CARPINTERIA, CALIFORNIA -- I arrived at our hotel and checked in. They gave me a room that was already occupied. There was a couple lying in bed watching TV. They gave us another room on the first floor and at 2:30 am the second floor bathroom flooded. Water was entering through the light fixtures and running down the walls flooding the carpet. The next day maintenance brought in large noisy fans to dry out the mess. They would not give us another room. Our key cards had to be changed 3 times. Someone in the room next to us was playing the violin after midnight and to finish it off, the front desk employees were rude as if I was disturbing them. I will not recommend them to anyone.
MCGEE, MISSISSIPPI -- I stopped there on my way to a larger town due to bad weather and it was close to the interstate. BAD MISTAKE. As with many motels/hotels now-a-days, the staff can't speak good English (SONIL INC is the owner), but that was not that big of a deal. After I got to sleep I was woken about 11 pm with the sounds of slamming doors and kids screaming and running up and down the hallway.
I finally called the front desk and complained with no luck. I was woken two more times and I continued to report this without ANY help at all. The night clerk was totally a waste of time, said there was nothing he could do, if I would have been running up and down the hallways they would have kicked me out. Therefore at 12 pm (midnight) I packed up and went downstairs and checked out and drove in the blinding rain for over an hour to where I got another room and finally got to bed at 2 am. I am complaining to their corp office. I WILL NEVER stay there or any other BEST WESTERN EVER AGAIN!!!
My husband spent two nights at this hotel. Once for a one day layover and the other for 6 hours prior to boarding a plane to return home. On the 6 hour stay to catch some sleep he was eaten alive by bugs and returned home with 80% of his body covered with bites. He has been to the doc who confirmed bed bugs.
I contacted the hotel to advise and when I received a call back was patronized, and treated as though this complaint was frivolous. I was advised that they had a very strict policy, that they checked the room and that if I was really persistent they would return his room for the night but that was because they were being nice, not because he was eaten alive which still hasn't happened, by the way.
I was advised that perhaps it was the hotel he stayed at the other ten nights. I attempted to explain that in those 10 days he was not bitten once and arrived at this hotel without any bites. I was advised that bites can come out 14 days after a person has been bitten and I must be mistaken!!!
I was asked several times whether or not I was happy to be called back and if calling me back to advise the room was checked was satisfying enough... There was no concern, no compassion and definitely did not care that this complaint had come in. We travel numerous times a year and the majority of those are to third world countries, where we have never come across bedbugs or attitudes such as the one I dealt with. Don't go!!! Best Western won't deal with your complaints!!!
WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON -- Our softball team has been staying at the Best Western Chieftain for the last 16 years. EVERY YEAR for 16 years. Ten - 12 rooms for 2 nights. This year we arrive and are told that we are not allowed to have any type of can beverage, plastic bottle beverage of any kind out by the pool. We are playing softball and relax by the pool between games.....now we can't drink Gatorade, or have a cold beer in a can. We are all for NO GLASS by the pool. But to tell us we can't even have Gatorade or plastic water bottles is INSANE!
We will never stay at that hotel again, and will never recommend the Best Western Chieftian Inn in Wenatchee, WA. On top of that the two employees didn't care that we were taking ten rooms of business away and stated it had always been the policy... I have been going there for 16 years and it has NEVER been the policy.
BEND, OREGON -- My wife and I stayed at the Best Western in Bend, Oregon. They refused to change the sheets even after we left a note. We contacted the front desk additionally and requested that they change the sheets on the bed. They would not change the sheets. They would not relocate us to a comparable room. They wouldn't even give me clean sheets that I offered to put on myself! We checked out at 6:54 PM and they did not credit us for the room and the manager still has yet to contact me regarding the situation even though I was told she would do so. We did find a FANTASTIC room at the AMERITEL Inn and highly recommend it! Fantastic room and wonderful staff!
MADRAS, OREGON -- My wife and I decided to go away for a week so a friend suggested you should try the casino at warm springs. So we did. We made our bookings at the Best Western Madras Inn. First night was OK, but from then on things got worst.
Our sheets were dirty. The bathroom smelled of pee. There was no toilet paper put in after a roll was finished. We told the front desk clerk but she did not seem interested so I ask to talk to the owners but they were out of town. All she could do was give us another room but to our disgust it was the same except this time the sheets and top blanket had dirty dog hairs on them so that was it. We just left never to return. If you decide to book in the motel make sure all is to your liking and everything is cleaned.
CANAL WINCHESTER, OHIO -- I stayed in a Best Western in Ohio, Canal Winchester to be specific, I informed them that I would be staying on a weekly basis. On my second day, my credit card was charged for an entire month. I complained and the money was put back in, then the next day they did the same. This tied up my credit card account for two days, and my wife had to miss two days of work to try to straighten it out. We only talked to the manager when I went to the hotel office to complain.
I checked out and a week later was charged for an entire week that I was not there. Still trying to recoup that money to my account. The manager was not helpful at all. The girl at the desk was a dream though. Her name was **. She was the best thing at that hotel. The kind of money I am talking about is 1550 and 1397 plus the 253 for the last week. So you can see where it would put a kink in your finances staying there.
BEST WESTERN INTERNAIONAL -- I made a booking for a Best Western International hotel in March of 2008 directly on their own website. My reservations were for mid-August and I received the email confirmation and credit card guarantee was accepted. About 3 weeks before my arrival, some 4 months after confirming and guarantee the reservation, I received an email from Best Western saying they would like to confirm my arrival time on the reservation date and that they were looking forward to having me as a guest.
I emailed back my arrival time and the next day I received another email from Best Western saying they would not allow me to stay at the hotel on my guaranteed reservation. They said they have rooms available but wanted almost 3 times the price I had guaranteed online with them. They then went on the Best Western website and cancelled my reservation with an email coming from the system saying I had cancelled my reservation.
I talked to a dozen people and back and forth 50+ emails and they refused to honor the reservation. They said if I would pay the higher rate then I could submit a claim for the difference, but this would have been over thousands dollars difference for the stay and they would only say this on phone. They said they could not email confirmation.
DO NOT TRUST BEST WESTERN AT ALL FOR CONFIRMED GUARANTEED RESERVATIONS nor the customer service who do nothing but apologize and do not fix it.
It was as if there were no walls or windows – we got to hear word for word conversations held in the parking lot outside our room, conversations outside our room in the hall, traffic noise from Capilano Rd. It was one of the worst nights that I have ever had to pay for. In the a.m. when we left, the clerk did not know what a complaint form was, and there was no email address on the website, although there was an icon – nothing happened when I clicked on it. Have stayed in lots of other BW and never had such a problem. Very annoyed.
RENO, NEVADA -- We were supposed to stay at the Best Western Airport in Reno, NV from Sept. 26-28, 2008 but because of a family emergency, had to cancel. We contacted the property on Sept. 22 and were told that we had missed the 7-day cutoff period for cancellations and would be charged the full amount.
We were never informed in any way of a 7-day (OUTRAGEOUS) cancellation policy. Even on busy weekends I have never encountered such stupidity. The worst I have ever had is 72 hours. Best Western corporate was USELESS as they claim to have no control over their properties policies. It is under the corporate umbrella yet they have no CONTROL. What kind of a business are they running? Obviously they are not very concerned with customer service or with what a word of mouth campaign can do to their business.
I intend to contact my attorney, the Attorney General of Nevada, and as many media sources as possible to investigate this case of FRAUD. You all know that the room we had reserved did not go empty for the weekend. That is called double-dipping and if it came out of their coffers, you know darn well they would do their best to prosecute someone for stealing from them. I say we turn it back on them for STEALING from us. The key word here is BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT!!!