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  1. RDimperio
    RDimperio at |

    I once had security knock on my door when I failed to answer a wake-up call at a Hampton Inn. I was in the shower. They wanted to make sure I was OK.

  2. colleen
    colleen at |

    Did they imprint from her CC? Perhaps they felt the most they’d be troubled would be the renting of an additional room to you if you showed up and tried to claim your original resie. I thought that was why they ask for an actual CC at check-in.

    Guess I’d see it differently if you said the hotel was fully booked and they potentially gave your resie to a stranger, leaving you in the lurch.

    Either way, glad it worked out for you..

  3. Ray
    Ray at |

    With my experience in hotels, I have seen that they have log book with special notes so all shift knows whats going on. Sometime they just put the note there when you call and try to leat bother guest specially if they are HH members.

  4. John
    John at |

    Sorry… but to be honest, I think your reaction is what is bizarre.

    I fully expected you to end the post by complaining that your wife was not allowed to check in despite you having called in before several times to ensure her name was on the reservation.
    The end result was that she was allowed to check in, just like you wanted. I’m not sure why this a problem.

    Yes, the idea that any person who mentions a name can then check in to that room is disconcerting. But I don’t imagine this happens easily since they would need to know the details of when and where you are booked. Furthermore, I imagine the check in agent spoke with your wife who explained that you have different names and that she was supposed to be on the reservation, right? Didn’t this agent make a good judgement call by allowing her to check in instead of acting only “by the book” and forcing her to wait until you arrive?

    1. Seth
      Seth at |

      It wouldn’t have been such a strange occurrence if they hadn’t let her in, John. That’s what I was expected to happen based on the story she told, right up to the point where she said they gave her the key. The front desk clerk certainly made a judgment call and ultimately it did work out in our favor, but it was also still somewhat surprising and unexpected.

  5. Troy
    Troy at |

    I locked my self out of a my room at Hilton South Wharf, wandered down to reception and gave my last name and room number and wallah had another room key. No ID or anything.

    Next day i had an issue with one of the door cards and couldn’t get into my room. I called down to reception from a public phone that was near the lifts. They sent someone up who swiped and opened the door for me. Again no verification of ID or even a name to the room. Just me standing outside the door??

    Kinda scary when you think how easy it would be to gain access to someone elses room!

  6. Eric
    Eric at |

    Well it’s the same problem with my wife…if they just took our last names NONE of this would be a problem :):):):)

  7. Biggles209
    Biggles209 at |

    My wife also has a different last name than mine, but when she is travelling alone (infrequently) I make the reservation in my name with my loyalty program. She carries the same hotel credit cards, so they just compare the card number with that on the reservation and all is well. Rarely, with a Hilton family hotel, they refuse to credit the stay to my account. Hyatt and Marriott have always been well behaved.

  8. JetsettingEric
    JetsettingEric at |

    Did your wife try checking into the Hampton Inn with a dog in her purse? I really want to see someone do that in person vs. in a movie.

  9. JL
    JL at |

    Is it “somewhat surprising” or is it “absolutely bizarre”? I’d go with the former. Sure, it leaves some room for abuse in theory, but I think most people would agree it’s bordering on paranoia to worry about some random person figuring out your name and exactly what hotel you’re staying in, and then going and checking in while posing as your spouse. I guess that as a travel blogger you have more to worry about in this area, but in my case, that’s not a concern that would ever cross my mind.

    I’m guessing the check-in agent knew from experience that sometimes these things don’t get notated correctly on the record (maybe it’s a common issue), and she judged that your wife was telling the truth (and was not some kind of stalker/murderer/whatever). I guess she might have asked your wife some kind of question to further verify that she was in fact your wife (e.g. your email/phone, HHonors number, CC number) but frankly I just think this was good customer service.

    Reminds me of Home Alone 2 where Kevin is at the Plaza explaining that his dad is at a meeting but he needs to check in to the hotel himself!