The General Manager of a Tulsa hotel is warning families to be cautious when looking for an overnight stay.
DoubleTree at Warren Place General Manager Scott Meyer said someone not affiliated with the hotel is using a popular app to rent out rooms, claiming they are studio apartments.
News On 6 reached out to Airbnb and they immediately took the listings down, but tonight one hotel manager is worried about this happening again.
Meyer said a Tulsa hotel owner reached out to him about these listings on Airbnb.
"I am not a partner with Airbnb, so I went checking and we saw my hotel is on there, two different ads,” said Meyer.
These are the two listings claiming people can rent studio apartments.
"It doesn't say DoubleTree. It doesn't say anything but that is my pool,” said Meyer.
Meyer said he is worried someone might rent the space only to show up to a hotel who doesn't know they are coming, who might not have rooms available, who might even show up to the hotel expecting amenities they were promised on the listing, that aren't available because of COVID-19.
"If they would do it the proper way, it would come up saying it was booked by Airbnb. We would be in a partnership with them where they would be allowed to book that room, [where] I gave them permission to sell my hotel, which we did not,” said Meyer.
Airbnb took down both listings after News On 6 reached out to them.
They released a statement saying, "While the listings at this property have never had an Airbnb reservation, we take reports of any policy violations very seriously and have suspended the listings while we investigate further."
While the company said nobody has tried to rent from the two Tulsa hotel listings, customers have commented on the hosts’ Airbnb profile saying, "This is actually just a room at the Days Inn,” or "Description/ photos of the unit was not what I booked. This is also a HOTEL...NOT a studio apartment.”
Meyer is encouraging people booking homes, to read reviews.
Airbnb said, “When signing up to host on Airbnb, hosts agree to abide by Airbnb’s Community Standards which prohibits the use of someone’s property without their permission. Airbnb’s Guest Guarantee provides guests with support should they arrive at a listing that is different than what was advertised -- we’ll rebook guests an equal or better stay, or refund them 100% of their money.”
AirBnB did not yet respond to a question inquiring if a person who violates company standards will be allowed to continue hosting.