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Paying upfront for a hotel?

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1. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Dear Travellers,

Would you pay upfront (entire sum) for a hotel you've booked 3 months in advance? Somehow, I feel uncomfortable about it...I mean, many things could happen in this period of time (closure of hotel, etc). But the hotel states that it's their policy for long stays (above 5 nights).

Weighing this against other hotels that only need to pay for a deposit while the balance is settled upon arrival, what do you think? The hotel in question is in Paris.

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Personally I would not pay. Unless it was business, or you are expecting all hotels to be booked out during that period.

It leaves one open to little added options like, and additional increase might be due, given the financial turmoil at the moment. And more frankly I don't trust hotel booking systems. OR rather the people using them.

Again, unless it's super important. I wouldn't. Maybe is it's not going to cost you split your 5 plus days up into 2 bookings?

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I suppose it depends on What time of year are you going. You could check reviews on the hotel in question if available.

It is usually best to go with your instincts, find another hotel that will accept deposit only.


4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I booked hotels in Shanghai and Singapore a few months before my trip in September, and both charged my credit card in full at the time I made the booking. I think it's ok as long as the hotels are reputable.

5. Posted by hessletrav (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

alot of hotels offer better rates if you pay in advance.

if you have booked through a well known branded hotel group i wouldnt worry but it might be worth checking what the cancellation charges are.

most hotels are very lenient and charge 10% upto 24 hours before you are due to stay.

6. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys!

I've since 'abandoned' that hotel and found another one that doesn't require the guest to pay in full before arrival. This seems reputable (though it's not a chain).

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