Downtown hotel cancels newlywed’s room

Posted on: 6:02 pm, May 31, 2012, by , updated on: 06:03pm, May 31, 2012


OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s a big weekend for Rachel Merfeld and Grant McDanel; they’re getting married. 

The plan was to stay with her bridesmaids Friday at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown OKC.

Saturday, the newlyweds were going to stay at the luxury hotel but McDanel said the hotel got cold feet.

“I think the Spurs took our spot,” he said.

The couple made the reservations four months ago. 

Merfeld said they were told Tuesday they didn’t have a room.

“Basically, they have a contractual obligation to the NBA, ESPN and TNT to allow all the players to stay there. No one else can stay there and they were having to relocate everybody,” she said.

Merfeld said the Skirvin refunded one night and put $200 toward a different place for them Saturday.

“It was not comparable at all to the Skirvin. It was much smaller rooms, much cheaper rooms,” she said.

The Skirvin General Manager issued this statement.

“In rare instances when our hotel is overbooked due to unforeseen circumstances, our policy is to provide complimentary accommodations at another hotel in the area, along with other services to ensure our guests have the best possible accommodations for their stay.”

We asked if this really was an unforeseen circumstance, the manager further responded, “I cannot provide any info related specifically to any guest or groups.”

Merfeld and new hubby have now booked a different hotel downtown and are trying to be optimistic.