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Hotel Selection Pattaya apparently not guest friendly

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Enticed by big discounts on Agoda and location, I was considering Hotel Selection (Beach Road) for my upcoming stay in November.
I sent them a message to ask about their guest policy if I book a double room.
I got this reply:
Dear guest, Joiner charge @ 1,000THB.

So I will look elsewhere.

 

 

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Good information. Anyone else been advised of a joiner fee in Pattaya? I have been hit in Phuket but never in Pattaya.

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2 hours ago, teelack said:

Good information. Anyone else been advised of a joiner fee in Pattaya? I have been hit in Phuket but never in Pattaya.

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Used to be quite common in the bigger places, I am going back to my early days when I didn't know my way around and had a fear of arriving without a hotel booking, so I would book and pay in advance at an agent in Bangkok. I was soon a regular at some less salubrious places that didn't have a joiner fee! Some that did were real asses about it, had security knocking on my door asking for the 500 baht because it was late morning and they judged I owed for the next (that) day! Also Merlin (now Hard Rock) used to hit you for 500 for their crappy small rooms. I remember moving out of one place and chucking away 3/4 prepaid days, non-refundable Thai style... it was cheaper to pay for a new room. Became a Lek Hotel regular or Lido Beach, then Residence Garden. 

The hotel reviews section was popular here and I bet most were checking for joiner fees. Nowadays it is joiner fees and whether they have certain coach parties arriving there!

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I think hotel selection caters to a lot of Indians. I would avoid at all costs.

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The only time anyone has tried to charge me a joiner fee was when I stayed in a family oriented resort in Jomtein. I had a room that was accessed without passing through the lobby. The security guard followed me and my girl  to the room and asked for 500bt. I refused. When we went to breakfast they asked for 500bt so she could eat. I pointed out i had paid for 2 people in a double room but they insisted.

We had a much cheaper breakfast elsewhere and i moved out that morning.

I hadnt checked out the place before i booked. They didnt want old farang bringing girls there as they catered to thai family groups. No point staying where you are not wanted, there are plenty of other places who welcome you

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On 10/18/2019 at 8:30 PM, tombon said:

I think hotel selection caters to a lot of Indians.

Probably a lot more than they realize.       :rolleyes:

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There are a few decent Hotels catering for Indians now, one tip to use is have a look on Trip Advisor in the "reviews" section, if most of the names are indian and reviews done by guys from the subcontinent, it's a good bet the hotel will be popular with them. Bella Express near the Little Duck being one example and the Centara being another.

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6 hours ago, Butch said:

There are a few decent Hotels catering for Indians now, one tip to use is have a look on Trip Advisor in the "reviews" section, if most of the names are indian and reviews done by guys from the subcontinent, it's a good bet the hotel will be popular with them. Bella Express near the Little Duck being one example and the Centara being another.

Add the Mercure behind the Avenue on soi 15. If you like curry and slop for breakfast with guys standing in your way it would suit you fine. 

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On 10/22/2019 at 10:13 PM, js007 said:

Someone needs to maintain a list of "girl friendly" hotels.  

Easier to set up a list of those that are not, to be honest. Even the Royal Cliff is guest friendly if you state your intentions right at the start in an assertive manner.

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I think we have to differentiate between hotels which:

1. Won't allow a joiner at all

2. Will allow one joiner for an extra charge 

3. Will allow one joiner free, but charge for a second

4. Will allow one joiner free, but won't allow more 

5. etc. 

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