Hotel Horrors: Don't Let This Happen to You
Are there any resorts or hotels left that aren't catering to big groups?
Last weekend, our small family reunion (31 Kennedy kin - no, not those Kennedys) gathered at a nice resort in the Poconos. But our stay became less than pleasant when a huge wedding party took over the resort, getting first billing and better attention.
First, our group got kicked off the front porch for the wedding's cocktail party. Then, as the reception moved to the tent on the lawn, we were all subjected to a bad DJ, and guests who were definitely overserved. One guy rolled out of the tent onto the lawn. Then another threw a M-80 explosive device onto the lawn where we had just finished playing whiffle ball with the kids.
But the topper was when a couple of the drunken louts pulled my cousin out of his car in the parking lot and beat him up. After the reception, they carried the groom up to his room and the rest of the inebriated group planted themselves on the porch until after 1 a.m., keeping the entire hotel awake. And the next morning, the elevator smelled like puke.
So where was the hotel management during all this? Not very concerned with our complaints. They didn't even want to call the police to report the assault (we called them). I can only assume that weddings are this place's bread-and-butter. One of the hotel employees told me they hold a wedding there just about every weekend from April through October. So if word would get out in that neck of the woods that the hotel took a hard line against the wedding antics, perhaps business would dry up.
It made me think about all the other, albeit less dramatic, times that we've been inconvienced by large groups in hotels. Like the time we went down to Myrtle Beach not knowing it was biker's week. Or the group of child beauty pageant contestants and their mothers who took over a hotel in New Jersey. And who can forget the youth church group that roamed the halls all night that time in New York.
My advice (and I intend to start taking it):
*Ask the hotel if any groups are booked when you make your reservation. Ask how large the group is, and whether their stay will affect your ability to use the hotel facilities. And ask for the group's name. If you know you can't stand dogs, and the hotel is entertaining dog show contestants that weekend, you may change your plans.
*Call the area convention and visitors bureau to find out what events are scheduled during your planned stay. If the nation's cheerleading team championships are being held in the convention center, drawing thousands of teens, and you're looking for a quiet getaway, you may want to change weekends.
By Carol Sottili |
May 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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