Guest Post: How Hard Could it be to Book a Hotel Room?

in Case Study, Humor

As my regular readers know, I have a great dislike for Guest Posts, however I do allow for a few, especially those offered up by someone I sleep with (yes Mrs. C8j). She ran into quite a quandary doing something she has done many times before, and assumed it would be quite simple, or maybe not?

It shouldn’t be this hard, should it??

I do consider myself sort of savvy in the hotel booking process.  After 6 years of booking hotel rooms for many teams, for  basketball tournaments, I thought I was well ready for the process.  In my attempts to book a hotel on-line, I found many twists and turns in the road.

History: Lovely Cajun daughter (LCD) #2 sent us a text saying she has applied to graduate from school and graduation “weekend” will be May 9th to 12th.  Her actual ceremony will be on Monday, May 12th but there are events planned all weekend.  (Apparently it’s a lovely way to spend Mother’s day).  Unfortunately, we missed the memo about booking some kind of lodging for that weekend long before you actually know you will graduate.

The simple steps to do this should be:

  1.  Google “hotels near Wolfville, Nova Scotia, multiple websites and pages appear.  Hmmm, enter the dates you want.  I enter the seemingly famous weekend, “There are NO rooms available for those dates, do you want to expand your search.”  OK, let’s go outside of Wolfville.  Found some in Windsor, but don’t really know how far that is……..Here’s one, HOW MUCH??  OH, by the way, that one weekend is HIGH season in the middle of mid-season.  After much back and forth between the BCM and myself, I relent and book a room with 2 double beds.  (for potentially 4 of us, but better than nothing)
  2. Text LCD and tell her we have a room, by the way, “how far is Windsor?”  Oh, not far, maybe 20 min.  Hmmmm, time to look at rooms there again.
  3. A different hotel in Windsor looks great, bigger room, bigger beds, breakfast, pool with water slide for Big Cajun Son (just in case he comes)
  4. Expedia site gives me a good price, that is cheaper than the first Inn.  I enter all pertinent info, press book and voila, print confirmation and cancel room at the first Hotel (see step 1).
  5. HOLD ON, What do you mean I just paid IN FULL for 3 nights.  CRAP!
    Cancel reservation on Expedia for Super Pi Hotel  Print cancellation confirmation
  6. Let’s try booking through the hotel, type Super Pi Hotel in Windsor NS into Google, find site.  OK, re-enter all info, find the same room, seems to be 1 dollar more per night, OK I guess.  Press book, wait for confirmation email…………….HOLD ON, what do you mean you are charging me in American funds, what is going on???  Turns out I’m not on the OFFICIAL Super Pi Hotel Web site, just one that looks like it…….
  7. Cancel Booking (again!!!!)  print out cancellation confirmation.  Big Cajun Husband now believes I am incompetent (not really, I think I was actually chuckling and trying not to have a laptop computer hurled at me).
  8. Google Super Pi Hotel again, after a few wrong turns find the OFFICIAL site.  Enter dates, info, CAA number, the room got even cheaper, yeah!  We even decided to book an extra night.  Re-enter credit card number totally expecting Master Card to freeze my card.  Press book, get confirmation, print out, put in “safe place”.

Now we just have to decide and figure out how we are getting there, hopefully it’s not this exciting.

For those husbands reading this who are thinking, “I could do better”, I dare you to say that a loud to your wife after she has done something similar. Yes there is no such thing as the Super Pi Hotel chain, however if you replace Pi with say a number between 7 and 9 you might have the real Hotel Chain name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ 6 comments }

  • MoneyAhoy.com September 18, 2013, 10:20 AM

    Wow – that sounds like a royal pain in the butt!! I hate it when something that is so simple get screwed up and takes 8 times longer than it should 🙂

    I’m surprised when the price was 3x more than one would expect you didn’t notice there was something wrong. Maybe they didn’t show the grand total before closing out the sale?

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  • Bet Crooks September 12, 2013, 9:09 AM

    I’d drive down. It’s a bit of a haul, but you’d have your car when you get there, and if your son comes with the vehicle will be familiar etc. And flights to Halifax are often ridiculously expensive.

    If you do drive, the new shortcut to bypass Montreal is worth it, in our opinion. It may not save a huge amount of time but it saves a huge amount of stress.

    I hate to ask, but have you considered how/where you’re going to eat that weekend? If you want to celebrate at a great restaurant in Wolfville itself, you may have to get that booked stat too. (But if you have your own car, you could always drive back to Halifax to get a nice meal so I guess it’s not as critical. It’s about an hour to Halifax.)

    My SIL had this same type of accomodation problem just getting one of their kids settled in at Queens. No rooms to be had that weekend. It’s a common problem when there’s a university in a small town.

    And congratulations (in advance) to your daughter!

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    • bigcajunman September 12, 2013, 9:21 AM

      Yes that is two daughters with degrees so far, so good on them. I had not thought about the whole eating thing, we’ll need to think about that too. I have done the drive, it’s a bit of a haul, but might be the default (given flying 4 people at least would be quite expensive).

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      • bigcajunman September 12, 2013, 10:31 AM

        That is why I booked the room with a microwave and a fridge!!!

        Smart Cajun Wife.

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        • Bet Crooks September 13, 2013, 8:59 AM

          Excellent! (And remember most pounds and even grocery stores will boil your lobsters for you, if you want lobster rolls for lunch! Mmmm lobster rolls at Cape Blomidon….maybe I’ll get one of our children to go to Acadia!)

        • bigcajunman September 13, 2013, 9:12 AM

          Acadia has the second most expensive tuition costs in Canada (last seen), so keep that one in mind.

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