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9 hotels accused of false advertising ahead of solar eclipse

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials are investigating nine Oregon hotels that travelers claim cancelled their room reservations and inflated prices ahead of a summer 2017 solar eclipse.

More than a dozen people have filed complaints against nine hotels to the Oregon Department of Justice, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported on Monday (http://bit.ly/2o2uNjA).

Consumers said they had made advanced reservations at the Stafford Inn in Prineville, east of Portland, for about $170 a night on TripAdvisor. The reservations were later cancelled because of new ownership or rebranding claims. The rooms’ price was updated to $600 to $635 a night.

“The very same thing is going on all over the place,” said Stafford Inn manager Laurie Romine before she declined to comment further on the issue.

Other hotels that have been the subject of complaints are in cities such as Salem, Lincoln City, Baker City, Otter Rock and Keizer.

Department spokeswoman Ellen Klem said the hotels could face a $25,000 fine, but she doesn’t think it’s likely because the problem appears to be widespread.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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