Type of Submission

Refereed Article


Many hotels have instituted revenue management systems that incorporate minimum length-of-stay requirements; that is, the hotel will refuse to book a room unless the traveler agrees to book for two, three, or more nights. The English common law, case law in the United States, and many state statutes provide that a hotel has an obligation to provide a room to an acceptableguest if the hotel has a room available. This articleattempts toanswer the question: Are minimum length-of-stay controls legal or illegal? The author also provides a method for hotels to continue to use length-of-stay controls, maximize revenue, and comply with existzng laws.