we were being accused of smoking marijuana and not just or only cigarettes. We packed our things to leave as requested. Mr. Bal frantically looked around the room for evidence to his claim. Mr. Bal even exceeded his legal rights and began moving our things around looking for evidence. Mr. Bal told my girlfriend she needed to sign a paper accepting a $500 charge that stated we smoked marijuana/cigarettes in the room. Of course she refused to do so. We asked what evidence they had we were responsible for this action. Mr. Bal stated to my girlfriend "that the whole hallway smelled like marijuana". I asked again how they knew that we were responsible for this. Mr. Bal stated that "I'm not talking to you, I'm only talking to the card holder". Kind of ironic since I was the one asking the questions yet he was responding too her. Mr. Bal said it was a management decision and that he did not need a signature to charge the card for the smoking fee. We requested and were given a copy of the unsigned charges. As we were leaving the hotel Mr. Bal thought of one last thing he could do too push his weight around and further upset us. He asked one of the officers if we could be sited for trespassing. The offer said yes and had us step outside by his patrol car. We were given a warning not to return to the premises or we would be arrested for trespassing. There was no investigation, no arrest for illegal activity of any kind or police report filed. The responding officers were observant of the situation but remained respectable to both sides the entire process. Witnessing that no evidence was provided by management upon request they suggested that we "take the matter to a corporate level". I ended up chatting with the officers about their squad cars for a bit as part of my profession includes outfitting emergency/patrol vehicles with communication and tech equipment. I also install court ordered IID's which is basically a vehicle breathalyzer. My determination of this situation is that it is Unfounded. Unfounded is a legal term that states the action or statement did not occur. I believe we were blamed for this occurrence based on profiling and pretext. We are both young adults of mixed race and our names and image reflect that. It is unfortunate that the acting manager Mr. Bal did not follow proper rules of engagement in a situation like this.
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clutzycook on 07/29/2011:
OK, that's just weird. Where's Paul Harvey when you need him? I want to hear "The rest of the story."
MRM on 07/29/2011:
Yes, defintely would like to hear the other side of the story.
trmn8r on 07/29/2011:
"Mr. Bal did not follow proper rules of engagement in a situation like this."

It seems to me that there are more details of this "situation" that would explain why the manager was so insistent on entering your room and accusing you. Unless he's plumb out of his mind.
spiderman2 on 07/29/2011:
Where you in fact, actually smoking anything? I totally disagree when he way this was handled on the part of the hotel. Have you called the supervisor of the manager? I don't believe he should have entered your room like he did, but I never would have opened the door to him. I think in a way you might be lucky that you only got kicked out and not robbed or worse by someone posing as an employee.
Anonymous on 07/29/2011:
When I worked in the industry it was not uncommon for employees themselves to engage in smoking marijuana and other activities in unoccupied rooms. It could have been another guest also. You can contact corporate regarding this, but I don't think the ball will bounce anywhere by doing so.
Cwazychicken on 07/29/2011:
Curious about this statement

"I asked again how they knew that we were responsible for this"

By that statement, its hard to tell what you are saying as it can be taken 2 different ways I guess.

I agree with other posters, Theres a lot of missing info. And theres a lot of different circumstances that could've happened here. Could've been another guest, could've been a worker, could've been anyone. But if the smell was coming more towards your room, then well, they probably can tell that. We don't know. If the cops said nothing happened, then I would try to contact corporate or something.
Anonymous on 07/29/2011:
I would like to hear the other side of the story.
My husband is a cop and gets called out to evict hookers & drug dealers/users from various motels on a daily basis. Management NEVER contacts the person(s) being evicted, nor do they ever accompany the police to the room. I realize that this incident didn't happen where I live, but I find it extremely odd that the manager would go to your room before the police arrived and tell your being evicted. Why would the manage call the cops and then try to evict you himself? Something is not right with this story. I am not calling the OP a liar but something important has been left out here.
Old Timer on 07/29/2011:
I never got warm fuzzies in reading this that they were 100% innocent. They never said they did not smoke cig's or pot, just no one could prove it.
Churro on 07/29/2011:
Anybody who wants the other side of the story is free to call the phone number the OP supplied: (253) 529-4000.
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Reasonable Accommodation
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In May we contacted Best Western Hotels and booked a room and we were told the hotel was in West Vancouver, BC and area we requested and was familiar with and also enjoyed being in, only to find out that we were booked in North Vancouver some distance away from where the agent told us we were booked. We asked for and booked a room with a microwave and mini refrigerator.

When we arrived we were given a small room with a small window next to the stairs and a exit door, we immediately went to the office an informed them that this was not what we booked and the person at the desk told us that there was no such room. We asked for reasonable accommodation because the room that the Best Western agency booked us with did not apparently exist. They informed us that they would try to move us to another room on the next day and on the next day when we inquired they told us nothing was available, even though we observed many people checking out.

Best Western Customer service was contacted an informed of the situation and the Best Western Customer Service representative apologized and offered points for another time. We were also led us to believe they would contact the hotel.

Because its a long weekend and a holiday there were no other rooms available in the area, so moving to another hotel was not an option, and the representative that talked to us on the next day told us that the only upgrade we could have would cost us $60 more per night or we could check out. We talked again to a Customer Service manager with no real satisfaction. We then talked again with the front desk and the day person informed us that they actually did have the type of rooms we booked and that they had been booked only a few weeks ago in early July. (WE BOOKED IN MAY)

It seems to me that there are two problems:
(1) Greed - Just because there is more money to be made we were put on the not important shelf.
(2) If we were white and not Black would we get the attention that early booking deserves? (Because there was no concern, we wondered how much it played a part)
We booked early in order to get the deals before the rush and it was not honored even though the rooms were available.

We have traveled all over the world with many mix ups but have always been accommodated, but Best Western North Vancouver was evasive and not customer friendly in any fashion. Points from Customer Service was their way of apologizing, but
the Vancouver hotel still said nor did anything to correct the mistake. They treated us as take it or leave it customers, because they were going to make money either way.

We drove 950 miles to this hotel and they didn't give a damn.

Felicia & Calvin
Company Response 08/11/2011:
Dear Guests: We sincerly apologise for the problem you experienced. In our defence, we received the reservation as booked by you through whatever channel you used. You would have received a confirmation and description of the room as well. We honestly tried to accommodate your request but due due the long weekend, we simply could not. We serve many different races and cultures at the hotel and we do our best to provide all our guests with a positive experience.
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drugdoc121 on 07/28/2011:
I agree that you should be compensated for being misled and for not receiving what you reserved. However, I am curious, when you contacted Best Western and made your reservations, where it appears the initial error was made, how did they know you were Black?
clutzycook on 07/29/2011:
The OP is saying that the people at the front desk should have given them special consideration because they booked early ( how do you know that the other guests didn't book earlier than you though?). I seriously doubt that race had anything to do with it. Sounds like the BW agent you booked with messed up big time.
Anonymous on 07/29/2011:
I agree clutzy. OP, did they know you were black when you booked?
trmn8r on 07/29/2011:
Booking a room in the West, which you are familiar with, but ending up in a location in the North sounds weird. Did you check a map ahead of time to see where you were going?

As you state, it was a busy holiday weekend and there were no rooms available. It sounds to me like your request to be moved was either overlooked or impossible to be honored, for whatever reason.

"Because there was no concern, we wondered how much it played a part" It may have played no part whatsoever, correct?

If you were quoted a room with a micro and a fridge, you should definitely be compensated and IMO it should be in cash, not points.
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In the Dark--Intentional Black Out Without Notice
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LUSK, WYOMING -- The Problem:
We stopped at the Best Western Lusk hotel because of the many bill boards on our journey from Mount Rushmore to Casper. The bill boards advertised a hot breakfast. Since we have always had good experiences with Best Western we decided to book a room.

Once establishing that there was a room available and a rate that was satisfactory, we checked in. After we checked in we were informed that there would be no hot breakfast as there would be some electric outage that would prevent making a hot breakfast. Although we were not happy with this (especially since she told us after we checked in), we did not think that was an overwhelming reason to go elsewhere. We were not informed that there would be no electricity in our hotel room. I am aware that the hotel believes that the clerk did inform us, and perhaps she thought she had, but she did not (both my husband and I were there).

At about 6:30 am I went to take a shower and there was no electricity. As you may be aware it is extremely dark in the bathroom as there are no windows in the bathroom in our unit. I am sure that you will agree that the ability to take a shower in a safe environment (having light) in a fundamental part of renting a room. Although we could enter the ice room with our room key, we were not able to get any ice as the electricity was out.

The Remedy:
I am requesting a 50% refund of our room rate. We paid $99 (with tax $107). The reason I feel strongly about this is that, apparently, the electrical outage was known and not some random event. Charging customers full price for only partial service is an intentional breach of our contract (we pay you money for a room and you give us a room with a bed, bathing facilities, toilet). Further the advertised a hot breakfast was not provided. If we had known that there would be no electricity (which your motel did know) we would have continued on our trip.
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100% Crooks! Horrible Hotel
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- This was the worst hotel I have ever stayed at. It started with all the outlets were broke in the room. We could not turn on any lights nor charge our phone. In order to have any light we used the very loud bathroom/fan light which kept up my kids. The ac unit is on the way out as well and took hours to cool this very small room. It was extremely loud. The TV had terrible reception so watching anything we had to look threw lines. The fridge was 100% broken so all our food and drinks spoiled. Wi fi was so bad that we never got a strong enough signal to get access to internet. There was a large gap under the door to the outside big enough to put a sandal all the way outside while door was closed. Hello Bugs ! We tried to go down to the vending machine to just learn they were both out of order. We then tried to go to the pool and there was no pool lights. Zero. This place is so run down. Swimming in pitch black no thanks.. kids felt scared. When we went to bed we smelled the sheets.. Yuck!!! The next morning I went to make coffee and noticed the coffee straws were all previously used.. GROSS! I just had enough. I went to the front desk and the girl got her Super visor which was so rude.. She couldn't care less that anything was wrong. She offered me ten dollars back and said thanks for coming. I have sense tried to reach the hotel Manager and verified he was in fact on property when I called several times but was put to his voice mail. He has never called back. I have left several messages. I believe this hotel is running a scam..

I can't understand why they continue to rent this room out knowing all these things were wrong. I will never go back.
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John Nicholson on 07/04/2013:
Best Western has a website. Send a complaint email from their site. Make sure you tell them the location, etc. Look on your receipt for the exact info. They need to know about this location. It is the fault of the local franchisee, not Best Western corporate, tho they are supposed to check on them---which they apparently do not, at least often enough.
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Cancelled a Confirmed Reservation to Get More Money During Minnesota St
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SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA -- Dear Sir or Madam:

I do you can assist me in lodging a complaint against Best Western Hotels.

I had a confirmed reservation number of 821014071. I applied my AAA discount and requested that my reward points are applied to my reward points account#: 6006637379151004. The reservation was for:

Best Western Bandana Square
1010 Bandana Boulevard West
Saint Paul, Minnesota 58108

I made this reservation in May of 2012. Realizing this was peak season for the Minnesota State Fair I booked as soon as I had confirmation from friends also arriving for the festivities.

I also made another reservation for accommodations at the same location for 7 Dec to 9 Dec 2012 for an upcoming examination I am required to take for my employment. Confirmation # 513814779.

Now, you can imagine my dismay when I received a phone call around the dinner hour on 20 August 2012 telling me that I was about to be pre-charged for services I had not yet received.

When I protested I was told that I my reservations would be cancelled and my room would be given to a party that can pay now. (Actually a ruse to charge a higher premium rate for last minute travelers.)

What stymies me the most is…. That this is an unwarranted. Yet, a new benefit of The Best Western rewards program. I am shocked to see that Best Western would cancel a confirmed room in pursuit of the all mighty dollar.

Best Western has the ability to fix this miscarriage of hospitability. I sincerely hope that there management team will look into this and correct. I am not asking to profit from this. Just returned whole.

Until Best Western Best western corrects this I will cancel my upcoming stay in December 2012. I will further use any resource and media available to spread the word of the sub-standard service one can expect from Best Western Hotels.

I will alert all my business associates, travel agencies I am acquainted with, colleagues, friends and family to not walk but run away from Best Western Hotels.

I am considering using social media, blogs, to spread the word. Business Classes in college taught me it takes years to build a solid reputation…and one stupid act to destroy it.

So I beg you Best Western Hotels...Please fix this.

Lee Huggett
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onlooker on 08/22/2012:
If this is as you noted a peak use time, I can accept that they want to collect the payment now. You actually benefit, you confirm your room, and surprise they get less money. (Actually kind of a service to you the 'member'.)
Their stated actions are not a ruse, there are many people waiting to pay more than you were charged to get the room. And they are giving you a chance to keep your room.
bhskittykatt on 08/22/2012:
Many hotels will preauthorize your card to make sure it is valid, especially during peak season. This is to prevent people from guaranteeing with a bad card, not showing up, and thus causing the hotel losing a sale holding the room all night. By preauthorizing, they can make sure that you reserved with valid funds to back up your reservation.
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Bad customer service
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SANTORINI -- Best Western ruined our family vacation we planned for over 2 years. The management at the hotel was rude and the hotel is misrepresented on the internet.

The accommodations at the Paradise Hotel Akrotiri 847 00 Santorini, are not what we expect from Best Western – the worlds largest chain.

The free breakfast was awful, almost an insult to the guests. Each morning we received the same thing: 3 slices of stale bread, one boiled egg, a thin slice of cheese, one slice of bologna and a piece of cake.

On the breakfast bar there was only one type of cereal served with hot milk. The milk was either made from instant powder or was watered down and was undrinkable. There were also some stale cookies, served from previous days since no one would eat them.

This is from the hotel’s web site:

“We offer all the facilities of a modern hotel, pool bar, traditional restaurant serving delicious home-made food, bar.“

There was no home-made food, and there was no bar.

I would not call what we had a shower in the room. We had a bathtub faucet with a hose attached. There was no bathtub and no place to hang the hose. For the time, let’s call it a shower. Not having a place to hang the hose made it very uncomfortable to take a “shower”. I had to hold the hose for the kids so they could wash. My husband and I had to shower with one hand, the other hand holding the hose. If you dropped the hose, water would spray all over the bathroom. There was no shower curtain and the bathroom floor was continuously wet.

We complained that there was no hot water in the morning. The front desk manager yelled that it was impossible not to have hot water and told us to let the water run for 2 minutes. We did let the water run, and it took far longer than 2 minutes. The next morning we timed it. It took 10 minutes to have warm water and 12 minutes to have hot water. This problem was compounded by the fact that the pipes would bang inside the walls when the shower was running. It sounded like someone firing an automatic rifle. I experienced better conditions camping.

One afternoon when we came back from the beach, there was no hot water. The front desk person laughed, saying that there was a big demand for water, lots of people coming from the beach, not just us. He did not even go to check to see if the water heater was working properly.

The towels in the bathroom that we received had seen better days, they looked 10 years old. They were no longer white, but a pale shade of gray. One towel used to have a floral print, was a pale blue faded rag. Maybe the hotel staff had used them and they did not want to throw them away and decided they were fit for the guests.

No towels were provided at the pool and we been asked not to use the room towels. I did not expect that a full service hotel, that advertises bar at the pool not to provide towels.

The bathroom sink pedestal was loose and would shift about if you touched the basin. There was also a large shelf above the sink that made it almost impossible to wash your face.

When we checked in, we were provided with the room key as well as remote controls for the TV and for the AC unit. The AC unit was functional only if the key was in the room, since we had to put the room key inside an apparatus on the wall to enable the use of the electricity in the room. When we stopped by the hotel during the day, the room would be like an oven and it would take 2-3 hours to cool it off.

The beds did not have even light blankets, just sheets. The pillows were old, and disgusting.

The family running the hotel – mother, son and the father, continuously harassed us. No manners, no people skills, nothing, just a rude family, who made our vacation miserable. They must had training from Osama Bin Laden how to "properly" run a hotel.

One day we were spending time at the pool. The kids were diving from the diving board. The older person in charge came charging out yelling and scaring my kids in my presence! He was telling them to stop jumping of the diving board, by yelling “What is this? What is this?” I asked him respectfully not to yell and the diving board is there for people to use. He turned his back to me, and began cursing in Greek.

A day later when we were at the pool again, my husband was asked not to sit with his wet swimming trunks on the pool furniture.

Another time we attempted to enjoy a beautiful day at the pool, the woman in charge came out and started to move the pool furniture away, turning the chairs so they faced the wall of a flower bed. This pool furniture was made out of plastic, no pillows. All of these actions were intended to harass us and to spoil our time.

One morning at 745 the kids wanted to go to the pool. There was a family of Germans already using the pool, and I told them it would be OK to go for a swim before breakfast. The second they went in the water, the woman from front desk came out advising us that we cannot use the pool before 8 am. My husband had the kids come out of the pool and the woman seamed satisfied. The other family was still in the pool! This rule must have only applied to us since the other family had been in the pool since 730. They sure did not want to miss an opportunity to spoil our day.

Once we came up for the “a la cart” breakfast, 5 minutes before 8 am. The older guy in charge came to our table and in a very rude tone of voice advises us that breakfast is served at 8 o’clock. This was towards the end of our stay, so we knew very well what time the breakfast was served.

They made it a very hostile environment to be in.

On the website the hotel is presented as pet friendly. There was a large white dog with red collar that would come on property everyday. For a while we thought that the dog belonged to a hotel guest or the property owners. The kids liked the dog and played with him. During one hot day, the dog started digging and lied down in a geranium flower bed. The woman manager came storming down to our room and yelling at us to see what the dog did. I tried to explain to her nicely that is not our fault that we did not bring the dog there, but all we got was another dose of Greek cursing. My kids were also upset when the saw the woman manager throwing rocks at a cat that was sleeping in the shade. We saw the cat on another occasion noticing it had been blinded in one eye. We do not know if this injury resulted from the actions of the woman at the hotel, but try to convince our kids of that. They were very upset by the chain of events.

Because we had been harassed and inconvenienced daily by the family running this hotel, we did not trust them to provide us with a wake up call. If we missed the flight we would have to pay extra expenses. So, the day before our departure, I asked my family in US to call me in the morning for the wake up call. The front desk would pick up the call and hang up the phone. They never transferred a call to our room. At 6 AM when we opened the door to put the luggage in the car and head for the airport, before checking out, the woman from front desk walked into our room uninvited for a site inspection. No hello, good morning or anything, she just burst in, without a greeting of any kind. She likely wanted to make sure we are not running away with the little TV, the rags that were supposed to pass for towels, or maybe some chairs. She took the remote controls for the TV and air conditioner.

I want also to mention that we are not the only unhappy guest at this property. There were numerous families that were very unsatisfied. When a guest from Germany came to us to talk about services received, she was rudely interrupted by the woman at front desk not to talk to other guest. I was very intrigued by the rudeness of this family running the hotel, not just with us, but with all guest from different countries.

I also been double charged for our stay, probably to block funds on our credit card.

Customer service, offered me 100.00 for future stay at the Best Western. I will never stay at this chain again.
I traveled all over the world and I never meet such rude people to run a hotel, and such a dumpy hotel to charge 145 euros per night for 4 people in the room.
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bargod on 10/10/2007:
I would not have stayed one day in that place.Did you try checking other hotels in the area to see if you could check into another hotel? I would have spent a few extra euros and found another place rather than ruin my vacation.
steve101 on 10/10/2007:
You planned for two years for this trip? If you had taken 15 minutes and googled this hotel you would have read all the complaints and poor reviews about this fleabag hotel.
Anonymous on 10/10/2007:
I agree with bargod and steve101.
Always check out your hotels BEFORE you make your reservations.
Good luck.
Sanca on 10/11/2007:
We requested an early check out, and they were going to charge us one night room and tax. There were other hotels on the island that were better priced and nicer. We even call the customer service for BW from the hotel and they did nothing for us.
Anonymous on 10/11/2007:
My! what a horrible experience! I work for a travel agency and I'd be sure not to recommend that hotel to our customers!
Peloven on 01/07/2008:
I read the last comment of the hotel and I am really very uncomprehending.
Adventitiously I stayed almost the same days with this family in the same hotel,
and I have complete different opinion.
I remember the whole story because the behavior of this woman Mrs. Anka Shunk was really strange and all the customers were laughing with her.

It’s very fanny because this woman (Mrs. Shunk) gave her mail to me and at all customers of the hotel and ask for us insistently to defamation the hotel.

She told us (and she was very proud about this) that she makes vacations every summer without to pay the hotels because she browbeat them. She claims that she is a travel agent, and she will defame the hotel in the US market.

All the customers inform them that this is not normal and she has to pay the hotel. The rate was less than 100 Euros, I remembered that because we had the same type of accommodation and I pay less than 100 Euros per day.

After the departure of Mrs. Shunk I asked the manager about her and he informs me that, her presence was really intrusion and I had the same opinion with him!

Me and my family we had really nice time in this hotel and I think and the rest customers (we have only to exception the seamy consociation of Shunk family).
Friendly people, really clean areas and generally nice environment for people that want to relax. We spend a lot of our time at the beautiful pool area and at the small restaurants around of the hotel.

I recommend this hotel without any qualification to everybody.
Anonymous on 01/07/2008:
Peloven - how do you know you were at the hotel at the same time? I don't see any time mentioned in the post. I don't believe your entry. I think you must be associated with the hotel. By the way - 'adventitiously'? I've never heard that word used in actual speech.
Sanca on 01/09/2008:
Peloven - I am warning you to stop harassing us. I know that you are with the Paradise Hotel, and if you keep sharing my personal information on the internet, I will hire a lawyer.

This is to demonstrate that the family running this hotel has no limits in their rudeness and bad manners.
Anonymous on 01/09/2008:
I see the comment by Peloven has mysteriously disappeared. So much for that person being another guest, huh?!
Peloven on 04/06/2008:
Accordingly with the comments of Cherper,you are very suspicious. As I said I remember the whole story because the behavior of this woman Mrs. Anka Shunk was really strange and all the customers (in a hote with about 30 rooms) were laughing with her. And was very fanny because this woman (Mrs. Shunk) gave her mail to me and at all customers of the hotel and ask for us insistently to defamation the hotel.
By the way I'm not from England or US so my English are not so good :))

Accordingly with the comments of Sanca, you will hire a lower for what?
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