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Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:46 pm

Is there anyway someone under 18 can check into a hotel room, short of finding an adult to check in for them?

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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:49 pm

 eek  Um....should we be worried?
 
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:50 pm

I've done it before. You just have to find the right clerk to check you in.

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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:54 pm

I was 18 the first time I checked into a hotel room on my own. Didn't have a credit card. I used cash, and was asked for my Driver's License for them to make a copy of. Only did that once, though, and that was almost 5 years ago now. Not sure if hotels still allow that or not, though I don't like the idea of someone having a photo copy of my old Driver's License laying around in Asheville, NC... At least half of my SS# isn't part of my Driver's License number anymore... Yay for Montana and their stupid ID policies...  banghead 
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:01 pm

Quoting Aa757first (Thread starter):
Is there anyway someone under 18 can check into a hotel room, short of finding an adult to check in for them?

It's hard but there is a way. When I was 16 I needed to check into a hotel in LA my myself because I was with a friend and we were visiting UCLA that weekend. Many hotels outright refused to bother with us. It took a lot of calling on my part weeks in advance to find a hotel. I talked to nearly 30 managers of different hotels, and only one let us do it. But prior to our arrival, all our parents needed to sign a release form with their credit card number which would be billed in case we had damaged something. It's a tough problem, but work it out with the managers. Keep in close contact with them so they get to know and trust you. Forget about getting help from check-in personnel. Always, always ask for the managers. And explain the situation to them, so they know the minors are going there for a specific reason, not just to fool around. Because if it's the latter, then the hotel would rather not have anything to do with them in the first place.

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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:03 pm

Depends on the type of hotel. In most countries, a minor cannot enter into a legal contract. That being the case, when a minor signs a registration card it is not legally binding. If the room get's trashed, the hotel has no rights to chaase for damages.

Addidtionally, if there is a minibar, allowing a minor to register for a room is effectively like serving them alcohol.....also an issue.

As a hotel operator, we would never do it.....too much risk. I remember how I behaved unsupervised at 17.....not good!!
 
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:31 pm

From all of my minor days, so long as you had mom and dad's credit card it wasn't a problem. That's in both Canada and the USA.
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:42 am

Quoting Aa757first (Thread starter):
Is there anyway someone under 18 can check into a hotel room,

Can't you just wait till you parents leave the house before you bring a gal over?

[Edited 2006-12-18 16:42:43]
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:19 am

I'm a front desk clerk, and I'd say that it depends on the situation. If the reservation is made under the parent's name, with their card, and I have their permission to let their child check-in, then I can do it. If it's someone under 18 just walking in asking for a room, I can't allow it.
 
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:25 am

Quoting IAH777 (Reply 1):
Um....should we be worried?

Haha, not at all. I was just curious and I'm sure there have been situations when an older teen had to travel in a hotel.

So I assume when, say, a Church group or a Scout troop stays in a hotel its permitted because the tour leader signed the registration cards?

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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:01 am

Quoting Aa757first (Reply 9):
So I assume when, say, a Church group or a Scout troop stays in a hotel its permitted because the tour leader signed the registration cards?

Of course...minors can stay in their own rooms anytime an adult is traveling with them, be that a parent, coach, teacher, pastor, whatever.
 
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:07 am

All the hotels want is a credit/debit card # on file so if you do trash the place, they can charge you.

I had an experience when I was 18, and had a reservation at a Westin with my dads starpoints; I had called the hotel and they said I needed to be 21 because of the drinks in the minibar; long story short, I got into BOS at midnight, took the hotel van over to the hotel location, gave the clerk my debit card, and she gave me the room key. Just like That!
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:36 am

on my last trip they wouldnt accept a Debit card at the hotel, would only take the Credit, for Obvious reasns
 
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:59 am

I think it depends on the hotel location. Hotel rules vary by state/city laws. Most likely 18+ is the minimum age.
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:32 pm

Quoting Thomson735 (Reply 12):
on my last trip they wouldnt accept a Debit card at the hotel, would only take the Credit, for Obvious reasns

To illustrate the obvious...


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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:47 pm

Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Happens all the time in Spring Break destinations and resorts. Tour operators and/or parents are responsible for the kids though.

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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:24 am

Quoting Thomson735 (Reply 12):
on my last trip they wouldnt accept a Debit card at the hotel, would only take the Credit, for Obvious reasns

Both hotels I've worked at have taken debit cards without problems. We authorize any card for the full amount of the stay plus some upon check-in, so we're not going to get screwed either way.
 
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:55 am

AFAIK, at least in PHX, the city law states that anyone under 18 must have an adult in order to get a hotel room....for obvious reasons.
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:40 am

Because of liability issues, most hotels will not allow a minor to register
for a hotel room. At our property, we require the registered guest to be
at least 21 years of age, unless they are there for work related purposes
which means they are paying a corporate rate or the reservation is made
through their corporate travel desk.

This is really only an issue on weekend nights, especially during homecoming
and prom seasons. Once I had a "caring" mom yell at me because she was
trying to get a room for her kid and his friends during a prom night. She
did not want them out drinking and felt that it was safer to have them go
someplace where they did not have to be on the road. I suggested that
they use her house, and she and her husband could stay at the hotel instead.
Let's just say that neither party stayed at our hotel that night.
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RE: Minors Checking Into Hotel Rooms?

Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:12 am

Here is an interesting question. What happens if a minor is flying alone and misses the last connection of the day and they are forced to fly out the next day. Who is responsible for the minor then?

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