Hotels in Majorca slammed for ‘illegally’ doubling room capacities with extra beds

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Three and four-star hotels in Majorca slammed for ‘illegally’ doubling room capacities with extra beds and even sofas

  • Unions say hotels on the holiday island are being ‘crafty’ by increasing capacity
  • They say that it’s giving staff more to do, but with no corresponding pay rise 
  • The Balearic government has imposed bed capping limits on hotels 

Rita Sobot For Mailonline

Hotels in Majorca have been accused of illegally putting extra beds in rooms to double accommodation and bypass official limits.

The UGT and CCOO unions in the Balearics say many three-star establishments are putting two extra beds in a double room, meaning four people can sleep there, rather than two.

And they claim that even four-star hotels in Majorca are being ‘crafty’ by also increasing capacity.

Hotels in Majorca, pictured, have been accused of illegally putting extra beds in rooms to double accommodation and bypass official limits

Hotels in Majorca, pictured, have been accused of illegally putting extra beds in rooms to double accommodation and bypass official limits

Hotels in Majorca, pictured, have been accused of illegally putting extra beds in rooms to double accommodation and bypass official limits

Rather than draw attention to themselves by dragging in extra beds, the unions say hotels are placing sofas in the rooms so these can be quickly used as beds.

The unions allege this is an illegal way of getting round the bed capping limits imposed by the Balearic Government.

They also say it is contributing to mass tourism and labour exploitation because it is giving staff extra work to do without the corresponding pay rise.

Tourism chiefs are now carrying out a major inspection campaign to clampdown on the practice.

At least 32 hotels were sanctioned in 2017.


The fines vary between 15,000 and 55,000 euros

The UGT and CCOO say putting more beds in rooms is the main cause of overworking and stress for already under-strain staff.

The UGT and CCOO unions in the Balearics say many three-star establishments are putting two extra beds in a double room. Pictured is a beach in the Majorcan resort town of Magaluf (stock image)

The UGT and CCOO unions in the Balearics say many three-star establishments are putting two extra beds in a double room. Pictured is a beach in the Majorcan resort town of Magaluf (stock image)

The UGT and CCOO unions in the Balearics say many three-star establishments are putting two extra beds in a double room. Pictured is a beach in the Majorcan resort town of Magaluf (stock image)


They point out that there is a growing trend for people to spend shorter holidays of five to six days rather than a fortnight so the turnover is quicker and there is more cleaning for chambermaids to do. 

By law, hotels can only put in extra beds to accommodate children under 12 years of age or cots for children less than two years old.

The law says that having unauthorised beds and guests can present a security risk in an emergency.

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