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Payment to hotel in Zanzibar - prior to arrival?

Ramat Gan, Israel
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Payment to hotel in Zanzibar - prior to arrival?

Hello everyone,

We have booked an hotel in Zanzibar (Pongwe Beach Hotel) and as requested, have trasferred a deposit of 25% of the payment at the time of the booking.

The hotel also requires us to transfer the balance payment - meaning the remaining 75% of the bill - one month *prior* to our arrival.

Has anyone ever experienced this? Is this a common form of payment - pay the entire balance before we even arrive there?

Thanks in advance!

Stanley, Falkland...
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1. Re: Payment to hotel in Zanzibar - prior to arrival?

Yes, it's common. It protects the hotel from no-shows.

They will not get a last-minute booking, so cannot re-sell the room if you don't turn up.

2. Re: Payment to hotel in Zanzibar - prior to arrival?

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