The hotel has bed bugs that I seen with my eyes I was forced to check out early and was charged an extra night. I reported issue nothing has been done
During my stay on 8/28/13 - 9/30/13 (3 nights)at the Best Western -Market Center hotel on 2023 market Center Blvd Dallas Texas XXXXX I seen and was able to catch a bed bug in my bed. I was laying in the bed when I pulled back the covers and seen what looked to be a black spot but it was moving!!!. I looked closer and seen that it was a bed bug so I ran and found a plastic bag and caught it in a Ziploc bag. I immediately reported the bed bug to the front desk rep name William and which he accused me of bring the bed bug from my home. He also stated that I was trying to get out of paying for my stay. The front desk rep was extremely rude and unprofessional. I was forced to check out a day early due to the bed bug incident and asked if I not be charged at all because of the bed bugs. I was forced to pay for the 3 nights that I stayed in the hotel. I received a printed receipt for a payment of 3 days which totaled 346.88 $. When I checked my bank statement days later on 9/4/13 I seen that I had been over charged 120.00$ which was for an extra night. I called 1800 Western to reported the over charge as well as the bed bugs I also called the hotel directly and asked for my refund but the manager Patel told me that because I checked out a day early that I was charged the full amount even though I did not stay the next night. After several calls to 1800-western to report the bed bugs they told me that it was nothing that they could do and that they would work to get my money back. I had to call my bank and dispute the charge, however the hotel is fighting with my bank to not refund the money. I have never encountered anything like this in my life. I reported bed bugs which is considered to be a serious issue to most businesses however Best Western does not consider bed bugs to be that big of a deal in which I was called a lier by one of their employees and had have my clothes dry cleaned (over a hundred dollar bill). I am still out of the 346.88 the amount that I was forced to pay for staying in a bed bug infested hotel. I have also called the state of Texas, the health department, and the city of Dallas to report the bed bugs, however all of whom has not been any help to me or even returned any of my phone calls. I also did some research on the hotel at that location and found other reports from people that have reported the hotel for having bed bugs in the past.
I would like my total refund for 346.88. this is the amount that I was forced to pay even after I reported the bed bugs in which I should not have been charged anything.
Thank you for contacting us regarding the issue. The events transpired with the guest as below.
The guest checked in our hotel on August 28 for 4 nights. A day prior to her scheduled checkout day, she came to checkout at 6PM. The standard checkout time in hotel industry is 11AM in any hotel and they are charged for the day if they are to checkout past the noon. The guest was informed by the front desk of this policy and that she'd be charged for the day since she's checking out 7 hours after scheduled checkout time and had also used the room. The guest did not receive it well and was quite upset at the staff for it and stormed off. Within few minutes, guest returned with a complaint that she has bed bugs in her room and demanded a refund. The front manager, the head housekeeper, maintenance engineer, and the manager himself checked the room 314 where she stayed and did not find any evidence to support her complaint.
To keep the guest happy, we did not charge her for the day and only charged her for 3 nights. The guest then demanded a full refund for her entire stay and threatened to file complaints and ruin our public ratings if we did not comply with her terms. The same guest room has been rented numerous times since and has not received any reports of bed bugs. Our property is recently renovated and has all new guest rooms, carpet, paint, bed and bedding, all furniture, TVs, vanity and mirror and more ongoing work. We've never had to call our pest control terminator for issues regarding bed bugs or other bug problems.
The guest also made a similar complaint to the Best Western Inc. regarding this issue and after their thorough investigation, they concluded that her claims were unfounded and dismissed the complaint.
We are determined to provide quality accommodation to our guests and a comfortable stay. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
The entire response from Bestwestern is not true. The time in which they say I asked about checking out early is not correct, the manager was not there and would not speak to me at all (on the phone or in person that day). I was with my family and had them video tape the incident with their phone so I actually have the incident on video. I did ask the man at the front desk about checking out early in which he said that it would not be a good idea because I would still have to pay for that day. I was fine with the policy and replied with an ok and than went to my room. While I was sitting in the bed I seen the bed bug. I went back down to the front desk to report it and of course to ask for a total refund. I still stand firm about wanting my total refund back due to the bed bug that I seen and have video of on that day. I still believe no person in this world would want to pay for a room that has bed bugs and if I had known the hotel had bed bugs I would not have stayed there the 3 nights before. If you go to bedbugsreports.com and Bedbugregistry.com there are reports from others who have encountered the same problem with the same hotel. I also have prof of being overcharged in which I had to put in a claim with my bank to get my money back (my bank was able to get my money back for the overcharge). At no point did I threaten to do anything other than call the corporate office which is what I did. This hotel has had problems with bed bugs that date back to 2011 according to reports from other guest that have stayed in the hotel. The fact that the hotel claims to have never have been treated for bed bugs is sad because every hotel should take precaution and treat for pest and bugs whether they have them or not. I still have not received my total refund however money is not the issues in this case, the issue is the safety and health of other that stay at the hotel. I do not want another person to encounter the bed bug infestation in which I did because I can care less about the money.