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Hilton Hotels Does Bait-And-Switch, And The CEO Doesn't Care!!!!!
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MCCLEAN, VIRGINIA -- Driving East with my family this past July 2011, to visit relatives and see the USA, a loyal customer of Hilton chain, discovers serious roadwork being done on the road ahead which requires a routing change. Wife makes reservation change via Hilton's telephone reservation center and pre-pays for the changed reservation. E-mail confirms room type and cost. Family arrives at new destination after 18 HOURS OF DRIVING in very hot areas of USA. Family checks in, and the hotel manager says, “Sorry, sir. We don't have a room like this reserved for you. We DO have a 1 King bed room for your family of 4, though.”

To this we say, “Not acceptable” and proceed to show our PRE-PAID confirmation from earlier in the day, for a 2 Queen bedroom. Manager then says, “Well, I CAN sell you a second 1 King bed room for ½ price.” What can we do? The family needs a place to sleep comfortably, and it is 10 PM. We asked if he could comp us with the second room; he says, “No can do.” Meanwhile, we see other customers arrive after us receive other rooms which would have worked for our family. Our deduction: We have been ‘Bait-And-Switched' by the Hilton chain.

Now, I figure that a simple e-mail memo to the Hilton Customer Care office, requesting a refund for the room cost, will suffice. Send the first e-mail request, immediately sent a follow-up snail mail letter, wait 2 weeks, no response. Not yet agitated, but… so, fire off a second letter to Customer Care, with the same results. Now I am getting aggravated; isn't Customer Care supposed to do JUST THAT? CARE FOR THE CUSTOMER!!!

I wait 3 more weeks, still no response from ANYONE IN THE HILTON CHAIN! Now I am beginning to lose my patience, as I have spent over 6 hours on my own (research, copying, thinking of how to address the situation, and writing/mailing.) with this issue. So, next I send a Certified Letter to the CEO of Hilton International. Does this receive any attention? ABSOLUTELY NOT A SINGLE CALL, LETTER OR E-MAIL!!! Can you blame me if I am PISSED OFF???

At of the time of this writing, 3+ months have elapsed since my botched hotel stay. I have written a second Certified Letter to the CEO, and received the same results. Thus, I am reporting that the Hilton Hotel chain doesn't give a ** hoot about their best customers! I certainly hope that the Better Business Bureau, and the attorney generals of my state and the state where my hotel stay was can help me deal with this problem!!!

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Rating: 1/51

GREENBELT, MARYLAND -- I'm writing this based on an issue I am having with the hotel listed above. I made reservations on Saturday, June 30 because I had a power outage at my house. Less than 30 mins after I arrived, the hotel's power went out. I waited for about another 30 mins and I requested my money back. The power outage caused financial hardship and if I had to sit in a hot dark room I would do it at home based on my circumstances. After 45 minutes of back and forth with the front desk I was told I could only get 50% refund. I thought that was a bit unreasonable and I couldn't understand why the manager was being so rude.

I took it as maybe she was just overwhelmed but I figured half was better than nothing. I went to go check out and was told the computers were down and to write down my email. I asked the front desk clerk how long would they be down because I didn't feel comfortable leaving with just my email jotted and expect my refund. I was told it was no guarantee when they will be running but was promised a refund and email confirmation. I have been calling since Monday July 2 (9281053) and each day I am told they will refund me by the end of the day.

When I called on July 5 I was told my money was refunded on the 2nd. Once I told her I just got off the phone with my bank and I actually had a copy of my statement in front of me she told me to email her a copy as proof (**). I told her I would send it by the end of the next day. I called back that morning to get mr. ** fax # and was told by someone else that faxing a statement wouldn't help because it takes 7-10 business days to show up.

I tried to explain that I already made arrangements with someone to look at my statement. She basically told me to call back in a week. I travel often and have stayed in many hotels and have never been so inconvenienced by a one night stay. I'm more frustrated at the fact that I had a coworker have the exact same issue at another hotel after 3 hours and had no problems recovering. $57 may not seem like much but I'm having a very hard time right now. And I would like to receive my refund in a timely matter. Please help, my reservation # was **.

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DON'T EVER STAY HERE!!!
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LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA -- I arrived at this hotel on Friday. We arrived at about 3:30 at which time I valeted my car and proceeded to the front desk. I was greeted by a nice lady who explained check in was at 4 pm but she would go ahead and get the check in process finished so all we had to do was come back up at 4 pm to pick up our room keys. I explained to her I had dinner reservations at 6 pm at the marine room for my mother's birthday which was the ONLY reason for me coming to La Jolla. I went up to the front desk at about 4:15 to get the keys at which time they said there were no rooms available and they would call us when it was ready.

At about 5:00 pm we go back up there again to explain we still have not had a call and our reservations are at 6 pm. They tell us to wait more. I come back up IRATE at 5:30 at which time I am told there are still no rooms. I start to complain, I then meet with the manager who at that time tells me she would "take a room" from another person and check us in right away. Obviously at this time we missed our dinner reservations. So we go to our room and order room service since we couldn't eat or make it to my mom's birthday dinner.

Then when the room service comes up they forget to bring us water with our meals. We then order dessert, and for the 2nd time in the same night they forget to bring us water with our meals. The next day rolls around and I order breakfast before we leave. The food that comes up is literally uneatable. The eggs are running and mind you these eggs are scrambled, and the sausage is barely cooked. The toast is not toasted and my horrible stay continues. At about 10 am the TV just shuts down mid show which I called to complain about. I call the valet to get my car so I can get out of this hotel as if it was on fire, and they say they will have my car ready.

I come down 20 min later, car is still sitting in the same spot. I ask them, can I please get my car? He said there was some confusion about what room number it was. THEN to top it all off, my girlfriend forgets her sweater there. We call the hotel and ask if they can check on it. They say "yes we will give you a call back soon." We go on an hour hike, get back and SHOCKER still no call. We call again they say "we will check on it, and will call you back soon." We get home to orange county after a 1 hour and 30 minute drive, and SHOCKER still no call.

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Not a good experience
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LINTHICUM, MARYLAND -- Not a good experience and I would not recommend this hotel. After a storm I lost power and I had to fly out the next morning. So I thought I would stay by the airport and I would have all the amenities that I was without do to the power loss. When I got to the Hilton they confirmed they had rooms and I checked in. I went to the room and turned on the AC and started to get ready for the 4 am flight. After about an hour the room was still hot and I called down to the front desk to inquire about the AC. They gave me the normal trouble shooting speech and told me to call back if it was not working in 10 min. It did not work in 10 min so I called back and asked for another room.

This time the guy that I spoke with said that the AC was not working in any of the rooms. Now I was getting upset. "Did you know this when I checked in an hour or so ago?" "sir it has been this way all day." So, the question is, why would a hotel like Hilton allow guests to check in, when they know full well that they cannot offer the amenities that we are expecting? I could have stayed at my house for free and not had AC. I tried to work something out with the night manager but she was incapable of seeing where I was coming from.

I left with a completely different view of Hilton and they will now be a last resort in my book. All I was looking for was some understanding and maybe a break on the room rate considering I was not going to get what I was paying for.

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Rude Behavior of Sales Manager
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I wish to inform you of the deplorable way my wife and I were treated by your sales manager, Al, at Parc Soleil, Hilton Grand Vacations Club, in Orlando, Florida. Our stay there was booked by a telemarketer, from Feb 12 through Feb 14, 2010. We were to attend a sales meeting on Feb 14. Our initial salesperson was a Mr. ** (do not know his last name). After his presentation, we felt we had some questions, before we were ready to sign. He called in the above named individual.

During the conversation that followed, ** asked me if I had ever stayed at a Hilton, to which I answered in the positive. However, when I asked him if I could speak to some satisfied customers of this plan, he became irritated, and stated in a patronizing way, that perhaps I should be 'staying at a Marriott or a Wyndham', rather than a Hilton. I took offense at this statement, and informed him that he had no business telling me where to stay, and that I was no longer interested in either talking with him, or buying into Hilton. I informed him also that I was extremely upset by his remarks and intended to report this to Hilton Corporate Headquarters.

At this point, a corporate representative, ** approached me, and tried to defuse the situation. I apprised him of the above facts, and asked him if he would forward my complaints to Hilton, which he promised he would. I feel very strongly, that this kind of behavior by sales managers, or sales agents that represent Hilton, is reprehensible, and deserves condemnation. If Hilton is concerned about its image, persons like ** have no place in representing Hilton. I have already made my concern known in the survey sent to me after my stay.

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Complaint
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We booked a weekend in a Hilton Hotel near the sea and were looking forward to getting out of the city. Upon arrival, the hotel was surrounded by police and we were passed on to different police at different entrances and were unable to get into the hotel. When (after about half an hour) the manager did condescend to come outside to talk to us (there was a political party conference and no rooms were booked) he told us that there had obviously been a mistake made as we were booked into the London hotel - not the one in Brighton that we had booked.

Having traveled 60 miles, we were then faced with paying quite a lot more money (most hotels were fully booked) which we did and managed to secure a place. I then phoned the Hilton on 3 occasions and the people I spoke to were unable to help tell me whether I could have the difference in the price that I had paid for the room refunded (the manager had arranged for the room to be refunded). The telephone operative had obviously made a mistake when booking the wrong hotel.

On arriving back, my husband e-mailed the hotel in line with their procedure and received - absolutely no response whatsoever (this was 11 days ago). I also e-mailed them yesterday but we have still not received any response - let alone an apology or an offer to refund the money that we were forced to pay. The whole episode was a nightmare and this was through no fault of ours. Not only did the telephone operative make a mistake but the Hilton has refused to take any responsibility by contacting us to try to put things right. We have stayed at the Hilton on many occasions and even got married there.

We would now recommend to anyone staying in a hotel - make sure you have your booking number with you when you check in, phone the day before (as hotels like the Hilton obviously don't care if they haven't got a bed for you when you arrive - so best to find out in advance if they have made a mistake) and if you are staying at the Hilton, and wish to phone them - be prepared to run up lengthy phone bills and receive zero satisfaction for your efforts. Unfortunately that has been our experience.

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Hilton Hotel - Poorest Customer Service on their Loyalty Program
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I am a member since 2004 and I would like to state that you have a poor program and poor customer service. I have received this email telling me that my tier level was downgraded and at the same time point were all taken away. On my July 9 statement, as copied below for your reference I still have 21,443 points and maintaining a Silver VIP. I thought Hilton is better compared to other Hotel rewards program only to find out it is the worst and provide very poor customer service not even par with other consumer products out there i.e. Best Buy, Blockbuster, Marriott, etc.

My case in point, why in the world in would be downgraded without notification that I need to do something about my membership? There was NO email that I have received to inform about the upcoming expiration. Here I am, checking my last July 9 statement I still have my points and status booking for my vacation this year just last month on 2 locations for 2 rooms each and knowing that I can keep my account active on a yearly basis. I stayed in 2008, and stayed again 2009. But I was told that it expired Jul 21 because of a 12-month inactivity from my last booking of Mar 9, 2008.

You don't need to be a genius to see that I would have been notified or the MyWay account statement of July 9 should already have notified me Not August if the 12 month policy was enforced or at least a prior notification in Feb, Mar or April or any notification that it will expire soon via email would have help a loyal customer or member that he is about to lose his/her points - this is really a poor customer service from a world renowned Hotel brand.

I called up your office but nothing happened as expected they are not empowered to take care of your customers/members or to deal with real issues and feedback. I just requested fir my membership to be cancelled since you are not able to reinstate both my points and status. I hope in this writing you would improve your company for the good of the many. I know I maybe just one of your millions of customer but a fire always start on a simple spark.

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Don't Go To The El San Juan Hotel
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I have stayed at this hotel prior to this review twice before and this time (I arrived home yesterday) there is no service. This hotel is now like staying in a Holiday Inn and I like Holiday Inn but not when it represented as a resort and how they the management want this to be a spectacular experience and bla bla.

I book a specific room online 3 weeks prior to arrival. On arrival they wanted me to stay a cabana (it was a garage with the dirty laundry bins outside my room and mold inside this shower room. They were to move me to the room I had original requested. The next day first problem. After returning to the front desk and asking for a manager suddenly the room was available. CD player didn't work and had to wait 2 hours (of my trip) for the person to come and change it (I don't speak Spanish and he didn't speak English oh boy). Well the next afternoon the hallway in front of my room was wet. I could see a trickle of water coming down the wall. I called front desk to notify them.

Well by Saturday morning I was getting flooded and I placed another call go out for dinner Saturday night. I stepped into 4 inches of water and had to go back and change my shoe. I called again and asked if they were going to build me a bridge and I also needed an umbrella because now the ceiling was leaking in the hall and I had to dodge the rain. By morning it was in a swamp. The front desk acted as if they knew nothing.

I was given a 100 credit only because they thought I was leaving so when I asked what they were going to do (the party in the next room had already been moved at I was informed by a staff member) the girl was surprised and I was put on a list for room moving. I was promised I would go to the head of the list and be updated. I gave my cell # and this was to happen by 3. 330 the call never came.

This used to be a shining star in pr. Now I tell everyone it is like a bad Holiday Inn - staff no "hellos", "good morning". Terrible. If you don't speak Spanish don't go there. You are treated like an alien. The property is dirty, unkempt. The pool is kept open late. A lot of noise. I will never ever pay Hilton 1$ again.

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Do Not Use Any Hilton Hotels.
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We had confirmed reservations for a suite at Hilton Homewood Suites in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. We are leaving in NINE days. Approximately 5 days ago, my husband went online to confirm our reservation and the website stated that they were taking reservations for May 8th! We immediately called Hilton to inquire about this and were told that yes, sorry the hotel would not be open in time. We received NO notification of this and our plans were made in JANUARY. Had my husband not checked himself we would have arrived at Disney World and had nowhere to stay on one of the busiest weeks.

We were asked to call customer service in the morning. My husband did that and with a flippant sorry, they suggested that we either stay at one of their other hotels (that she happily told us would be much cheaper) but it was one of their economy hotels and just happened to be one hour away from Disney or stay at their Embassy Suites Hotel in two rooms, not a suite for TWICE the amount that we were originally going to pay. We asked for comparable reservations elsewhere and were told we would have to wait 72 hours to get an answer.

Well, the 72 hours and more have passed and we still have nowhere to stay. Our phone calls and emails have been ignored or we are sent to another department and told they will fix it. This will be my daughters first trip to Disney and I fear we will not be able to go. We haven't been able to find any other arrangements at other hotels. All are booked.

Please do not use ANY Hilton Hotels. Their customer service is deplorable, the employees don't care and eventually they just stop answering correspondence. We are sickened at the thought that there are other vacationers out there who reserved rooms at this Hilton and will arrive at their destination only to find out that they have nowhere to stay. We were completely ignored when asked if they were going to notify others about the unopened hotel.

We have since filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and found out that Hilton has a rating of F with the BBB. If we would have known this ahead of time we would have never used them. Please don't make the same mistake we did!

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Hilton's "Be Hospitable" Policy Goes To Hell
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BIXY/SAND SPRINGS, OKLAHOMA -- I was recently cancelled out of two of Hilton's properties (Hampton Inn) due to using their Hampton 100% Guarantee "in access". The "Hampton Guarantee-100%" guarantees: Friendly Service, Clean Rooms, and Comfortable Surroundings". I requested the 100% due to staff was not friendly, rooms not clean. Well, the two GM joined forces and cancelled me out of their properties on the same day. So much for Hilton's "Be Hospitable" policy. Every time I requested the requests (via emails) the GMs became very angry (even with my pictures I took of the rooms to prove my case).

Again so much for the "Be Hospitable" policy. I never experience such hatred (angry/hostility) in all of my life. Only in Oklahoma. Where is Mr. Obama? I was even a VIP Diamond, some of the staff despised me for this VIP Diamond status (such hatred). Please note there were no limits on the number of times requests could be made on the 100% Guarantee on that little blue card.

But these "Be Hospitable" staff decided to assembled against me on their policy implying I was "in access". Such pride and prejudice. Such hostility and anger, all over the "100%". What a shame. If they did not want to deliver the 100% (the GMS growled ), it was their jobs to ensure rooms were clean instead of having their guests walk into rooms that did not meet my satisfaction. But to have the GMS assembled against me with their upper management BECAUSE they could not keep their rooms cleans or meet my satisfaction (I have pictures).

So, they cancelled me out for using their policies. Such hatred and hostility directed against an individual for using your guarantee that your managers did not want to deliver your policy because they felt that had the RIGHT TO JUDGE ME. Such much for the Hilton integrity. Again Hilton states: "To define Hilton Hotels Corporation's culture you must delve into our past. Ever since Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel in 1919, Hilton has enjoyed a reputation for quality, value, integrity and strength. And for more than 90 years "Hilton" has been synonymous with these core strengths."

CONRAD must be turning in his grave. This is the Hilton policy: "At Hilton "be hospitable" is not just a philosophy the Hilton Family of Hotels applies to our guests, it's a philosophy we extend throughout every level of our organization." NOT TRUE!!! Who let the dogs out? Woof! Woof!

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