Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Not So Pleasant Stay

That sums up our one night stay at a hotel in downtown Orlando...and that's putting it mildly.

As I mentioned in one of my posts, we went to Orlando last weekend so I could have my passport renewed without flying out of state. The embassy chose a hotel for this outreach program. The hotel wasn't too shabby so we decided to book a room to stay in for the night since it's only about 10 miles away from SeaWorld. The little one liked our room because it was on the 10th floor and it thrilled her to be able to see a lot of things from our room's window. But that's the only good thing I can say about our stay in this hotel.

I don't even know where to start so let's start from the beginning and see how it all unfolded...LOL! Here we go...

Since we had a few hours to spare before bedtime, we decided to go out and look for a Philippine restaurant / store I found online. It's been a while since I had a taste of the food I grew up eating so I was looking forward in visiting the place. A review online said that the place serves really good 'palabok and other Filipino foods' so I was all excited to get to the place. What do you know...the place closed a long time ago [according to another store]. I was crashed to say the least. Since my quest to eat Filipino food went kaput, we decided to drive around to look for a place to eat but the little one got a little bit 'car sick' so we went back to the hotel and order delivery...which marked the start of the end. Hubby looked online for places that deliver but couldn't find one. We were surprised we couldn't find a place that delivers in the middle of a big city like that. We live in the boondocks here but we can still pick up the phone and call for delivery. So what gives? I have no idea...

Anyway, we ended up ordering room service instead. I wasn't very hungry so I chose one of the kid's meals on the menu which was still a lot of food because it came with chicken, fries and a side of broccoli. The little one ordered her favorite...spaghetti with meatballs with fries as well. I was in the middle of my meal when I realized that the fries that should have come with both my order and the little one's order were not there. Hubby called to ask about it. The reply he got and I quote: We didn't think you want them because the meals are big already. WHAT???? Granted that's true...but who were they to decide for us? We were paying for the MEALS...fries included. That made me angry so I told the husband to tell them to bring BOTH fries to our room. I didn't think we'd be able to eat them all but I didn't care. We got the fries alright and we didn't eat all of it...big surprise! I thought that's the end of the 'complaint' saga. Not quite because when the little one was almost done eating, she found something 'stringy' in her spaghetti. She asked us what it was and hubby said probably a spice or something. I went to check it closer and it was a piece of 'steel wool'. Yep, the one you use to clean pots. That was just too much so hubby went downstairs to confront them. He didn't make a scene but made them aware of his dissatisfaction with their service.

To add salt to injury, we didn't get a goodnight sleep in that hotel. Its location is quite close to the train tract so everytime a train passed by [which was about every 40 minutes] it would wake us up. I was by the window so I had to move away from the window in the middle of the night to get even just a few winks before our big SeaWorld day. I think I did get a few winks here and there but I still felt sluggish the next day. It's a good thing we were going to a 'happy place' or it would have been a bummer of a trip!

THE END!

1 comment:

Beng Gee said...

Gosh, they're a real sucker! They didn't include the fries in your orders kasi they thought they can enjoy it themselves. Lol! I wonder what their alibi was with that piece of steel wool. Swerte nila very cool si M sa kanila! Naku, kung ako yan, sigurado tumaas na naman ang high blood ko. ehe hehe..

Buti na lang talaga SeaWorld yung next destination nyo! At least na-overcome yung kaasar na experience sa hotel.

Sensya ka na Huling at sobrang tagal bago ako nakadalaw. Medyo naging occupied sa pabalik-balik for check-ups. Anyway, back to normal na dito somehow. Sana you are enjoying another good weekend. Ingat!

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