When you go to an upscale hotel, you won’t be able to buy a meal

  • August 25, 2021

4 Five-star hotels in the US are offering to reimburse guests who can’t afford a meal at their hotels.

Five-Star Hotels and Resorts (WSHR), a subsidiary of Marriott International, has a list of hotels that will reimburse diners who can afford to eat at their restaurants.

You can find the full list here.

This includes all the big names such as Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Hyvis, and many others.

However, the list only covers hotels that are currently operating.

It doesn’t include smaller and independent hotels. 

Some of the hotels listed include the Four Seasons and the Marriot, two of the oldest hotels in America.

This list was compiled by FourFourtwo reporter Amanda Larkin. 

For a list with all the hotels on the list, click here. 

Five-Star hotels will also reimburse diner’s who don’t have room in their rooms. 

There is no set number of dollars an establishment will pay.

Restaurants and bars are exempt from this rule.

For example, the Five- Star hotel chain, Marriott International has a policy that allows diners to pay up to $200 for meals, which is a fraction of the cost of a standard meal. 

If you can’t get to the hotel, the hotels will still reimburse you. 

They will reimburse you up to a maximum of $20 for each meal.

It’s not clear whether these are refundable, or the hotel will have to pay you the full amount. 

WSHL said the reimbursements are designed to make it easier for diners at hotels to pay for meals and to allow for them to avoid unnecessary trips to a restaurant. 

“In addition, the policy is designed to enable hoteliers to offer an additional incentive for guests to spend money at the hotel.

These additional incentives may include, but are not limited to, complimentary use of the restaurant’s lounges and dining areas, the hotel’s own complimentary gift cards, or special discounts on hotel services, such as discounted rates or complimentary hotel stays,” the WSHL website states. 

To avoid paying the full $20, the restaurants can also pay the hotels to cover the rest of their costs.

For instance, an establishment could reimburse guests for their room costs. 

The policy does not apply to the cost per person, but it does apply to meal costs, and the restaurants could still charge the same. 

According to a WSHR spokesperson, they will work with hotels to provide additional incentives. 

This is part of the same trend where hoteliers are trying to provide more of a reason for diner to go to restaurants rather than going out to eat, the spokesperson said. 

One thing you can do to make sure you’re not paying for more than you should is to ask your hotel to provide a receipt or photo ID at the register.

You may also ask your server if you can bring in some food to share. 

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