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There are a few options for paying a hotel bill. When booking, you should, if possible, find out about the provider's terms and conditions so that there are no misunderstandings when checking in or out. Here's what you need to know about payment options.

Payment options: is it better to pay in advance for a hotel room?
Book a hotel: do I really need a credit card?
Further options: Can I also pay in cash?

Payment options: is it better to pay in advance for a hotel room?

Paying the bill in advance is of great benefit to the hotel. Understandably, when it comes to particularly cheap deals, hotels sometimes insist that guests settle the bill in advance. This is quick and easy when booking if you have a credit card. However, there are other ways to settle the bill. The different payment options depend on the booking terms and conditions, which vary from hotel to hotel. As a rule, it is possible to pay for a hotel room in advance by bank transfer, electronic direct debit or the PayPal online system. The relevant portal will make you aware of all the necessary details before the booking is completed. Prepayment doesn't mean your money will be gone if you can't use the hotel room. If you cancel on time, you will usually get your money back. Be sure to find out about the terms and conditions when booking a hotel room.

Book a hotel: do I really need a credit card?

Some hotels insist that you provide a credit card number when booking - even if you can pay on-site. If you don't have a credit card yourself, you can provide the number of a family member or friend, provided the credit card owner agrees, of course. You can then clarify how you want to pay your bill on site. In addition to credit cards, hotels also accept debit cards, Maestro cards and EC or bank cards. You can even pay for some hotels on site with PayPal. Occasionally, additional administration fees will apply. Once you have booked a hotel, you can use your booking confirmation to view the terms and conditions at any time and find out which fees apply with which payment method.

Further options: Can I also pay in cash?

All hotels still accept cash. However, some hotels may require a credit or debit card number as security when checking in. If you want to avoid this, you can settle the bill for your hotel room with cash when you check in. When you check out, you only pay additional costs that have been incurred, for example the bill for the minibar or phone calls.

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