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Wright Kathleen Jun 25, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Thanks Wayne for your comments. I'll be taking this trip with grandson Sam on July 12. Would love to hear from others that will be there at the same time. We are pretty excited about this adventure.
Joy Rennich Jul 06, 2015 at 06:56 PM

Hello, my grandson Owen, age 12 and I will be on the July 12 trip. This will be my third RS trip with a grandchild. They all have been wonderful. We are very excited also.

Wayne Hergott Jun 20, 2015 at 01:56 PM

On June 12th I wrote a comment expressing great concern because two days before we were to go on this program with our 13 year old grandson, I learned the hotel was being renovated and the pool was closed. Someone else wrote a comment that renovations to a hotel are very disruptive to the guests. After cooling off a bit I decided to say no more until after I experienced the program. We finished it yesterday.

Had I not read before the program that the hotel was being renovated nor seen the sign in the lobby seeking pardon from the patrons for the renovations, I would not have known the hotel was being renovated. I neither saw nor heard any evidence of renovation taking place. It had zero impact on our experience.

We were able to use the inside pool in the hotel next to ours and that was fine. The schedule is so filled that we only had time to use the pool twice.

The program is fabulous. Don't miss it.

Wayne Hergott

June Hubbard Jun 17, 2015 at 08:07 PM

I would like to have a list of the participants on this program.
Diane Shull Jun 25, 2015 at 03:59 PM

Diane Shull (GMA) and 11 yr Madeline fr Boston
Diane Shull Jun 25, 2015 at 04:00 PM

I took a RS trip to Paris last fall and our hotel in the city was under renovations so here we go again.

Wayne Hergott Jun 12, 2015 at 08:30 PM

My wife, 13 year old grandson and I are going to this program in two days and just learned of the hotel renovations and pool problem. This is our 15th Road Scholar program and last winter we were at one in St. Petersburg,FL whee the hotel services were horrible. The quality of Road Scholar is falling rapidly. what a disappointment that they didn't have the courtesy to warn us of the renovations. We could have rescheduled our trip. Now we feel entrapped. Will there be any financial accommodations?
Dianne Schumacher Jun 13, 2015 at 12:53 AM

Wayne, this is very disconcerting to hear that the quality of R.S. is going down hill. Since this Wash. D.C. trip w my 13 yr. old Grandaughter is my first, I defer to your past experiences. To further complicate my concern is the fact that my fiancé and I are going to France in
Dianne Schumacher Jun 13, 2015 at 12:58 AM

OOOPPS! Didn't mean to send that comment just yet. I will continue on. To repeat: MY fiancé and I are going to France Sept. 5 on my 2n R.S. trip and I am now a little more concerned than ever. I agree, we should have been told about the hotel renovations and the pool closure, however we weren't! When I spoke to the gentleman in charge of making the hotel arrangements and etc., Chris Walsh, from the Amer. Civic Center in D.C., (phone #: 888-897-8723) he felt completely comfortable with everything he had set up and no apologiies
Dianne Schumacher Jun 13, 2015 at 12:59 AM

OOOPPSS, again! I keep hitting some key that sends my comments before I'm through! He did not apoilogize
Dianne Schumacher Jun 13, 2015 at 01:03 AM

oooops again! This is ridicules that it keeps sending my comments before I am through! For the 3rd time, he did not apologize for anything. Since you are a veteran of R.S.., please call in to R.S., find out who to speak to, other than the man I spoke to, and complain. You being a very experienced R.S. customer, will carry much more weight than mine, however I did try and got no where. I bet they will listen to you. I hope you have time to do so before your trip begins and I would appreciate hearing from you in regards to what you are told and also would appreciate knowing how your trip to Wash.D.C. actually goes. We are leaving on June 21.
Helen Sternheim Jun 13, 2015 at 03:05 PM

I cannot comment on your DC trip. I will say all the trips my husband and I have taken have been extremely good to excellent. All the hotels and the food have been very good to excellent. We average 4 trips a year and have done 85. Of course each location has a different local group doing the program and making the arrangements.
Dianne Schumacher Jun 13, 2015 at 05:34 PM

Helen, Thank you for your positive response. I do look forward to having a great experience w/ my Granddaughter in Wash. D.C. as well as w/ my fiancé in France. It seems your experiences have been vastly different from Wayne Hergott and his wife, during the last number of trips. I truly appreciate all responses; it's how we learn!

Sheila Rader Jun 09, 2015 at 05:24 PM

I will be traveling with my 12 year old Grandson on the July 5th Washington, DC trip. This is my first Road Scholar trip. I just learned about the pool closure and hotel renovations. I imagine that we will not be spending much time at the hotel but we did look forward to the roof top pool after long, hot days touring the city monuments and museums. Has there been any more word on this?
Dianne Schumacher Jun 09, 2015 at 06:40 PM

Hi Sheila, We will be able to use the pool at the hotel next door after the program hours each day. It's an indoor pool, which some folks seem to prefer. Indoor or outdoor, it should be refreshing!
Sheila Rader Jun 10, 2015 at 07:04 PM

Thank You. Looks like a nice pool. Open 6 PM - 10 PM. Might be too tired after we return from dinner to enjoy it.
Dianne Schumacher Jun 11, 2015 at 03:39 AM

I might be but I bet my Granddaughter won't be!

Wright Kathleen Jun 07, 2015 at 09:48 AM

I will be traveling with my 11 year old grandson to the July 12th trip to Washington DC. He (Sam) is from Apollo Beach, Fl and I am from Knoxville, TN. It seems that from reading the posts there are some hotel problems. I will be contacting RS about this but would appreciate any updates any of you might have.
Dianne Schumacher Jun 08, 2015 at 09:21 PM

It seems that we WILL be able to use the indoor pool at the hotel next door. Guess that is better than nothing. As far as the renovation that will be going on, guess we just need to hope that it doesn't affect us too much. Otherwise, the trip sounds great! Hope you and your Grandson enjoy!
Wright Kathleen Jun 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM

sounds wonderful. Thanks for the comments. We are so excited about this trip.

Beth Clymer Jun 01, 2015 at 02:38 PM

Indoor pools are the best, it can be raining outside and you can still swim, plus you are going to be so busy seeing Washington DC that you are going to wonder why you ever worried about a pool. The kids will love DC, so many things to learn.

Dianne Schumacher Jun 01, 2015 at 02:07 PM

I spoke w/ R.S. this morning and was told that we would be able to use the pool at the Hampton Inn, next door. However it is an indoor pool NOT an outdoor pool. That's a big disappointment!
Diane Shull Jun 25, 2015 at 04:03 PM

the point is we should have been told....

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