How to Find Hotels for 18 Year Olds?
The only sure way to know if a hotel will let you check in is to call it up and ask. However, there are tools that can help you narrow down the field. One of the best sites for finding youth permitting hotels is Hotel Ages.
With this site, you look up the city you want to stay in and use the easy interactive map to find 18+ friendly hotels near that area.
There’s also youthsociable.com, but they have more limited results and is not as easy to navigate.
Why Doesn’t Every Hotel Let 18 Year Olds Book?
Even though you may be considered a legal adult in terms of the law, there are still various industries where your youthful energy is considered too much of a liability. Car rentals almost universally will not let someone under 21 rent a car, and you generally have to pay extra fees until your 25.
Hotels often don’t trust young people with a room to themselves because they don’t want to be liable for youthful proclivities. Luckily there are still lodging options in just about every city for people under 21.
Watch out for Deposits
Occasionally a hotel may let someone 18 years old book a room, but they will be required to put down a larger deposit. Make sure you have extra cash, or a credit card on hand. If a hotel does this it’s usually pretty deep in the fine print. I know you kids think it’s cool, but do your best not to trash the room.
Alternatives To Staying In Hotels
Hotels are usually the most expensive and restrictive way to spend the night, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try one of these alternatives.
- Sleep in your car