Saturday, March 15, 2008

      ( 4:41 PM ) teahouse
Extreme Anger

Like most engaged couples do, we booked a block of hotel rooms at a discounted rate for our out-of-town guests who are coming into New York City for our wedding.

We were excited about this place - it's small and very affordable.

Several people emailed me last week to tell me they'd tried to book, but were told the hotel was full.

Curious, the Fiance called the hotel manager yesterday to ask.

It turns out that some RANDOM woman from California called earlier this week, pretending to be part of our wedding, and booked up 10 of the 15 rooms we'd reserved.

It's very shady. Sounds like she's a travel agent who's going around buying up blocks of rooms.

What's more, the hotel manager wouldn't help us out.

"It's too late," he said. "Those are her rooms."

"What part of she-stole-those-rooms-under-false-pretenses-and-you-have-to-call-her-back-and-say-she-can't-have-them don't you understand?" I asked him.

The Fiance said that in the almost 4 years of knowing me, he had never seen me so angry.

In the end, the manager said, very reluctantly, that he'll call this woman and ask her to give them back.

Even though she STOLE them from us. Even though she TRICKED the hotel into thinking she was with our party, and got our discounted rate.

I told the Fiance that we need to start looking for another hotel; I can't even deal with these horrible people anymore.

And you'd better believe I'm calling the Better Business Bureau, and I'm going to post something on TripAdvisor, Wedding Bee, The Knot, New York Citysearch and Hotels.com about this piece-of-shit hotel.

This is NOT a way to run a business.

My guests are screwed. They can't afford to pay $300 a night for a hotel room elsewhere in Manhattan.

They're all going to be staying with us in our 650-square-foot apartment.

I haven't been this angry in several years.



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