On my recent trip to England I noted that 2 of the 3 Premier Inns I stayed at now charge for early check in. I had never encountered this before, but guess it is a new revenue stream post covid. I did not encounter this at my other accommodations.
How much did they charge?
I think it was 10 gbp, not much.
I consider that a reasonable charge. If I am tired and it takes 10 pounds to get me into a room where I can rest, I'm in.
That's actually reasonable enough that I'd pay it, and I'm about as cheap a person as you'll ever meet.
I’m not sure I get it…if the room is cleaned and empty and ready, what’s the difference? We’ve had early check ins a few times, and I was grateful for the courtesy understanding that check in time was perhaps 3 pm and we were early. If you check out at 7 AM instead of noon, do get £10 back? I’d have asked, believe me. 🙂 ( but I think I know the answer).
Denny, it's possible that the extra charge is to prioritize the room for turnover instead of following the usual order.
I would definitely pay 10 GBP to get in my room early.
In the last few years we have seen that option offered by a few hotels. If earlier check-in is important to you, I think that is reasonable and is much cheaper than reserving the night before that is often recommended.
Miranda, your explanation makes sense, as I imagine too that other factors fall into play. It was just surprising to me, but then it has been since pre-covid that we’ve travelled. And yes, I’d pay it too. The only time I really dug my heels in was Hawaii when they wanted to charge me a daily fee for the built in room safe. I asked that they remove it instead. I think I had a flashback.
Denny I would have said the same thing about the safe!
I guess I’m the cheap one of our group - LOL! I’m regularly arriving at my next hotel around 11am-noon just to leave off my suitcase, but very often the room is ready, so I use the bathroom and leave. Since I move hotels quite often during a trip, that would add up x10 hotels.
I saw this happened at a Hilton in Orlando Florida. It’s routine in Vegas but it seems to be spreading
I would gladly pay the equivalent of 10GBP if it would guarantee in advance access. That is reasonable. Other chains offer this for much more. Ibis, another budget chain, for example offers this for 30+ euros.
If it was just to let me into the room upon arrival, I would likely pay it but would not be happy about the extra charge since mostly I have been graciously granted early access for not additional charge if the room was available.