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Nov 9th, 2016, 11:19 AM
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Booking hotels

Would i be able to book and stay at a hotel in europe if i'm only 16? Or would i be able to if i had someone over 21 book it for me but i check in?
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Nov 9th, 2016, 12:28 PM
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Probably not in many cases but why hotels - why not youth hostels where there will be plenty of folks your age- you still may need a letter from your parents.

Hotels demand to see passports when checking in - I would just contact the hotel or hostel and ask that question as there is no hard and fast rule I believe but expect many hotels not to like that idea.
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Nov 9th, 2016, 01:02 PM
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I'm sure you could book it if you had a credit card and just did it online, how would they know how old you were? If you don't have a credit card, I think it's difficult to book any room nowadays.

This is an interesting question as I checked a couple budget hotels in Paris and they don't list age restriction for booking when you pull up the complete sales terms you are agreeing to. And many hotels say they consider someone age 13+ an adult (for payment purposes for number in a room), so you could call them on that. Seriously, why not try to email one and ask them, you have nothing to lose. It is unusual for a 16 yr old to be traveling by themself, I think. If you don't have a credit card, I might forget it and look into hostels or something because I suspect they wouldn't in that case, even if you prepay (they want it for security/damages, etc.). Some divey hotels might, as they might be used to cash payment.

Here's a 2* budget hotel in the Latin Qtr of Paris, they have an email address, why not just ask? http://www.cujas-pantheon-paris-hote...n/contact.html

Here's a 1* hotel in the same area, even cheaper, sort of hostel-like, you could ask them, also http://commerceparishotel.com/
Notice they require a credit card for booking.

When I said you could book anything, of course the hotel will ask for your passport at checkin and that's when the trouble would arise if they didn't allow minors to check in alone. I think they might be concerned about run-aways and some other issues.
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Nov 9th, 2016, 01:33 PM
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It's the check in that is the issue. Even at hostels. Anyone can book. You've usually got to have a photo ID and payment card, both under the same name to stay, and 16 isn't a legal adult. On many of the hostel websites, it says you can't stay in the dorms at all, and you can't stay in a private room without a letter of consent and/or an adult companion.
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Nov 9th, 2016, 02:21 PM
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Airbnb places may do it -with some background?
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Nov 9th, 2016, 03:08 PM
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Being a parent, I have to ask why one would encourage or provide information to
a 16 year in regard to booking hotel rooms. Nothing is known of the OP's situation. Seems a bit irresponsible to me and especially when at 16 one is not considered a legal adult.
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Nov 9th, 2016, 04:24 PM
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Well, there is no way we could know anything about the poster's situation. Even if they told us a long involved story. It's the Internet.

But taken at face value, I'd assume the poster has permission and backing to travel. That's more likely than being a runaway. I don't know how it is elsewhere, but I'm pretty sure here 16 year olds need a parent's signature to get a bank account in the first place. And I know for sure you can't book stuff for someone else a lot of the time- the name on the reservation and the card used to make it often must match, otherwise you either can't use the reservation or the bank's fraud department shuts down the account. It's hard enough to get a hotel to approve an 18 year old- This case will most likely be self limiting.

I don't think PalenQ is right about Airbnb. A lot of private rentals actually seem to raise the minimum age over 21. I don't think anyone would rent to a 16 year old unless possibly the 16 year old was a friend's kid or extremely wealthy. It's less liability (as with hostels) and more fear of damages.
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Nov 9th, 2016, 06:32 PM
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Checking into a hotel is a contract and I very much doubt that any hotel would allow anyone who isn;t a legal adult to check in - since they couldn't hold them responsible for payment or damages.

IMHO 16 year olds should stick to hostels - but do check to make sure under 18 is OK.
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Nov 10th, 2016, 03:17 PM
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I don't think PalenQ is right about Airbnb. A lot of private rentals actually seem to raise the minimum age over 21. I don't think anyone would rent to a 16 year old unless possibly the 16 year old was a friend's kid or extremely wealthy. It's less liability (as with hostels) and more fear of damages.>

Yes in retrospect no chance - like nytraveler says a minor has no legal obligation to sign a contract.
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