Premier Inn has this 16 years policy, which has affected us in the past few years.
We took a chance in one PI in Kent when our son had turned 16 by 2 months, and had no problems, and it was not questioned at all. As UK citizens we do not have to show any ID when checking in [all the details are given online when booking] - I do not know if the same applies to visitors from overseas.
The next year we used a Hilton, which did allow 3 adults, to avoid this problem.
Just wondering do they want 16 year olds to have their own room? We stayed in two Crown Plaza's recently with our recently new 16 year and old without any questions.
It's not entirely clear to me what you mean by "How strict are London hotels when they say children under 16?" Based on the reply above I am assuming that this is what you are referring to: http://www.premierinn.com/en/why/kids.html I take it you are looking to book a family room where you can pay for two adults and have your daughter stay free under the under-16s offer. This reminds me somewhat of this thread: tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k515…
I was not trying to get anyone "in for free". They charge a price for a 2 adult 2 child room. She turns 16 two weeks before we travel. Never mind, sorry I asked.
When I was 16 I would not have wanted to be in the same room as my parents, have times changed?
You might get away with it but overall I think that honesty is the best policy.
You asked a question. There's no need to get annoyed because the answer to that question wasn't what you wanted to hear.
Premier Inn have set their age where a person is considered an adult at 16.
"In the United States no one would care. "
When in Rome ...
Okay, perhaps that was a little bit simplistic to say "no one would care". I was embarrassed that someone seemed to think I was trying to get something for nothing. I was just trying to keep us all in the same room in a foreign country that we had never been to. In the meantime I have booked a family suite at the Aviva studio apartments in Hammersmith. They seem to get favorable reviews here on TA - and no minimum age for the children to deal with. Thanks all!
We understand that London hotels are expensive.
We'd rather you had the facts than you make the booking and the hotel enforce their rules when you arrive. That could cause problems that no one would want to have to deal with.
The family suite seems to be the way to go.Edited: 11 January 2014, 18:56