Some questions about motels: cost, reservations, how to find one?
I worked in hotels for years, the standard rule of thumb is that you have to be 18 to get a room. If you are making reservations they will require a credit card for the deposit of the room, when you check in however you can let them know that you will be paying cash upon check out. That is fine. I will let you know that when a deposit is run on the CC there is a certain amount of money that is put on "hold" on the card, which means that if the room cost $80 a night they are going to ask the cc co to hold $100 for the cost of the room, taxes and possible damages. Upon check out they let the CC CO know that you are not paying by CC and to remove the hold. The hold can take a few days, however you will never see a charge or a credit to your statement. Rental Car companies do this same thing.
Okay if yoiu go into a hotel/motel and you are paying cash SOME places will require either a CC or a certain amount of money as a deposit, they do this because rooms do get trashed (I know that you are not), people make phones calls, get pay preveiw movies ect and then leave without paying....again upon check out you get this back! I have stayed at a few places that do require either you just pay for your night or two upon check in. If you are unsure of the policy just ask! Okay now for finding cheap hotels:
Your best bet here is going to be find a mom and pop motel or stay at some place like Days Inn, Red Roof Inn, Motel 6, Super 8, Travelodge, and other places like these.....all of these companies have website, check their rates. If you are leaving this weekend there is really no need to make reservations just do your research and see what the internet price is going for, when you stop at the motel ask them what the rate is for the night if they say something like $60, you can say well I saw on the internet that you were running a rate of $55. It never hurts to ask and yes sometimes they will honor/give you the lower price. Okay another tip which is not so honest, when you go to check in park the car on the side and only one person go in, if they ask you how many people say 1. Here is why I say this, sometimes they charge extra for another person so if they say the rate is $50 and you say two people they can change that to $60. Dumb I know I never charged for extra people but, they do have reasons for doing it. For your area you should be able to find one of the above mentioned chains for about $50-70 a night. I would try to dig up about $30 extra dollars if you can. LOOK FOR COUPONS....do some searching on the internet see if you can find coupons from the visitors center or places like that. Do you know anyone with AAA???? You get discounts at hotels, see if they offer student discounts some do. ASK about specails and coupons it never hurts and can save you some cash!
So I looked at Motel 6 and they have rooms for like $50 a night so with tax about $60 here are some websites of motels to help you:
Motel 6 Joliet I-80
1850 McDonough Street, Joliet
Super 8 South
1730 McDonough Street, Joliet
Red Roof Inn
1750 McDonough Street, Joliet
Motel 6 Joliet I-55
3551 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet
Super 8 – North
3401 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet
One more thing just so you know that hotel/motel rates change depending on the amount of reservations made, so if there is something big like a convetion in town they are going to be higher than like a normal day. Good for you hotel rates are lower on the weekends durring the summer, most of their money is made off of business travelers. I hope this helps you, I was up by Joliet on Memorial day weekend no issues finding a hotel we spent $69 with tax. Drive around and find the best price. Have a great time seeing your friends.