Booking Taiwan hotels/homestays that request a deposit
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 5, 2013 7:20 AM Last Post By: olctw
Jan 30, 2013 10:50 PM
Booking Taiwan hotels/homestays that request a depositHi there,
We're currently planning a trip to Taiwan and are coming up against a snag with homestays. Most, if not all, are asking for a remittance/deposit be paid to guarantee the reservation, and are supplying a bank code (usually a 3 digit number, that appears to something you can input at an ATM) and an account number.
Unfortunately I don't speak or write Chinese so communication has been tough, and I haven't got an answer from any of them as to how to transfer money from overseas to their accounts. The info provided appears to assume the guest has a Taiwanese bank account.
I haven't encountered this anywhere else I have travelled. Does anyone have any advice?
Jan 31, 2013 5:28 AM
1This is common practice in Taiwan. I would try and write to the homestays in simple English, explaining how difficult it is to transfer money from overseas. Failing that, you might want to stay at larger hotels which don't require deposits, or just show up at the homestays without an advance reservation and ask for a room. If you're traveling on a normal weekday, the last option shouldn't be a problem.
Feb 4, 2013 7:00 PM
2I book most of my accommodations online and they always require some sort of reservation fee or advanced payment, even at fancy hotels. I would expect that a ma-and-pa homestay would require no less, and might even be "more scared."
Certainly if you show up at either type of place
and want to stay the night,
and they have space available,
they will not turn you away for lack of advanced payment.
Feb 5, 2013 7:20 AM
3Legal hotels in Taiwan won't ask any deposit. Just a notice that most B&B in downtown of big cities are not legal.
(3 star Hotel)
From US$69.13 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$127.61 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$148.80 per night