Choice Hotels Complaint - It Is Not What You Think
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA -- One would think that if you made a reservation with the Choice Privileges Member Reservation line that the Choice corporate offices would have on an ongoing basis checked to see if their hotels were up to par. I stayed at Econo Lodge West for a length of time on and off. With my last visit I was in a room first that a pipe burst and my clothes and belongings were soaked. I washed them and was switched to another room. Then another room A suite. I was bit about 75 times by something which turned out to be bedbugs. I was still trying to get along--I was switched temporarily to another rm in which I was bit again.
The on site owner/manager does not speak English so he evidently did not understand that bombing the room and spraying my belongings with the store bought insecticide would not kill the bedbugs. I went back into the room did not even sleep on the bed and I was bitten many times on the sofa. I have had chemotherapy so I have a port in my chest. The bedbugs loved to suck their since it was a convenient blood source. Again I was moved--into a room next door that was an office for a security company and a maintenance service.
Very interesting setup in a hotel. I did not want to take the bugs to another hotel so I moved my body and my work into the office that had portable heaters (the unit in the wall blew the breakers), and no bed. I waited over a week for the hotel to treat the room that I was in. No response. Then I said that I called Choice Hotels. The hotel called the police and told them that I called choice hotels on them. How dumb is that. The hotel wanted the police officer to tell me that I have to leave the next day. That is a total waste of taxpayers money. It is like calling 911 because your fast food order was not correct. I left the next day but I too several pictures of what was in the OFFICE. How funky is that a maintenance service, security service out of a hotel room. Do the Korean people operate the other businesses. Who is to say. But upon checking and after I called the health dept and inspections. I found out the the hotel has been operated for almost two years without a lodging permit and a privilege license. The deception is ONE would think that Choice International would care about that issue. Since they too have collected money from a hotel that did not have a permit.
I have over 1200.00 in medical bills, my piece of my luggage was thrown out, my other property is still there untreated, they billed me for 9 days in a room that I was not in and did not even put THE OFFICE on the bill. Yet Choice corporate office does not feel as if they have any obligation to treat me like a valuable consumer. Their response was that Choice International is like a reservation center they do not own nor operate any hotels. Each is a franchise and they handle their own issues. I called Choice International to make a reservation, My incorrect folio is posted under my choice privileges rewards number incorrectly, the hotel Now because of me has a transitional lodging permit, no health grade has a few months to come up to code. Yet Choice corporate still lets them operate as usual...taking reservations. The health dept. told me that they shut down six rooms prior to me calling for bed bugs. One above my room. Yet the hotel does not feel obligated to reimburse me for my losses or better yet give me every dime back that I paid to them because guess what they did not have the most important documents needed to collect any money as a hotel.
I am very disappointed in Choice Hotel International. Usually large chains franchised or not would responsibly address the issue. I have emailed all of the executives about the issue --no response. What a wonderful company. You are on your own when staying at a Choice Hotel. Econolodge West, Raleigh, NC is not alone but the main problem is that the manager is from Guatemala, speaks English but in my opinion does not fully understand it yet he is the one that speaks to the onsite owners that do not speak English. They speak Korean. In America things are done a certain way. One does not ignore bedbugs. And secondly abide by the law. I am very disappointed.