This afternoon I traveled to Austin for an internal retreat for my organization that was going to be held at the W Austin. I said “was going” because it isn’t happening! WAH! 😥 Let’s rewind…
The W Austin is a beautiful, stylish hotel with great bars and amenities. And I am not just saying this because I am a Platinum Starwood member! I have stayed at this property several times before and was looking forward to a repeat stay. The W Austin has had some issues with falling glass in the past few weeks and an additional glass panel fell right before I arrived. Yikes! However, I checked in without issue and was upgraded to a fantastic corner suite!
After I got settled in , I walked across the street to join my colleagues for dinner at La Condessa. Everything was moving along and then we got the news…Our hotel was being evacuated and we were going to be relocated to another hotel. WTF?! Not me! Not my suuuuiiiitttteeeeee!!!!!!!!!! But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. When we left the restaurant the hotel was blocked off with caution tape and a pretty serious police presence. I considered calling the “Whatever/Whenever” line to ask them to let me stay or to make a request for it to stop raining glass, but I resisted the urge. When I looked out my window I could see glass shards by the pool. I guess this WAS pretty serious!
Upon check-out, the hotel staff was great. Everyone was friendly, apologetic and accommodating. Being the pushy broad I am ( — yeah right!) I inquired about
how they were going to treat my PTSD and the need to send me to Hawaii to recover the status of my stay and possible points. Hey — this stay was going to help me earn another free resort night — I had to ask! The jury is still out on that one and I will let you know how that turns out. I don’t think they will send me to Hawaii, but I do think they will send me to Mexico reward me for my loyalty to the brand. Fingers Crossed!
In the meantime, I am going to go back to staring at my view of the Budweiser billboard on South Congress from my room at the Hyatt while slowly drinking skinny margaritas. Life is so unfair. 😉 To make my life better (!), I took the toiletries from the W and am going to pretend that I am still there luxuriating in my suite. There, that does it….