German tourists are awarded compensation after losing sunbed battle at Greek hotel: Family who could not get a lounger will receive £280

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Holidaymakers accused the hotel of failing to implement no-hogging policy 

German tourists have been awarded compensation after losing a sunbed battle at a Greek hotel. 

Managers at the hotel in Rhodes have been operating a strict no-hogging policy that meant guests who put down towels in their 500 beds had to use them within 30 minutes.

But now they’ve been ordered to pay £280 to German holidaymakers who told Hanover District Court they’d been unable to get any loungers one morning.

The plaintiffs, who spent £4,532 on the break last summer, told the court that staff at the TUI Kids Club Atlantica Mikri Poli hotel failed to implement the policy.

That meant, they said, that on one morning they’d been unable to find loungers around any of the resort’s six pools.

Managers at the hotel in Rhodes (pictured) have been operating a strict no-hogging policy that meant guests who put down towels in their 500 beds had to use them within 30 minutes

The plaintiffs, who spent £4,532 on the break last summer, told the court that staff at the TUI Kids Club Atlantica Mikri Poli hotel (pictured) failed to implement the policy

The plaintiffs, who spent £4,532 on the break last summer, told the court that staff at the TUI Kids Club Atlantica Mikri Poli hotel (pictured) failed to implement the policy

Judges ruled that the hotel, operated by German travel giants TUI, had deprived the family of a portion of their holiday and ordered them to pay them £278.

It was estimated at about seven per cent of the cost of their stay.

The family had initially demanded £687 in compensation from TUI, local media reported yesterday.

Both parties can still appeal the verdict of the trial and the ruling is not yet legally binding.

The sunbed wars between holidaymakers to get the best loungers seem to have escalated over the last year, with many frustrated holidaymakers sharing their outrage on social media. 

The lounger-saving tactics have become so hostile that many hotels now use timers to limit lounger time and hire security guards equipped with warning whistles.

People queue for sun loungers at Hotel Estival Torrequebrada near Malaga ¿ many brought chairs and a good book as they waited for almost two hours before the beach and pool opened

People queue for sun loungers at Hotel Estival Torrequebrada near Malaga – many brought chairs and a good book as they waited for almost two hours before the beach and pool opened

Some people started queuing at dawn, set their towels in a line outside the pool gates or even used their children to beat other holidaymakers. 

On the Costa Del Sol, some waited for up to two hours for prime spots at the four-star Hotel Estival Torrequebrada, near Málaga, in July last year, as exclusive MailOnline pictures revealed. 

In a very British scene in southern Spain, men and women were pictured turning up long before the beach and swimming pools opened to ensure they get the best spot – and most brought a chair and a good book to pass the time.

But one witness said that once the gate opened each morning, ‘madness’ ensued, with ‘people literally running in’. Some parents even shoved forward their children to sprint in and grab a sunbed because they are fitter and faster.

Footage from the same month shows a huge queue of people in holiday attire standing in a line as they hope to get their hands on the best beds.  

It comes after tourists in Tenerife were slammed as ‘sunbed warriors’ after they were spotted laying out loungers at 6.30am – three-and-a-half hours before the pool was due to open.

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