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Comment author: MichaelPlant 06 June 2018 05:51:33PM 0 points [-]

A potential spanner: how would you restrict this to EAs? Is that legal? I doubt you can refuse service to people on the basis of what would be considerd an irrelevant characteristic. Analogy: could you have a hotel only for people of a certain race or sex?

Comment author: Liam_Donovan 09 June 2018 03:43:26AM 0 points [-]

It's pretty simple: just get EAs to move in and don't advertise vacancies the rest of the time. That might sound sketchy, but I think it's essentially what the old owners did -- they let friends/long-time guests stay but didn't rent out the rest of the rooms. It might not fly in, like, Tahiti, but Blackpool has an enormous glut of accomodation. The impression I got from Greg is that lots of hotel owners there are already restricting occupancy to friends/family; a de-facto restriction to EAs shouldn't be a major problem, especially since (at least in the US) non-EAs are not a protected class.

Furthermore, if some random person really wants to stay there at inflated rates despite the complete lack of advertising, that would be a net benefit for the hotel, as Greg mentions in his post.