Hotel Prepayment

A hotel in Greece that we would like to make a reservation with only accepts cash. Since we will only be staying in the hotel for one night, they want us to prepay the entire amount beforehand by transferring the funds to their bank account. This seems a bit suspicious to me. Thoughts?

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10884 posts

It is not uncommon for hotels and especially B&Bs to request first night deposit. When they do not take credit cards, it can be a pain since the fees for international bank drafts or transfers can be expensive. And cash only for smaller places is not uncommon either. Do it or find another place.

Posted by Jeff
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
206 posts

I've done this a lot in Italy. It's pretty common there. As noted by the others who responded, the wire transfer fees add to the cost of the accommodation (my bank charges $25 per transaction). If you pay in advance, make sure you take documentation of the payment with you.

Posted by John
Brangwin, Wa, USA
349 posts

sometimes I have offered to send and sent a US 20 to show good faith to Small B&B's ( with exchange rates guess that is 40 US now --how sad) I now have German friend who will send euro checks for me (friends are good)another option ether option with no fees

Posted by Swan
Napa, CA
2858 posts

Some places accept payments through PayPal. I used this at a B&B in Pisa two years ago.

Posted by Helen
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
705 posts

I'd check out Venere website and find somewhere else. On this site you can reserve a room and pay on check out.