I made a reservation for a hotel using Booking.com and upon confirmation I was charged the amount for the price of the first night of stay plus tax. This was specified albeit in fine print, and I was curious if this is normal? Also, do hotels usually refund that first night pay if I happen to cancel my stay within the free cancellation period?
I was just curious because if I'm paying the amount for the first night and that's non-refundable, that's not exactly a "free cancellation." Regardless, perhaps I'm simply not knowledgeable regarding this. Thanks for any tips.