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Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts / Wrongful charge

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I made reservations at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego Oregon. In fine print (I did not see), it stated no refunds. I called the hotel and ask to cancel, I was told yes I could cancel and given a cancellation number. When this charge appeared on my credit card, I called the hotel, and I was told basically I was lying, and that I was not told I would receive a credit. Why was I given a cancellation number and not told I would not receive a credit. I have contacted the better business bureau, and the rude manager said I was lying.

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  • Va
      22nd of Jan, 2007
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    Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts - Their hotels are the pits!
    United States

    Crowne Plaza hotels are owned by Marriott and the Intercontinental Hotel Group. We stayed in the Crowne Plaza in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    We left a wake-up request with Reception, but we also tried to set the alarm clock.

    The instruction booklet was missing, and we could not set it. We phoned Reception and asked someone to show us. A maintenance man arrived. He fiddled with the alarm/radio/CD player but the wrong wake-up time remained. He left with a promise to exchange it for another alarm. He did not do this, but returned to try to program it again. When the wrong time continued to appear in the display, he insisted that it referred to the position of a CD.

    There was no soap in the bathroom. We phoned Reception for soap. When we prepared for our showers, we noticed we had but two bath towels and only one hand towel. Since we had already made two calls to Reception, we decided to make do, and get to sleep as early as feasible. We did not ask to change rooms because we only slowly discovered one deficiency after another, and we were staying for only one night.
    Imagine our chagrin when the alarm went off in the middle of the night. Evidently the maintenance worker hadn’t known what he was doing. The alarm/radio/CD player looks like an interplanetary visitor. The method of operating it is not apparent to people of normal intelligence. Evidently the trained maintenance people cannot figure it out either.

    In the morning we discovered that the coffee maker could not be used because the coffee pot was missing. Anyway, there were no packets of sugar and creamer.

    I have stayed throughout the hemisphere in expensive hotels and many other lesser facilities. Not one of them has delivered such bad service. I hope that Crowne Plaza will not blame low-level employees like the chambermaid or the maintenance worker.

    Who is watching over their performance? Who verifies employees’ familiarity with the equipment or competence to operate it? For a chain with a fancy name, their hotels (if this experience is typical) are the pits.

  • Te
      9th of Mar, 2009
    0 Votes

    I stayed for the first time at Crowne Plaza in Austin, Texas. I was part of a univeristy group that was quoted the state rate. When I checked in, I found my room was going to cost $40 more because my wife was with me. An upcharge had not been quoted. The staff seemed embarrassed and acknowledged that such pricing is not the industry standard, but they couldn't or wouldn't adjust the bill. The next day, I tried to cancel my staff in Addistion (Dallas), Texas, but they wanted to charge me the full amount whether I stayed or not. I complained to the Crowne Plaza central office, who said that they would have the hotel management at each location email me within 48 hours. Neither has, and I am quite certain they won't. I will never stay at a Crowne Plaza and will urge my colleagues to avoid this hotel chain.

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