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What Do I Need to Reserve a Hotel Room

Reserving a hotel room takes only a few minutes. Much more time goes into finding the vacancies than booking them. Nevertheless, without a few essentials, you might reach an impasse during the booking process. So make sure to collect the following before reserving or checking into a hotel.

A Computer or Phone

Most often, the hotel you wish to reserve is not local. Therefore, you must go online or pick up the phone to book a room.

Online booking systems are very convenient. Simply plug in your travel dates, enter your personal information and then pay for the reservation. Over the phone, you will require the same things, but in addition to an email receipt, you also get verbal confirmation. This gives many travels peace-of-mind.

For group bookings, always call the front desk to coordinate even if the online system supports multi-room selection.

A Major Credit Card

Some hotels accept only credit cards online. Those that do take cash or debit often request a larger upfront deposit since they cannot put a lean on the card. Some travellers can get by with debit Visa and MasterCard online, but the front desk will still ask for a deposit to cover incidentals.

A Rewards Card

Many credit card companies double as rewards cards with major hotel chains. If your particular card does not, you can always inquire about a loyalty program. Presenting a membership during the booking process can earn you points and incentives to redeem at the hotel.

Photo Identification

During the reservation process, you will not need ID. However, when you check in, the concierge will request it. There are two primary reasons for doing so:

  1. To prevent credit card fraud and identity theft;
  2. To ensure only registered guests walk the hotel premises.

Sometimes, you will need to present a second piece of photo ID should you forget your confirmation receipt. This enables the front desk to confidently look up your booking and proceed with the check-in.