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Do Any Hotels Accept Cash Anymore?

by SharonKurheg

For years, a popular saying was “cash is king.”You didn’t have to have a credit or debit card. You didn’t even have to have a checking account. As long as you could pay for something with cash, you were good to go.

Nowadays, not so much.

Sure, you can still easily pay for some things with cash. Groceries (if you go to the store yourself to buy them). Purchases at a gas station (if you pre-pay for your gas, anyway). Little stuff like that.

But over the years, we’ve become more and more of a cashless society, with the likes of Apple Pay, Google Pay, Paypal, Venmo, Velle, direct deposits, credit cards, debit cards and even prepaid reloadable cards taking the place of cold, hard cash. The COVID epidemic put even more nails into the cash coffin, when “touch free” became all the rage.

Which leads to the question – do ANY hotels accept cash anymore?

The answer is yes, but with the caveat of “not all of them” and “but you also almost always have to have a card on file.”

What’s up with hotels wanting credit cards?

Essentially, hotels want to make sure they’re paid for everything that may be due them.

So if you make a reservation, they want a credit card on file as a deposit. That way if you’re a no-show they can still charge you as per whatever rules they have set up (usually the one night deposit).

They also want a way to be able to charge you if you just happen to, you know, sneak out and leave the hotel without paying them on your check out day.

AND they want to ensure they can charge you for whatever else might come up. Minibar fees. Room service. Smoking in the room. Stealing the bathrobes. Trashing the room. Stuff like that.

If you’re paying with cash, you may or may not have enough cash on hand to cover what you owe them…and they know it. So nowadays, hotels really prefer credit (and even debit – but not as often. But we’ll save that for another post) cards.

But as I said, some hotels DO still take cash. It varies from brand to brand and sometimes even from hotel to hotel even within brands.Here are the rules for some hotels – the list, which focuses on the U.S., is by NO MEANS exhaustive.

Drury Hotels

Cash accepted at all hotels, regardless of brand. When paying with cash, you must also have a photo ID and a credit card at check-in.

Extended Stay America

Cash payments can be made at check-in at all Extended Stay America locations. When paying cash, you are required to provide a $100 deposit.


Varies by location, regardless of brand. Call hotel directly.


Varies by location, regardless of brand. Call hotel directly.


Varies by location, regardless of brand.

No info about cash payment on their website; call (800) 323-7249 for questions.


Varies by location, regardless of brand. Call hotel directly.

Omni Hotels

Varies by location. Call hotel directly.

Motel 6

Advance payments to Motel 6 and Studio 6 may be made with cash. Must have a credit card and photo ID for check in. Can pay bill in cash, with credit card on file.


Most (but not all) locations accept cash, regardless of brands. When paying with cash you must pay at check-in. An additional cash deposit is required to cover room charges or damages.

No info about cash payment on their website; call (800) 333-3333 (yes, really) for questions.

Shilo Inns

Credit card required for check in but cash payment allowed at check out.

No info about cash payment on their website; call (800) 222-2244 for questions.


Varies by location, regardless of brand. Call hotel directly.

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derek September 10, 2021 - 3:27 pm

In the 1980’s, people could still pay cash. Relatives didn’t start having credit cards until the 1970’s.

ChuckMO September 10, 2021 - 4:16 pm

Still a few no-tell motels that take cash….so I’ve heard.

derek September 10, 2021 - 5:58 pm

There’s a modern way to do it. I have a Canadian credit card. Spending does not get into the US credit reports. I use the Canadian credit card not because I want to hide spending but to get Canadian charges billed in Canadian dollars, so I will not look like a foreigner in Canada, and because it has a PIN to use it, which is handy in Europe.


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