I bet you’ve read a hotel review that sounded like this.
We checked in at the elite line and the agent advised us that we had been upgraded to a premium suite. We had a marble bathroom and an extra large bedroom with a wonderful bed.
The next morning we were treated to an amazing breakfast as part of our megalonium status.
On the day we were leaving, the hotel allowed us to stay until 4 PM before we flew home in First Class sipping champagne with our caviar.
I’d fully recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area.
Repeat after me:
If the only reason a hotel is great is because of the treatment it gives top tier members, then it’s not a great hotel.
Don’t get me wrong. A great hotel can be amazing when it goes over and beyond for elites. However, most people who stay at a hotel don’t have top tier loyalty status. They’re either like me and have status through other means (co-brand cards) or more likely they don’t have any status whatsoever.
If a hotel is poorly located and has small base-level rooms, it’s not going to matter to the average guest how amazing the pancakes are at the free breakfast.
To be fair, some reviews try to give a sense of how good a hotel is for the masses but it’s hard to review a room when you’re not staying in it.
When looking at a hotel, I look at it through the lens of an everyday guest, because for most of the trips we take, that’s exactly who we are. We don’t get room upgrades and I can’t even get a Courtyard by Marriott to let me stay an extra 30 minutes.
Sure, there have been times where we’ve received a better room either by chance or using an upgrade we finagled by working the systems to our advantage. When I want a nicer room, I use my 100% guaranteed trick to score an upgrade. I’ll always say when we’ve paid for a better room, used an upgrade or got a better room totally by chance.
The next time you’re reading (or watching) a hotel review, make sure you’re being told about the service an everyday guest will receive. Not the experience of someone who travels around for a living and has top-tier status with every hotel chain.
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