NEWARK, NEW JERSEY -- The Ramada Inn-Newark Int. Airport has lodging for passengers of cancelled flights down to a science. The process begins after you get your vouchers from the airline (hopefully) and get the shuttle at the P4 station on the Airport Tram. The shuttles run about every 30 minutes. At the desk, a smiling and sympathetic Ramada employee (the man who greeted us really was smiling and sympathetic) takes your voucher, hands you a room key and points out the sandwich shop & Teddy's Sports Grill to you where you can use your food vouchers.
Our lodging voucher, by the way, was accepted for our stay with no cash or credit card required. Your food vouchers are for $12 or $6 depending on what you were able to get from the airlines. Most of the food items are priced at $6 or $12 (or less) and the food is really quite good with large portions. Or you can use your vouchers for drinks, if you're so inclined.
The rooms are not fancy, but they are clean, have soap & shampoo for a shower or bath, and comfortable beds. On the whole, the staff is efficient, professional, and friendly. Much better than what you most likely experienced at the airport. Even if you didn't get vouchers, I'd stay here since it's a well run motel and close to the airport with a reliable shuttle every 1/2 hour so you can get your flight (with luck) and proceed to your destination. Rooms begin at $65 and they have 234 of them so there is usually space for a few loads of airline refugees.
SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA -- My husband and I were driving around pricing hotels. When we arrived at the Ramada Inn my husband told the lady at the desk that we had a dog but we didn't have much cash on us. She told him that she wouldn't charge us for the dog so it would be cheaper. We thought that was a good deal so I went in the office to pay. She took my ID and debit card before she told me that she was going to charge me for the dog after all. I told her no thanks, that we will take our business elsewhere. She said that was fine and that while she was handing back my debit card she told me that she hadn't charged anything to my card.
WELL when I got my bank statement that had been a lie. I called and talked to the manager and he said that he would give me my money back. He didn't... it slipped his mind, over and over again. Finally 7 months later I went to my bank for help and he told them that I stayed there. I took proof showing that I didn't stay there and the bank told him that they were going to call the federal business bureau if he didn't put my money back in my account. Finally almost 8 months later I got it back. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THEIR BUSINESS STYLE.
We have no idea who you are. We respond to all complaints. No one ever contacted us about this problem or any banks contacted us directly. Can you provide some proof this happened? Like names, dates, bank information? Very strange. Thanks.
FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA -- My husband and one year old baby checked into this hotel at 9:00 PM. Our first impression of the room was it was small, nothing fancy. At 11:30 PM we pulled the sheets down to go to bed and was thoroughly disgusted. Mice droppings were found covering the pillows, bed sheets, and all along the head board. When we turned one of the pillows over, we discovered mice urine covering the pillow and pillow case. Upon further review of the room, under the bed we discovered white mold growing. The lounge chair in the room had a broken right arm that was so loose, it's a wonder it didn't break when we leaned against it.
With the conditions of this room, it's obvious no one had cleaned it in a very long time. Our visit was further disappointing when we contacted the front desk. Their only offer was a smoking room, or a room with double beds. We are not smokers and do not want our baby exposed to the carcinogenic residue left over from previous visitors. We had a king size bed and were being asked to downgrade to a double bed when the situation was obviously a result of the hotel's lack of cleanliness and concern of the health of its guests.
Needless to say, we immediately checked out and ended up missing the event in town that was the purpose of our trip. Neither my husband or I have ever had such a disappointing stay in a hotel.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- Just a dirty and worn hotel. Restaurant was not clean, food is inexpensive and we learned why that's so! Half the elevators didn't work. Halls and room were seedy, lighting poor, and on top of all this, they overcharged me - more than their emailed confirm called for. Had to threaten action if they ignored the agreed price - but it seems like the rules changed, depending upon who was on duty at the front desk.
The only good thing: if you're going on a cruise and want to leave your car in their parking lot for the duration, they don't mind and the parking is free. That worked fine for us, but if you'll be doing so, try to park in the front where the lighting is good! In short: a disgrace to the Ramada brand. Never again.
TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA -- My Uncle booked 2 rooms with a corporate rate. There was a dispute about his card, so I put the rooms on my card when we checked in. The 11-7 person, **, called my room at 11:30 pm, demanding that we come to the front desk. When we got there and tried to explain to him, he asked for a credit card. He did not want us staying in a room without paying. I gave it to him and told him he already had a copy of it. He checked and said "have a nice night!"
Room was dirty and had cockroaches, my Dad's room had fleas. When I complained to Manager **, she was very animated and said she would give us a "better break" on the bill. Well, no break and she said that "her boss" would not let her but she had a meeting the next night. I called her again and she would not agree to a discount.
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NEW MEXICO -- On Sat July 4th I checked in to the Ramada in Ruidoso Downs. I had a confirmed reservation and a price of $103. At check-in the person on the desk, whom I assume was owner or manager became very upset at my rate, asking me how I got that price etc. However, he checked me in. At checkout next day I was presented with an invoice for $172 plus tax and told my rate would not be honored and that I should take it up with my travel agent or whoever gave me the reservation. Is this how Ramada treats customers? I thought a confirmed reservation and price was just that, confirmed. Is this corporate America at work today?
EAST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY -- My husband and I stayed at the Ramada Hotel that was recently built about 2-3 years ago in East Orange, NJ. When we arrived it was early in the morning around 1-1:30 am. After waking up I felt my phone vibrating in the bed I started pulling the sheets down to find the phone however I found that there were bed bugs in the bed. I seen two on top of the sheets and when I pulled all the sheets off including the fitted sheet I noticed more and black spots in the crease of the mattress, there was in a bed bug between the wall and the carpet!
I immediately called the front desk and the service desk clerk came and I showed him the bugs and the bugs that were in the mattress. He removed the bugs and threw them in the trash and offered to put us in another room. We said "No way. If they are in this room, they must be in other rooms." He then offered to give us half of our money back.
We agreed because we thought everything was fine. Well the next day when I woke up I had bite marks on my arm, back leg and side of my breast. I immediately contacted my doctor who instructed me to go the emergency room to be seen. I then received a bill from the hospital and I submitted it to the Ramada to pay the bill and I am awaiting a response.
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- I just have to express my dissatisfaction with the room we were in this weekend. When we got there, the room was musty. We went to a nearby store to purchase air fresheners and a candle (thinking the room had not been used in a while). When we got back from the wedding rehearsal dinner, the pillowcases and comforter was slightly damp. We just thought the air conditioner was acting up. We went to bed because we were tired and it was late.
My husband woke up about 3 am saying he had trouble breathing and we turned the air conditioner off until morning. When we got up, the room smelled horrible and everything was damp, ( including our clothes that we hanging up to wear to the wedding). The front desk person changed our room, but still charged us for that night, even though the hallway was smelly too.
We have both developed a cough and were miserable the next day. The room they moved us to wasn't much better. I am not writing this to be vindictive, but to warn people who have health problems. This is a safety issue. I have talked to the manager there, but I doubt if anything will be done. Maybe even changing the air filters more often may help.
ORLANDO -- The Ramada Inn International Lakefront on International Drive in Orlando treats their hotel quests horribly!! Do not go there! They advertise complimentary breakfast - until 10 AM. When my husband and I went down to the cafe to eat, about 9:20 AM, a cleaning woman harassed us and forced us to leave, speaking in "broken English". She would not allow us to eat a bagel in peace and went to this manager named ** to complain about us. She sided with her employee (without listening to what we were told about the complimentary breakfast) and called the police on us too to make us leave the hotel at once!!!
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- How many things can go wrong in one week stay at the Ramada Inn at 1160 N. Vermont Ave, Hollywood? Well, my husband and I stayed for 6 nights and we found numerous issues with this hotel. First, the A/C was ROARING loud when we turned it on and that meant a terrible night of sleep. Second, the so called 'free' internet worked only for 10 minutes and then the connection went dead. Third, the water heater broke at night and they didn't fix it until midnight. Since I had to wake up early the next morning, I didn't have a choice but to wait for the next morning to shower. But the absolute worst was when they had salsa nights on Fridays and Saturdays.
The music was so loud that we could hear the music from the basement to our 2nd floor room. When I called the front desk to ask them to turn down the volume, he said that they couldn't do anything about it even though it was a event they hosted. The only thing they could do was to refund our one night's stay and we could check out to find a different hotel. They had no common courtesy to their own guests and really didn't care whether their guests are satisfied. Obviously they didn't think any of these issues are problems. Talking about losing customers forever! My advice? DON'T THINK ABOUT STAYING THERE. You deserve to be treated better.