Children not allowed! The rise of adult-only hotels 

Hotels without the noise and bustle of children are increasingly popular in Czechia, but this new business strategy is actually breaking Czech law

Sofija Kordic
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Why this story matters:

Adult-only hotels, a not uncommon global trend, have been growing in popularity in Czechia for several years. While hotel managers defend the policy as a business strategy and a way of attracting certain guests, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority (CTIA) considers it discrimination based upon age.

 “Without a justifiable reason it’s not possible, in any case, to ban the entrance or to deny service to a person according to his or her age", says a spokesman of the CTIA. The exception to the rule is casinos and similar establishments. 

Seven years ago, the owner of a hotel and restaurant in Mlada Boleslav city was fined by the CTIA for not letting kids under six into his hotel restaurant. The case went to trial and is still ongoing. This year, CTIA is resolving several complaints about a restauranteur in Prague who forbids entrance to customers younger than 18. Many hoteliers banning children have not been caught up in the CTIA's net yet.

Details from the story:

  • One Czech resort in the Highland Region allows children during the Christmas and Easter holidays, and every month for one designated week
  • The president of the Czech Association of Hotels and Restaurants says the "adults only" trend is almost as popular in the country as the "family hotel" trend. 
  • Customers without children, who spend more money and use hotel services more often, have become the target of luxury and wellness hotels. When explaining their rejection of customers with children, hotel employees say that their customer wants to enjoy peace and quiet and wellness procedures without listening to the screaming of somebody else’s kids.
  • The wellness and congress hotel Galant in Mikulov considered a ban for children under 15. According to its manager, children are too loud during procedures. After a time limitation for children was imposed, parents complained of discrimination. The management is at the moment consulting lawyers on the legality of the ban. 
  • The website of the luxurious mountain hotel “V Nebi” says that the hotel is completely inappropriate for children under 18.  Yet a few lines below that it states that pets are welcome.  
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