My husband and I decided at the last minute this weekend to go downtown Indianapolis to dine, wine, and sleep. The Circle City is always fun and we needed some couple time. However, it didn’t go quite as expected and yes it involves a freebie.
When we arrive at our hotel, the clerk asks if we would like a free night’s stay. Of course we both kind of look at each other and think to ourselves, what is the catch? I’m thinking some kind of credit card or something like that.
He proceeds to tell us that the Westin was oversold and we could still stay there but we had the option of going to another hotel in the same area for a free night. Okay, so of course, me being cheap, I’m like sure. My husband wants to just stay there because it will be a pain to go somewhere else at this point, we had dinner reservations in 35 minutes, etc. I **should** have listened to him.
The clerk says we can stay at the Columbia Club, which is a historic hotel on the circle. It is comparable to the Westin’s accommodations. “Historic.” Okay, sounds interesting, plus it is free and we really are just using it as a place to crash our heads after dinner, and uh, maybe a bit of wine!
We head over there, check in without a hitch, giggled about the wonderful view of the parking garage from our room, and make our dinner reservations with three minutes to spare. Plus, we ended up saving on over night parking by around $15 by parking in a public garage instead of Westin’s garage.
I will say, I was less than impressed with our room at the Columbia Club. Everything was “historic” ie, very outdated and worn looking. Not impressive and shiny like the Westin at all. Maybe, I just don’t appreciate vintage, I think.
We get back from dinner early a bit later, but not too late because we are getting older and don’t want to stay out too late. Once, we get back, we notice loud voices from the next room. It sounds like kids. No big deal because it is still pretty early. By the way, dinner was fabulous. We had a great server and delicious food from Harry & Izzy’s. I highly recommend trying them out! At least it was a bright spot in our evening.
Midnight rolls around and I’m ready to go to bed because I can’t keep my eyes open to play anymore Angry Birds or read the book on my Kindle app any longer. I’ve had a busy week along with a nasty cold so I was ready to rest at this point. That’s not happening because there is still a party going on in the next room.
I really didn’t want to get anyone in trouble because obviously they were underage if they weren’t enjoying the assortment of late night activities that the Circle City offers. So I **try** to go to sleep. I know I slept while these kid probably snuck out to go to the Steak ‘n Shake. Yes, the walls were that thin, I could hear everything they were talking about if I tried. Though, I did agree that Monday (Valentine’s Day) was just another Monday and not really a special day as one of the guys shared about a fight he had with his presumed girlfriend (ex?).
I think I may have fluttered in and out but the loud noise, the door opening and shutting just didn’t bode well with me at all. Around 3:44 a.m., I decided I had enough and called the front desk. Then 15 minutes later, my husband called them because they had woken him up as well. They sent security up, it quieted for a little while but not for long before the farting and laughter started again. (At this point, we should have just checked out and drove the hour home.)
At one point, I almost asked them through the door to get me some ice while they went to the ice machine as I was drinking tap water.
I felt like I was in a fog by 5:30 a.m. when these people (kids?) were still awake and being loud. Apparently, their friend who they had been looking for previously came back to the room with Jimmie Johns. At least that is what it sounded like. I mean, come’on people, it’s way past bed time at this point. I called the front desk for now the total of three times. They came up and had a talk with them. It finally got quiet (sort of).
I’m really guessing this was a room of unsupervised kids, who snuck out to go to Steak ‘n Steak, and ruined my whole night and now have my sleep pattern completely disrupted.
I also shared my concerns again with the front desk at the Columbia Club in the morning as we were checking out. They said there wasn’t anything they could for me since I didn’t pay for my room. Uh, the Westin paid for my room, I was planning on staying somewhere I could actually sleep. It is very frustrating. They said security didn’t think the people were being loud. Of course, they could probably hear me calling and complaining to the front desk so they knew they should simmer down for a few minutes. They couldn’t do anything if they were just up and making noise. Try being the one who has to get up the next day to attend two basketball games in a loud gym on basically no sleep.
I was given the card of the manager of the Columbia Club, who might, says the clerk give me a free meal or something if we want to come eat there. Probably not. I really doubt I would even want a free stay at this hotel for a my free stay. In fact, I’m now displeased with the Columbia Club AND the Westin, for selling me short on this “Free Night.”
Okay, the moral of this story. A FREEBIE is not always a freebie. I originally planned this great night, which I was going to splurge a bit for a nice room. Instead, I got trapped into this situation by being CHEAP and trying to be a nice person. Eric at the Westin looked so frazzled that we were considering not taking the freebie, after all who wouldn’t want a freebie?
Am I crazy for thinking I should be able to sleep at a hotel?