Roadtrip France - impending disaster

Old Jul 5th, 2014, 03:53 AM
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These "works" could also mean the owner rented the unit to someone else for more money. You never know.
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 08:13 AM
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Feedback on my petite French drama.

I contacted Booking.com as advised by many. They were very helpful and apologetic and phoned the company renting out the apartment which I booked. As I suspected, the "works" story was just that, a story. According to them they oversold (their words). I suspect someone else wanted the property for longer and they decide to give the apartment to them. Then again, I could be wrong. But once lied to, twice the skeptic!!

Anyway, another property was suggested, more expensive, but Booking.com offered to refund the difference. This is not about money, but about service.

Thanks for all the advice. We are back on track.
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 08:57 AM
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Sorry to hear about your mischance dewet, but I'm glad to see that all is well that ends well.
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 09:14 AM
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Glad it worked out well in the end.
I like the service from Booking (generally).
That owner will be now on a "black list", if not removed from Booking.
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 09:53 AM
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"That owner will be now on a "black list", if not removed from Booking."

I love when there are clear consequences, and hope there really are in a case like this. There are so rarely, it seems, which only serves to encourage bad behavior.
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 11:14 AM
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The main thing that has surprised me are the number of people who don't understand the meaning of the term "works" (even if in this case they were fictitious). Now that American English is declining again, it might behoove some people to become more familiar with British English.

(Having grown up speaking American English, I was as much surprised as anyone when it suddenly stopped progressing. But if you consider places like India, South Africa, Australia and all of the countries now learning English as a second language, I would say that you should assume that people are using British English except in the Western Hemisphere.)
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Old Jul 5th, 2014, 12:47 PM
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I fully understood the term "works". My comment "whatever that means" was intended to be sarcastic. In this case, I suspect it was underhanded "works" (sic). I realized he meant renovations of some sort. However, the issue is not the nomenclature, but rather the (suspected) deceit. As I said, I may be wrong, but having had two explanations given to me, makes everything suspect.
But enough said, everybody on Fodors have been extremely helpful, as always.

As an aside, I suggested the accommodation under discussion to a friend of mine from the UK, who was going to meet us in Dijon. She booked for a week in the adjacent unit, I booked for 3 days, but mine gets cancelled due to "works", and hers does not. Hmmm? I wonder I do.

Makes me think, should I now confirm all bookings I made, all the way from Venice, to Paris, Honfleur, Amboise, Sarlat, St Remy.
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