We were asked at Legoland California to join a timeshare presentation at the new Grand Hilton vacation resort Mabrisa
I though ‘Ok, it can’t be too bad
We thought it will be interesting since it’s our first time to a presentation and we like to know about it. Also, we have to be back at Legoland for our son’s birthday in August anyway, so I called early to make reservation and told whoever answered that I need a bigger place for the kids and since I will be out of the country until July, I need to get all the reservation done early. She said she get us a very nice room and in a great location.
I don’t want to spend that kind of money until I understand everything how it works
So when I came to check in, I was surprised to hear that we are actually staying at a 3-minute drive away hotel called Hilton Palisades. ‘ I was wrong. The room was small for our family of four with young children, and the bathroom was very outdated, remind me of Motel 6 in the college days. The lady also said even though we won’t be able to see the ocean but we will have our own little cove by the swimming pool. The truth is, our room is next to a parking lot. In the morning, the trash truck come over and was very loud! Talk about been lie to, since we will be at Legoland all day and I don’t want to use any time wasted on room than my son’s birthday celebration, I let it go.
Needless to say, from that point, there is No Way I am going to buy a timeshare from Hilton. If you are going to sell people something, the least you should do is let the costumer experience the product. Test drive, right? Not shove them into some small room next to a parking lot with view of bushes and cars. But since I already sign on the presentation, my husband and I showed up the next day to listen to the whole sales pitch. After 3 hours of talking, I said No, and sooooo glad I did.
To be pressured that you buy right there just not working for us, also every time you call in for reservation, they charge you $59, and they also charge you when you cancel, and nobody can guarantee you that you get the two bedroom suites you bought everywhere you go. Also the HOA is $2500 a year and keep going up. I think I can use that money and the initial $78, dollars in much better ways than this. Timeshare is not for us, but what gets me is how they lie to get you in, and all sorts of ways to make you purchase things that doesn’t make any sense and when you tell them about it, no one is listening!
Anyway, I hope this helps people out there who are still thinking about the timeshare adventure. To me, it’s a lot of trouble and headache, so Please be careful what you are getting into.
I attended a Hilton Timeshare seminar at the Grand Hilton in Las Vegas over the weekend. The hotel was nice but it is a long way from the major Vegas Strip activity. I brought my wife, daughter and son-in-law and we stayed in a one-bedroom suite. Honestly, a two-bedroom would have been more comfortable. The seminar is mostly what I expected, a high pressure sales pitch that involves at least three different sales people. Our initial salesman George was pleasant but a bit awkward. He talked about how he was just doing this job to occupy his time and didn’t care if we bought or not, he didn’t need the money. He said he had a 9600 sq ft house and was wealthy enough already. Not sure if it was all a lie or not but his stories were a bit odd.