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Displayed Fraud Hotel Info and Refused to Refund Payment
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My girlfriend and I booked a hotel which appeared to be in Yosemite National Park both at Otel.com and on the confirmation page after having booked the hotel at Otel.com. When we were to go to the hotel the day after it appeared that the hotel was in fact two hours outside of Yosemite and we naturally could not use the hotel. When discovering that the booking was made as the result of a mistake on Otel.com's site, we went ahead and called the hotel and canceled our booking.

They confirmed that the cancellation of the booking would result in no payments being made to them. We then called Otel.com to ask them to refund our payment. It took us more than two hours on the phone and 3 emails before we got a reply. The reply was very impolite and they did not even bother to read the attached screen dumps, which showed the error on their site. They simply stated that they do not provide refunds and that they would go ahead and close my ticket.

In few words what we experienced: Otel.com displayed fraudulent information on their site in order to trick their users into booking. Otel.com pretty much 'stole' our money as no money was passed on to the hotel, and they kept the full amount paid by us even though a cancellation was made with the hotel.

It is companies like Otel.com that influences people to lose faith in purchasing online. I think that this is wrong and believe in online companies, and therefore hope that you will help me with sharing my bad experience of Otel.com by giving a 'thumbs up' to my review. Besides, try to Google 'review + Otel.com', and you will find that many other users had similar experiences as I. Unfortunately this is not represented by their ratings here, as they naturally only send out rating requests to users who did not have a poor experience on their site.

You are welcome to write to me if you have questions or likewise about my experience with Otel.com. I have just involved the local Ombudsman and my bank and am happy to share best practices of how you can ensure a fair trial if Otel.com has tricked you as well.

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The Worst Customer Service I Have Ever Dealt With
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Rating: 1/51

I recently booked a hotel on Otel.com in Amsterdam. Due to various reasons, we had to cancel a few days prior to the reservation. I tried to call but was told I had to go on a live chat with a sales representative. I couldn't cancel through them, I had to submit a request on the website. When I did that, I immediately got a message saying my reservation has been canceled free of charge. I was sent a follow up email saying that I was guaranteed two of the three nights refund, and they would work directly with the hotel about getting my third night refunded as well.

Three weeks passed and I was never updated on my refund. I would reach out to Otel.com via email and via live chat; they simply said "it is being looked into". After reaching out to them daily for three weeks, I finally just received an email saying my hotel would not be refunded (despite the fact that I was told I would get a full refund).

This is honestly the WORST company and WORST booking website I could have ever imagined. They are nothing but liars, cheats, scam artists. I will never, ever use Otel.com ever again and I encourage everybody NEVER to use Otel.com. Do not use Otel.com, unless you want your money stolen.

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SCAM! Don't Book With Otel.com.
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Otel.com is a scam! They send you a false confirmation page and charge your credit card immediately! When we arrived at the hotel in Fort Lauderdale booked through Otel.com they had no record of the booking. Of course there was a boat show in town and that hotel as well as all the others in the area were sold out. Spent four hours trying to find another hotel to stay at. When we finally did at a much higher rate, Otel said they would refund up to $380 (the original payment to Otel was $334) for our inconvenience.

Have multiple e-mail correspondences from Otel stating they would refund $380 even though we had to pay $450 because of the higher prices due to no availability, but at that point we had no choice. They lied. Don't let Otel steal your money and ruin your vacation!!!

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Worst Travel Agent Otel.com
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Rating: 1/51

The most helpful reviews and complaints are factually correct, include details from your firsthand experience, and have photos. I called the hotel several times. They explained that they need my travel agent Otel.com to call them or send them an email. Please note that yesterday I called more than 15 times to get a reply from Mr. ** and I hope this could be shown in the records. He insisted that THERE IS NO WAY HOTEL.COM CAN OR WILL CALL THE HOTEL.

I tried to persuade him several times to just send an email but he refused very stubbornly I must say. I had no other option but to call the hotel. I explained to them that Otel.com simply cannot send an email or call you which obviously sounded strange to them. However having great customer support they said "we can send an email to you." I called Mr. ** again to get the email. He would like the hotel to send to. He was not available as usual. After getting angry Mr. ** from your team gave me his email and asked me to just forward the email that I receive from the hotel to him which I did.

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Refuse to Change My Booking After Website Problems
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Rating: 1/51

I booked a hotel in NYC with Otel.com through Trivago (I thought it was Hotel.com). The website stalled quite a few times while booking for one night for Saturday August 1, 2015. When I received my invoice via email the date read Monday, July 26!!! I contacted their customer service immediately and was told I could be helped by submitting a "request" through their website. I was contacted via email by their customer service & told right away there is nothing they can do. Period.

I have contacted the Hotel and they told me there is availability on August 1, 2015 and Otel.com just needs to change the date. Any legitimate company would make the change, Otel.com refuses to do so. I have never been scammed before now but thankfully American Express will decline the charge tomorrow so they won't get paid. Horrible experience.

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Online Hotel Booking
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Otel.com booked me with a Hotel in Amsterdam. They immediately charged my credit card. I wanted to add a day to my stay on this booking, which turned out to be a blessing for me, as when I tried to contact them I found it to be impossible. I then contacted the Hotel directly, and found out I didn't have a reservation, and they informed me that Otel.com was not authorized to book at their Hotel.

I have since been able to contact Otel.com through a chat room on their website. They don't allow you to e-mail them directly because you would then have a written cancellation of your reservation as they require that by a certain date to get a refund. I had to copy and paste the chat room dialog with them for proof in case I need it for my dispute with them. This company is out to steal everything they can from everyone they can... BELIEVE ME!!!

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Otel.com is a Scam
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Rating: 1/51

CANMORE, AB -- We used TRIVAGO for the first time two weeks ago for a hotel in Canmore. They directed us to OTEL.COM and we were charged in full and even got an email confirmation! Once we got to the hotel they said they have never heard of OTEL.COM and the hotel was fully booked. Our credit card company said OTEL.COM operates from Turkey and most likely is fraudulent. Avoid booking with them at all costs. So disappointed in TRIVAGO as well. After all the advertising they do you can't even trust them to book a hotel for you in Canada. Thankfully we were able to find another hotel not too far from the original hotel. Never ever use Trivago or Otel.com

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Worse Experience Ever
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Booked for 4 nights accommodation through Otel.com. Credit card was charged immediately. When we arrived at the hotel everything was fine but my daughter became very ill. Due to medical emergency we had to leave our hotel after only 36 hour (so 2 nights). Hotel was very accommodating and compassionate and assured us that we would not be billed for the 2 nights but that we needed to get refund from Otel.com.

Contacted Otel.com numerous times but they refuse to pay back the 2 nights accommodation even though the hotel assures me that they have not charged the last 2 nights. Otel.com is pocketing the $400 + themselves. Reporting them to Turkish Consumer Affair after having spoken to the Australian Consumer Affair.

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Otel.com Took My Money and Received NO Service
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We booked a room and paid in full at Sofitel Athens Airport through OTEL.COM via TRIVAGO to find it was a month later than I asked. When I tried to change the date even offering to pay any difference they stalled getting back until the date passed. Having to fly out that date I paid again the hotel directly.

The hotel could not do anything for us because OTEL.com or whoever they are does not reimburse the hotel for the occupancy unless it happens. Since we left Athens I tried to change the reservation name to a relative that was flying out and could use the reservation. Obviously they stalled again without a response till the date passed. SO THEY GOT TO KEEP MY MONEY.

Company Response 11/17/2014:

Thank you for alerting us regarding the problem you encountered regarding your booking through otel.com

We would like to express our deepest apologies if we made you feel disappointed with our service. If you kindly advise your booking ID, we are ready to check the case further to help and compensate this.

Please kindly send the details of this case to oguz.hasanusta@metglobal.com to enable us to check the issue in deep detail.

In addition, we would like you to be assured we will be at your disposal to solve the problem to regain your confidence.

Best Regards,
Oguz Hasanusta
Social Media & Complaint Management Specialist
otel.com

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Terrible!! This Company is a Scam.
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I just experienced a similar incident regarding Otel.com. They sold nights for a hotel in Honolulu that showed sold out on every other website. They confirmed the dates and charged my card in full immediately after making the purchase. They sent me an email voucher that I am supposed to present to the hotel upon arrival next week. The problem is the hotel has no record of my reservation and truly is sold out and has been sold out for weeks.

I have contacted Otel.com and Tourico Holidays several times regarding this matter and all I'm getting is the runaround. I've spoken to the reservations manager at the hotel we were supposed to be checking into and she is confused as to why Otel.com would charge me and issue a fraudulent voucher that would not have been honored.

In the meantime, I have found another hotel to stay at and will be contacting my credit card issuer and filing a complaint. I'm thankful that I did some research to find out that we would have no room to check into before we actually got there. I will never use Otel.com in the future. It's unbelievable that this company conducts business in such an unscrupulous manner.

Company Response 10/14/2014:

Thank you for alerting us regarding the problem you encountered regarding your booking through otel.com

We would like to express our deepest apologies if we made you feel disappointed with our service. If you kindly advise your booking ID, we are ready to check the case further to help and compensate this.

Please kindly send the details of this case to oguz.hasanusta@metglobal.com to enable us to check the issue in deep detail.

In addition, we would like you to be assured we will be at your disposal to solve the problem to regain your confidence.

Best Regards,
Oguz Hasanusta
Social Media & Complaint Management Specialist
otel.com

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