I booked this hotel on the mobile site for my husband and two children under five. When I did so, I chose a "1 bedroom" vs a "studio" since I wanted the kids behind a bedroom door. After making my reservation, I immediately called the number on the confirmation page (corporate) to confirm the room would, indeed, be set up with a separate bedroom in the unit so the kids could sleep well separate from my husband and I. I was assured by a kind customer service rep, "yes ma'am, I assure you, the kids will have a king bed behind a door and the living area has a sofa sleeper for you and your husband."
When I arrived after a l-o-n-g drive with my 3 and 4 year old (and I'm 8 months pregnant), I checked in at the front. Jane sent me to our room. When I got in, it was one room--a studio, not a 1 bedroom as promised--but it did have a king bed and fold out sofabed.
I went back to the front desk where Jane looked at me crazy when I told her I reserved a 1 bedroom suite. However, she was nice and very apologetic. I pulled up the same corporate reservation site I used to make the booking and, low and behold, she seemed as surprised as me to see the 1-bedroom option I booked. Again and again she assured me their site had no such floor arrangement.
Disappointed and now stressed about three nights of wedding activities around two toddlers on poor sleep, we went to our room. When I got there the second time (imagine 8 month pregnant mom, 2 very tired and "done" toddlers, wrangling luggage cart with no help) the two keys Jane had given us did not work. I again had to drag the kids to the front desk to have them "reactivated." On this round, keys worked, we set our things inside, and left for the evening.
When we arrived back late that night, tired kids flopped over our shoulders, we unfolded the sofa for them to sleep. Surprise: not made up!! We called the front desk. The response, "Are you sure? (of course we're sure). Well, I can't leave the front desk." No solution, no going-even-the-standard-mile, etc. My husband asked if he could go down to the front desk to get sheets. "Yes." No apology.
He brought the pile of bedding back; one bottom sheet (no mattress cover, gross) one top sheet, two pillow cases. NO blankets or other covers. We made the bed in haste and pulled the comforter from our bed for the babies. Needless to say, we were freezing that night but too tired and irritated to do anything about it.
The next day we were gone from the room all day. Hoping to sleep in a little the next morning we called the front desk around 8pm on our final night to ask about late checkout. My husband spoke to the front desk agent who asked what "late check-out" was. After he explained, she said, yes, no problem, how about 1pm." That was perfect for us so we leisurely went back to the hotel that night for a little sleep-in the next morning.
After another night of no covers (it was on our kids) we had a relaxed morning, UNTIL, the weekend clerk, Kelly, pounded on our door. Upon opening it, she asked if we were planning on checking out. My husband told her we'd been given permission for 1pm checkout by the agent of the night before and she interrupted him and said, with attitude, "no, no. 11am is checkout. That is our policy. I am charging you for another night." We....were...speechless..caught completely off guard. As my husband tried to explain again, she turned and charged down the hall to the elevators.
He immediately got on phone with the corporate office and walked to the front desk to speak to Kelly at the same time. By the time he arrived at the front desk, Kelly herself had just gotten off the phone with the manager (off-site) and waved him off with "it's okay." No apology, no softening, nothing. My husband returned to our room.
As a final hoorah, in our last hour, while we were doing our final packing and bathing of kids (and myself), the maid knocked AT THE SAME TIME she walked in. I WAS NAKED and ran to the bathroom. Rather than apologizing and excusing herself, she stood in the kitchen and asked if we were checking out today. When my husband explained, "not until 1pm" she said checkout time was 1pm. "GET OUT" I wanted to scream!!!
We will NEVER be staying at an Extended Stay America again. We saved a little money, but our main purpose in choosing it was for the kitchenette and in-unit bedroom.
Absurd. Ridiculous. Not restorative or mildly relaxing. No sense of hospitality. Really, really, poor.
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