I do not mean to boast or brag, but when you work for a major hotel chain and you happen to be in the same company’s reward program and you have been actively blogging for four years or more, you certainly get treated like a VIP while traveling. This was never more apparent than on a recent trip to Park City Utah when Emily and I were given the model room for the entire hotel.
As you can see from the screenshot below, this picture is taken directly from the home page of the Doubletree Hotel in Park City.
While we were staying at the hotel, Emily looked up something on her computer, while using the complimentary in-room wifi of course, and stumbled upon the hotel’s website. She immediately recognized the room on the site as the very same one we were sitting in, while on the computer. This caused us both to analyze the picture on the website to make sure it was our room, not just any room in the hotel.
It is very difficult to see on the blog, but the picture above, as well as the one below, both show the pool right outside the ground floor window. The views from the room were identical.
Before we checked out, I took a quick picture to prove that we were in the model room.
Here are a few more pictures from the hotel’s website. Pay attention to the comments I added below the pictures.
The hotel itself was kinda drab, dark and a bit depressing. I cannot imagine what it would look like during those long, dark winter nights. Park City is known throughout the world for winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, bobsledding, luge, and writing your name in the snow with your pee. The beds were comfortable, the staff was minimally pleasant, the cookies were warm, and they were not too crowded when we stayed in mid-June. From what I understand, the property has been around since the seventies but has only recently become a Doubletree hotel. The age was showing, but overall the property was fantastic at my discounted employee rate. I might have had a problem paying the full price there, but fortunately that wasn’t the case.
In all honesty, I may have been exaggerating slightly when I mentioned our VIP status at this hotel. The truth is, nobody knew who I was, how long I have been with Hilton, or even where I worked in Hawaii. The front desk staff made no inquiries to the intentions of my stay with them (I could have mentioned we were recently married), and therefore never had an opportunity to send something nice to the room as a surprise or as a congratulations. I am only a blue member of the Hilton rewards program (This is the same level you are when you sign up for free and have zero points with them, so not exactly elite status).
And as far as the blog goes. Nobody in the entire state of Utah, let alone the town of Park City, especially not the staff at the Doubletree, the Yarrow, location has ever heard of cyngle.com…until, possibly, right now.