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Airport Hotel Mimimum Age Stay Requirements?  
User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1876 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

Hi, Im 15 as most of u know, and I am going to be taking a trip by my self shortly from EUG (Eugene, Oregon) on Mesa (America West Express) and mainline HP,Anyways, I was planning on flying to Denver (Or somewhere near the West Coast United States) spending the night, and simply taking my trip back the next day, but all the Denver hotels said u must be atleast 18 years old to check-in! AND YES I even asked if my parents could call and make a reservation for me, they said NO! U still must be at least 18 to check in! I am so disapointed about this. Are there any hotels I can stay at that I wont be forced to put up with this!?!?!?!? I really really hope so. THANKS!!!

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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

In general, yea, you have to be 18. Now maybe you could use your parent's credit card and come up with a believable story. It kinda sucks, doesn't it, that they expect you to sleep on the street since you're under 18.

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User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

Come on...didn't you ever see Home Alone 2? No, but really, they have age limits for a reason. The reason is simple, most 15 year olds are not mature enough to handle staying in a hotel room by themselves. Plus, if anything happens they could be held responsible since you are a minor. If you need medical treatment they cant just send you to a hospital. A lot of good reasons you must be 18 to check into a hotel room.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

When you check into a hotel, you are signing a contract for accomodation in exchange for payment. Contract law requires that both parties be of the age of majority in order for the contract to be valid. 15 is not the age of majority, so you are incapable of entering into a contract. Q.E.D.

User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

Actually, most hotels require you to be 21 - not 18 - although very few enforce that rule... unless, of course, you're brewing up something in the bathtub.

User currently offlineN951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

I had one desk worker ask if I was 21 (I was 20 at the time), but they shut up when I gave them my Hilton HHonors Gold card.

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

I've had luck with the O'Hare Hilton in the past... they accepted a faxed waiver from my parents on the condition that they paid with their card and I didn't pay cash.


User currently offlineCaptain.md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 weeks ago) and read 1524 times:

When I stopped in Atlanta on a trip from the UK, I found the hotel I stopped in had a minimum age of 19 ( I was 19 at the time). If I remember correctly I wasn't asked for ID, mind due I had paid for the room in advance from the UK.
Even though I sympathize with your situation, most 15 year olds are simply not mature enough, or capable to look after themselves in this manner. Its like a lot of things in life, you have to wait for the priviledge, but when the you turn of age, its well worth it. I don't know how the hotels work it if accommodation is vitally needed for a minor, and I agree they shouldn't chuck them on the streets if it is a genuine situation.

Best advice, talk it through with your folks.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineZSSNC From Germany, joined Feb 2003, 428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1507 times:


while a minor cannot sign a valid contract, the contract isn't invalid just because the minor signed it. The contract is just pending ineffective and becomes valid with the guardians approval, thus it would be a weak argument on the hotels behalf if they rejected minors just because they themselves cannot sign a valid contract.


why don't you just try out a youth hostel or something of the sort. I've been to them before when traveling to the US alone and being only 17.


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User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1449 times:

How were you planning to get to the hotel?

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1443 times:

Obviously the hotels have this rule for C.Y.A. reasons, but the problems comes when someone who is 15 or 16 needs a place to stay for the night due to situations beyond their control. When I was that age, most of my trips were day trips for that reason alone. But what would have happened if I couldn't (for whatever reason) get home as planned. Was I supposed to sleep on the street? I think my parents would have had a case against the hotel anyway had something happened to me while sleeping on a park bench because the hotel refused to accomodate me. When I was 16, I was doing my solo cross countries preparing for my pilot's license. What would have happened if I were trapped 150 miles away from home? Would I have had to just sleep in my airplane!?!?!!? Luckily I've never had a problem with people asking me my age (some people think I look older than I am anyway) to stay in a hotel. Several years ago my grandma gave me her car, but I had to fly to Nashville to pick it up. I didn't feel comfortable driving 15 hours without staying the night somewhere, so luckily I was able to stay in a Red Roof Inn without being asked too many questions. It would have really sucked to sleep in a rest area on the highway.

My point is: kids who are 15-17 aren't always necessarily in the safe, secure custody of their parents, despite what you want to believe in fairy tale land. Give 'em a break!

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