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Starwood – Sheraton – Dolphin Hotel – Thank you for great service

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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A couple of weeks ago my family and I went on a short trip to Disney World in FL. After staying 3 nights at one of the hotels on property, we moved over to the Dolphin Hotel, which is located between Epcot and MGM on Disney property. Although it’s on Disney property, it’s owned and operated by Starwood.

As a Gold Starwood member, I always get a room upgrade when staying at a Starwood Property (Sheraton, Westin, W, St. Regis, etc…), and this usually translates to a regular room with a better view or a balcony when I stay at the Dolphin. It was really hot when we were there, the kids were wiped out, and we were just looking forward to getting into an air conditioned room and going to bed.

Due to availability, we were upgraded to a suite with adjoining room. This meant that we could put the kids to bed in the connected room and my wife and I could relax, watch tv, eat a late night snack, and have a drink without worrying about waking up the kids. It was a weclomed surprise that really made a big difference for the 2 nights we were there. I don’t expect this kind of upgrade every time, but in this case it really made a positive difference in our trip and increase my perception of the service levels at Starwood properties.

They person checking me in saw that I was a Gold member, saw that I had cranky little kids who were over tired and over cranky, and made a positive difference within the parameters of his job latitude. He didn’t have to put us in that room, but he did… and I say “thank you!”

It’s this type of customer service, making me feel like I matter as a customer, that will keep me coming back to the brand.

Service Magic contractor Kwik Klean – bad customer service

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Service Magic has generally been a good source of referrals for us. We’ve used them a couple of times in the past for other services, with generally excellent service from the contractors they have referred.

We moved last week (finally) and the first thing we did was have the carpets cleaned and have a cleaning service to scrub the place down before furniture and boxes were unloaded and unpacked. We used Service Magic to get referrals for a carpet cleaner, and after getting estimates and interviewing several companies we chose Kwik Klean ( We chose that company because we were dealing directly with the owner and figured that he would give us good service since it was his own company. We were very, very wrong.

Immediately upon walking through our home, he wanted to charge us more than the agreed upon price for the small baseement space even though it was a room as part of the quote. After settling on the agreed upon price, Bob began to clean the carpet. My wife was surprised that none of the stains came out, and was disappointed that the carpet looked no better than before the cleaning. When I came home later in the day, it was clear to me that the carpet still appeared dirty.

The carpet in the house isn’t new, so we weren’t expected