When seeking advertised accommodations offered to the public by a registered business, I expect one of two answers: "sorry, we are fully booked with confirmed reservations", or "yes, we have availability for those dates".
Called 9/8/13 to inquire about availability for commencement week-end in 2017. When told that rooms for commencement week-end are held in reserve for past guests, I replied that I did not understand (see paragraph 1). I was then told that rooms for commencement simply are not available on a "first-come-first-serve" basis. In other words, even if the property is not fully booked for those dates at the time of inquiry, rooms may not be booked by the general public. They are kept in reserve for a select group of guests, should they choose to book commencement week-end in 2017 at some unknown time in the future.
What they are doing is probably legal (first-time guests are not a class legally protected from discrimination in public accommodation). Whether it is a fair and reasonable practice for a business offering public accommodation, I leave to the reader's judgment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 2 blocks from central town square and college. 5 minute walk The inn is situated on a lofty perch across from scenic arboretum, Plum Creek and historic Johnson House. Guest rooms enjoy this view as well as the established gardens of the Ivy Tree Inn. Guest rooms are creatively designed.All private baths. Most rooms have european antiques, comfortable, not overdone. WiFi, TV and AC during season. All rooms have queen beds. 2 rooms have 2 beds (queen and twin). Vegetarian breakfast cuisine: One daily prepared feauture item: cobblers, bread pudding, savory frittatas or quiche etc. Includes: Fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee, tea. People love the coffee! Can accommodate dietary restrictions (gluten/diary etc.) Gardens have been professionally designed. Resident awarding winning Horticulturalist Steve Coughlin has created a master garden. He is happy to share a secret or two. Operating for 23 years, we have gratefully entertained hundreds of guests - from Hollywood to Ballywood . Our guests have left us with many memories and lovely testimonials about the Ivy Tree Inn & Garden. PLEASE NO COLOGNE - Thanks * ROOM RATES are based the date of reservation and length of stay (NOT A SPICIFIC ROOM). $80-135 ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ivy Tree Inn And Garden Hotel Oberlin
- Ivy Tree Inn And Garden Oberlin, Ohio