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Can anyone recommend a chain of hotels where you can walk up and get a room, paying cash, without having to divulge any personal details?

Most seem to want some form of contact details, even though all you want to do is pay and go into the room.

Thanks in advance

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Unlikely

They will want a deposit in case of no-show, and want your card in case you trash the room or nick the duvet.

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what you want is an american style road side motel, where they screw the remote to the bedside table.

i've never known a hotel work in cash

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Unlikely

They will want a deposit in case of no-show, and want your card in case you trash the room or nick the duvet.

Correct. Some will take cash on walk up, but will require ID to be shown.

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Off the top of my head I'd say one of the many Airports hotels would be annonymous. They are used to "passing trade" booking with no-low luggage for 1 night only. Theres so much going on and such a fast turn around that you basically cease to exist as an object or interest once you enter.

As stated most places want to know who you are in case of damages, problems, etc etc. I have to wonder what sort of 'escort' yuo are thinking of booking that you need to hide yourself from the hotel? If you behave you have nothing to worry about. Most hotels are very discreet.

I left an expensive Diamond ring in one European hotel, who very discreety contacted my friend who suggested they contact me, and then returned it to me. We got the idea they assume the client requires complete discretion whatever the circumstances, and I'm sure they wouldnt embarrass or expose you in any way whatsoever.

Like escorts they love a good reputation and most fiercly guard against indescretion.

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I have to wonder what sort of 'escort' yuo are thinking of booking that you need to hide yourself from the hotel?

I expect that it's not so much the hotel that Paul is worried about, rather having to explain to someone else why there is an entry for a hotel stay on a credit card statement ;)

I once paid cash at a Premier Inn for this same reason, and they made a huge fuss over ID - had to hand over my driving licence to be photocopied IIRC

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Can anyone recommend a chain of hotels where you can walk up and get a room, paying cash, without having to divulge any personal details?

Most seem to want some form of contact details, even though all you want to do is pay and go into the room.

Thanks in advance

I cant for the reasons others have given Paul, in my experience a basic B&B is more likely to do this, my mate was recently in Brighton and had booked a hotel but when she got their there was no answer, so she went to a B&B instead and paid cash, they didnt ask for any ID. I wasnt asked the last time i used a B&B either but thats a few years ago.

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Why not get a pre-paid credit card? I've paid cash at hotels before, but they've always taken a copy of my debit card but not charged anything to it.

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Thye will take a reservation

Why not get a pre-paid credit card? I've paid cash at hotels before, but they've always taken a copy of my debit card but not charged anything to it.

Hotels may take a reservation of funds on plastic called a hold. If there aint enough credit then you may have problems.

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Can anyone recommend a chain of hotels where you can walk up and get a room, paying cash, without having to divulge any personal details?

Most seem to want some form of contact details, even though all you want to do is pay and go into the room.

Thanks in advance

I've been staying in 5* hotels in London for at least 2 nights a week over the past year. In my experience, they all (without exception) require a credit card for booking purposes. When checking in they will generally ask to take a swipe of your credit card to cover any incidentals e.g.room service, mini-bar etc. Explain that you would prefer to pay for everything in cash and they will be absolutely fine. Assuming you either don't partake in incidentals or settle in cash on check-out your card will never be charged.

99% of better hotels will also ask for residential address and email address but this is simply to bombard you with marketing literature generally. I normally give a business address and have never had any issues. If you want any names of hotels that I pay in cash for too just PM me...

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I expect that it's not so much the hotel that Paul is worried about, rather having to explain to someone else why there is an entry for a hotel stay on a credit card statement ;)

I once paid cash at a Premier Inn for this same reason, and they made a huge fuss over ID - had to hand over my driving licence to be photocopied IIRC

Got it in One! That's why I hope to be able to pay cash on arrival. If I have to swipe a card I need to be sure that nothing will be charged to it. I guess I will haver to talk to reception as I leave and get them to confirm the room is intact. Actually we don't plan on swinging from the chandeliers or peeing all over the bed. Just having a quiet afternoon of mutual lust.

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I use Premier Inn hotels, and though they do require a card for booking, when I check in they are happy to see my cash and no transaction is done via the card number, so it never shows up in my bank statements.

Ihave done this in 6 of their hotels and over 20 times, and never once has it shown as a transaction.

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I cant for the reasons others have given Paul, in my experience a basic B&B is more likely to do this, my mate was recently in Brighton and had booked a hotel but when she got their there was no answer, so she went to a B&B instead and paid cash, they didnt ask for any ID. I wasnt asked the last time i used a B&B either but thats a few years ago.

some b n b you can do cash only. you either have to ask - explain or have to know the place from earlier visits to be totally sure . in France I've been in places like that. hotels de passe .

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I paid cash in a Holiday Inn Express once. No problem for them, but they did still want a swipe and as Coventrypunter alluded to they did place a reservation against fuds in my account which took 3 days or so before it came off.

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I have an Amazon credit card, which is entirely online, so nothing comes through the post. I use it for work expenses, so each month there's a deduction into it from our home joint account, but no details given. There's a monthly online statement which goes to my work email. For claiming from work, I print out my Amazon receipts only for the legitimate work purchases. I would be able to use it for a hotel bill, or can draw out cash from it.

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I don't know if it's still the case, but aren't Hotels obliged (by Law) to see some form of ID from their guests? I seem to remember seeing a notice to that effect in a fairly posh hotel in London - the notice was in the form of a letter sent to the hotel from the then Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

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I think Mr Dick is right, and I think it's another EU directive, to do with anti-terrorism procedures.

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I thought sites like bookings .com just took your CC details to hold the room, you could then pay cash on arrival / departure. Can anyone confirm?

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I thought sites like bookings .com just took your CC details to hold the room, you could then pay cash on arrival / departure. Can anyone confirm?

Yes with Booking.com if the hotel you book has free cancellation on it you pay on arrival and it will depend on the hotel whether they take cash, even if they do they often ask for CC details to cover potential damage though. If the hotel doesnt have free cancellation on it you have to pay Booking.com by CC immediately.

With Laterooms.com it depends on the hotel you are booking, usually i have paid Late Rooms on my card immediately but i have also a few times found i didnt need to pay till i got to the hotel and they took cash but again wanted a card in case of damages. On no occassion was my card charged as i didnt leave any damage though. I do now recall a Days Inn hotel that i booked through Late Rooms who didnt ask for my card or any ID and i simply quoted them my Late Rooms booking ref no and paid cash, however Late Rooms still had my card number, so i assume if i had caused damage the hotel would of contacted them.

Many of the other brokers like Olotels takes payment by card only immediately in my experiences. So i think Paul will be ok if he doesnt cause any damage, yes he would have to give his card details most likely but if he says he wishes to pay in cash when booking then no card transaction would be needed to be processed. Of course checking this with the actual hotel and i would advise someone senior who knows what they are talking about is the best thing to do in my view.

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Thanks to you all for your contributions.

Following the advice from Spklors I went to my local Premier Inn and asked if I could book a room at another Premier Inn, and pay cash on arrival. "Yes" was the reply, but we need to scan a debit card to charge in the event of a no show. I gave them my debit card and (real) address) and asked for all correspondence to be via e-mail to my punting address. This was no problem. They also took my private mobile number.

The receptionist asked how many would be in the room and did we want twin or a double bed. I replied that there would be two of us and we wanted a double bed. I didn't detect a smirk, but would not have been surprised. It was pretty obvious what I was up to.

All I have to do is present myself at reception by 13.00 on the day in question. Interestingly, the room is only available for check in after 14.00 but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

When I got home the confirmation number was in my e-mail account.

If the lady concerned reads this (and she may) I am looking forward to our encounter! Even if she doesn't see this I am still looking forward to it!

I will report back on any problems when I have the energy!!

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Thanks to you all for your contributions.

Following the advice from Spklors I went to my local Premier Inn and asked if I could book a room at another Premier Inn, and pay cash on arrival. "Yes" was the reply, but we need to scan a debit card to charge in the event of a no show. I gave them my debit card and (real) address) and asked for all correspondence to be via e-mail to my punting address. This was no problem. They also took my private mobile number.

The receptionist asked how many would be in the room and did we want twin or a double bed. I replied that there would be two of us and we wanted a double bed. I didn't detect a smirk, but would not have been surprised. It was pretty obvious what I was up to.

All I have to do is present myself at reception by 13.00 on the day in question. Interestingly, the room is only available for check in after 14.00 but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

When I got home the confirmation number was in my e-mail account.

If the lady concerned reads this (and she may) I am looking forward to our encounter! Even if she doesn't see this I am still looking forward to it!

I will report back on any problems when I have the energy!!

Good to hear its sorted Paul, and they might let you in the room before 2pm for free or some hotels charge £10. I hope it goes well. :)

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Thanks to you all for your contributions.

Following the advice from Spklors I went to my local Premier Inn and asked if I could book a room at another Premier Inn, and pay cash on arrival. "Yes" was the reply, but we need to scan a debit card to charge in the event of a no show. I gave them my debit card and (real) address) and asked for all correspondence to be via e-mail to my punting address. This was no problem. They also took my private mobile number.

The receptionist asked how many would be in the room and did we want twin or a double bed. I replied that there would be two of us and we wanted a double bed. I didn't detect a smirk, but would not have been surprised. It was pretty obvious what I was up to.

All I have to do is present myself at reception by 13.00 on the day in question. Interestingly, the room is only available for check in after 14.00 but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

When I got home the confirmation number was in my e-mail account.

If the lady concerned reads this (and she may) I am looking forward to our encounter! Even if she doesn't see this I am still looking forward to it!

I will report back on any problems when I have the energy!!

Very resourceful Paul and nicely done - a credit to our community ;-) Have a great time - both of you!

Use the first hour to have a nice glass of wine together in the bar!

Btw, I'm sure the smirking receptionist would be probably thinking mistress rather than WG, fwiw

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I think Mr Dick is right, and I think it's another EU directive, to do with anti-terrorism procedures.

Off topic, but in Spain, all hotels have to collect ID number or passport details of the guest which are submitted electronically to the Spanish police every night. Apparently Police HQ scans the information and if an undesirable or anyone on the "wanted" list is spotted, a local Policía is sent round to apprehend him (or her!).

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You could use one of these top up debit cards to book online. Some hotels don't require you to produce the actual card, but just the booking number. You would need to register the card first though, but it does not have to be registered to you and even if it was registered to you, no statement would come through the post. The way to check the transactions would be to login online.

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Very resourceful Paul and nicely done - a credit to our community ;-) Have a great time - both of you!

Use the first hour to have a nice glass of wine together in the bar!

Btw, I'm sure the smirking receptionist would be probably thinking mistress rather than WG, fwiw

As it happens, the lady concerned is NOT a WG. But that's for she and me to know!! So the receptionist is right in this case!

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