Hotel Bans Children with Down Syndrome: 'Might Annoy Other Guests'

| by Michael Allen
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The Hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites in Spain recently refused a reservation for some kids with Down syndrome who were planning to celebrate the end of their school year with a trip.

According to, Hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites said the kids could not stay because "these kinds of people might annoy other guests."

However, once the story was made public by news media, the hotel's management apologized and claimed it was "a misunderstanding."

The hotel added: "In 35 years of business we have never refused access to guests with Down syndrome."

Down Espana, a large Down syndrome organization that is behind the trip, reported the incident to local authorities because this was "a clear case of discrimination against disabled people that breaks the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Spain."

Agustin Matia, of Down Espana, said: "We haven't gone public with this incident to victimize anyone but to educate the public."