engarian (engarian) wrote,

Hotels and Shows

 My schedule is always a bit bizarre. I live a year in advance - my calendar is filled for 2011 and within a few months, it will be scheduled for 2012. I attend the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin every June for several days. The number of days depends on the classes that I have interest in and my funds. This year I am spending monies with a much heavier hand than I have for several years because of classes that I want to take. So I'll be spending a longer time at the show this year, and hotels keep getting more and more expensive.

Hilton Hotel Milwaukee

Although I prefer the Hyatt, I'll be staying at the Hilton this year.

I usually stay at the Hyatt - the host hotel. I love it there, I know the staff and they know me. The bartenders are almost personal friends by now. But their customer service fell flat when I tried to make reservations yesterday. I needed a room with two beds for the show rate and there were conflicts with two days where the show rate rooms were already fully booked. I could have spent $5 more for one day and $30 more for the second day, but I decided to try a different hotel instead. I know that the hotel still had rooms available, just not at the show rate, and they were unwilling to bend at all on their rates. The Hilton hotel, my second choice, ran into the same problem - not having a room with two beds available for the time frame that I needed. But instead of telling me that I would have to pay one rate for one day, one rate for another day, and the show rate for the remaining days, they worked on it for me. They checked their availability, and they gave me a room at the show rate even though the block of rooms for the show had already had all of their 2-bed rooms booked. They came through for me. Guess who got my reservation this year - duh! So great customer service pulled me into a new place and got my dollar. I guess that's a lesson for all of us in retail. Customer service CAN make a difference. I just have to keep remembering that and keep working on it in my own store so that I am the place that is chosen, not the store that is left behind.
Tags: bead and button show

  • Looking Forward to a Great Sunday!

    I was already looking forward to my Sunday at the Renaissance Festival - it is Highland Weekend, so I'll have lots of Men in Kilts to look at (pause…

  • Weekend Musings

    So, today is Saturday, and most of the working world begins their two day weekend off from work today. So...it would be really nice if we were busy…

  • Paperwork and Hoops To Jump Through

    We had a meeting with our accountant last night for our personal income taxes. While DH sat next to me fussing and organizing his paperwork, I went…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded