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Our Tenerife holiday disaster :(

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  • 05-07-2018 5:54pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 13


    Booked a luxury apartment on booking.com - so many extras to make it cosy - it was advertised as a penthouse. We paid €160 per night. Free WiFi everywhere, robes and slippers etc.

    We had 3 older kids with us so the WiFi was a major influencer in booking this.

    When we arrived - no WiFi! Anywhere! No robes. No slippers. No coffee machine. No luxury! An apartment kitted out from ikea.

    I complained. I was ignored. I complained a few days later and I was told that I was trying to make the company go bust. Thee is nothing she can do. She made us feel welcome and wasn’t expecting an investigation!

    Other apartments in the same complex are advertised for €100:€110 per night.

    Is there anything I can do? This was a disgrace


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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,362 ✭✭✭✭coylemj


    Never believe anything you read on third party websites.

    Did the apartment owner/operator promise those features before you booked and paid? If not then your issue is with booking.com and I can see you getting nowhere with them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,306 ✭✭✭ArthurG


    I wouldn’t use Booking.com for an apartment. That’s what Airbnb is for. You can check out reviews etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,519 ✭✭✭✭dudara


    Have you complained to Booking.com? Or to the apartment owner?

    I’d go straight to Booking.com I don’t think they’d be too impressed. If you get no satisfaction there, you can talk to your credit card provider about a chargeback


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 charlie999


    coylemj wrote: »
    Never believe anything you read on third party websites.

    Did the apartment owner/operator promise those features before you booked and paid? If not then your issue is with booking.com and I can see you getting nowhere with them.

    The owner or manager directed me to her own website for pictures and more info. She again listed WiFi on this as a key feature. She runs a small agency and rents a number of ‘luxury’ apartments on the Ireland.

    This was the biggest issue - the WiFi. One child with ASD and renting in a small village - we needed WiFi and a pool.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,108 ✭✭✭✭iamwhoiam


    charlie999 wrote: »
    The owner or manager directed me to her own website for pictures and more info. She again listed WiFi on this as a key feature. She runs a small agency and rents a number of ‘luxury’ apartments on the Ireland.

    This was the biggest issue - the WiFi. One child with ASD and renting in a small village - we needed WiFi and a pool.

    Get on to bookings.com and mention b false advertising on their site


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13 charlie999


    Absolute disaster when you have a child with Autism and it’s a two week break! Believe me!


  • Registered Users Posts: 161 ✭✭Jane1012


    You should prob rename your thread... Tenerife disaster is an actual thing where over 500 people died..

    Anyway to answer your question if you made your booking through booking.com I assume your contract is with them so that should be your first port of call.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,910 ✭✭✭Tippex


    charlie999 wrote: »
    Booked a luxury apartment on booking.com - so many extras to make it cosy - it was advertised as a penthouse. We paid €160 per night. Free WiFi everywhere, robes and slippers etc.

    We had 3 older kids with us so the WiFi was a major influencer in booking this.

    When we arrived - no WiFi! Anywhere! No robes. No slippers. No coffee machine. No luxury! An apartment kitted out from ikea.

    I complained. I was ignored. I complained a few days later and I was told that I was trying to make the company go bust. Thee is nothing she can do. She made us feel welcome and wasn’t expecting an investigation!

    Other apartments in the same complex are advertised for €100:€110 per night.

    Is there anything I can do? This was a disgrace

    I would get on to booking.com. When you paid did were you charged by booking.com or directly with the apartment owner? Happy to take this to PM if you want to.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,618 ✭✭✭endofrainbow


    E160 for a penthouse? If it seems too good to be true, it probably is .


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 charlie999


    E160 for a penthouse? If it seems too good to be true, it probably is .

    €160 per night - €2240


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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,108 ✭✭✭✭iamwhoiam


    In the meantime you should be on free roaming now in the EU . Or could you get a thingy ( are they called dongles ) for your son to use and least he would have something .?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,724 ✭✭✭Metric Tensor


    Hey OP. Can offer no advice regarding the apartment but I really sympathise about your son.

    Can you check with your mobile operator is Tenerife is part of the new EU roaming rules and if so can you use your data from home at no extra cost? Maybe a local SIM card is another option?


  • Registered Users Posts: 539 ✭✭✭bertsmom


    Would you not rename this post. Tenerife disaster is extremely overstating it!! Apartment with no wifi is not a disaster. Tenerife disaster is a real incident. Just get onto booking.com and state your case and go from there. Simples😎


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,108 ✭✭✭✭iamwhoiam




  • Registered Users Posts: 16,500 ✭✭✭✭DEFTLEFTHAND


    Thought this was about the Jumbo Jet collision back in the 80s.


  • Registered Users Posts: 48,148 ✭✭✭✭km79


    What complex is it ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 811 ✭✭✭cassid


    If you contact booking.com, they can move you to another accommodation, the property owner who advertised having wifi, will be charged for any difference in costs, so they may remove wifi from their amenities. I partner with them and its standard practice if you are double booked or there is a problem with the property.

    Explain to the rep why it is important to have wifi for your son. I have always found booking.com good at helping with issues from the owners/guest perspective.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,748 ✭✭✭Flippyfloppy


    You didn't receive what you paid for, I'd imagine the operator breached the contract with you. Look into it I would say there is a citizens advice type agency out there that can help.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 charlie999


    iamwhoiam wrote: »

    Omg I actually can’t change the name on this


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 51,687 Mod ✭✭✭✭Stheno


    charlie999 wrote: »
    Omg I actually can’t change the name on this

    I'm fairly sure you can. go to your op click edit post then advanced and it should let you


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13 charlie999


    Stheno wrote: »
    I'm fairly sure you can. go to your op click edit post then advanced and it should let you

    Can’t on phone! Thanks. I’ll delete thread


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,108 ✭✭✭✭iamwhoiam


    charlie999 wrote: »
    Omg I actually can’t change the name on this

    You didnt do it on purpose , I am sure if you ask a Mod they can do it for you


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,215 ✭✭✭✭Suckit


    charlie999 wrote: »
    Can’t on phone! Thanks. I’ll delete thread
    Doubt you can do that either. You could hit the report button and ask a mod to change it.

    You should write a review about the place on tripadvisor, booking.com, travelrepublic, trivago and kayak etc..
    Maybe give it a header with the word 'warning' in it.

    I'm not sure if any of your consumer rights were breached, but these sites may help point you in the right direction to get help:

    http://www.holidaytravelwatch.com/action-further-reading/your-consumer-rights/
    https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/i-havent-got-what-i-asked-for-with-my-holiday-accommodation
    https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/how-to-claim-if-your-holiday-accommodation-was-not-as-promised
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i12334-k10124091-STAYZ_Consumer_s_Rights_breached_contact_ACCC-Holiday_Travel.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 charlie999


    Thanks for the help


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,063 ✭✭✭Miaireland


    Contact booking.com. I had to contact them recently and found there customer service went far beyond what I had expected. They would not be happy that a customer of their's is being directed to another site.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,482 ✭✭✭harr


    charlie999 wrote: »
    Thanks for the help

    You might be able to get a local sim enabled WiFi dongle...I think they cost about 40 quid after that you should be able to top up the Credit..you will have to watch the data but it might get you out of a hole..


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 charlie999


    Thanks I’ve reported it to booking.com and will speak to citizens advice when I return home - tomorrow!

    We’ve used hotspots and spent about €100 on credit and I dread our bills when we get home.

    Warning! Do not use booking-paradise.com :(

    Lesson learned


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,480 ✭✭✭wexie


    charlie999 wrote: »
    Thanks I’ve reported it to booking.com and will speak to citizens advice when I return home - tomorrow!

    We’ve used hotspots and spent about €100 on credit and I dread our bills when we get home.

    Warning! Do not use booking-paradise.com :(

    Lesson learned

    Which did you use OP?

    Or was it booking-paradise.com through booking.com?

    Cause they are not the same company?!

    If it helps, contact details for booking-paradise.com are :
    Name:EMANUELA MARIA DALE
    Street:AVENIDA EUROPA 25
    City:SAN EUGENIO ALTO
    State:TENERIFE
    Postal Code:38660
    Country:ES
    Phone:+34.34645564843
    Email:email@GMAIL.COM


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,281 ✭✭✭CrankyHaus


    charlie999 wrote: »
    Thanks I’ve reported it to booking.com and will speak to citizens advice when I return home - tomorrow!

    We’ve used hotspots and spent about €100 on credit and I dread our bills when we get home.

    Warning! Do not use booking-paradise.com :(

    Lesson learned

    Best of luck. I had to complain to Booking.com before and they gave the hotel that was giving me grief a fair bollocking. I'd definitely recommend their customer service based on that.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,378 ✭✭✭CeilingFly


    Booking.com is purely an intermediary. Sort of like donedeal for holidays.

    Its the owners / operators that enter all the details and yoir contract is directly with the property.
    Booking take a commission and also have a complaints procedure.

    But if you booked via booking.com then you booked directly with owners

    You can leave a review on TripAdvisor - a three star review is taken more seriously than a one star.


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