Wedding Couple Loses Skirvin Hotel Reservations, NBA Playoffs Blamed

Friday, June 1st 2012, 10:04 pm
By: News 9

The Skirvin Hotel has some angry patrons this weekend and they're blaming it on the NBA.

The playoffs have pushed many people who planned on staying at the hotel out. The Skirvin is even giving brides the boot on their wedding day.

It's the NBA's policy not to let players mingle with the public at hotels. So the Skirvin broke dozens of personal contracts to ensure the Spurs will be ok in Oklahoma City.

Rachael Merfeld has been planning her wedding for 10 months. She booked the hotel months ago for her bridal party and wedding night, but instead got an email just days before her big day to say the Spurs are stealing her room.

"We wanted to do something nice on the night of our wedding. We wanted to stay in the Skirvin. It's supposed to be the top notch hotel, but as far as I am concerned, they aren't acting like they are top notch," said Merfeld's fiancé, Grant McDaniel.

The luxury hotel's general manager responded by saying, "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."

They tried to book the wedding couple more than six miles away at the Cambia Suites in Southwest OKC, but the couple refused the smaller hotel.