A luxury hotel has banned all YouTubers and Instagram stars after a vlogger became involved in an argument with the owner after asking for free accommodation.
22-year-old UK-based fashion, beauty and lifestyle YouTuber Elle Darby has 87,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and 76,000 Instagram followers.
Writing to Paul Stenson, the owner of the luxurious White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge Hotel in Dublin, Darby asked if he would be interested in a ‘possible collaboration’.
Darby and her partner were planning to visit the city for an early Valentine’s Day weekend away and so she asked the hotel if they could stay for free for five nights in exchange for featuring the hotel in her videos and on social media.
In an email to Stenson, she wrote:
I work as a social media influencer, mainly lifestyle, beauty & travel based.
My partner and I are planning to come to Dublin for an early Valentine’s Day weekend from February 8th to 12th to explore the area.
As I was searching for places to stay, I came across your stunning hotel and would love to feature you in my YouTube videos/dedicated Instagram stories/posts to bring traffic to your hotel and recommend others to book up in return for free accommodation.
Last year I worked with Universal Orlando in Florida and it’s been amazing for them.
Darby did not get the reaction she thought she would though as the email was greeted with disdain by Stenson who not only replied but also posted the exchange online.