Best Western Hotels International, Inc. Complaint - Definitely NOT pet lovers!!
MT. AIRY, NORTH CAROLINA -- I stayed at the Best Western Bryson Inn at Mt. Airy, NC for several nights in June 2010. I will never stay at this motel again!! The staff is completely rude and almost forgets who the customers are. They have a ‘NO PET’ policy, which doesn’t apply to me since I don’t travel with pets. There is a sign on the door that says that all violators will be charged a $100.00 fee for any pet found on the premise. Nowhere does it say that the violator will be kicked off of the property.
I checked into this hotel and stayed few days, when a friend of mine drove up to see me from Atlanta and unbeknownst to me, brought his small dog with him. The dog is a Jack Russell/ Rat terrier mix and weighs about 12lbs., so a small dog. When he arrived at 10:30pm at night, I told him that the motel had a ‘NO PET’ policy. So the dog was left to sleep in the car for the night. The following morning at 9:30am when it started getting warm out, the dog was brought into the motel. He was left in the room in his kennel while we had breakfast in nearby Mt. Airy. I had to leave for a couple of hours and my friend seeing that the weather was getting bad went outside with the dog to walk him before it rained. It was then that one of the staff saw him and told him that pets were not allowed. Then the lady manning the front desk was involved and my friend asked to speak to the Manager. So the Manager was called and went to the room to talk to my friend so that he could show her the dog and the kennel. The GM basically said that it didn’t matter and that he would have to leave the premise and pay the $100.00 fee. He told her that we would just leave and find a different motel that was ‘pet friendly’ and she said that since it was after the checkout time of 11:00am, I was already charged for another night. Needless to say, he had to pay the fee and pack his stuff and get out.
Since I was unavailable by phone, he decided to go ahead and return to Atlanta. When I returned to the motel and he had explained to me that he was gone, I went to the front desk to ask what had happened and was greeted with absolute disdain. The two women were completely rude and unprofessional. I asked them exactly what the fee was for if they were still going to kick people off of the property. The one lady said it was for damages and fleas. The other said it was because I broke the ‘no pet’ rule. I told her then that I wanted someone to go to the room and check for any damages. Neither one was willing to do that. I told them that basically the fee was extortion and that they should be ashamed of charging people a fee for absolutely nothing…just a quick way to make a fast $100.00. I also told her that when I had gone out at 9:30am, there were two other people walking their dogs. And the front desk lady had the gall to tell me that no one was staying at the motel with pets. ((Yea, right!!)) So I explained that I would be posting reviews on several different sites on the internet and lodging a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. The one lady told me that I needed to leave the office and the other one told me to go ahead and do it.
So needless to say, if you have pets or friends that are travelling with pets, AVOID this motel like the plague. If you enjoy rude staff, people smoking in front of your rooms at all hours, broken TV, spotty WiFi, and bugs in your room…then you will be right at home. And they also state on their website also states that each room features a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge mountains...HA HA HA!! The only things to see out of your room is the parking lot, road, pool, and truck stop...there are no mountains in sight.