Hotels That Allow 18-Year-Olds to Check In

It’s a misconception that you need to be 21 years old or older to book a hotel room. In fact, many hotels rent to 18-year-olds. If you’re under 21, don’t cancel your travel plans yet. We’ve provided all the details you need to know about booking and checking into a hotel as an 18-year-old.

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Hotels That Allow 18-Year-Olds to Check In

Most hotels won’t allow 18-year-olds to check in. Which means you may want to consider Airbnb. Airbnb lets 18-year-olds check in unless otherwise stated in the “House Rules” section of a listing and it’s very rare that a host asks their guests to be a certain age. Plus, Airbnb is generally cheaper than a hotel. Get $55 off your first Airbnb trip by using our Airbnb referral link.

The following hotels will allow 18-year-olds to reserve a room at some of their locations. If a hotel has listed a minimum age on their website, we’ve linked to it; if not, we’ve let you know when we’ve contacted corporate customer service to confirm the hotel’s policies. Generally, an unlisted policy means that these hotels have varying age requirements by location and you’ll need to talk to the hotel’s reservation hotline or call the specific hotel at which you’d like to stay to determine the minimum check-in age.

Be aware that when you use booking via sites like Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia.com, or other hotel comparison sites, they might claim an adult is 18+. But, some hotels actually have a minimum age requirement of 21 as you’ve read above. Effectively, you’re getting two minimum ages. What the hotel says goes, so always check directly with the hotel.

More details can be found below the table.

1. Airbnb

  • Age requirement: The terms of service state that anyone 18 and older can stay at an Airbnb. Those renting to guests can always put a different age requirement under their ‘House Rules’ section, but it’s very rare to see this.
  • Get $55 off your first Airbnb trip by using our Airbnb referral link.

2. Best Western

3. Drury Inn and Suites

4. Four Seasons

5. Hilton Hotels

Note: Brands include Conrad, Curio A Collection, Canopy, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, Tru, and Waldorf Astoria)

6. Hostels

7. Hyatt Hotels

8. Intercontinental Hotels Group

Note: Brands include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Even, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Hualuxe, InterContinental, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts, and Staybridge Suites

9. La Quinta Inn & Suites

10. Las Vegas Hotels

  • Age requirement: Although many Las Vegas hotels require guests to be at least 21, the following list of Las Vegas Hotels allow 18-year-olds to reserve a room:
    • Bellagio Hotel and Casino
    • Best Western McCarran Inn
    • Carriage House Deluxe Suites
    • Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas
    • Hyatt Place Las Vegas
    • Las Vegas Club Hotel and Casino
    • Las Vegas Mariott Suites
    • Platinum Hotel and Spa
    • Plaza Hotel and Casino
    • Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
    • Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center
    • Riviera Hotel Casino
    • RUMOR Las Vegas
    • Skylofts at MGM Grand
    • WestGate Las Vegas

11. Marriott

Note: Brands include Marriott Hotels, Courtyard, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn, Renaissance, Fairfield Inn & Suites

12. Millennium Hotels and Resorts

13. Motel 6

14. Radisson

15. Red Roof Inn

16. Starwood Hotels

Note: Brands include St. Regis, Westin, Four Points, Le Meridien, Sheraton, and loft

17. Wyndham Worldwide

Note: Brands include Wingate, Hawthorn, Microtel, Ramada, Baymont, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, and Knights Inn

Hotels That Don’t Allow 18-Year-Olds to Check In

1. Choice Hotels

Note: Brands include Comfort Inns, Econo Lodge, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban, Rodeway Inn

2. Fairmont Hotels

3. InTown Suites

What If You’re Younger Than 18?

It’s virtually impossible to check into a hotel if you are under 18. The age of majority in most states is at least 18 and contracts signed by minors aren’t legally binding, leaving the hotel open to the risk of non-payment and also liable for a child. But, there are a few ways to get around this.

Get written permission from an adult: Most hotels will accept written authorization from a parent, guardian, or adult if you are under 18. They’ll often have their own liability form to be filled in by the adult. Call or email to inquire first, as it’s not compulsory for hotels to provide one and instead they can just turn you away.

Provide a credit card: Providing a credit card (even your parents’) means the hotel is able to easily get their money for letting you stay. It also means the hotel can bill the card for any damage you do to the room.

Negotiate: If you’re close to age 18, it might be worth a little polite negotiation. Many hotels are worried about guests being disrespectful in their hotels. If you can demonstrate that you are responsible, the hotel manager may let you stay.

Local Laws About Minimum Check-In Ages

State, county, or city law has the final say in determining the minimum check-in age. This is why hotels tend not to exclusively commit to a minimum age. You should also call the exact location where you’re hoping to stay. They will tell you yes or no based on the local laws.

In Summary

If you’re younger than 18, it will be very difficult for you to book a hotel room. However, if you’re at least 18 years old, there are a number of hotels on our list that may accept your reservation. Simply, find a location where you’d like to stay and call that location to make sure the local laws don’t prevent 18-year-olds from booking rooms. We wish you a pleasant stay at the hotel, hostel, or Airbnb you find perfect for your trip — and your age.

Plan on sleeping late? See our article: When does housekeeping come?

Check out this article if you have a friend who’s 19: Hotels That Allow 19-Year-Olds to Check In

Looking to rent a car as well? Here Are the Car Companies That Rent to 18-Year-Olds

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  • Ariana Rojas says:

    hello my boyfriend are looking to stay in the Orlando area to visit universal Orlando studios. I am looking to stay between October 27-30th. We are both 19 and college students. I was hoping if you could help out with which hotels will allow us to check in.
    Thank you!

    • Kathleen Wilson says:
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      Hi Ariana,
      Unfortunately, due to the volume of comments we receive, we are not able to provide information for specific location inquiries. The good news is that Airbnb allows anyone 18 and older to book a place to stay, so you can always start your search there. All of the hotel chains we’ve listed in this article also have reported that at least some of their locations allow people 18 and older to check in. These policies vary by hotel, so you might have to call a few individual hotels to make sure they’ll let you make a booking. Hope this information helps!

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      Hi Michael,

      Because of the volume of comments we receive, we can’t reply to specific requests. I’d recommend using the locator linked as the last bullet for each hotel to check whether there is a location in the city you’re staying in, and then calling the local hotel to confirm whether they let those under 21 check in. At most hotel chains, the rules do vary from location to location, so you’d have to call and confirm regardless.

    • I highly suggest using Airbnb, it’s a lot cheaper than a hotel and a lot less hassle in the end.

      • Laura Bachmann says:
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        Hi Selina,

        Thanks, that’s a great suggestion for Micheal. You’re right, Airbnb is generally super easy to use, and hosts are usually very accommodating thanks to the site’s feedback system.

    • Laura Bachmann says:
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      Hi Terra,

      While we can’t reply to specific requests, it looks like of our list above, Wyndham, Red Roof, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and La Quinta brand hotels all have a location in Mobile and all sometimes allow 18-year-olds to check in. You should try calling the local hotel for any of those brands to see if they will let an 18-year-old check in.

  • I am looking for a hotel (not motel) in Charlotte NC for myself and my friend, both of us are 18 years old. Any suggestions for a safe place that offers breakfast as well.

  • Hi, I’m 19 trying to go look for apartments in Jacksonville, Florida and get a hotel can anyone help me out I keep getting 21 or older.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Austin,

      Look to the article and note the hotels that may rent to those under 21. You may have to call ahead to make sure the specific hotel you want to rent a room at will rent to you, as each hotel may have its own age restrictions. Fortunately, you are in a large city that is home to many hotel chains.

  • I am looking for a hotel somewhere in southern Michigan that not to far from Lake Michigan but have had no luck frinding one that will allow 19 year olds to check in. I have called about a million places but have had no luck.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Kayla,

      Unfortunately, due to the volume of comments we receive, we can’t answer individual questions. However, I might suggest one of the countless cottages/cabins/inns near Lake Michigan. Often times, there are fewer rental requirements for this type of lodging. Good luck!

  • I was looking into hotels that accept 18 year olds, in Springfield MA, and sadly only found two. One appearing unsafe for a young lady, and the other honestly out of budget being $132 minimum a night.
    I checked Airbnb after reading this, life saving article. I found a couple in that area thankfully. I want to know though, do they usually accept guests during holiday season or charge extra then ? Also, when would be the latest to book ? And when I do book, must I pay in full at the time or just a deposit ?

    Thank You,

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Aria,

      I’m so glad you found some Airbnb options! How much an Airbnb owner charges and when they allow guests to stay varies from one rental to another; the same is true of what date you’ll need to book and whether you’ll pay in full or just a deposit up front. You’ll need to check with your potential Airbnb host(s) to find out what policies they have in place since they can vary so much. I hope this helps!

  • Falyon Nicole Howell says:

    I called the drury inn and suites on the Mississippi/arkansas border line and they stated you had to be 21, not 18 as said in the article.

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Falyon,

      Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention! You’re absolutely right — while Drury Inn and Suites does have some locations that allow you to book a room at age 18, other locations require you to be at least 21. I’ve updated the article accordingly to reflect the correct information for each hotel group we’ve listed. I’m sorry for the inconvenience; we truly appreciate you taking the time to comment and let us know what you learned.

  • I need to find a hotel near the Keybank pavilion in Pennsylvania that will let me check in at 18 I’ve search for hours and hours and can’t find anything

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Lexi,

      Unfortunately, due to the volume of comments that we receive, we’re not able to help with specific, individual requests. However, if you’ve been looking for hours and the brand suggestions in this article haven’t yet helped you locate a hotel, we strongly recommend using Airbnb. Airbnb lets 18-year-olds check in unless otherwise stated in the ‘House Rules’ section of a listing, and it’s very rare that a host asks its guests to be of a certain age. Plus, Airbnb is generally a much cheaper alternative to a hotel. Get $40 off your first stay by using our link. I hope this helps!

  • Hello, I am wanting to book an hotel room in Folly Beach SC. I am trying to find an hotel that will let me book and check in at 18 yrs old. can you help?

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Autumn,

      Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a hotel in Folly Beach, SC that allows 18-year-olds to check in. You may need to expand your search to nearby Charleston, SC, which has many more lodging options. I would recommend that you take a look at the Google listings for hotels in Charleston to find a hotel that’s in your price range, and use the provided phone numbers to verify the minimum check-in age with the reservations desk. Best of luck!

  • Hi, can you help me find a hotel in Sioux Falls SD. I’m 20 years old and its so frustrating because of the minimum of 21. Which ever would be great, price doesnt matter as long as we find a place to stay.

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Kenzy,

      I spoke with a Hilton Garden Inn customer service representative and learned that the minimum age to reserve a room at the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South is 18. If this isn’t the type of lodging you’re looking for, I would recommend that you try a quick Google search for “hotels in Sioux Falls SD” and use the provided phone numbers for the hotels that interest you to find a place that will allow guests to reserve a room at 18. I hope this helps!

  • I’m looking for a hotel in wisconsin dells that allows 18 yr old check ins, preferably one with a pool, hot tub and some sort of slide.

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Melanie,

      It looks like Mt. Olympus Resort will allow an 18-year-old to reserve a room. There are reports that Kalahari Resort will also allow 18-year-olds to reserve a room, but it’s a good idea to double check this with the front desk before you try to make a reservation as this is not confirmed on the Kalahari website. You can reach the Kalahari reservations line at 877.525.2427 or 608.254.5466, or you can submit a question through the Kalahari Contact Us page. If these hotels are not the type of lodging you’re looking for, I would recommend running a quick Google search for “hotels in Wisconsin Dells” and using the provided phone numbers to find a place that you like and that has a minimum check-in age of 18. I hope this helps!

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Jleonardo,

      There are several hotels near the Boston/Methuen area in the 01844 zip code between $80 and $129. I would recommend that you visit the Google listings page for hotels near the 01844 zip code to find a hotel that’s in your price range and in the area where you’d like to stay. Then you can use the phone number that Google provides, contact the reservations desk, and verify minimum check-in age (the article can provide some helpful reference information for which chains to try and which you can safely skip). I hope this helps!

  • Are there any hotels near the university of Arizona in Tucson that allow 19 year olds to register and check in?

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Kris,

      There are many hotels near the University of Arizona in Tucson between $32 and $299 and beyond. I would recommend that you visit the Google listings page for hotels near the University of Arizona in Tucson to find a hotel that’s in your price range and in the area where you’d like to stay. Then you can use the phone number that Google provides to contact the reservations desk and verify minimum check-in age (the article can provide some helpful reference information for which chains to try and which you can safely skip). I hope this helps!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Brett,

      There are quite a number of hotels in Omaha with prices per night ranging from roughly $45 up to $170 and beyond. I would recommend that you visit the Google listings page for hotels in Omaha to find a hotel that’s in your price range and in the area where you’d like to stay. Then you can use the phone number that Google provides to contact the reservations desk and verify minimum check-in age (the article can provide some helpful reference information for which chains to try and which you can safely skip). I hope this helps!

  • Hi there,

    I was just wondering if you know of any hotels around the Disneyland area allow 20 year olds to book through them? I also have a credit card of my own I can use, I would just like to check before I book.
    Thanks so much!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Kendra,

      There are a large number of hotels in the Disneyland area, with a wide variety of amenities and price points. For your situation, I would recommend visiting the Google listing for hotels near Disneyland and using the provided phone numbers to make a quick call to the reservations desk to confirm the minimum reservation/check-in age. Since you do have a credit card, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding somewhere that you like and that will allow you to check in as a 20-year-old. Enjoy your trip!

  • Michael Gislason says:

    Hi, do you know of any hotels that have a minimum check in age of 18 near downtown Chicago or the University of Chicago?

    Thanks!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Michael,

      I called a few hotels near the University of Chicago, and most had a minimum check-in age of 21, but the Welcome Inn Manor on Michigan Avenue did allow guests as young as 18 to check in as long as they have a credit card. This is a 3-star hotel with a 4.5 star rating on Google, and it’s only 2.5 miles from the University of Chicago.

  • Alissa Stevenson says:

    Hi, do you know of any hotels in Louisville KY, relatively close to the KFC Yum Center that will let me book/check in at the age of 18 if my friend is only the age of 16 but staying with me?

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Alissa,

      Because the KFC Yum Center is such a major hub for travelers and tourists, there are a very large number of hotels in that area with widely varying price ranges. I would recommend taking a look at the Google listings for hotels near the KFC Yum Center; then find one or a few hotels that are in your price point, and make a quick call using the phone number provided by Google to see if the reservation desk would accept a reservation for an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old. Policies do vary by location so it’s best to call and check before you try to book online, particularly since you’ll have a minor staying with you (which may limit your options). Best of luck, and enjoy your trip!

  • Are you aware of any hotels near Virginia Beach, preferably water front, that you can rent at 18, or 19 years of age?

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Ash,

      Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck tracking down any major hotel chains that have a waterfront hotel in Virginia Beach that will allow 18- or 19-year-olds to rent a room. I would recommend looking outside the major brands for a smaller, local, or non-chain hotel to find a hotel room where you’ll be able to check in. (You can even consider AirBNB, if that interests you.) Best of luck!

  • HI, I am looking to book a hotel room close by to camelback ski resort. I am having a hard time finding a 3 star hotel that allows a 19 year old to check in. Please let me know if there are any hotels that will allow me to check in without an adult.
    Thank You in advance!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Sara,

      It looks like the Inn at Pocono Manor could be a good choice for you. This hotel offers a Ski & Stay package that includes lift tickets, and it’s located 17 minutes from Camelback Ski Resort. The Inn at Pocono Manor is a 3-star hotel, and I called in to the reservations desk to verify that the minimum age for reservation and check-in is 18. I hope this helps!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Nonna,

      I reached out to a Ramada customer service representative about your question, and it appears that the age restrictions on reserving and checking in to a room vary by location. If you know in which city you’ll be staying, you can contact the location you’re interested in directly to ask if you’ll be able to book a room there. You can find contact information for any Ramada through the Locations page on the Wyndham/Ramada website. I hope this helps!

  • If the person that is renting the hotel is 18, can the guest who is younger than 18 still stay as well? I’m only asking this because I am told that some hotels require you to be 21 and older for a minor to be in the hotel with you. Please let me know ASAP, thank you!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Angel,

      The answer will depend largely on the specific hotel where you’re staying. Just as the age requirements for reserving a room and checking in can vary, many hotels will also have particular rules about who else can stay in the room with you. In most cases, as long as there’s someone of age to reserve the room, and a credit card on file for any potential damages, my guess is that you’d be pretty safe having a minor with you (especially if they’re a family member). But the only way to be sure would be to ask the hotel directly.

  • HI

    Im trying to find the cheapest accommodation for my 19 year old daughter in orlando for 4 days this month that is quite near to DisneyWorld or something that offers a shuttle service.

  • Hi, do you know of any hotels in Orlando near the Central Florida Fairgrounds that will rent to someone who’s 19? I called a bunch of hotels and they all said 21. I know the Disney hotels allow 18+ but they’re too expensive and I’m not planning on going to Disney.

    • William Lipovsky says:
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      Hi Megan,

      Use the hotels on this list when performing a Google search. For instance, ‘Marriott + Orlando’ and give each hotel a call until you find the best choice for you. I’m sorry I do not have an easier way!

  • Sheri Brewer says:

    The Albuquerque Sleep Inn in New Mexico requires the person to be 18 because those under 18 are not legally permitted to enter into a contract.

  • Carly woodruff says:

    Can you find me a hotel where you don’t have to be 21 in Pickerington, Ohio? Please I can’t find anything. For the dates May 27-29

    • William Lipovsky says:
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      Hi Carly,

      It is frustrating that each individual hotel has the right to go with a higher age requirement than the chain as a whole. I wish I could help more but if we were to do personal requests, we’d have to hire a full-time staffer to take care of all of them. Unfortunately it’s not feasible. 🙁 Though I did call around for you. The town must be pretty conservative because everyone told me 21. Personally, I’d either go the Airbnb route or if you get to talk with a chill hotel front desk clerk, ask them which hotel in town will rent to someone under 21. If they like you, they will likely tell you. Even if it isn’t giving their hotel any business.

  • Tasha Vineyard says:

    My son in law was booking their 1st vacation to Panama City on ExePedia and did not know the hotel was for 25 and older, they are 21. They billed his card and he called within 15 minutes and they would not refund his money. Is this legal? What can they do. This wa all the money they had set aside.

  • This is good to know. I have college students that travel with friends and they would drive through the night, not realizing that they could stop and book a hotel.

  • Ramona @ Personal Finance Today says:

    Really great list here. In Europe we’re considered adults at 18 (yes, we can drink alcohol as well), so checking in at 18 shouldn’t be an issue. It’s true you cannot get a drivers license at 16 though 😀

    • Donald Turner says:

      In Europe, a large number hotels let you check in at age 16, as laws are different and in some countries the drinking age is 16. Austria’s voting age is 16.