Does a hotel have the right to tell me to leave if I violated no rules?

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Does a hotel have the right to tell me to leave if I violated no rules?

I stayed at Intown suites for one week and was New Link Destination
ld to leave after 1 week because I did not give notice to stay when I initiallly told them I would be staying the entire month. They then changed the story to my service dog barking as the reason for being told to leave. I have the entire conversation recorded. Do I have any legal recourse? I asked what rule I violated and they said none.

Asked on July 27, 2018 under Business Law, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

A hotel is a private business. As with any private business, they have enormous discretion to refuse to serve anyone for any reason that is not illegal discrimination: in a hotel context, that is mostly refusing to let you stay due to your race, national origin or religion. If you belive that they did not let you stay due to a protected category, like race, you may have legal recourse and may wish to speak to a lawyer; otherwise, if not due to a protected category, they could decide they did not want your patronage.

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