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Q: Is it always necessary to check-in to a hotel in China ahead of time?

99% of the time I check-in the hotels online and ahead of time but I want to check-in this one time without doing it in advance...

...Do some or a lot of hotels accept on-the-spot checkins at the front desk where we don't have a reservation ahead of time? Which hotels would that be... is it mostly 5-star ones or random?

I assume on non-holidays + during the week this is more frequently possible..

The city in question is Beijing.

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3 years 16 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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As mentioned before, if a hotel has an available room, you can book it on site (probably at a much higher price than if you reserved it online). The simple way around this problem is to book the room online before you get to the hotel. The booking agent will send you the reservation number and your room price will be protected. I have done this just 3 hours before checking in. I have even done this while in the process of checking in. The woman at the desk was trying to make me pay a higher price than the online price. So I sat down in the lobby and booked a room with my cellphone. Then I returned to the desk with my reservation number in hand.

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You must first find Hotel in Bj, which is permitted to accept laowai. Not too many are.

 

I never book online and I rarely stay in 4-5 stars hotels, but once I walked around W. Railway Station whole night, because none of the joints around Station would get me a room.

I was in Hotel with overnight price over 500 Rmb, buTT ....'no', so I happily hold my 500 Rmb, while walking till the next train's morning departure.

 

You'll need 'Good luck!' to get a room from the street in China as laowai. 

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You mean book a hotel. Of course hotels will allow checkins without reservations. But if they don't have a room you're out of luck and they will try to rip you off.  Every time I check in I notice that their posted rates are much higher than what I booked online. But you strike me as someone who doesn't pay attention to things around him. So go ahead and learn from first hand experience.

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Beijing is a big city and it's not impossible to do the check-in in the moment you arrive. It's important what part of the city you want to stay. If you would like to get a room in specific area, it's better to book in advance. If you don't care what part of the city is located, you can check in without any reservation. and of course on non holidays time!

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You run the risk of a) not being allowed to stay there (cos you're a forner), and b) paying a hell of a lot more! Even doing a booking on a website while you're in the hotel lobby can save you hundreds!

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As mentioned before, if a hotel has an available room, you can book it on site (probably at a much higher price than if you reserved it online). The simple way around this problem is to book the room online before you get to the hotel. The booking agent will send you the reservation number and your room price will be protected. I have done this just 3 hours before checking in. I have even done this while in the process of checking in. The woman at the desk was trying to make me pay a higher price than the online price. So I sat down in the lobby and booked a room with my cellphone. Then I returned to the desk with my reservation number in hand.

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