I really love the InterContinental San Francisco, especially as a Royal Ambassador. The hotel is reasonably priced, has exceptional employees overall, and tends to treat Royal Ambassadors particularly well. I’ll post a more thorough review when I get back home next week.
There is one thing that really bugged me upon check-in just a couple of hours ago, though. As I entered the hotel I went towards the Ambassador check-in desk, which was unmanned. I asked someone at the concierge desk, which is located right next to it, whether there was anyone manning the Ambassador desk. The response from this gentleman was appalling: “You’re an Ambassador?”
I responded “I’m actually a Royal Ambassador,” and all of a sudden he couldn’t have been nicer. He addressed me by name, asked me to take a seat, etc. Nonetheless, the way he phrased that question left me annoyed. In all fairness I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt and I’m probably among the youngest Royal Ambassadors out there, but that doesn’t make me any less likely to be an Ambassador (or Royal Ambassador) than anyone else. What disgusts me the most about this is that anyone can join the Ambassador program for $150. I guess he just thought I wasn’t worthy.
Am I off base?