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Re: hotel tours

Postby mosey » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:47 pm

scotty wrote:We have visited many hotels to see the facilities/rooms. Never just walked around though, always asked for manager or concierge & explained we were looking for future accommodations. All have been very accommodating & some even gave us wristbands so we would not be bothered by security while we wandered around,there was never a 10~15 minute timeframe & after showing us room samples with bellboy we were free to roam!
Only time we have had issues is in timeshare complexes where the first thing they want to do is sign you up for a presentation !! but even then after refusing they still show you the resort.


Sweeet. Valuable info. Thanks. Timeshare parasites did cross my mind when I originally posted. I'll have to do some research to avoid these areas. Again, thanks for the feedback.
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Re: hotel tours

Postby mosey » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:54 pm

kcowan wrote:The only place we have been escorted off hotel property was in Miami Beach. The guards here will often ask what we are doing. We either quote a valid room number that we are visiting (sometimes they will call it and we say they are meeting us in the lobby) or say we are heading for the shops/restaurants. (I guess we qualify as old and well off?)

(Once at the old Getaway hotel, we met a resident from SK on the beach. He invited us in for free all-inclusive drinks. We thought that their security was pretty lax.)


Thanks for the encouraging reply, kcowan. I'll certainly ask permission.
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Re: hotel tours

Postby waltandjean » Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:19 pm

Look the timeshare people in the eye while saying "nada nada hoy". By the time they recover and begin asking about tomorrow you'll have the 2 steps on them you need.
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Re: hotel tours

Postby Marcos » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:40 am

When we had friends visit PV last year they stayed in the Holiday Inn. When they checked in they explained to the "front desk" that we might visit them a few times and the front desk gave us wrist bands as if it was the "normal" thing to do.

I'd second the idea of explaining the reason for your "visit" and asking permission. After all, one would think that it would be in their best interest to promote the property. I would have a hard time envisioning a situation where they'd refuse such a minor accomodation as allowing potential guests to scope out the property.
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Re: hotel tours

Postby mosey » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:52 am

Marcos wrote:When we had friends visit PV last year they stayed in the Holiday Inn. When they checked in they explained to the "front desk" that we might visit them a few times and the front desk gave us wrist bands as if it was the "normal" thing to do.

I'd second the idea of explaining the reason for your "visit" and asking permission. After all, one would think that it would be in their best interest to promote the property. I would have a hard time envisioning a situation where they'd refuse such a minor accomodation as allowing potential guests to scope out the property.


My sentiments exactly.
Thanks for the input.
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Re: hotel tours

Postby mosey » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:59 am

waltandjean wrote:Look the timeshare people in the eye while saying "nada nada hoy". By the time they recover and begin asking about tomorrow you'll have the 2 steps on them you need.


I googled "nada nada hoy". Funny! "You're not eating anything today" I'll use that term when my kids ask me for money. lol.
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Re: hotel tours

Postby kcowan » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:56 am

Marcos wrote:When we had friends visit PV last year they stayed in the Holiday Inn. When they checked in they explained to the "front desk" that we might visit them a few times and the front desk gave us wrist bands as if it was the "normal" thing to do...
The HI is where I got to practice most techniques. To their credit, they are very cautious. Friends always stay there for 2 weeks. I go to pick them up in the car. They want to meet me outside the gate (a 5 minute walk) to avoid hassle. I tell them it is no hassle. I give the guard their room number and explain that I am meeting them in the lobby. He calls their room and sometimes reaches them, other times not. But he always lets me in.

I also have to get into the Grand Venetian to leave my car there for the summer. The people who lend me their 2nd spot are back in WI in May. I tell the guards I am a handyman coming to attend to their place and that I have a key. Then I walk out. But to claim the car in October, that does not work. So I have arranged for one of their fulltime resident neighbours to get me in.

The security in many of these places is admirable.
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