SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- I can't stand writing reviews but I feel obligated to write this one. Hopefully it will drive business away from hotels-rates.com. They mislead me and ultimately cost me money and cut my vacation short.
I was an hour outside San Francisco and needed a room quickly. Their phone representative told me that there was a room in a motel near all of the attractions for $279 a night. That price included parking and all taxes. To be brief none of that was true. The hotel was over an hour away from Fisherman's Wharf in a terrible neighborhood and parking and taxes were not included.
The motel, The Civic Center Motor Inn, was at best a seedy dump. The room smelled of water damage, the bed was cheap with uncomfortable metal springs, and everything else was filthy and run down. The city was booked solid because of the pride parade and we felt stuck, so we took a taxi into the heart of the city and tried to put it out of our minds.
When we returned to the room later that night there were several loud drunks gathered outside so I closed the window and turned on the air conditioning to drown them out. Not only did the air conditioner not work, but it made huge mechanical banging sounds. I called the front desk and they told me that they were aware of it and that it would be repaired the following day.
So we were basically up the entire night. We couldn't open the window because of the noise, the room was hot and the bed was torturous. We were a mess the next morning, so we packed up and drove home.
I've made several calls to both the booking site and the motel over the last week. The hotel refuses to admit that the air conditioner was broken and they won't call me back. hotels-rates.com refunded their service charge, but, after supposedly listening to my original call to their agent, deny ever telling me that the hotel was near the city's attractions or that taxes were included.
You can read several reviews online similar to mine. Please avoid both of these businesses.
I booked a room through Hotel-Rates.com. They charged me $150.00. I cancelled the room well before the required 72 hours and they still charged me the total cost!! It says that no refund is given once reservation is confirmed. Well the confirmation comes immediately after making the reservation, so you do not have any time to cancel. They are a scam!!! Now they can go and book the room again and get a full rate again. USERS BE AWARE!!! DO NOT USE HOTEL-RATES.COM
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE -- I made a reservation for Days Inn West Nashville online ($69.99) per night and was charged $186 something. Way more than just taxes. Per hotels-rates.com, they could not breakdown the $42 difference because the hotel "tells" them what to charge. However the hotel couldn't break down the charges because I booked through hotels-rates.com. No one to speak to personally and no way to contact except email through their website. They could only send me an invoice through email but not broken down because "they don't know the breakdown". What a rip-off.
I just booked a hotel reservation online today. I realized there was a $24.99 fee for booking but thought that was how they would make money because they were getting me the hotel room at a lower rate. BIG MISTAKE! After making the reservation and contacting the hotel to confirm that it was accurate, I was told by a hotel worker they charge the same price per night as Hotels-Rates.com but without the extra taxes and the 24.99 service fee. I ended up spending way more money. When I realized this I was outraged. I attempted to call the number on my itinerary that was listed for Hotels-Rates.com. Well convenient for them, it was out of service.
After a ton of investigating online, I found this number for a woman named ** who claims to be a manager. Please call it if you have had similar experiences and let her know how dissatisfied you are. She seems to think that her and this company are doing nothing wrong but they are making thousands of dollars per day by ripping off innocent people like us. Here is the number **.
I booked a room with Hotels-Rates, without doing my homework. I know, shame on me. They claim to have the best rates, but charge a service charge, just for booking through them. I found I could have gotten a better deal, and without this service charge! I called to inquire about the service fees, and possibly cancel. Finding a number to call was nearly impossible. The only number available was in my email, not on their website. Once I finally got a hold of somebody, they were extremely rude to me. On top of being rude, I asked to speak with a manager, but the girl told me she was it.
Disappointing to find that a company would have such rude people in the customer service department! This has been an awful experience! I just hope that I can save someone some time, money and grief. DO NOT BOOK through HOTELS-RATES. (This is not to be confused with hotel-rates! They are pretty tricky, don't you think? One has an s in the name.) I repeat, DO NOT BOOK through HOTELS-RATES!
LA, CALIFORNIA -- I make a hotel reservation through Hotels-rates.com website a month ago. The hotel description of the hotel I pick on the webpage clearly stated that the rate includes Room and Taxes on a Single full-Sized bed room. However, after I check in the hotel on the day I reserved, I found out the rates was more than it was shown on the webpage. I contact Hotels-rates regarding the issue, they insist that it was nothing wrong on the information show on the webpage and they send out confirmation with the rate after my reservation process.
I point out that it was too late to cancel the reservation after I make the booking process and the booking fee had been charged at that moment if I see the confirmation rate is different. In other words, they provide false information on the website to mislead consumer to buy their product/service, they would not care the customer will end-up pay more to the third party.
I send email to them with a copy of reservation page with the "mislead" information that I print out on the day of booking to prove the case, I never received any feedback from them. What kind of service HOTELS-RATES.COM provide to consumer!!!??? Justice... would you willing to buy service from them after you read this review.