Ramada Complaint - Bad experience
BRIDGETON, MISSOURI -- My family arrived at Ramada Inn St. Louis Airport on August 10, 2010. It was 101 degrees in St. Louis when we arrived. We checked into a hotel room at the front desk. When we pulled around to the side of the building to bring our luggage in, the rear door was not secured and anyone could walk in off the street. The halls smelled of mildew and stench. After arriving to the room, we found the A/C not working. Attempting to let the A/C blow hoping it would cool off eventually, I called the front desk and made the gentleman who answered aware of the problem. I told him that we were going to go out to dinner and would return later. His suggestion was to let the broken A/C blow while we were gone and he would have maintenance look at it, then if it wasn't repaired by the time we got back, he would change our room.
We returned to the hotel to find the room still hot and my son's brand new sneakers missing. I called the front desk to make the gentleman aware of the hot room and the missing shoes but he was off shift and I spoke to his relief, a woman who assured me that the missing shoes would be looked into and that we would be moved to a new room. So we moved to a new room and as my family got settled in, I went to the front desk to lodge the complain about the missing sneakers. The woman at the front desk asked me several questions, as if suggesting that I had forgotten to lock the door or had not brought the sneakers in the first place. I insisted that the door was locked and I was fully aware of the sneakers in the room prior to leaving for dinner. She said that she could check the room log and that she could tell me if anyone had been in the room while we were out. she asked me to have a seat while she went through a door and "checked the logs." I decided, instead, to walk down the hallway to see if the hotel complimentary computer station was working. It wasn't of course, so I returned down the hall, only to find the woman at the front desk, who was supposed to be checking the room log, goofing off in the hall with another employee. She didn't see me as she slipped back into the office from the side door and proceeded to the front desk to tell me that the room log showed no sign of entry.
It's obvious to me that she didn't really check the room log. It's also obvious to me that the gentleman who knew me and my family would be out to dinner and the maintenance department were the only people to have access to the room and our schedule. The theft of my son's gym shoes was an inside job.
I returned to our new room to tell my wife that we were being taken advantage of and found her and my sons loading the luggage tow because the center nightstand in the new room was literally crawling with ants. We immediately checked out and as I asked for the lady at the front desk's name I was told just to give the date of the incident and the shift if I had any further complaint.
This was the worst experience I've ever had in ANY hotel. I complained to Hotwire.com through whom I booked the room and they had no solution to offer. They claimed the hotel rating changed after we arrived and they apologized for not making us aware of the change before we arrived. They said they couldn't refund the money from our stay because although the experience was bad and customer service was poor, we had at least stayed one day. Ramada Inn has done nothing to date to resolve this unfortunate incident and have made no effort to compensate us for our valuables being stolen. The hotel was not secure as advertised and the staff was in no way professional or courteous.
Hotwire misrepresented their rating system and when the the hotel they endorsed was not up to standard, they stood idly by. I will never again use Ramada Inn or Hotwire.com for anything.
We were on vacation and it was nearly ruined by this experience. My son's $100.00 sneakers were stolen from what was supposed to be a secure room in what was supposed to be a secure hotel, neither of which were the case. We had to spend an extra $400.00 to book another hotel at the last minute because of this experience. It cost us $500.00 and a significant portion of our vacation lost.