Guide for hotels

Hotel owners and managers and guesthouse proprietors should be aware of their obligations to consumers and ensure that they comply with particular regulations relating to their trade.

If you … run a hotel

The responsibilities on hotel owners and managers towards their guests are spread across a number of regulations and legislation.

Hoteliers should read about their obligations when providing a service as consumers have various rights when they buy a service. If your guests book online or by phone, you will need to follow the rules on remote shopping.

If you run a restaurant, café or pub offering food for sale and consumption on the premises, there is specific legislation about how you display these food prices. In the case of a hotel the notice can be displayed either at the entrance to the premises or at the entrance to the catering area. The price also has to be displayed on the menus. If you don't give out individual menus, you will need a clear display in the room, such as a blackboard. The particular regulations are called the Retail Price (Food in Catering Establishments) Display Order, 1984 and are enforced by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

In relation to the licensed premises section of your hotel, don't forget that there is a separate regulation about how you must display your drinks prices. The particular piece of legislation is called the Retail Price (Beverages in Licensed Premises) Display Order, 1999

If your hotel offers a hairdressing service you must display a notice setting out the prices of your services and where a hotel has goods for sale all products must display the prices of these products

Where you sell other items, eg grocery items, reading materials, clothing, you must display the prices of these items, and the prices charged must be the same as those displayed.

Like other services, you are obliged whenever you display your prices or charges to give the final price, inclusive of taxes and charges.

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