We stayed at this motel in order to attend the funeral of the patriarch of my husband's family. We stayed solely because it is the only motel in the area.
Arrangements had been made to get a special 'bereavement' rate for the family members staying there. But apparently, not for us.
When I made the reservations by phone, (three weeks before the funeral), I asked for the discount. I was informed in a rather haughty tone of voice that that was not possible. Nope. No way. I told her my sister in law had arranged with them for a bereavement rate. We don't do that, I was told. No.
When we checked in, the person (most likely the same woman who'd taken my phone reservation and credit card number) could not find the reservation. Her boss finally found it. We asked again about the discount.
Again, we hit a sullen wall of resistance. No, we don't have bereavement rates, no discounts, NO.
At the funeral, we learned that other family members had received a very significant discount, of about $40.But not us.
Then, of course, since we'd been traveling a couple days, I asked about a guest laundry. NO again. You want a laundry, you can carry your travel wearied tail into town, such as it is, and use the coin operated laundry. I suppose that's where the staff does the motel laundry?
When I was presented with the paperwork to sign for the room, I was made aware of the fact that there were 'special amenities' in the room, and if they were 'used' my credit card would be charged. "Special Amenities"?? I thought, oh, I get it, there must be a wine bottle or a basket of goodies in the refrigerator. I never eat or drink that stuff anyway, so I signed.
When I got to the room, I did find a basket of 'goodies'..if you consider a smoked sausage, some plastic cheese, a cookie of indeterminate age, and two bottles of water 'goodies'. We didn't touch them. But I was curious, so I looked in the motel book and discovered what a 'special amenity' is.
It's linens. To this motel's management, sheets, towels, and pillows are "SPECIAL Amenities" and if took one, I would be charged. A lot.
I am not a thief, never have been. I cannot understand why some people steal things from a motel. I just don't get it, but I know they do.
In this case, the management was making it very plain that they didn't appreciate their stuff being stolen, and they have that right to charge your card for it.
But they didn't elucidate what special amenities meant.
In other words, the motel management assumes I'm going to steal and is just warning me that they had my credit card and would punish me for a crime I had yet to commit.
That's called 'guilty before proven innocent", and that's not how the American legal system works.
Being made to sign for sheets, towels, wash cloths, bath mat, coffee maker..things that are EXPECTED to be in a motel room...oh, that makes me feel as they view me as a thief. What if I'd refused to sign? They had already charged my credit card. Would they have refunded my money? Well, maybe, less a huge charge, I suppose, for cancelling the reservation. Would they have gone to the room and stripped the bed of linens, taken all the towels out, made sure the room was empty of Special Amenities?
Our room was nice, clean as a whistle, and the bed comfortable, but that did not make us feel any better about being screwed-or threatened.
Nor was the room worth $118. But being that it is the only game in town, they can treat you and charge you what they want.
I won't be back. It's worth it to me to drive to Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo and stay in a motel where they appreciate my business.
Stay in a motel other than this one.
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