Monday, March 2, 2009

It's The Little Things

It’s the Little Things…Published January 5, 2009 Customer Experience Tags: , ,
Last month I traveled to Baltimore to present at a customer service conference. I travel quite frequently for the job and have been exposed to “less than stellar” customer service more times than I care to remember. However, my experience at the Hampton Inn at BWI airport was incredible — here’s how it went. It started at the airport when I walked out of baggage claim looking for the shuttle only to see the driver pulling away from the passenger loading area. I went back inside to baggage claim to get warm and wait for the next shuttle. That’s when I noticed the information kiosk — you know the ones with a phone receiver and 75 ads for local amenities. The thought ran through my head, “Why bother, just wait another 15 minutes for the next bus,” but I was feeling adventurous and actually picked up the phone and dialed for the Hampton Inn. Much to my surprise, the shuttle driver answered (the airport phone station is programmed to call the driver’s cell number directly — not the front desk of the hotel). The driver politely apologized for not seeing me. Now mind you, it was no one’s fault I missed the shuttle, just poor timing. He looped back immediately to get me. My waiting time was about 30 seconds! Once we got to the hotel, the good customer service continued. I had arrived in Baltimore on an earlier flight than intended, and hit the front desk at the Hampton around 11:30 a.m. Now, I’m experienced enough to know you usually can’t check in to a hotel before 3 p.m. unless you have made prior arrangements, and even then, almost never before noon! Jennifer, the front desk agent, welcomed me to the hotel, pulled my reservation and began by saying, “Mr. Ely your room is not ready yet.” At this point I’m ready to check my luggage at the desk and settle in for about three hours of laptop work in the lobby, but much to my amazement, Jennifer continued, “But I’ll call housekeeping to clean it right away. It should only take about five minutes.” Holy cow! I was amazed that Jennifer took the extra step to get me into my room almost immediately. My compliments to Jay (the GM), Ayub (the AGM), Jennifer and the entire staff at the Hampton (I don’t remember the shuttle driver’s name. If anyone reading this post knows, please send it to me.) This type of service is obviously due to good training. The driver and Jennifer did something that all customer service staff should do. They put themselves in my shoes and empathized with the customer. They viewed the situation from my vantage point and most importantly, took action! Kudos to you all at the Hampton. Yes, they were little things, but you totally made my day.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cruisin' for a great pre-vacation overnight?

With the many new cruises scheduled from the Port of Baltimore, the Hampton Inn BWI is THE place to stay - check out the Cruise Packages which include deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast, airport AND cruise port transportation and free parking! An unbelievable value - book now to ensure a good night's rest and a stress free start to your vacation!

Yankee and Red Sox fans love the Hampton Inn BWI!

Why deal with parking downtown when you can stay at the Hampton Inn BWI and get FREE shuttle rides to the rail station and FREE light rail tickets to the stadium?!! Reserve the Crackerjack Sports Fan Package and get your peanuts and crackerjacks for game day! Don't forget that complimentary hot breakfast is included as well as free parking at the hotel and free 24 hour airport and rail shuttle service. A great value - why stay anywhere else?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Welcome to the Hampton Inn Baltimore-Washington Int'l. Airport!

The Hampton Inn® hotel at Baltimore-Washington Int'l. Airport offers the perfect location for passengers coming or going from BWI. Just a mile from the terminal, we promise a good night's sleep close to the airport. Our hotel at BWI also boasts access to three of the most fascinating cities in the nation: Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland.

Our promise to you includes a clean, comfortable hotel room. In fact, we have 182 of them! If you're traveling with your family, you may opt for a room with two beds. Or, if you're here by yourself on business, why not book a room with a plush, king-sized bed so you can stretch out and relax?

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