How to get motel room with no visa or credit card? i only got a health card?

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Sorry if this post is in the wrong thread, wondering thou for your people's insights and advice, this site has helped out a lot :)

I'm thinking of doing some odd jobs and panhanding today for a hostel room for me and my bf, or a cheap hotel room, need btw $38-55 bucks, the shelter house isn't a option for me, plus I cant be beside my partner, whom I feel safe with on the street, haven't found success with housing, either thou im on the housing list in my home town, anyways, sleeping outside isn't a option either cuz I don't have the right gear and fuck its freezing outside now, with the windshield, its almost -40 out there, so fuck that.

what is the best way to get a hotel/motel without a visa or credit card? and what should I specifically say to the hotel manager so they will rent a hotel room to just 1 person, even thou im gonna sneak my partner in afterwards to spend the night, to save on cash.
 

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It would be hard to sneak an extra person into a hostel but in regular motels I do it all the time. And I don't know about Canada but in America plenty of hotels still take cash.
 

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Some hotels will not rent you a room without a card of some kind as insurance for possible damages.

You have to find local, cheap, motels. They will take cash, and usually will require an extra like $50 deposit as insurance, you get it back when you check out.

This is especially true if you LOOK houseless, which is discriminatory as fuck, but that is the world we live in.
 
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Motel 6 still takes cash. Not having an Id is where you run into problems.
 

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You may be able to get a walmart prepaid debit card, and book a cheap airbnb if you have a smart phone. It doesn't look like they require ID on their website, but I have never done it before. Maybe someone who has booked one could chime in on that.
 
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Worked at a hotel in BC for a spell. Boss accepted cash but required a cash deposit but down as well. Found a few cheap motels in 'murica that had a similar thing.

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Some hotels will not rent you a room without a card of some kind as insurance for possible damages.

You have to find local, cheap, motels. They will take cash, and usually will require an extra like $50 deposit as insurance, you get it back when you check out.

This is especially true if you LOOK houseless, which is discriminatory as fuck, but that is the world we live in.

yeah my partners cousin had to pay a extra $40 deposit on a room, that was already like $70 bucks, but he got it back the next day.
 

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FRONT DESK STAFF here....
At my hotel, and at least most hotels in the downtown area...
check in requires
valid photo ID
credit card WITH YOUR NAME ON IT
we're told no prepaids because the card can authorize for the room upon check in, but if the guest pulls the money before checkout, the hotel won't be able to charge at check out and so the hotel doesn't recieve payment.
We're given total discretion on whether or not to accept cash. if we do, we require full amount plus a $250 cash deposit to cover any damage. We can decide whether or not to accept cash. Matter of fact, we're allowed to say we're sold out, your card declined, or we don't accept cash, whenever we want, per our discretion. So, if you walk in and I'm pretty sure you're gonna be trouble, I can simply say we're sold out.
I KNOW, TOTALLY SUCKS, totally unfair. But since we're held somewhat responsible for the actions and messes of guests we choose to check in, one has to use discretion. People leave bedbugs, steal TVS, deal drugs, solicit from their room, beg from fellow guests or just don't understand discretion enough to not creep out fellow guests.
We literally have guests complain to corporate and write negative online reviews because we'll have homeless or sketchy looking people staying. then it comes back to us, "Why did you rent to him?" and then housekeeping wants to kill you to because of the messes a lot of certain types of people in my experience tend to leave.

Walk in and get a room. Ive never had an issue anywhere. Is that even a thing?
Certainly is here in downtown because of the significant tweaker infestation and we tend to have a lot of crime here.

Yea same. I've never had a issue paying cash for a room. Especially a cheap 35 dollar one.
True, Motels are pretty chill about it, but look out for bedbugs especially in those kind of places!

Some hotels will not rent you a room without a card of some kind as insurance for possible damages.

You have to find local, cheap, motels. They will take cash, and usually will require an extra like $50 deposit as insurance, you get it back when you check out.

This is especially true if you LOOK homeless, which is discriminatory as fuck, but that is the world we live in.
WORD. Generally my colleages won't rent to homeless because 1) they're afraid of bedbugs or room damage, or leaving a smell 2) will they be percieved as a nuisense to other guests who could complain?
It sucks, I know. But most tourists see homeless people, they're on vacation, and they just say 'eeew' and begin to doubt the cleanliness of the hotel.

You may be able to get a walmart prepaid debit card, and book a cheap airbnb if you have a smart phone. It doesn't look like they require ID on their website, but I have never done it before. Maybe someone who has booked one could chime in on that.
More and more places are avoiding prepaid cards for the reasons I listed above. They're seen sketch AF. Like, why don't you have a bank card?



And disclaimer; I know, this all sucks, not advocating, just giving insight.
 

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