Last week I mentioned we’d get into the gory details about our beach vacation from a couple weeks ago. As a reminder, the Polens aren’t known for having stellar, hassle-free vacations. A few examples – a cruise involving a hurricane, flooding/low temps in Hawaii, flight reservations canceled by people we’ve never met, questionable landing gear efficacy. Because of our history, most of our friends know not to travel with us. Let’s start on a positive note with the good things from our trip. The weather turned out much better than forecasted, and humidity was low. Below is a beautiful sunrise on the first day. After epic fails with restaurants the first few days, we enjoyed fabulous food the rest of the week. We had a wonderful day trip to Charleston, SC and took a fantastic food tour there. I read 3.5 books on the beach – woohoo! Any time with family is always good, and Son #1 and his girlfriend were with us.
Now for the not so good. I’d reserved a beautiful, updated condo at a resort we’ve stayed at many times over the past twenty years 3-4 months before our vacation. We’ve never encountered any problems in all that time. Upon checkin, we were given keys to a different condo, and I didn’t notice the discrepancy in the room number until we went into the condo. We immediately went back to the front desk and were informed the other condo was no longer available (I never received any advance notice) but weren’t given a reason why. Several other guests also seemed to be having similar problems.
The condo we’d been given was our only option. This one hadn’t been updated at all, the stovetop was something I didn’t want to touch let alone cook on, the dishwasher door was close to falling off, some of the floor tiles cracked when we walked across them, the kitchen was poorly stocked. Monday morning the A/C went out. To the resort’s credit, maintenance had it fixed within a few hours. Tuesday night the cockroaches showed up. Wednesday morning I called the front desk, and they promised to send someone to spray ASAP. We were in Charleston all day, and when we returned to the condo that evening I called the 24/7 front desk again to confirm pest control came. After four attempts of letting it ring over twenty-five times, I finally gave up.
The guest services manager offered to take 20% off our final bill, so that’s something. Maybe it’s new management, someone screwed up in the scheduling office – who knows? It was disappointing, but we made the best of it.
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