Rated 2 out of 5 by Michelle46 Unpleasant Experience
As soon as I walked through the door and approached the front desk I knew my experience was not heading in the right direction. There were two individuals behind the desk and although 1 was on the phone neither greeted not even identified that I was standing there wiating to check in. I was given my keys and told to walk down the hall, past the meeting rooms up the stairs....really? So I started toward my room which ended up being a vary long walk that actually took me outside 2 or was it 3 times. This hotel is not set up conveniently. I had been traveling for the past 5+ hours and couldnt even get any food through room service and the walk back to the lobby was more than a person should have to endure at this time of night. The room was fine except that the air would not shut off even though I had the temp set. The bathroom shower floor looked dirty, maybe stained but still disgusting. I was only here for one night (thankfully) but would not stay here again.
October 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Darkrose923 Concierge Problems but Serious Pluses
Did not hand out my wedding packets to guests as requested despite being reassured they would. Required multiple calls before it was actually done.
Requested towels 4 times in 3 hours before they were finally brought to the room (by the time we got them we had just made it by for the most part without, very frustrating)
Room service brought drinks right away (but not the towels??)
Received cheese, fruit, and champagne gift from the Event manager as a thank you
We were allowed the use the Club level lounge to for hair/makeup
Evening manager allowed us to use the bar room (after it had closed) for a small after party so we didn't disturb other hotel guests (this was FANTASTIC)
Allowed us to use the shuttle to and from our venue (~1 mi away, ALSO FANTASTIC VALUE)
So while the concierge and front desk had some problems, I would definitely recommend using this hotel if you have a wedding at Historic Oakland. The shuttle service alone made it more than worth it. The club lounge was a great place to get breakfast in the morning then to use for hair and makeup, with the waterfront as a background. Great for pictures. After the wedding, we approached Brian Park, a manager, to ask where we could go with our small after party so we wouldn't disturb other guests. He was excited that we asked to be considerate and set us up in a room in the bar area. He was fantastic.
October 1, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anex43 Disappointing
Room was generally ok with some exceptions. You need to be 6'+ to get to the safe. No non slip surface in tub.
The bar "ran out of" two of the house wines by the glass. They didn't have brandy glasses.
Overall just not up to par.
September 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by kandk427 great overnight respite
I took a chance boking this hotel had last minute travel plans that fell through and what a delightful experience ! . From the customer rep that helped me book the hotel at 11 pm at night! great experience Great staff and deliciou breakfast the next day. I am planning to stay there next month !
September 30, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Maddog6138 run down, but comfy bed
The green choice for cleaning the room is very confusing - I may not want the sheets changed during the stay, but would appreciate coffee refills. It seems all or none for a night.
Set out breakfast request for 6:45am delivery and it never showed. When I phoned to advise them, they brought meal quickly and did not charge me.
Carpets are dirty and hallways dinged up. 2 of my colleagues had stink bugs in there room. The property needs some TLC (other than lobby and bar, that appears recently redone).
September 29, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Purpleshoes Not good
Hotel was Over booked, the suite in the tower I was checked into stunk of cat urine, the guest's room next to mine also smelled like cat urine. Staff says it cant we don't allow pets. 3 other people had the same issue with their rooms, staff acted as if I was making it up? Transferred my room to a another building, scary looking room, needed updating. the wifi didnt work in that building & I needed it for work. Very unsatisfied with the way it was handled. Staff didn't seem to care about customer service.
September 27, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by KathleensNightmare OMG Not another night of this.
I checked in 9/22/2013 for an important class that will affect the next 15 years of my career. I wanted to stay near the class so as to avoid any conflicts or mishaps that might occur on my way in to class every morning. Your facility met those requirements. I made the test ride to my class from the hotel in 5 minutes on Sunday. I checked into the hotel and was given room 306. I unpacked everything... Put a wakeup call in with the front desk. I Called down to room service for a menu as there wasn’t one in my room. A man dropped off a photo copy around 6:00. I called in an order around 6:30 and was told the menu I was looking at was old and a new one would be brought to my room. By 7:00 I called room service and still no new menu and now nobody would answered the phone. I called the front desk and was told they would have a menu brought to my room. By 7:30 I was fed up. I went down to the front desk to complain and the Restaurant manager (I Think) was standing there. The front desk mentioned to him that Mohammad was to bring a new menu to my room and the manager said "I am sorry but the door is locked and we cannot get the correct menu" I said " why didn’t someone call me or answer the phone" "now almost two hours have gone by". He told me "to calm down and go back to my room, he would bring up a menu". He did bring a menu, the very same one that I was told was not valid. He took my order and by 8:30 or so I had my salad and Ahi. Around 04:00 Monday morning the room next to mine with the shared door had a conference call and all voices came through the connecting door. It went on until approximately 06:00. My class started in a couple of hours and I had no sleep from the lobby noise of the bar and the conference call next door. I called down to the front desk and asked when this guest would be leaving and if not could I get a new room. He agreed to get me a new room as the guest was not leaving Monday. I had put a door tag for breakfast at 07:00 and then leave for class at 07:30. I was dressed and ready to leave by 07:15 and still no breakfast. At 07:19 room service called and apologized for not bring up my meal as they had misplaced my door tag and did I still want my breakfast? I told her I was leaving at 07:30. She said if I can get it there by 07:30 do you still want it? I said Ok, at 07:32 the food arrived. I came back to the hotel at 12:00 to move my things to a different room, room 510. I went back to class and came back to the hotel by 5:00. This time I stopped by the restaurant and got a menu from the hostess. I called in my in my dinner order, put in a wakeup call and breakfast order for 07:00 Tuesday morning. Took a shower and settled in to study. Dinner arrived and by 10:00 I was ready to sleep. Low and behold the room next to me with the connecting door had another person that could sleep and tried to get in my room via the connecting door. He was angry and drunk. He got on the phone and started screaming at somebody in what sounded like Arabic. Unfortunately everything came through the connecting door. This went on until about 02:00. I thought about changing rooms again but I thought this is going to sound insane. I stuck it out but again the lobby noise was so great that no sleep was possible. Finally I realized that none of the rooms would be adequate as this hotel is designed in such a fashion as to focus lobby noise up through the center of the atrium, much like a megaphone pushes sound. I checked out on Wednesday and was glad to be leaving. The only good thing I can say is that your front desk staff was superb.
September 26, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Vignesh Service is very bad
I had reserved a king size room. This is the 3rd time I am staying at this property. All 3 times my expectation of the room (a king-size) was not met. I was never accomodated in the main tower (always in the "lodge" area). It is unrealistic to have the same rates for the tower and the lodge.
Additionally, It took 40-50 mins to bring a salad and orange juice.
Service from the front desk is left a little to be desired. I won't be providing my business to this property in the future.
September 26, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by SPGJOEC Needs Improvments
The toilet in 811 needs to be replaced,,,,It was terrible....it did flush at all...and the handle practically fell off in my hand...
Ordered room service and it was so late and cold....The test of a good kitchen is when the hotel is busy not when its empty....and this was an epic FAIL!
September 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BobbyD901 Job well done.
This trip was fast and short. Your staff was always one step ahead. They are a credit to the corp. Next time I'm in the area I will stay with you!
September 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by garym Conference Meeting stay
1. The internet was terrible for multiple participants attending the meeting.
2. The staff failed to order a taxi the night before and caused unnecessary problems early the following morning.
If it was wasn't for these items I would have been highly please with my stay.
September 20, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by RU1234 Lack of communication
There was a problem when I arrived to checked in. I had an itinerary and my reservation was held and paid for by my company but upon checking in the agent said no. They only show the room was “held” for me but not paid for. So rather than standing around for the next 2 hours on a Sunday I put the room on my card. Which I was not expecting. In the meantime I made several calls to my travel agency and the person that booked my room. She said she had to jump through hoops just to reserve rooms for our meeting. (There were several other people staying in your hotel all booked at the same time.)
Long story short this carried over until the next day. The agent that helped me on Monday was very nice she tried calling people in accounting and reservations and... nope…. no authorization for me is what all of your people said. Then low and behold there it is………. You guys had the approval the
entire time. It was very frustrating. I should have been able to come in and relax but I spent my entire time there trying to track down this approval that you already had. I am not sure if one person dropped the ball or if there is just no communication from one person to the next.
Not to mention my room smelled moldy, the weather stripping was hanging off the door and the tub needed caulk.
September 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JCole Hotel
I was a little disappointed with my room. It took a long way to walk to get to my room. Just not convenient. But overall, I attended an event that was great. Food outstanding.
September 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jozey5 Beautiful hotel
Although I did not ask for a handicap room. I was very happy to find the room with plenty of room and a bed with more than 2 pillows. My room was beautiful and so comfortable. The staff at the front desk including the young man that offered to take my luggage were very friendly and very concerned about making me comfortable.
September 16, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by ChattChris average
older, avg hotel, close to Columbia Mall and Clydes
September 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lean27 9/13/13 Visit
Outstanding! This was a memorable stay with a staff that paid attention to our every need.
September 15, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bowjangles Bad Experience
I spent one night at this hoel.
1. They gave me a double when I reserved a King. When I got there it smelled like baby diapers. They change my room but it was almost a 5 minute walk to get to it.
2. I sat at the lounge bar for almost 15 minutes before I could get something to drink. When Someone finally came, she was trying to rush me through my order, took half and then proceeded to server others. It was not until another guest mentioned that I was not finished with my order.
3. I reserved the van to pick me up and they said he would call when he got there. I was not down statirs when he got there waited, did not call and then left. I had to call several times for him to come get me.. In the morning, I called the front desk to ask if the driver was there to take me to my destiniation. They said yes. I told them I would be ther in 6 - 8 minutes. Time to get my stuff and walk from my room to the front desk. I get there and he is gone. 30 minutes later someone else came to take me.
4. This survey.....once you get to a certain character length you cannot see what you are typing. Never stay here and folks that I meet and work with said it is so horrible they never will go there again.
September 13, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by robole50 customer service
Most of the staff was polite, being a Disabled Veteran I was not given any helped with my luggage after they informed me that the room I was given was at the far end of the hotel. That with the experience of booking the room for a week, only to find that the next day when we went to get back in the room it was rented to someone else. Called guest services to find out what happened, the response was house cleaning said you checked out. Really, house cleaning runs your reservations! Explained that the reservations were for a week the replay was so. However, we can book you a new reservation for the rest of your stay. No thank you!
Strongly recommend you do make reservations at this hotel.
September 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NeeTa721 Ms.
The hotel staff were very friendly, professional and well mannered. They answered my questions and inquired if there was anything else they could do to assist me. Ramon Yepez was very attentive and helpful. He responded quickly to my needs which I greatly appreciated. Ms. Michelle at the registration desk was very kind too. She made me feel welcomed as a SPG customer.
September 6, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by CK23 Staff needs training
Front desk staff didnt include club lounge on keys. They didnt the time before either. When I asked, she stated only for Platinum members which is inaccurate. Gold also receives the perk.. She did proceed to include include it but made me feel guilty and I had to look it upto be sure.
The bill wasn't under the door or emailed. When I called to get it emailed, it took 4 tries for them to spell a 5 letter word correctly. At the end no thank you, no sorry, just a "you will receive shortly and hung up". Which FYI didnt come and I had to call back again and repeat. Still hasn't arrived as if this post.
Very low level of competence at this hotel
September 4, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Melissa757 Nice but foggy reservations
I reserved our room online. We thought we were staying in the tower. Unfortunately, we was placed in the lodge wish seemed like miles away from the actual hotel. You have to go down this long hallway, passing all the banquet rooms, only to open a door leading to another building. They couldn't accommodate us because they already messed up other people's reservations, so we were stuck. I'm glad we only stayed one night. There was no toilet paper in the bathrooms so I found a cart in the hallway and got some. The air condition nor microwave worked in my friends room. This is my first and last time staying at a Sheraton Hotel. We'll stick with our usual where they at least offer you breakfast plus dinner.
September 2, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by betty68 Labor Day Weekend-2013
Upon our arrival we were given two rooms on the first floor.(I thought this was basically the basement.) Our frig was deteriorated) (in order to open use the frig. we would have had to get on our hands and knees) There were two items missing. No chair and no microwave. Some one brought a plain kids'chair; low back, no sides. We had just driven from NC and were all sitting on the beds with no place to put refreshments. Once I explained to the person from house keeping, the chair was unsatisfactory, his response was rude, loud, and a liar. Told me there were no more chairs!!!!!. However, after a call to the front desk, the same staffer returned with a chair, microwave oven and a comfortable chair. This behavior on the part of the staffer from housekeeping was shocking. I was greatly disappointed and will never book a room at the Sheraton in Columbia again. Also the screen was missing off the window in my daughter's room. I told her to make sure her window was locked at all times. Basically the rooms were dirty. This included the bed skirts and the carpet. I expect more from a hotel in this area.
September 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Grupey SHeraton Columbia
The staff at check in was very good and friendly and even at check out.. However as I asked on Saturday morning where to go in Washington and how to drive to Washington there was not really a support from the front desk. I booked this hotel as it is in greater area of the capitol and should be able to help me with my question. Obviously not.
August 28, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Alovebug1 room were not clean
The room I was check into the bathroom was dirty. I was check into a different room that bathroom was dirty as well. Then the pillows had stains on them as well. Also you can here the people in the next room as if they were right next to you. What to the cake for me then the water was turn off. I called the front desk asking why wasn't I told before I check in. The PBX said they put letters under the doors. However I check in at 8am or so.
August 25, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by truebluefunk Did not deal with noise complaint well
The room next to me had the TV blaring in the middle of the night. I called the front desk to complain. They sent a security guard to verify that, yes, the TV next door was very loud. They tried knocking and calling with no response. However, after that, they didn't do anything, and just left me with unable to sleep with a blasting TV next door. At almost 4am I called down again and asked to be moved to a different room. The staff should have turned off the TV or at least offered to move me sooner, rather than waiting for me to call back again. They knew the TV was loud... what, were they waiting for me to get super-frustrated?
Also, they offered me a complimentary breakfast... except that my reservation already had breakfast included . . . and not getting to bed until after 4am meant that the odds of me being up in time to eat before heading to the airport were nil.
The whole situation should have been handled better.
August 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by CoxFamily The room smell was concerning
Room 703 had a very musty smell. Not sure if it was a dirty AC unit. Our stay was brief and we didn't mention it while we were there - didn't have time or wanted to be bothered with switching rooms.
August 19, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by businestravel1 filthy, low quality, horrible experience
I will not be staying again.
The room was filthy
The room smelled of mold - body odor
The room had dead bugs everywhere
My coffee maker was broken
The hotel has bad Internet service or you have to pay for it - it's 2013 not 20002
I was trapped in the bathroom due to a broken door handle the last time I stayed
The entire building smells of mold
August 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by jbs21 My nieces wedding
Our stay was pleasant. The rooms were very nice (except for the pillows - tooo soft) but all in all it was a nice stay. The restaurant downstairs served good food.
August 13, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by marston258 Pretty location, room amenties not so hot
The pool area at this hotel was very nice. Nice lounge chairs, pretty lcoation, lots of trees. There is also a lake there with a small park there which is nice. In addition, there is a mall nearby in case you need anything.
Our room was pretty clean, but lots of things in it were just off or broken. The toilet would run when we flushed it unless we took care to jiggle the handle. We had 3 of us staying in the room and only two bath towels. When we went to call more more, we found the phone was disconnected from the wall. We found the cord and plugged it in, but it still did not work. We used our cell to call for more towels, and were told they would bring some up. An hour later, we still had no towels. We called again and someone finally brought them up to us. The next morning, we went to use the coffee maker, only to discover it had not been washed since last use and there was only decaf available. In additional, the TV was very complicated to use and most movies seemed to cost $15.99 which is crazy. We did appreciate the complimentary bottled water though and the beds were comfy.
August 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Riggo Good stay
We were very happy with the hotel facilities, staff, and shuttle to Merriweather Post Pavilion. The only complaint that we had was when left in the morning, the hallway from our room to the lobby as well as the parking lot was littered with pizza boxes and beer cans.
August 10, 2013