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HOTELSPARKS.COM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Updated on Sep 26, 2023
1) ABOUT US AND HOW TO CONTACT US
Hotelsparks.com is a website and mobile application (“Website”) operated by Hotel Sparks Travel LLC, a limited liability company with its address at 1015 15th Street, Washington, DC 20005, USA (078981) and Hotel Sparks Limited (”we”, “our” or “us”). We are a global online hotel marketplace (DC travel license no. 03554).
To contact us, please email our customer service team (for our email address, please see https://hotelsparks.com/contact).
2) ABOUT THESE TERMS
Our website assists you in gathering travel information and determining the availability of Hotels and services. It also allows you to book hotels (“Hotels”) provided by third party suppliers (“Suppliers”). We also provide customer support services for bookings made on our website. These terms apply to these booking services.
When you book a Hotel, your booking is also subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions (for e.g., the hotel’s terms and conditions). It is important that you read these, as they form a separate legal agreement between you and the relevant Supplier. There is more information on this in each of the Hotel pages. If there are any inconsistencies between the Supplier’s term and conditions and these terms, these terms apply.
Different terms and conditions (such as cancellation and change rights) apply to different Hotels, these will be made available to you during your booking process and form part of these terms. You should read them carefully before booking.
These terms also tell you the rules for using our Website, link to our Website or interact with our Website in any other way.
By using our Website and/or completing a booking with us, you confirm that you accept these terms and any relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions, and that you agree to comply with them. We recommend that you read these terms carefully and print a copy for future reference. If there is anything within these terms that you do not understand, please contact us using the details in section 1. If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our Website or complete a booking with us.
You warrant that you have capacity to enter into a legally binding contract (including being at least the required age to have capacity in your country) and that you will only use our Website to make legitimate reservations.
If you are booking Hotels for a number of individuals, the first name you provide will be responsible for (i) providing accurate information on the other individuals, (ii) accepting these terms on their behalf and ensuring that they comply with them, (iii) checking the details in the booking confirmation and contacting us immediately if any of the details are incorrect, and (iv) paying the full price of the booking and any additional charges in relation to the booking.
We may amend these terms from time to time. We will note the date that amendments were last made at the top of these terms, and any amendments will take effect upon posting. Every time you wish to use our Website and/or completing a booking with us, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time.
References to this Website are deemed to include derivatives, including but not limited to linked websites and applications, whether accessed by mobile phone, tablet or other device.
3) RULES WHEN USING OUR WEBSITE
WE MAY MAKE CHANGES TO OUR WEBSITE
We may update and change our Website from time to time to reflect changes to our services, our users’ needs and our business priorities. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any major changes.
WE MAY SUSPEND OR WITHDRAW OUR WEBSITE
Our Website is made available free of charge.
We may suspend, withdraw, or restrict the availability of all or any part of our Website for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.
The provision of our Website is reliant on the internet and devices. You fully understand and agree that we will not be liable for any losses suffered by you as a result of our Website not being available due to events, circumstances or causes beyond our reasonable control, including but not limited to internet, system or device instability, computer viruses and hacker attacks.
You are responsible for providing the necessary equipment (including but not limited to an appropriate device and internet connection) and ensuring that all persons who access our Website through your internet connection are aware of these terms and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.
YOUR ACCOUNT DETAILS
You warrant that all account information supplied by you is true, accurate, current and complete.
If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party. You fully understand and agree that we will not be liable for any losses suffered by you as a result of you failing to treat such information as confidential.
We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of these terms.
If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us using the contact details in section 1 of these terms. In this situation, if you have saved your payment details to your account, you will also contact your payment account provider in order to reduce any losses that may occur.
HOW YOU MAY USE MATERIAL ON OUR WEBSITE
We are the owner or the licensee of all patents, copyright, trade marks, business names and domain names, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database rights and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered, in our Website. All such rights are reserved.
You may print off copies, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our Website for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others to content posted on our Website.
You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.
Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our Website must always be acknowledged.
You must not use any part of the content on our Website for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.
If you print off, copy or download any part of our Website in breach of these terms, your right to use our Website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.
WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEBSITES WE LINK TO
Where our Website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. Such links should not be interpreted as approval by us of those linked websites or information you may obtain from them.
We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.
USER-GENERATED CONTENT IS NOT APPROVED BY US
This Website may include information and materials uploaded by other users of the Website, including discussion forums, bulletin boards and review services. This information and these materials have not been verified or approved by us. The views expressed by other users on our Website do not represent our views or values. We expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive area by a user in contravention of our content standards below.
If you wish to complain about information and materials uploaded by other users please contact us using the details in section 1 of these terms.
You may only use our Website for lawful purposes. You may not use our Website:
You also agree:
Ø any part of our Website;
Ø any equipment or network on which our Website is stored;
Ø any software used in the provision of our Website; or
Ø any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our Website (“Contribution”).
The content standards must be complied with in spirit as well as to the letter. The standards apply to each part of any Contribution as well as to its whole.
We will determine, at our discretion, whether a Contribution breaches the content standards.
A Contribution must:
A Contribution must not:
We have no obligation to post your Contributions, and we reserve the right in our absolute discretion to determine which Contributions are published on our Website.
RIGHTS YOU ARE GIVING US TO USE MATERIAL YOU UPLOAD
When you upload or post content to our Website, you grant us a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable licence to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of and display such content in connection with the services provided by the Website and across different media, including the use of such content to promote the Website and/or the services. You also grant us the right to take legal action against any infringement of your or our rights in the content. To the extent possible, you expressly waive any and all “moral rights” (including rights of attribution or integrity) that may subsist in your content and agree that you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion or exploitation of your content by us.
If you believe that any of the content of our Website breaches your intellectual property rights, please contact us using the details in section 1 of these terms.
WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR VIRUSES AND YOU MUST NOT INTRODUCE THEM
We do not guarantee that our Website will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.
You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access our Website. You should use your own virus protection software.
You must not misuse our Website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our Website, the server on which our Website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our Website. You must not attack our Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.
RULES ABOUT LINKING TO OUR WEBSITE
You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.
You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.
You must not establish a link to our Website in any website that is not owned by you.
Our Website must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our Website other than the home page.
We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.
4) GENERAL BOOKING TERMS (APPLY TO ALL HOTELS)
DETAILS AND PRICE
You confirm that all details provided by you when making your booking (such as name, ID details, contact details, payment details and dates) are accurate and complete. If you notify us of any incorrect details provided by you by mistake, we will help you try and change the details on the booking however we cannot guarantee that the Supplier will permit this, in particular where a change could amount to a change in identity.
We advertise a large number of Hotels and we try hard to ensure that the advertised price is always accurate, but sometimes errors do occur. If the error should reasonably have been apparent to you, we reserve the right to cancel the booking or (if agreed by you) change the price. If this happens, we will contact you.
When your booking is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from us. You agree to check the details in the booking confirmation and to contact us immediately if any of the details are incorrect. More information on hotel booking confirmations is in the relevant sections below.
We will assign a Hotel Sparks booking number to your booking. It will help us if you can tell us the booking number whenever you contact us about your booking.
When using our booking services you shall not:
PAYMENT AND CURRENCY
When you book a Hotel, the terms of payment will be made clear to you during the booking process. Some bookings require you to prepay online, some require you to pay at the time of using the Hotel (for e.g., when you check-in at a hotel). If any sum is not paid in full in accordance with the terms of your booking, we may cancel your booking immediately.
Exchange rates are calculated in real time. When you prepay online, you will pay the exact amount shown on the payment page. However, if you are paying in a different currency, the provider of the account you pay with may use an alternative currency rate which you are responsible for confirming. Your account provider may also charge you a fee for international payments. You acknowledge that when you pay at the time of using the Hotel (for e.g., when you check-in at a hotel) the exchange rate may have changed between the time of booking and the time of payment.
If you encounter a problem when you submit your payment, please do not submit the payment again. You can confirm whether your booking was successfully made by contacting us using the details in section 1 of these terms.
Any refunds will be paid back to the original payment method, unless we agree otherwise. The date that any refund will be paid into your account is subject to the provider of your account.
We take the security of your personal and payment information seriously and have robust measures in place to ensure that your details are kept safe.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate insurance and the required travel documents for your trip. This includes (but is not limited to) your passport/national ID card, visas, and medical documents (such as proof of vaccinations).
By offering Hotels to or in a particular destination, we are not advising or confirming that you can travel to and/or around that destination without risk. You are responsible for checking for any travel warnings or restrictions in the destination you are travelling to and/or around, both before you book and before you travel.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations required for your trip, and to follow any medical advice you have received.
5) HOTEL TERMS
HOTEL’S TERMS AND CONDITIONS
As highlighted under “About these terms”, your booking is also subject to the relevant Supplier’s (in this case the hotel you are staying in) terms. These can generally be found on the hotel’s own website. If there are any inconsistencies between these terms and the hotel’s terms and conditions, for e.g. where you have selected a cheaper room that cannot be changed or refunded, these terms will apply. If you have any questions on the terms and conditions that apply to your hotel booking, you can contact us directly (using the details in section 1 of these terms) as part of our customer support services.
Your booking confirmation will be issued immediately after completing the booking process. As soon as the booking process has been completed, we will email you to notify you of this and from this point onwards, your room is guaranteed.
The check-out page and hotel policy state the payment plan for the pertaining hotel. Credit card guarantee is required during the booking process for immediate hotel confirmation. When no pre-payment is required, credit card guarantee is still required however no charge will be debited to the card and will be collected at the hotel reception. If a deposit or full pre-payment is required, it will be stated in the hotel policy and again on the check-out page with the requirements.
CHANGING, CANCELLING OR UPGRADING YOUR BOOKING
We will have provided you with information on your rights to change or cancel your hotel booking (and any associated fees) during your booking process; you may have selected a cheaper room that cannot be changed or refunded. This information forms part of these terms and should be read carefully before finalizing your booking. If you are unsure whether your hotel booking permits changes and/or refunds for cancellation, please contact us using the details in section 1 of these terms.
When your hotel booking permits changes, the hotel and/or rooms that you can change to may be limited by the hotel or the third party hotel inventory supplier, and so all of the options on our Website and/or alternative rooms at that hotel may not be available to you. We will provide you with information on the available options when we receive your request to change your hotel booking.
If your booking is changed or cancelled by the relevant hotel, generally that hotel’s terms and conditions will apply. Please contact us directly (using the details in section 1 of these terms) and we will help as part of our customer support services.
Our guest ratings are based on verified reviews from users. Our star ratings are based on a combination of information, such as ratings provided directly by the hotels (including, where applicable, their star rating based on the standards in the country they are based), amenities, photos, guest reviews and price. This is to give you the best indication of the standard of the hotel. However, you acknowledge and agree that the star rating is an indication only, standards vary between countries and you are responsible for reviewing all of the information provided on the hotel on our Website, to ensure that you are happy with the standard of the hotel before booking.
6) HOW WE MAY USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We will only use your personal information as set out in our Privacy and Cookie Statement (https://pages.hotelsparks.com/service-guideline/privacy-policy-en-gb.html)
OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE SUFFERED BY YOU
MUCH OF THE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE RELEVANT SUPPLIERS AND/OR USERS OF OUR WEBSITE WHO HAVE PROVIDED REVIEWS OF THE HOTELS . WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION IS ACCURATE AND COMPLETE, HOWEVER TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE INCURRED BY YOU AS A RESULT OF THE INACCURACY OR INCOMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION.
NO REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS ARE GIVEN BY US IN RESPECT OF ANY INFORMATION WHICH IS PROVIDED TO YOU ON OUR WEBSITE AND ANY SUCH REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS ARE EXCLUDED, SAVE TO THE EXTENT THAT SUCH EXCLUSION IS PROHIBITED BY LAW.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE INCURRED BY YOU AS A RESULT OF:
Ø NOT BEING ABLE TO CONTACT YOU WITH IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR BOOKING, WHERE YOU HAVE PROVIDED INCORRECT CONTACT DETAILS.
Ø YOU BEING UNABLE TO USE A HOTEL (FOR E.G., BOARD A PLANE OR TRAIN, CHECK-IN TO A HOTEL, HIRE A CAR, USE AN AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICE OR USE AN ATTRACTION TICKET) DUE TO THE ID DETAILS (INCLUDING NATIONALITY) PROVIDED BY YOU DURING YOUR BOOKING NOT MATCHING THOSE ON YOUR ID.
Ø YOUR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RELEVANT SUPPLIER’S TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Ø YOUR FAILURE TO ARRIVE ON TIME OR ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR CHECK-IN, BOARDING OR (WHERE RELVANT) PASSPORT CONTROL AND SECURITY CHECKS.
Ø YOUR BEHAVIOUR BEING DEEMED AS UNACCEPTABLE BY THE RELEVANT SUPPLIER.
Ø ACTS OF GOD, FLOOD, DROUGHT, EARTHQUAKE OR OTHER NATURAL DISASTER;
Ø EPIDEMIC OR PANDEMIC;
Ø TERRORIST ATTACK, WAR, COMMOTION OR RIOTS, THREAT OF OR PREPARATION FOR WAR, ARMED CONFLICT, IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS, EMBARGO, OR BREAKING OFF OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS;
Ø NUCLEAR, CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL CONTAMINATION OR SONIC BOOM;
Ø ANY LAW OR ANY ACTION TAKEN BY A GOVERNMENT OR PUBLIC AUTHORITY; AND
Ø INTERNET, SYSTEM OR DEVICE INSTABILITY, COMPUTER VIRUSES AND HACKER ATTACKS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ONLY PROVIDE OUR WEBSITE FOR DOMESTIC AND PRIVATE USE. YOU AGREE NOT TO USE OUR WEBSITE FOR ANY COMMERCIAL OR BUSINESS PURPOSES, AND WE HAVE NO LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFIT, LOSS OF BUSINESS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR LOSS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY.
BREACH OF THESE TERMS BY YOU
You are responsible for any losses suffered by us as a result of any use by you of our Website and/or booking services which is not in accordance with these terms.
Failure to comply with these terms may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:
If you have any questions or complaints about our Website or booking services, please contact us using the details in section 1 of these terms.
9) WHICH COUNTRY’S LAWS APPLY TO ANY DISPUTES?
These terms and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of them, their subject matter or formation shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Singapore, although this shall not deprive you of any mandatory consumer rights of the law of the country in which you are resident in.
You and we both agree that the courts of Singapore will have jurisdiction over any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with these terms or their subject matter or formation, although this shall not deprive you of any mandatory right to choose instead to resolve any such dispute or claim in the courts of the country in which you are resident.
Where the original English version of these terms has been translated into other languages, the English version shall prevail in the event of any inconsistences between the versions.
These terms are between you and us. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of these terms.
If any court or relevant authority finds that part of these terms are illegal, the rest will continue in full force and effect.
Even if we delay enforcing these terms, we may still take steps against you at a later date.