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IHG are frauds-don't trust them and don't book with them. My story: I reserved 3 rooms and was told if I ring by a certain time the following day I can cancel my reservations. Once I booked my rooms I was sent a confirmation text with a confirmation number. I rang back the following day by the deadline time to cancel my bookings as all family members couldn't make the trip so no one was going. I was sent a cancellation number by text as I cancelled my three rooms. However, since then I received my credit card statement and they have charged me £168 twice.
When I rang to query this... keep in mind I was passed from Pillar to post for over a week and was given the most disgraceful customer service ever. I finally got through to the highest rank in complaints to be told that the charges stand??? She said I cancelled one room but not the other two.?? I said I gave the confirmation number I was sent by text and that's the only number I was given. She said they sent me 3 reservation numbers. I even emailed her a copy of the text I received with just the one number and she said she will check with IT. They have got back to me by email and said the charges stand and they have closed the case.
Please, please, please mark my words. I am a very honest person and if I had made the error I would put my hands up and say it's my fault. But they sent me one confirmation number and I quoted that one number only assuming all three rooms booked under that one confirmation number have been cancelled. They sent me one text with one number. What do I do... start making up numbers from the air. Do NOT book with these guys. Fraudsters that take your monies.
I booked a room at the Holiday Inn Stadium hotel in Philadelphia in March of 2017 for an upcoming, work-related conference that I had to attend. The room was booked through the IHG Rewards website. During the booking and two weeks later when I canceled the room through the IHG website there was no warning of any cancellation fees. I canceled the room 3 weeks prior to arrival. Exactly 3 weeks later I was hit with a $1403 charge on my credit card from the hotel.
I called and Customer Service told me they'd take care of it, and I should have a resolution in 48 hours. 4 days later still no call from Customer Service so I contacted IHG. They went on to inform me that hotel would not reverse the charges. I explained that IHG website was very poorly designed and did not adequately inform me. They said I couldn't provide it. I said, "Prove to me then that the warning message was there," and they said they couldn't. They admit they cannot prove but yet they won't reverse the charges. I have spent so much time calling to try to get $1403 reversed and I get hung up on, disconnected, and there is no one who helps. Never again will I book a Holiday Inn hotel. The worst hotels ever.
I spoke with a representative after my last reservation with Holiday Inn and had a very pleasant conversation about the Vacations Getaway Program. For a mere $249 I could have a three night "memorable, fun-filled experience" at any of a number of locations. This fee would be refunded after attending a 2-hour presentation on timeshares. Not a bad price to pay for a great vacation. I've received several email since signing up. They even assign you a "VIP Guest Number." I decided on Galveston in July 2017. I called and discussed the resort and acquired the address where we would be staying. I even paid an $87 fee for attending in the peak season. No problem. After confirming availability on the dates I chose, I booked.
I then received an email several days later placing me at another hotel several miles down the road at another hotel chain. I called and they informed me there were no rooms available at the resort but I could visit and enjoy the amenities during my stay at this other hotel. Or I could pay an exorbitant fee to upgrade and actually stay at the resort, but not during the dates I reserved. It was full. Needless to say I went ballistic. I even had my daughters driving down from college to meet me and my wife. They promise you a fun-filled experience anywhere. You book a location at their resort and then get moved to another hotel, AT ANOTHER HOTEL CHAIN, down the road. This is scam, plain and simple. DO NOT FALL FOR IT!! I will not stay at any facility owned by this firm. I can not support an organization that scams its customers. And neither should you.
This is the second time visiting this hotel. We were there this past April for 5 days and thankfully I was not there for two of those days. The pool is overcrowded due to them allowing locals passes. You need to be at the pool gate when they open just to save a seat. My husband always needed to be at the gate. We felt very rushed. I suffer from severe allergies and bring my own sheets and towel. I spoke to numerous staff even the supervisor not to touch my sheets. Well by accident I happened to walk in my room and there was the housekeeper taking my sheets (Guess she did not notice my sheets were a different color). I tried for ten minutes to explain before asking her to leave (She spoke no English). I never got towels or tissues or toilet paper. I then call down and they bring the towels at 11 pm. Nevermind I went down the same night at 1 am to get tissues and toilet paper.
I never got a sorry or what can we do to resolve this. There is not enough activities for kids and adults by the pool. The activities they have inside the hotel you have to pay for I feel it should be included if you're staying in the hotel. I am not a picky person in the least but think my complaints are valid. I will not return to this place. Also there isn't many options to eat on site. Oh and one day we had the "Do Not Disturb" sign on door and they walked in any way not even a knock first. I have so many other issues with this place. I will not return.
I can go on forever. The check-in line was forever, we had one chair in our room for 6 people. we started with 6 people and my mother in law became ill and drove back to her house 2 hrs away and the hotel did not refund us that money she stayed one day. WiFi in rooms was terrible. Air Conditioner was not working correctly. The shower was moldy and stained. I also do not like that even if you are staying at the hotel you have to pay to park at hotel. The check-in line took forever.
I have been a priority club member since 1986. I had traveled extensively for business and always stayed in a Holiday for most personal travel. I had compiled around 700,000 points. I had the opportunity to purchase consumer items or free hotel stays - but elected to save my points for something major. I used to get membership statements in the mail and online. I changed my internet service provider, therefore my email address changed. At some indeterminate time the statements quit showing up in the mail as well. I was no longer traveling on business as well.
I was getting ready to book a hotel room in Houston TX and thought I might inquire about the status of my priority club account. When I called the toll-free I number - I was informed by someone with an Indian accent that my points had expired in May 2016. One of the reasons I had always insisted on Holiday Inn Hotel stays was because their points rolled over indefinitely. I spoke with three levels of management at the customer service center that the Hotel Chain now outsources too. All three assured me that they are powerless to restore my points which expired due to account inactivity.
The reality of the situation is I had stayed at other Holiday Inns but had failed to get credit using my priority membership. What disappoints me most is that the fact that the customer relations people project an attitude of powerlessness. I expected that my points be restored immediately, with the understanding that from this point going forward, note that the rules had now changed. They had been sending notifications to the wrong email address for years, and I was oblivious to the fact that my points were in jeopardy. They were unable to help me - and assured that a mid-level manager on a different continent is my last resort to achieving customer satisfaction in this instance. Very - very poor customer service.
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The hotel was thrown up quite rapidly I was told to accommodate visitors who were there for a boat race. Upon arrival the room appeared to be well stocked, but with no room service one day, the items were fast disappearing that one uses: soap, toilet paper, etc. No new bedding, no new towels. Customer service was extremely average. Their complimentary breakfast was a good thing but most chains are doing that now. Of course, they jack up the price of the room to make up for the powdered eggs that one eats.
Also, the walls were paper thin, my door to the hall was cut too short, and all outside noise infiltrates the rooms if you are in a front room (which I was). There was excessive noise in the front of the building one night, and the desk response was very poor. Unfortunately I was right in the front where all the drunken brawling was going on from 10 pm to 2 am. The people working that evening did very, very little to quell the noise. If I stayed there again, which I more than likely will never do, I would definitely ask to have a room facing the back of the facility. Oh, and the drag racing in the hotel parking lot was a joy for racing fans. A real perk is having a liquor store on the corner. The drunks can keep refueling all night. I definitely would not recommend this hotel to anyone who is working in or vacationing in Port Huron. Too expensive for what I received.
We stay in the Lichfield Holiday Inn Express a few times a year. The hotel is very modern and priced at a very reasonable rate - ideal for overnight stays when driving across the country with the family. It's my favorite place to stay because it's clean with good amenities and the staff are friendly, attentive and efficient. We usually check in late at night and someone is there ready to help us. The hotel doesn't offer tons of inclusions, but the breakfast is decent and the amenities in the room, the in-room coffee maker and other appliances, are nice. I've never used the pool there, but I like that there are a lot of charging outlets, including USB outlets.
We had a well spent stay at Holiday Inn at San Jose, California. We checked in really late, tired and starving. I show my ID and reservation, and done, good to go and then gave us banana and yogurt. This little act of kindness is etched in my heart because one individual who works at this Holiday Inn Express makes my overall experienced amazingly excellent and memorable. They went the extra miles. Also, the location and customer service was jackpot. It felt like home away from home.
I stayed at Holiday Inn at Perrysburg. The value of my stay was great. The place was clean and well-organized, and my room was set up and great. They have pleasant people, everyone was well-groomed and polite for answering questions about things, especially about the early free breakfast. It was a pleasant place to be in. I used to work there back in the 80's and I loved the place. The crew worked to go for the best.
The room was spotless and smelled fresh and clean. The bathroom was spacious and sparkling clean. The bed linens were crisp and fresh. There was never any strange smell just the smell of a clean room like laundry freshly dried. They have a great swimming pool that is safe and family friendly. The have a workout area with modern equipment such as a treadmill. The TV was large and had many channels to watch. The rewards program is easy to earn points. Customer service is very helpful if you have questions. I earn points easily because I choose to stay at Holiday Inn whenever I travel. The people who work at the front desk are great. They will help with any questions you have. If you need extra towels or soap, they will gladly give you some promptly. If you have questions in general the toll free number is easy to get in touch with and the reps are very friendly.
There was repair and renovations taking place at the time of our stay and the room was not vacuumed very well. There was dust everywhere. We would have preferred a continental breakfast to be included with our stay, which it was not. I believe ice and a coffee maker were included in our stay. The front desk could have cared less that we were there. Very dismissive and not at all helpful. When asked how to get to our room, I was simply given a pointed finger up.
The room was clean. The sheets looked very clean, no bugs nor any funky smells. The carpets were clean, and the lobby/office was very clean as well. Well, they were average I guess. They were nice but normal. Nothing really special or extraordinary about it. They were very friendly and caring. I wish they had more staff but oh well. They met all my needs and I have no complaints whatsoever.
Bathroom was very clean but old and needed updated caulking, carpet needed a cleaning, bed sheets ok smelled clean. Price was a bit high for what you got. You had the lil free soap and shampoo in bathroom, ice bucket for ice machine, and cable TV with one premium channel. Room service was available also.Front reception was very efficient except I would have liked lower check in area since I'm so short but they get you checked in quick or a place to sit and check in would be nice.
Depending on which Holiday Inn you visit, some can be really dirty and some quite nice. The majority of my visits have been lacking in cleanliness when it comes to just about every aspect including linens, floors, bathrooms, etc. Holiday Inn generally has sufficient amenities however not compared to other hotels. They are quite basic such as microwave, simple coffee and fruit in the mornings if you make it down to the office before it's picked over. Customer service is decent. Again, this really depends on which Holiday Inn you visit as to who is working on that given day and their disposition. It's basic customer service such as "I need more towels" but nothing extravagant.
I love staying at the Holiday Inn Motels and Inns especially the ones that prepare and serve a good hot breakfast as a compliment to your overnight stay. The Holiday Inns that I've stayed at have always had great amenities. They have a fridge, coffeemaker, iron, microwave as well as a blow dryer in all of their rooms. My husband is the one that keeps up with the rewards when we get some. I'm sure it's a great program or he would not fool with it. The customer service has always been way beyond what I would expect from a brand that has been around for a very long time. The staff has always treated us with respect and been very attentive to our needs.
It was very clean and didn't have to worry that you might catch something. The room had a nice clean and fresh smell to it. The pool and exercise room was very convenient and they were well maintained and with reasonable hours. The breakfast was open at decent hours so all kinds of guests could enjoy it. The people at the front desk were always helpful and willing to answer any questions that you may have had. The housekeeping workers were very courteous and willing to help you if you needed anything.
Big clean room with swimming pool and a gym available for members, nice firm beds to sleep in. Tons of rooms. Elevator and stairs access. Lots of great amenities. Big beds, soft and firm, room service, breakfast and all the goods you can get out of it. It was my brother-in-law who bought the rooms. Probably gets points or something for free stay in the future. Really helpful staff who assist you in any way possible for the best satisfaction they can give you and anything you want and stuff. Cool.
I did not get to visit this resort. I couldn't get there with the agreement made between me and Holiday Inn Club Vacations. I agreed to speak with a representative after my last reservation with Holiday Inn and had a very pleasant explanation of the Vacations getaway program. For a mere $249 I could have a three night "memorable, fun-filled experience" at any of a number of locations. Since signing up I've been inundated with emails luring me to all the resorts they have. "Looking for another destination? No problem. There are plenty of choices", the emails kept saying. They even assign you a "VIP Guest Number."
Last week I decided on Scottsdale in January or February 2017 and called to confirm that rooms were available, and was told by a jolly young man named Matthew that they certainly were. After confirming with my travel partner the dates we wanted, I called back, on December 3rd and was told "Rooms are not available but we can upgrade you for $600+". Needless to say I went ballistic.
They promise you a fun-filled experience anywhere and do not say a thing about restrictions, until you call. Then, mysteriously, there are no rooms, unless you pay a lot more. This is scam, plain and simple. DO NOT FALL FOR IT!! I will not stay at any facility owned by this firm. I can not support an organization that scams its customers. And neither should you.
The room was fairly clean. Only this and that was a little off but usually Holiday Inns are very thorough with their cleaning in order to make their guests comfortable and happy. Some are better than others. When breakfast is included that is the best. In Chicago a hotel I stayed in had free drinks for an hour or two in the lobby. That was awesome. Very nice staff and very happy to be there. Always got what we needed since we usually had extra pillows and blankets we needed so that was nice.
Very clean beds and bathrooms, they clean the bathroom every day and change the sheets every day. They vacuum and clean the microwave. I was in the suite and they cleaned the dishes I used. The amenities in my suite were 2 HD TVs, fast wifi, a refrigerator, a microwave, a desk to put my laptop on, a single serve coffee maker and a dishwasher. Everything worked fine and looked modern. If you stay so many nights you get a free night. It's a deal available some of the time. The customer service was good. I would call and they would answer the phone quickly. I stayed a couple weeks and I ordered things from Amazon and the hotel would bring the packages up.
I would recommend to everyone. They have very clean rooms and hallways. I have never been in one I had an issue with and stay in a Holiday Inn every chance when I go away. They always have items in the bathroom which you might have forgotten at home and have anything you normally need including snacks at or near the front desk. They have always had a great rewards program and I would recommend all to join and keep using it because you never know when you may want to use for a special day get away. All the folks I have met from the front desk to the restaurant staff to housekeeping are always friendly and kind and very willing to help you out if in a pinch.
I wanted to reserve a suite over the holidays for my family. I got transferred to a salesperson who talked me into a vacation package deal for almost $2000. I called back the next day because I had never received any confirmation and my card had been charged. After being on hold for hours and going through numerous channels they discovered they had booked the package for a year out (and it was confirmed through the recording with Quality assurance that they had made the mistake) and did not have anything for the time I had requested. They assured me I was see a refund within 5 - 7 days. A week later I received a confirmation email indicating my dates were confirmed for next year. I checked my account and still there was no refund.
I called back to find out what was going on (after waiting another 2 hours on hold) and they said I still had a reservation and blamed the error on the system had a glitch and the refund had to be reapplied. They assured me my credit card would be refunded with 4 - 5 business days. We will see. Do not buy anything. Quick talkers - no refund policy. Ask to see the fine print before you pay for anything.
It has been a few years but I remember it being very clean. My room was very large and clean. The banquet room was very clean. The hotel lobby was pleasant and clean. I was comfortable with the cleanliness. I had a nice room with a TV. I do not remember a coffee machine or refrigerator or microwave. There was a pool and a so called fitness center but neither was very nice. The pool was small and soon got crowded. There were two or three machines in the so called fitness center. The hotel was right across the street from a nice shopping mall which included a Whole Foods.
This was my first time staying at a Holiday Inn and I joined IHG Rewards but I have never stayed at another one of their hotels again and my rewards have expired. There seems to be a generous rewards program. Many brands of hotels participate. So so customer service. I was attending my 50th high school reunion and other persons had organized everything. I was satisfied with the customer service but the organizers of the reunion were not. They felt they got bad service for many different reasons. Myself, I did not require very much.
They make sure everything is clean and fresh. New towels and bed sheets. They also have staff that will be there if you need anything or encounter any problems. They offers all amenities you need. They include a pool if you're out in the sun and need a cool off and free breakfast in the morning. I don't have any rewards cards. But I'm sure it's great because these hotels are my favorite to stay at. Everyone should get rewards eventually because you get awesome discounts. They have the best customer service. But it really depends on which Holiday Inn you go to. The ones I stay are usually the ones that have good knowledgeable staff.
The staff was amazing. I was on the 5th floor, I asked for more towels. The elevator was being really slow, so the housekeeper literally RAN up the stairs to bring the towels. She was so sweet and wonderful. She even declined the tip we tried to offer for her amazing efforts. Had everything we needed. We were thoroughly satisfied with everything that was offered. There wasn't anything that we were missing. The hotel was completely satisfactory. I used to be enrolled in the rewards program, but I let my account go for about a decade without any activity or logging in, so I'm pretty sure I don't have an account any more, but I just feel like it would be a hassle at this point to try to reactivate it. We had a great experience with customer service. They were very helpful with everything we needed and helped us quickly every time we needed some help.
Bathroom smelled like someone just went and it was hot and steamy in there but otherwise good. I'd stay again but bring air freshener the rest of the stay and room was very satisfactory though. It was a good gym. It had a computer and coffee pot, a pool and iron. It was very useful in many ways. I would stay again. I just wish they had a small area for the kids to do something like a small water park or playground. I don't have a rewards program with them and to my knowledge I'm not even aware that one ID's available through this company but I would not mind trying it if there was one available. It was good. I have no complaints. It didn't take too long or anything and no one was rude but I didn't have that much interaction with anyone. I stayed there and that's about it.
We got clean towels 3 times a day and the linen was changed every morning. The bathroom was always very clean. We had extra soap and other condiments that we ask for. Very good - everything was well stocked and always on time with whatever we ask for. I love this place and the staff was so good always so friendly. The rewards program is the reason we went back to stay - every time we got rewards we were so happy. They always came at the right time and we had enough grace period to use the reward. Customer service was so awesome. They answered all of my questions and explained everything word for word they even did a follow up to make sure we were ok and if there was anything else we needed.
The place overall was ok but it had an odor maybe it was the carpet. Other than that everything was perfect. I feel that even small hotels should be fancy and worth what you pay for it. The amenities were ok - could have been better. Only thing available was the pool. Would have been cool if they had a computer room. It would be nice if they had a basketball court. I wasn't aware of any type of rewards program. So far that reason I feel wasn't fair because I wasn't provided with any information about any such thing. The customer service was excellent. The staff was very friendly. They even showed me where my room was located. They even told me if I needed anything not to hesitate.
The hotel was very clean and tidy. I had a wonderful time here... each area of the hotel was very neat and clean. I am very happy with the service and will recommend it to others as well. There were good amenities here: good room, good lobby, gym, swimming pool and others. The reward program was very unique and cool... great job done by them. Customer service was great. The staff were very polite and helpful and were very patient too.
It was not the cleanest room we have ever stayed in. The shower in the bathroom had some hair in it, but otherwise the room was acceptable in terms of cleanliness. There were two queen size beds in our room as well as a miniature refrigerator. The bathroom included towels and a stand-up shower. There was a television as well with a normal array of channels available for viewing. We honestly have not stayed at Holiday Inn hotels enough to utilize their rewards program to the fullest. If we were to stay there again I would be sure to check out the program. The people I chatted with on the phone to arrange our stay were very helpful in choosing the size of the room we needed and giving me prices for the days we would be staying there.
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Holiday Inn was founded in 1952 and is now an InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) brand. There are more than 1,200 Holiday Inn hotels with 228,100 rooms worldwide, making it one of the world’s largest hotel chains.
- Kids stay free: At Holiday Inns there is no charge for children under age 19 when they stay in the same room as their parents. Kids under 12 can order off the children’s menu for free at all onsite restaurants. Guests can visit the Holiday Inn website for more information.
- Pools and fitness centers: Most hotels in this chain have indoor and/or outdoor pools available for recreational or fitness activities. Guests will also likely have access to a fitness center when staying at a Holiday Inn.
- Supports small business: Holiday Inn is currently involved in IHG’s Journey to Extraordinary campaign. This year, the brand is exploring ways to help small businesses owners and entrepreneurs with business travel. They have partnered with two small businesses, Sword & Plough and Perfect 10, to learn about the small business traveler and find ways to make travel easier for that group.
- Rewards credit card: With IHG’s Rewards Club Select Credit Card cardholders earn points for every purchase they make, which can then be used for free hotel stays at any IHG hotel, including Holiday Inns. New customers can receive 70,000 bonus points when they spend at least $2,000 during the first three months they have the IHG Credit Card, which can give them as many as 14 free nights. See IHG’s website to apply.
- Smartphone app: IHG’s app makes it easy for travelers to quickly book a room at any of their brands, including Holiday Inn. The Flyertea Travel Awards named the app the Best Travel Mobile App in 2015. It is available for both Apple and Android platforms.
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