NHS doctor and I get no refund for a booking cancelled by government during Covid pandemic
I’m in doctor and work for the NHS.
I had a work conference to attend in Leeds in March 2020 so booked a hotel room nearby via Hotels.com. I made this booking before the Covid pandemic began.
The conference then was cancelled due to Covid. The Radisson Blu hotel was also shut too due to Covid.
I forgot to phone and cancel the hotel booking due to work pressure and family reasons occupying my mind. However, given alll hotels were shut at this time I don’t think I need to cancel something when the hotel (and all other hotels in the country) are closed.
I recently asked for a refund for the hotel room but Hotels.com initially told me they would phone Radisson and promised to sort out the refund and get back to me. The agent involved was Andrei Sebastien. He never got back to me and I didn’t receive the 24 hour update he promised or the refund.
So I contacted Hotels.com over a week later. Again the agent (a different one) advises she would contact Radisson and try to get me a refund.
I then got an email from Bookings.com manager Amanda saying that Radisson Blu Hotel refused to give me the refund as I didn’t cancel the booing prior to arrival.
But the hotel was closed due to Covid!!!??
Also refunds are via Hotels.com as the booking is via them. So Hotels.com should have refunded me, regardless of what the hotel said.
I even had rebooked with Radisson (same hotel) for the 28th September 2020 and paid for this assuming the Hotels.com or the Radisson Hotel would have the decency to refund me for the first booking, but no, they didn’t. I tried to cancel this booking due to the above, and go with another hotel and booking company, but guess what, Hotels.com refused to refund this either - it stated that it was a non refundable booking and that if I cancelled it I would get no refund.
I won’t be using Hotels.com ever again (or staying with Radisson) after this. Greedy company with no morals.
You can book accommodation for travel well into the future in the safe knowledge it can be cancelled before a set date free of charge. True reviews are available via past customers with a very quick score card relating to the hotels location and overall experience including the very important cleanliness. Some hotels offer discounts for immediate payment’s which are “none refundable” if this option is taken to save a few quid, don’t expect a refund if you can’t go for any reason whatsoever, including war and pandemics etc, that’s the risk you take. We have been using Booking.com for many years re travelling all over the world and have always received the accommodation we booked well in advance to the standard we expected. Biggest tip I can offer is read the revues and utilise google earth to check the area and location out prior to cementing your accommodation of choice.
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Si volvemos repetiremos seguros además la chica es encantadora !