A couple was having work done on their home so they needed a one night hotel stay and booked the Hampton Inn nearby. When they handed over their ID and credit card at check-in they were told they couldn’t stay a the property. They found themselves another hotel nearby.
The Hampton Inn Bourbonnais Kankakee in Illinois had a policy against staycations by Kankakee residents. The property owner decided not to welcome anyone with a Kankakee address, though after publicity from a recent incident they’ve backed off of the rule.
“She said, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t rent to you guys.’ I said, ‘Why?’ She goes, ‘Because of your address. You have a Kankakee address,'” Anthony Davis said.
They were shocked. The couple say they asked to speak with the owner, but were told the owner himself came up with that policy, no Kankakee guests in his hotel.
“Totally disrespected, “Jeannette Davis said. “I felt let down and I felt puzzled. Kankakee? What’s wrong with Kankakee residents?”
Credit: Hampton Inn Bourbonnais Kankakee
According to the check-in clerk a resident of Kankakee once “pulled out a gun on another guest at the hotel.” I’ve seen some speculation online that hotels don’t like local guests because they often rent rooms to party.
According to Hilton corporate, “Hilton is by nature a hospitable company and we are welcoming of all.”
The Hampton Inn owner didn’t want the story going viral so he reached out to the couple that was turned away “offering them $1,000 and a steak dinner if they stay away from the media.” The couple declined the money, yet the owner maintains that they are “basically using this as a way to extort money from us.”
For its part the town of Bourbonnais wants nothing to do with this hotel, releasing their own statement on the incident,
On behalf of Mayor Paul Schore and the Village of Bourbonnais, we would like to confirm that the Hampton Inn featured in today’s ABC 7 News I-Team story contains a Bourbonnais mailing address; however, it is located within the Village of Bradley. We do not condone this type of discrimination and are welcoming of all within our business community regardless of address.
We received a call from Mr. Davis in late October notifying our office of the situation. While we sympathized with him and his wife, Jeanette, we redirected him to contact the proper authorities within Village of Bradley regarding the matter.
We pride ourselves on being a close-knit, welcoming community that is inclusive of all residents, businesses and visitors. Please advise if you have any questions, and I’ll be happy to assist.
I don’t know for certain what’s really going on here, but I note the demographics of Kankakee could have been on the hotel owner’s mind.