WARNING: Beware and stay well away from infamous Cronulla Cabins!!!!
Complaint Re: Cronulla Cabins taking a large deposit for accommodation and refusing a refund
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
We stayed at the Cronulla Cabins once before and found them to be basic but acceptable in an emergency. The second time my wife booked in advance and the management billed her in advance for $1,600, with $400 actually taken out of our credit card account. Did not provide a receipt via email or any other way and refused when asked to provide a copy of their cancellation policy. When we cancelled the booking 6 weeks in advance, the management refused to refund the deposit, saying can only credit it to us for future use.
We had to go to the Cabins to try to resolve the matter. Finally, we were able to get the receipt, for the first time seeing the actual billing amount and the money already taken out.
The staff refused to refund the deposit and management confirmed by later email that they will not refund the deposit but only credit it against any future stays. This happened on the 13th of January, more than 2 weeks before our cancelled stay. When we said we would complain to the Dept. of Fair Trading, the management just ignored us.
I am also writing a complaint letter to Dept. of Fair Trading.
In all my years of travel, staying in anything from luxury hotels, I have never experienced such behaviour.
Beware and stay well away from them!!!!