In one week country music fans from all over will start to descend on Nashville with eagerness to attend all the events they can or planned on, connect with friends and or meet new ones, see everyone they possibly can; some planned some impromptu, and most of all just have fun and make the best of their experience.
The road there starts a year or so in advance for many; others it's just a few months ahead. It can be a frenzied time making all the right arrangements and having everything lined up and confirmed. This is my first year attending and I think the word frenzied was mild in regards to our hotel fiasco.
Whenever I plan on attending an event that involves travel and lodging I book the hotel first, and if plans fall through I can always cancel..It's important to have a place to crash right? Well last September we did just that...booked our room at a great rate, then started piecing things together. A few weeks ago a call was made to the hotel, (it was the Ramada at the time we booked) to confirm things and get it all paid for in advance. Well much to our surprise it was under new ownership and per the reps all the info was not in their system yet, not to worry, they would take care of it. That was a red flag to all of us when they said "Don't worry, we'll take care of it". At one time we were told they had our reservation but the price had increased, OK so that was to be expected due to the type of event. Again we were told it was being taken care of, and for us to call back. After three weeks of this mess, we were told they did not have our reservations and had no room for us. YOU CAN IMAGINE my thoughts !!! It then became a blame game as to he said she said in regards to who was supposed to notify us of the ownership changes. My patience was gone and anger at the highest level possible. Bottom line: NO ONE CARED; WE HAD NO ROOM. (I hope no one else had this nightmare w Ramada/Nashville Airport Inn & Suites)