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Value for the $$ -Don't understand the attraction of Dells

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Value for the $$ -Don't understand the attraction of Dells

Looking for deals on lodging where you don't have to "pay half up front". I can not think of any part of the hospitality trade where when you make a reservation they take your money - hotels tell you that you can't have a portion of it back if you cancel. So if a better deal is found - too bad - you can't cancel the 1st reservation without losing all or part of your "reservation fee". These resorts are truly the Jesse James of the hotel industry. I would not plan a vacation to the Dells even if it were GIVEN to me free at this point. Reasons???

1) Over priced hotel rooms - if you read the reviews of most - there are housekeeping and service issues for all of the big resorts - NONE get overwhelmingly great reviews.

2) Why would anyone want to swim in pools at locations that already get low marks for cleanliness? Overcrowded pools full of who knows what kind of germs.

3) Overpriced food and beverage .

4) Compare the cost of an average WI Dells vacation to an all inclusive in the Carribean, or a resort in Florida (with Theme Park tickets) - Truly - there are other locations that are not in the middle of no where - land locked by overpriced attractions.

5) Very few deals - and when you do book a room you pay several hundred dollars, Months in advance, and no refunds if you should cancel.

It is a rackett........The only reason I'm writing is because my daughter is headed to a dance competition in June in the Dells and we have NO choice but to go if she wants to participate. This is the 3rd one and each time I hate the Dells more. I'd just like to see others opinions - thoughts or helpful hints - because i don't get it.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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91. Re: Value for the $$ -Don't understand the attraction of Dells

>>>i still dont know why WDells thinks it should rewrite standard industry practice.<<<

SheSaid . . . you don't get it! It *IS* an industry standard to collect a deposit (typically one night's rate) for any type of group booking . . . tournaments, competitions, association conferences, etc. any special event that requires a substantial commitment from the hotel/resort to have rooms for attendees.

3rd Chaise to the...
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92. Re: Value for the $$ -Don't understand the attraction of Dells

My experience has been that if you want the cheapest rate or event rate you need to pay ahead and pay the penalty if you cancel. I do that when I travel and expect it. Face it, I'm cheap. But that does not mean you are stuck -- I prepaid for a no-refunds week in New Orleans that happened to coincide with Katrina. Got every dime back from the hotel. I know that's not the same as cancelling because the canary has the flu, but I guarantee that excuse has been used by someone who wanted out.

Here's the other part, if you are a regular or repeat guest you can ask that the pre-pay condition be waived -- even in the Dells. Just get that in an e-mail to avoid issues. You need to call the hotel and talk to a real person to have that happen. Ask them to look you up -- every guest that has ever stayed there is in the computer.

93. Re: Value for the $$ -Don't understand the attraction of Dells

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