Poor Service All Around
DENVER, COLORADO -- I was in town on business, ironically enough to deliver presentations regarding Service Recovery. This was my first visit to the Wyndham chain, and I certainly hope it will be my last. The front desk staff were not at all friendly or accommodating. For me though the problem began on the second night of my stay. At 9 p.m., when I was already in my pajamas, I received a call asking that I move rooms because there was an electrical problem that they wanted to be able to work on in the morning. They asked that I move at night rather than the morning because it would be more convenient for them. Other than suggesting they could send someone to move my bags, they did not offer any type of compensation. I think perhaps if they had better trained their staff in regard to service, empathy and atonement, I may not have been so utterly disappointed.
To put their poor service into further perspective, my colleague locked her key in her room. When asking for a new key at the front desk, the assistant manager didn't even look up and simply said, "Do you have ID?". She then proceeded to create a new key with no additional interaction with us and without ever looking up, handed the key back over.
When checking out, I heard additional examples of others commenting on the Wyndham's poor service. The topper though was when they didn't ask how our stay was or invite us to return on our next trip.
I wrote a letter of complaint (submitted via email) when I returned home because I thought they might be interested to know that I had a captive audience of over 100 people with whom I had shared my story. I was hoping that they would try to apologize or at the very least acknowledge my complaint. Unfortunately, it's been about a month since my stay and I have yet to hear from them.
As a follow up, I sent email to the corporate site indicating that I would like send a physical letter of complaint because I had not received a response. In response, they simply provided me with an address. Once again, they squandered an oppportunity to offer empathy!
When traveling to Denver, we normally stay at the Hyatt. Even though we couldn't stay there for this visit, we went there for breakfast one morning. Even though it had been abour four months since our last visit, the server said, "Welcome back ladies". Now that's the kind of service for which the Wyndham should strive!!!