Town hotels turn away stag parties
PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 October 2013
HOTELS and B&Bs across Weston are refusing to take stag parties after reports of damage including smashed doors, soiled mattresses and a man who defecated in a bathroom basin.
Hotels and Restaurants Association chairman Keith Fearne told the Mercury that many hotels no longer accept all-male parties.
The Seaward Hotel said it does not take groups of men celebrating a wedding, while The Welbeck Hotel decided to stop accepting all-male parties this summer.
In May, the Mercury reported that more than 1,000 stag and hen do party-goers were set to descend on Weston in record numbers, spending more than £20,000 on alcohol alone in the first major ‘stag and hen weekend’ of the year.
The statistics from national events agency Chillisauce forecasted a nine per cent increase in pre-wedding parties being held in the town compared to the same weekend last year.
But Mr Fearne, who also runs the Midland and Monaco hotels, said: “There was one instance where they used the sink to go to the toilet for a number two, even though there was a toilet available.
“Because there was somebody else on the toilet they used the sink and left excrement on the wall.
“There have been instances of fire extinguishers going off, and doors being smashed or kicked in, possibly because they have lost the keys. Instead of calling reception they will break the door in themselves.
“We have had beds being put out of use because they have had too much to drink and can’t control themselves, with the results running right through to the mattresses, putting them out of use.”
Mr Fearne said that even when damage has been caused, trying to get money from customers to pay for damages has resulted in ‘frightening’ aggression.
He added: “Trying to extract money for damages is laborious, time consuming and sometimes frightening.
“People get aggressive – men and women. A number of hotels have stopped taking these parties.”
He stressed that the Midland and Monaco only take stag or hen parties when no families have been booked into the hotels in order to minimise disruption, and even then a surety deposit is taken.
Spokesman for the Seaward Hotel, Donna Ostler, said: “We don’t take stags or all-male parties because it’s a family hotel.
“In the past stag parties have caused damage, but we have had no trouble with hen parties at all.”
Denise Bassinder, cook at The Welbeck Hotel, said: “We have stopped having them now. They were too much hassle.
“We stopped accepting them in the middle of the summer.”
York Hotel manager Tina Goldfinch said the hotel does still take stag bookings and that there has not been any issues because they are ‘read the riot act’ when they stay and are treated ‘with respect’.