7100 S. Orange Blossom Tr.
Orlando, FL 32809
Action-Reaction-My head went cold, my brain froze. The security guard at the door of our hotel room, with unnaffected calm asked if that was our van outside. He said no animals of any kind were allowed on the premises. “But they’re in our own van, which is temperature controlled, on an independant power system.” “Doesn’t matter,” he said, and added, “No animals, not even goldfish, are allowed anywhere on the property. You must remove the animal IMMEDIATELY.” Chris & I closed the door and were trying to think what to do, less than 2 minutes later, the security guard knocked again re-emphasizing the word, “immediately,” just to be unpleasant, it seems.
So- I guess that would explain all the stray cats I saw running around the parking lot-poor little guys….do they consider it more humane to just boot your cat out onto the street than let ‘em come in your room or stay in your vehicle where they can be comfortable and safe? Hardly seems fair.
I drove the van off InTown Suite’s property and reparked in a large office building’s parking lot. Meanwhile, Chris looked up kennel info on the web and found out that was even more expensive than our weekly motel room rate. We asked if we could get a refund so we could find somewhere else that was pet friendly, but their policy, we were told, is to not give refunds. We were in a bind.
Finally, I just told Chris I would stay with the cats in the van, and we could swap now and then so I could still use the room’s amenities. It’d be better than taking our cats to a kennel anyway, it’s not worth the risk. I’ve known too many people who’ve gone to pick up their cat at the kennel to find the cat had gotten sick, despite having had its shots…and some of these cats stay sick despite hundreds of dollars worth of vet bills trying to fix the mystery ailment.
I’m at a business park at a picnic table now. I can see water moving through the trees. I wonder how the security guard figured out we had a cat-they were quietly napping in the back-perhaps it was the cat carrier on the cargo rack. I just took it off and squeezed it into the back of the van so we’ll be less conspicuous.
I’m not sure where to go next, but for now this is peaceful.
After doing some checking up online, I see there are all kinds of horror stories from other disgruntled InTown Suites guests. Sometimes it pays to check reviews ahead of time. We will be avoiding this chain in the future.