hotel includes a building or part of a building where residential accommodation is, by way of business, provided for a monetary consideration; “room charges” means the charges for a unit of residential accommodation in a hotel and includes the charges for;–
(a) furniture, air-conditioner, refrigerator, radio, music, telephone, television, and

As per Government Notification No. 3610-PL/PB/14M-138/04 dt. Kolkata the 26th August 2011 of Addl. Chief Secy. to the Govt. of West Bengal and Secy., Home Dept. in exercise of power conferred by paragraph (3) of Section 2 of the Sarais Act 1867(22 of 1867), the Governor is pleased to confer on the Commissioner of Police, Howrah the power to exercise all the function of Magistrate of the District in respect of the Howrah Metropolitan Area declared as such vide notification no. 3607-PL dt. 26.08.2011.

An owner or keeper of any hotel, inn, motel, motor court, boardinghouse or lodging house in this State is not civilly liable for the theft, loss, damage or destruction of any property brought by a patron upon the premises or left in a motor vehicle upon the premises because of theft, burglary, fire or otherwise, in the absence of gross neglect by the owner or keeper.

If the Director of Estates considers it necessary or expedient so to do for the purpose of securing accommodation for Government officers or other persons for whom he is required to find accommodation, he may, by written order served on the manager of a hotel declare so much of the accommodation in the hotel, not exceeding twenty-five per cent of the total accommodation therein, as may be specified in the order to be controlled accommodation for the purposes of this Act.

In this Act, the expression “hotel” means an establishment held out by the proprietor as offering food, drink and, if so required, sleeping accommodation, without special contract, to any traveller presenting himself who appears able and willing to pay a reasonable sum for the services and facilities provided and who is in a fit state to be received.

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