This Turkish hotel will not rent to men if they are not with a woman
A hotel in Turkey refuses to rent rooms to single men or two men traveling together. Instead, the property says they only rent rooms to men if they are traveling with a woman. The issue was first reported by the travel blog A thousand at a time after a reader alerted the blog to his experience at the all-inclusive Lujo Hotel in the popular resort town of Bodrum.
According to the reader, they had attempted to book a room at this expensive resort when they received a message saying that reserving a room for one man “is not possible”.
The reader was rejected a second time when he made it clear that he wanted to reserve the room for two men with the explanation that the men were causing problems and according to the blog “partied too loud”.
So much for the hotel’s claim of their Indigo Clubber Terrace rooms that “What happens in indigo, stays in indigo …”
The beach at Hotel Lujo in Bodrum (photo by Getty Images)
A thousand at a time contacted the hotel and confirmed the policy. After extolling the virtues of their property and promising an “unprecedented” vacation experience “surrounded by beautiful nature with contemporary design and exceptional luxury, business and lifestyle services,” added the hotel: “Unfortunately, we do not accept two men staying in the same room.
A link provided to A thousand at a time has listed dozens of other hotels in Turkey that allegedly don’t rent to single men traveling without a woman or two men traveling together. The listing included two Double Tree by Hilton properties. However, the link now leads to a message stating “the information previously posted on this page is out of date and does not correspond to reality”.
At first glance, the policy appears to be the result of the country’s conservative Islamist views and its antipathy towards the LGBTQ + community. However, a commentator named Zeynep provided a different reason for the discriminatory policies. Stating that she agreed “it sounds very anti-gay,” Zeynep went on to blame the toxic masculinity of single Turkish men in the country who routinely and aggressively harass female tourists for sex.
The colorful houses of Bodrum (photo by Getty Images)
“Single men literally go out there with the hope that they are going to pair up with ‘Russian and / or foreign girls’ and keep pestering the girls until they get what they want. ‘they want,’ Zeynep commented. “They are also quite aggressive. This is a huge problem in Turkey unfortunately.
Zeynep went on to claim that the policy was common not only in “most luxury hotels in Turkey” but also in most bars which prohibit men from entering unless they are with a woman.
“It’s just to protect other guests from unwanted harassment,” Zeynep continued. “I would have liked Turkey to be more advanced that these kind of rules were not necessary, but I’m afraid to say as a woman who regularly vacation in these type of hotels, I appreciate these rules for have a safe and peaceful time during my stay. “
She agreed that the policies are “inevitably very anti-gay and hypocritical”.
A thousand at a time did not note whether the hotel rented rooms to single women or to women traveling together.