It appears the problems at Adam Hotel on Skólavörðustígur are not limited to bottled water. We reported yesterday that the hotel had advised guests against drinking tap water and recommended bottled water instead. Since then, it’s been revealed that the hotel’s problems are deeper than that.
Vísir reports that just before the hotel closed its Facebook page, it had an interesting beer offer, where Czech beer was offered for sale. The message read,
“!! WE HAVE SPECIAL OFFER OF CZECH BEERS in our new coffee shop Coffee 4 You !! HAPPY HOUR 17:00 – 20:00 1 CZECH BEERS 50CL. for 1200 ISK only”
Upon closer inspection, it turns out that the beer brands offered are ones that are not sold in the state-run Vínbúðin liquor store. Thus, it appears the hotel itself has purchased the beer from independent suppliers or imported the beer on its own.
Vísir has unsuccessfully tried to contact the hotel manager by email and has been told he’s abroad without a phone.
The Consumer Agency has complaints about the hotel under review, according to Þórunn Anna Árnadóttir, department manager for consumer rights at the Consumer Agency.
But the case doesn’t end with beer. Today, Vísir reports that on a Facebook page intended for Czechs, there’s an employment ad from Adam Hotel, looking for employees to work in the reception and in cleaning. The work is five days a week, ten hours a day. The salary offered is EUR 1,480 (ISK 212,000, USD 1,670) a month or EUR 1,030 (ISK 147,000, USD 1,164) once taxes and an accommodation fee have been paid. Minimum stay is 12 months.
Vísir points out that this salary is below the minimum wage, which is ISK 214,000 a month for a 40-hour work week. Vísir’s source tells the paper that many hotels pay their employees low wages―that this is just the tip of the iceberg.