Nightmare at Sheraton – Episode 1 (Mulva)

Yes, it’s been a long time. I must admit that I lost the sparkle. I was more into swimming and brazilian jiu jitsu than into marketing readings the last months. It’s probably also because I’m not in a customer facing job today and I miss that badly.

Today, I’m back because I want to have conversations again, thanks to Geert who boosted me last week and also because I have something to tell you: Starwood hotels have a very poor customer service!

I went to Egypt in march in a nice Sheraton hotel (El Gouna), they proposed me the “Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Program” and I accepted it. I’m travelling to Atlanta next month and I will stay at the Sheraton. I received my SPG card last week… and I realized they made a mistake in my first name: instead of Philippe Deltenre, they refer to me as Jean Deltenre (the adress and other details are correct). I went to and found a customer service adress.

I wrote the following mail:

“SPG Number:******9082
Subject: General Comment
I received my SPG card a few days ago. The first name mentionned on my card is not correct (JEAN instead of PHILIPPE). How can I proceed in order to have a card with my correct details? Thanks
First Name: Philippe
Last Name: Deltenre
Membership Level: A”

Here’s the reply I received one day later:

“Dear Jean Deltenre,
Thank you for your recent email concerning your Starwood Preferred Guest account. I welcome this opportunity to assist you.
We always want to be sure that you’re pleased with our service so we’ve included a link to a brief survey at the end of this email. I would very much appreciate it if you could take a minute or two to let us know how we’re doing.
We would be pleased to change the name on your account as requested. However, for security reasons we require legal documentation that shows both the former and current names. Please note that a driver’s license is not sufficient verification for a legal name change.
Please send a copy of your marriage certificate or certificate of name change to:

Errr, this looks like a bad start in our relation. They probably assumed I underwent a gender change or married another man (not that there is something wrong with that)… I save the next episode for tomorrow but I can tell you already that it looks like the fist minutes of the movie BRAZIL


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13 Responses to “Nightmare at Sheraton – Episode 1 (Mulva)”

  1. David Hachez Says:

    Happy to see you back in business.

  2. Clo Willaerts Says:

    We missed you too Jean!

  3. Denis Says:

    You should not cheat with your identity when traveling, it’s bad idea indeed !

  4. Gavin Heaton Says:

    I trust you and your new husband will be happy together 😉

    Good to see you back!

  5. Toby Says:

    Welcome back! Wonder what the response would have been if you were a level “B C or D?”

  6. Philippe Says:

    Thanks for your kind messages.

    My husband says hi 🙂

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