All hotels in Pattaya have a joiner (joining) policy which dictates whether or not you pay a joiner (joining) fee when you invite a guest back to your hotel room. Hotels which do not charge a joiner fee are commonly known as joiner or guest friendly hotels, in Pattaya they are also known as girl friendly and bar girl friendly hotels.
Just to clarify, here’s a scenario you might find yourself in if you book a non joiner/guest friendly hotel in Pattaya. You booked your hotel, arrive in Pattaya and check-in at the hotel. Next, you hit the town, meet a girl, and invite her back to your hotel room for the night. When you arrive back at the hotel the front desk staff notice you have a guest, then they politely inform you that you must pay a joining fee for your overnight guest.
More About Joiner Policies at Hotels in Pattaya
The hotel joiner policy is basically the terms and conditions under which the hotel will allow you to take a guest to your room. The hotel joiner policy is written and applied by the hotel management. Hotels in Pattaya commonly include the following terms and conditions in their joiner policies. See list below.
- The room booking should include your joiner. Meaning, even if you are staying alone you should make the booking for 2 occupants.
- You and your guest/s will not exceed the maximum allowed room occupancy.
- Your guest should be at least the age of consent, in Thailand that is 18. In many cases the hotel stipulates a minimum age of up to 21.
- Some hotels will not allow ladyboys.
- Your guest should report to the front desk with their ID card or passport.
- In some cases your guest must leave before a stipulated time the following day.
- And most importantly, according to their policy they may or may not charge a joiner (joining) fee.
How to Book a Joiner/Guest Friendly Hotel in Pattaya
Before booking any hotel in Pattaya, regardless of recent forum reports and reviews suggesting the hotel is guest/joiner friendly, you should contact the hotel yourself to confirm they will not charge a joiners fee for YOUR guest/s.
When you are booking your hotel room you must remember the number of occupants is you, plus your guest/joiner. Some hotels will allow 2 joiners depending on the maximum number of adult occupants permitted in the room.
NOTE: Booking the room for the number of occupants allowed does not mean the hotel will allow your guest to enter free of charge. Some hotels in Pattaya charge a joiners fee regardless of the booking conditions.
How to Find Joiner Friendly Hotels in Pattaya
There’s lots of forums, guest friendly hotel websites and blogs featuring lists and reviews of Pattaya guest/joiner friendly hotels. You can also find up to date lists of guest friendly hotels in Pattaya right here on this blog. I recommend using them as your starting point, and keep in mind the only way to guarantee a hotel is guest friendly for YOUR stay is to email the hotel yourself.
Best Place to Find Joiner/Guest Friendly Hotels in Pattaya
The highest concentration of guest friendly hotels in Pattaya is in the very heart of downtown Pattaya, close to the nightlife and shopping zones. Because this area attracts a large number of single male tourists the majority of hotels have a very relaxed joiner policy, making it perhaps the best place to find joiner friendly hotels in Pattaya.
What Hotel Types are Guest Friendly in Pattaya
I’ve found there are a few variants which determine how liberal a hotel’s joiner policy might be, those are area, price range, star rating, and the type of customer a hotel attracts or hopes to attract.
I spent a lot of time emailing hotels to inquire if they were guest friendly, and found the highest ratio of positive email responses came from low to mid price range hotels and cheap guest houses in north, central and south Pattaya, between North Pattaya Road and South Pattaya Raod.
The highest ratio of negative replies came from high end beach resorts and family oriented hotels in the Wongamat/Naklua and Na Jomtien areas.
How to Get Best Rates at Pattaya Joiner Friendly Hotels
Whatever kind of hotel you’re looking for you need to know how, where and when to get the cheapest rates. To help you get started, read these Pattaya hotel booking tips.