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Hotel Deposits

Gill, Massachusetts
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Hotel Deposits

Was just wondering, do most Maine hotels charge a full rooms deposit in advance? And do they charge a deposit for "damages"?

We have stayed in some wonderful hotels all over and I just made a reservation for our anniversary in May of next year i Old Orchard Beach, and the hotel already charged my credit card for the full price of the room. They also informed me they charge $100.00 in advance for "possible damages", although I have never been charged this at any hotel. They didn't inform of the $100.00 charge till after the reservation was made.

I didn't think this was the norm.

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1. Re: Hotel Deposits

It is not uncommon for inns and B&B's to charge the first night as a deposit to confirm your reservation -- are you staying more than one night?

Damage deposits are much more unusual for inns and B&B's, you tend to encounter those more with vacaction home rentals.

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2. Re: Hotel Deposits

Where are you booked? If you booked online, all charges should have been clearly stated. If you booked over the phone, I'd call about that $100.00. If the charges make you uncomfortable, I'd book elsewhere where the policies are more in line with your expectations. Harborfields' fee descriptions are accurate.

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3. Re: Hotel Deposits

Deposits and tough cancellation stipulations are common since the area is only busy about 60 days per year and can't afford to have rooms go empty at any time. Haven't heard of the damage deposit except with cash deposits.

I wouldnt worry if the place has plenty of good tripAdvisor reviews.

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4. Re: Hotel Deposits

Call the hotel and ask

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