New York Hotel Fines People For Bad Reviews


(PCM) Sounds like one New York area hotel is taking their hospitality standards to a whole new level. According to Page Six, the Union Street Guest House near the Catskills will fine couples who book weddings at their property the amount of $500 for every bad review posted online by their wedding guests.

When booking the venue for a wedding the hotels’ policy and right to charge a fine is outlined within the signed contract. The online policy reads “If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other type of event . . . and given us a deposit of any kind . . . there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review . . . placed on any internet site by anyone in your party.” Ouch!  Definitely sounds like they are trying to squash an individuals freedom of opinion.

If the negative review is taken down in a timely fashion than the customers will receive a refund. The hotel also aggressively battles negative reviews online, by firing back at guests accusing them of posting “mean-spirited nonsense” or making the whole incident up. There are definitely quite a few snarky responses up there!

Wouldn’t it be hilarious now if everyone reading this just went and posted a bad review, they would be so overloaded on the snark factor they wouldn’t know what to do!

There has been no comment from the hotel about their fining policy, but it would definitely make us think twice about booking a room.


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