Hot, tired, and hungry at the end of an exhaustive theme park day, many people on vacation want to eat quickly and then sleep. They see a flyer hanging off the hotel room’s door handle advertising local pizza delivered in 20 minutes or less. The hotel recommended it, so it must be okay – right? Maybe not. In a worst-case scenario, you could be giving an unknown company or person access to your hotel room. While unlikely, it carries another risk: The pizza could be awful.
If a restaurant ad sits on a table inside a room, the hotel probably authorized it or cut a deal with the restaurant to allow advertising. That implies at least a minimal recommendation from the hotel. Anyone, however, can place an ad on a room door.
In theory, a hotel must give a vendor permission to place ads, but the legal standard is “oral permission,” and that’s not always followed. SB 366, a bill currently in the hands of the Florida Legislature, could tighten those standards to “written permission” – but if a hotel has room doors facing the parking lot, tougher standards may not deter everyone. (The issue is legally sticky and involves free speech rights, the definition of a hotel as a place of business, and more.)
The bottom line for Orlando visitors: Call a place you know. When you arrive at your hotel, make a mental note of nearby restaurant chains you trust or small businesses that appear reputable. Or ask the hotel desk clerk where she eats lunch.