I made a reservation on Booking.com for my bachelorette party in September. I needed to cancel one of the three rooms since a couple of my guests recently had a death in their family and contributing to funeral costs is going to keep them from being able to attend. I called the hotel and they cancelled one of my rooms and said that there would be no fees since I called so far ahead of time.
I checked my policy for cancellation on booking.com after getting the cancellation number and it said that cancelling or modifying my reservation would lead to me being charged $1000+. I sent in a request to cancel because they said that they would contact the hotel and see if they could get it waived as it is the hotels policy anyway (which had already been waived by the hotel when I spoke to them earlier).
The email I received from booking.com yesterday said that unfortunately the hotel refused to waive the cancellation fee? I'm not sure if I should have contacted booking.com before I spoke with the hotel since I'm thinking this might be a mixup since my room was already cancelled.
Do I still need to contact booking.com and speak with them on this? The third room is still listed in my online booking. This is my first time using this site and I've not had this happen before.
And since the hotel told me that I would not be charged for cancellation and booking.com says that it is dependent on the property whether or not I would be charged, will booking.com hold them to that?