Hotel owner calls out YouTuber who asked for free overnight stay

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 19, 2018

But not only was she turned down - the owner of the White Moose Café and Charleville Lodge Hotel posted her request online.

Elle Darby, who has almost 90,000 subscribers on YouTube and 79,000 Instagram followers, wrote to a hotel and cafe in Dublin about a "possible collaboration".

She wrote: "My partner and I are planning to come to Dublin for an early Valentine's Day weekend from Feb 8th-12th to explore the area". "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".

"Thank you for your email looking for free accommodation in return for exposure", he wrote.

Stenson shared the post on The White Moose Cafe's Facebook page on Tuesday (16 January), saying: "It takes a lot of balls to send an email like that, if not much self-respect and dignity".

"If I let you stay here in return for a feature in a video, who is going to pay the staff who look after you?"

He finished off the message with a simple: "P.S".

In an email to the Dublin hotel, Darby wrote: "I work as a social media influencer, mainly lifestyle, beauty & travel based". "As a 22-year-old girl, who's running her own business from her home, I don't feel like I did anything wrong", Darby says, pointing out that it is common practice for influencers with a high number of followers to reach out to collaborate with businesses such as hotels.

Ending her email, Darby mentioned that she had organised a similar collaboration with Universal Orlando in Florida past year and "it's been awesome for them!"

While this was going on, Stenson was getting plenty of "exposure" by way of angry comments and dozens of negative TripAdvisor reviews.

Clearly loving the attention, he followed up with a post banning all bloggers.

"The sense of entitlement is just too strong in the blogging community and the nastiness, hissy fits and general hate displayed after one of your members was not granted her request for a freebie is giving your whole industry a bad name".

Mr Stenson said the hotel had been inundated with negative reviews by supporters of Miss Darby.

She discussed her embarrassment in a video titles 'i was exposed (SO embarrassing)' on her YouTube channel, which has been viewed in excess of 135,000 times.

Following the backlash received after asking an unidentified blogger to pay.

In a recent post to the Facebook page in response to the video, Stenson declared in all capital letters: "All bloggers banned from our business". "It will be featured in my book "How to Get Worldwide Publicity Without Spending A Cent". The waiters who serve you breakfast?

Oh, what a successful collaboration.

Darby also explains she does not know why the hotel owner made a decision to post her email, stating: "I don't really know what their intent was - it was just malicious" and that since his post, she has received countless comments calling her a "disgusting freeloader".

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