We had booked a mini-vacation to San Antonio for the weekend of Aug. 3rd for my husband and I, and our two children. We were driving half way on Friday night and the rest of the way Saturday morning. Late Friday afternoon before we were to leave, we got news that a family member had become ill and was being taken to the hospital. We thought it would be okay to still take our trip and then we got a call that my aunt's condition was grave and she was not expected to make it through the night. We decided to cancel our trip. I called the first Econolodge in Temple, TX, and they were very gracious and agreed to cancel our reservations with no penalty even though our reservations were for THAT VERY NIGHT. Next I called the Econolodge in San Antonio, for which we were not due to check in until 2pm the following day. They declined to cancel the reservation quoting policy. I tried the 800 number and was told there was nothing they could do and I tried the Customer Relations number and was told there was nothing they could do. It seems this is a franchise and they can pretty much do as they wish. In all fairness, the cancellation time was 4pm on Friday and it was almost 8pm when I called. But we didn't get the news that my aunt was ill until 5:30pm and we had no idea how serious it was until after 7pm. I know the rules are there for the hotel's protection, but rules can be bent in extreme situations. Compassion has a place in all dealings - even business. I will never call this hotel again. With such insensitive handling of a situation, I can only imagine how they might treat their guests. It was a choice I had to make and I'm glad I did because my aunt passed away from septic shock the next day. It just hurts my feelings that they couldn't have been more understanding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the edge of northeast of downtown of San Antonio . We have 48 major renovated rooms to offer including suites. With all LED televisions, in rooms safe and hair dryer. complimentary wifi and continental breakfast. Our goal is 100% guest satisfaction. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge San Antonio
- San Antonio Econo Lodge