On March 28th, 2015, I booked the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Sarasota, Florida
through the website, Hotels.com I received Confirmation, and the dates booked were from April 14-20, 2015.
On April 9, I had to revise my itinerary, and did this through my reservation number on Hotels.com. The dates were changed to April 17-20, within the same range of dates I initially booked. I then received this email back from Hotels.com:
As requested, your reservation has been changed. Below is a summary of your revised reservation.
Thanks for booking with us. You don’t need to do anything else – just look forward to your stay. Your Hotels.com Confirmation Number is [protected].
I purposely made an early reservation at La Quinta Inn & Suites as I was going to Sarasota, Florida to attend the Sarasota International Film Festival, where a Documentary Feature Film I represented was screening. Since such a large number of people were attending the festival, the surrounding hotels were fully booked.
After I arrived in Sarasota, I called La Quinta on April 16th to request an early-check in on the 17th; and, to my utter surprise, I was told that the reservation had been cancelled.
I DID NOT CANCEL THIS RESERVATION, and as noted in the above email sent me by Hotels.com, it stated that it had received my revised reservation and “you don’t need to do anything else—just look forward to your stay.” !!!
I immediately called Hotels.com and was told that the system had cancelled the reservation, but had also retained the revised booking from the 17th-20th. The representative said that there was nothing she could do, and could only put me through to another representative to try and find another hotel in the area. I said why in the world would I want to do that when Hotels.com could not even get my initial booking correct.
I then demanded to speak to a manager—I was put on with “Michael.”
Michael told me again that the system had somehow cancelled the reservation, even though the reservation said I was booked from the 17th-20th at La Quinta. He called La Quinta and was told that they were fully booked and they could not provide me with a room. He said all he could do was put me through to a representative who would try and find me another hotel in the area. The problem was that all hotels in the vicinity were fully booked—and this was the reason I had reserved early.
And I again mentioned that the last thing I wanted to do was trust Hotels.com to do anything for me since they had completely screwed up the initial reservation.
Then, almost as an after-thought, and to my utter amazement, Michael then asked me if I would like to ‘CANCEL MY RESERVATION WITH LA QUINTA’ !!! I replied that it was absurd since I had no reservation and was left without a hotel room.
This manager then had the nerve to say: "Unless you cancel this reservation, you will have to pay for it. It is actually less than a 24-hour cancellation, so in theory, you already have to pay for one night--but we will let you do it now without a charge." I retorted: "Let me get this straight. Hotels.com cancelled my reservation. I am now left stranded without a hotel room. And now you are telling me that if I did not cancel this reservation then I would HAVE TO PAY FOR THE ROOM—when I DO NOT EVEN HAVE A ROOM--because Hotels.com cancelled my reservation (unbeknownst to me)!!!
The representative answered: "Yes." Michael then ended the call with: "Is there anything else we can do for you?" I said NO and then he hung up. I then received an email from Hotels.com that my reservation had been cancelled.
If this is the way Hotels.com conducts its services and treats its clients, then I shall never use this site again.