A man says he found himself staying in one of India’s most luxurious hotels for two years, without paying his bill.
The New Delhi Police received a complaint from Roseate House about one of their former guests. The person in question was accused of fraud, and he did not pay for his room for more than 600 days.
A hotel near New Delhi’s Aerocity says it is owed 5m rupees ($113,000) by the guest.
The five-star star checked into his hotel on May 30, 2019 and booked a one-night stay, but stayed there until January 22, 2022, according to the Indian Express. He seems to have never done it alone.
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Although the hotel did not receive payment, it appears that one of the staff members extended their stay.
“The hotel staff allegedly falsified, deleted, added and falsified information entered in the account of a named guest in the hotel’s Opera app,” the hotel’s police complaint said.
“These accounts were falsified to hide the payments from senior management to prevent them from knowing what they had done on purpose.”
This was done by exchanging bills with other guests or giving money to pay for other rooms.
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The visitor left last year without paying. A police complaint was filed on May 24, but no one has been arrested.
“According to hotel rules, if a guest owes more than 50,000 rupees to the hotel, the staff should inform the authorities and push the guest to pay. However, this did not happen,” a police officer told local media.
The Roseate House Hotel calls itself “one of the best five-star hotels in Delhi Aerocity.”
A five-star hotel scam
This is not the first rampant scam to be seen at Delhi’s luxury hotels.
In January, Delhi police are looking for a man who fled a hotel with 2.3m rupees ($45,339) in unpaid bills and silver.
The guest, who gave his name as Mohammed Sharif and said he was from the UAE, stayed at The Leela Palace hotel for more than four months before he disappeared.
The police were called when the visitor’s check was skipped and after investigating, they said the visitor was using false documents.