The Liability of hotels is limited. Whether, and to what amount, liability occurs depends on the injured party, the damaged object, and the place of damage or theft.
The injured party
The injured party must be a guest of the hotel and must reside there no longer than 3 months. Additionally, the hotel must be outside his usual place of residents.
The term includes “Auberges” (guesthouses) and “Chambres d’hotes” (guest rooms). Camp grounds are exempt from this liability.
The damaged property
The law refers to all movable objects that belong to the hotel guest, including the car. Not included are pets.
The theft or damage must have occurred in the sphere of influence of the hotel. This is the case if the act of damage or theft occurred in monitored areas of the hotel. In such a case, the hotel is liable without the guest needing to prove the hotel’s specific responsibility.
Monitored areas include the hotel building and vehicles belonging to the hotel (e.g. shuttle busses). The hotel parking area is included, if the area is monitored and exclusively accessed by hotel guests. In this case, the car and the belongings located inside the car are protected.