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Filming in Hotels: Can It Be Done Without Bothering Guests?

March 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | ()

Last week, we were dismayed to hear about Johnny Jet's bad experience while staying at the Ojai Valley Inn during filming of the cheesy dating show, The Bachelorette. A five-star hotel should definitely not shaft its guests just so a production crew and reality stars can film the perfect shot.

But is there really a way where a hotel, its guests and a TV or movie production crew can all get along?

One HotelChatter commenter thinks so. He writes:

Hassle can be minimized. I've been on both sides of this type of situation. Years ago, I was Night Manager of a hotel where a movie was filmed. I had guests complain because they couldn't access the health club, indoor pool, or spa because of the movie. That was horrible because my hands were tied. I couldn't kick the film crew out; and, discounting the room didn't do much to mollify guests who expected to be able to use the hotel amenities.

Occasionally, I work on some of the TV shows shot here in South Florida. A few weeks back, we filmed in the lobby of one of the hotels in Ft. Lauderdale. The production did a great job of not inconveniencing guests. While guests were prevented from walking across the lobby, that only happened during the shot. And, the longest any guest had to wait was about 4 minutes. Since guests could stand and watch the scene, no one seemed to be bothered.

We guess the lesson here is if a movie or TV shot keeps guests from accessing the pool or the spa, a hotel better be prepared to hand out some discounts. But if it's just preventing guests from walking across the lobby for a few minutes, that might be ok. All we have to say is if we are gonna get locked out of the spa or the pool for a few hours, it better be for a Ben Affleck naked scene and a not reality dating show. But that's just us.

Readers, you tell us. Is it possible to film movie and tv scenes (scripted or non-scripted) in hotels? And what would you expect for the inconvience? An autograph or a room discount? Share your thoughts and experiences in comments below!

[Photo: Andy Roberts Photos/Flickr]

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