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How Old Do You Have To Be To Rent A Hotel Room?


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A person is considered an adult at the age of 18, but that doesn’t mean they can do anything from a financial perspective. Some businesses still limit their abilities, including hotels. If you are a young adult trying to rent a hotel room, there are some things you should be aware of.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Rent A Hotel Room?

The answer depends upon the hotel policy. Some hotels will allow someone 18 years of age to rent a hotel room, while some require the person to be at least 21 years of age. Other people will allow someone over 21 to actually rent the room, but they can add a younger adult as someone that is valid to check in. If you are a young adult making travel plans, make sure to ask the hotel’s policy before booking a room to ensure a smooth stay.

Can You Pay For A Young Adult’s Hotel Room?

If a young adult is paying for the hotel room themselves, the obvious choices are either their own credit or debit card. Just be sure to remember the hotel will likely block off some amount of incidentals over and above the room rate.

If a parent or someone else who will not be physically accompanying the young adult is paying for the room, there is typically a form hotels require to be filled out and faxed to the hotel. The form gives authorization for the hotel to charge the payer’s credit card for the amount of the room as well as incidentals. Hotels usually want to have this form a few days prior to check in. If you find yourself within a few days of check-in, call the hotel to ask for instructions. Again, it’s always a good idea to ask the hotel to clarify their policy regarding someone else paying for the room when booking the room.

Some hotels put special restrictions on a young adult renting a hotel room. Young adults traveling must ask hotel policy regarding the minimum required age to rent, as well as the procedure to have someone else pay for the room if the situation warrants. By asking the right questions, young adults can ensure their travel plans go smoothly.

How about you, Clever Friends, have you ever made travel plans for or as a young adult?

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Brock Kernin

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