HORN LAKE, MISSISSIPPI -- This is at the Sleep Inn (a Choice Hotel) in Horn Lake, MS. Room one #234, as we were unpacking I found a tick crawling up the wall over our bed. I got the tick and took it to the front desk and was asked if I wanted another room and I said yes. Room two #238, when we got to the room the new room key would not work so I went back to the front desk and he came to the room with a master key to open the door and said he needed to replace the batteries in the door lock.
When he returned I turned on the air conditioner and it didn't work, he asked if we wanted to move to another room and I said yes. Room three #125, as we crawled into bed we saw a roach crawling up the wall. I took several pictures of the roach and the overall condition of the room, which was very poor and returned to the front desk. I asked to see the manager and was told he was not there. I asked if he could call the manager for me and he said he would try but that he usually didn't answer. He called the manager, Sam, and he answered but would not speak to me but instead told the front desk to just refund my payment.
I asked at the front desk if they had a sister hotel nearby and he said no. I asked if he could find me another hotel and he said no. All this was happening at 11pm. Clearly this hotel and its manager do not care about you as a customer. We left and found another hotel close by that was very nice. Do yourself a favor and stay some place else. When we returned home from our trip I called Sleep Inn in Horn Lake, MS and was able to talk to the manager about our problems and he offered no apology. I told him I was going to call Choice Hotels Headquarters and report him and his only word was ok.
I then called Choice Hotels Headquarters and spoke with a supervisor named Stephanie and explained the whole ordeal to her and that I wanted to file a complaint about the hotel and its manager. She told that since the hotel manager had refunded my payment that there was nothing they could do and I could not file a complaint. I told her that I was sad to hear that, that her excuse just seemed like a cop out and that Choice Hotels customers and members apparently means very little to them. Don't count on Choice Hotels Headquarters to help you if you were refunded your payment. Pick another hotel chain that stands behind its customers and members.
EDISON, NEW JERSEY -- I have had their service for 4 months with horrible experiences. The air conditioning went out after 3 days and they could not find a repair co. I live 10 miles from Fresno, CA., one million people. I found a company to fix the A/C. It took them two months to repay me. Three weeks later the A/C went out again. The same company fixed it. Have not been repaid in 3 months. Water leaks in laundry room reported and 3 days later they still could not get a repair company to fix it. I found one online in 10 minutes. They denied the claim. I had a water pipe broken and they said it was not covered. They are the worst company I have ever done business with.
DENVER, COLORADO -- I booked a hotel for a Tuesday night and when I called to check my reservations for the hotel they did not have me booked. It turns out Choice Hotels had booked me for Monday night and I had been charged for it but was never there. When I called to talk to Choice Hotels on the phone to resolve the issue they had me on hold for over an hour and then told me they could not help me and that they would have to talk to the IT guy to see if it was the computer system's fault or my own fault and they would get back to me in 7 business days.
When I asked what I was supposed to do for my hotel that night they said I would just have to pay for another room and they don't know if or when I would be refunded for the stay THEY booked wrong. I am very displeased with their customer service and the way they handled the call. They did not care that it was causing too many issues and they did not care they had messed up. I would recommend not booking a hotel through them!
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Please do not waste your money with this company, they cover NOTHING!!! And literally tell the contractors they send out what to say so they won't have to pay for claims... Please choose another company. This is nothing but a scam.
ALABAMA -- I had a service man that Choice sent out. He checked my dryer and told me that the timer was bad, and the switch was broken on the door and when I opened it, it wouldn't stop spinning. To make a long story short they offered me $300 which will not replace my dryer. I have to wait 30 days before I can get my check in the mail to buy another dryer. I will be canceling this warranty. It is not worth the trouble.
NEWPORT, OREGON -- Good for the price, however: Don't trust their mobile website for booking, and don't trust their corporate people to make it right.
I booked a stay for the following weekend, in February. I had paused in the middle and went back to complete booking, and I noticed that when it was done that it had reserved my stay for the current evening, which was totally wrong. I assumed that it was because I had paused in the middle, so I canceled the reservation, and then started to do it over again from scratch: I picked my dates, it showed me results, I picked out my rooms, and then completed the process. I don't check my email very often, so I didn't even think to look, and just trusted that the website did it correctly.
When I went in that weekend to check in, they couldn't find my reservation. I gave them my information and they looked it up and then told me that they marked my reservation as a no-show as it was for the weekend before (the day I booked the stay) and that I needed to call corporate to try to seek a resolution. She said that some others had the same issue. Luckily, she was able to get me the space I needed, and then honored the original rate.
I called Choice Hotels customer service to see what they would do about refunding the room that their website mistakenly booked me for, and they sent me to an escalations person who entered a case for me. He was impatient and rude and it was apparent that he had no idea was asking for. I got a letter about 5 days later saying that they researched it and there was nothing they would do, even though I had paid double for the same reservation.
I am so angry that this is the best that they could do and I swear to God I will never stay at a Choice Hotel chain again and I will spread this message to every single person I know for the rest of my life, as well as posting this review on as many review websites that I can. What a bunch of jerks. The staff at the Econo Lodge was very nice, however, and the value is good, assuming you don't experience the same thing as me and have to pay twice.
ARIZONA -- This company and their promotions are empty marketing ploys. Their customer service is deplorable with representatives openly aggressive and rude. Do not fall for their advertising which states that 2 night stays in one of their participating hotel/motel will get you a free night stay. I have been a member with them for many years but stopped bothering with them a few years ago. I had forgotten why.
I booked a room with a Comfort Inn this month and was told to use my membership to get a free night. We stayed at their hotels for three nights but the first night was the day before the promotion started. I went online and did not see our stays listed so I called them to discuss the issue and the promotion. They stated that the nights would not count unless you book the nights online or through their representatives. In addition, I had to register before the staying at the hotels for this promotion and I was not registered by their representative when I called the first time. It does not count if you walk into the hotel/motel and rent a night from the front desk. Are you kidding me?
When you are traveling you do not always know where you will be stopping for the night. In addition, my name was hyphenated when I got married. I told them to change my name and they refused without my sending a copy of my marriage certificate. Really?????!!!!!! My major business credit cards didn't ask me to see that. Their song and dance is that they are protecting me. Oh sure... with those big promotions you have. I told them I wanted to talk to a supervisor because I am surely not sending my marriage certificate. Now the fun began.
I got a string of rude representatives and was told a supervisor wouldn't call back for 2 days. I cancelled my account and requested a letter stating it was cancelled. You would have thought I asked for this representative's first born child. Do yourself a favor and do not do business with this company. I am not sure where they are from and what they are about.... but they are certainly not about catering to their customers and using policies and promotions that are not deceptive. In the end the $80-100 for the free night might cost you exceedingly more.