Internet Law

Hotel website warns of $500 fine for bad reviews; hotel says it was 'tongue in cheek'

Updated: The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York, is apparently guarding its online reputation with a website warning: If you have booked the hotel for a wedding, you will have $500 deducted from your deposit for every negative Internet review by any of your guests.

The $500 will be refunded if the bad review is removed, the hotel says. The New York Post reported on the online policy.

The hotel is also seeking to protect itself from misunderstandings. “All correspondence for a wedding must be done via email,” the website says, “so that each of us has a clear record of our agreement.”

The hotel responded to an ABA Journal request for comment with this statement: “The policy regarding wedding fines was put on our site as a tongue-in-cheek response to a wedding many years ago. It was meant to be taken down long ago and certainly was never enforced.”

Hat tip to Pat’s Papers and the Business Insider.

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