Because Kirimati island is pretty small and off the map, you can’t really see rates for any of their hotels online.
So I emailed around all of the hotels and accommodation I could find any details of online and figured I’d book by email as they request on their (poorly built) websites. I get an email back from the owner of one of the hotels, giving me the hotel’s rates, which were slightly out of my price bracket unfortunately.
About a week later, and this morning I wake up to find that he’s requested to be a connection on my linkedin page.
Seems an odd way to court clients, but maybe it’s just how they do things there
So I have a question for everyone.
As mentioned above, I got rates out of my price range from one hotel owner that I’d emailed in Kiribati before getting slightly lower more manageable rates from another owner.
I told owner #1 that I’d found lower rates and so was staying somewhere else. He replied with an even lower cost (lower than owner #2 had originally offered).
I emailed owner #2, explaining that I’d found other accommodation that also better suited my rates and now he’s gone and lowered his even lower.
I’m assuming there’s not many people that stay out there so are very keen for business. I don’t want to keep having them lower prices further and further and take advantage (since these are very personal, family run small lodges) so I’m eventually going to have to tell one that I just can’t stay.
The problem is both of them have been so nice and I feel horrible letting owner #2 down after he was originally under the impression that I was staying with him with his original rates. I feel like I should email him and explain that I’ve agreed to stay somewhere else and as much as I appreciate his offer, I cannot stay at his hotel/lodge now. He’s been so kind and helpful though that I feel horrible saying all of this.
What’s a good way of explaining this and am I just causing more grief for myself if I say I might visit his lodge for dinner/lunch one day?
Bare in mind, this is a tiny island so it’s not the same as cancelling corporate hotels/hostels here. It’s a lot more family run.