Hotel cancels homeless Christmas booking

A UK hotel "discriminated" against homeless people by cancelling a booking without reason, says an organizer.

Lydia Morrish
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Why this story matters:

A local group in Hull in the north of England said a hotel was "discriminating" against homeless people after it cancelled a booking.

Raise the Roof Homeless Project's Carl Simpson, who organized accommodation for 28 homeless people over Christmas, said he paid £1,092 for 14 twin rooms at the Royal Hotel.

But the hotel, that was initially "fine" with the booking -- Simpson told them upfront that it was for homeless people -- cancelled the booking without giving a reason.

"It's got to be a case of discrimination," said Simpson.

Details from the story:

  • The Raise the Roof Homeless Project booked hotel accommodation for 28 homeless people in Hull for the Christmas period.
  • But the booking was cancelled and the hotel did not provide a reason.
  • Carl Simpson, who organized the stay, posted the news on Facebook. The post has been shared thousands of times, with many in dismay at what Simpson says is a "case of discrimination".
  • Simpson said he paid £1,092 for 14 twin rooms at the Royal Hotel in Hull, and the hotel was initially fine with the booking. 
  • "Our Xmas hotel campaign is now in serious doubt being so close to Xmas we need a miracle," said Simpson in the post. 
  • The charity has since received more than £6000 in donations.
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