I have called 4 times to The Orleans and have gotten 4 different answers. So here is shooting for a answer that makes sense. I have stayed/booked rooms at The Orleans for the past 10+ years and never have I had charges for the room charged to my credit card untill I checked out. I booked four rooms (first time ever booking more than one room) for me and three other friends. I have agreed to pay and put up my credit card to pay for all four rooms and charges to these rooms. I made the reservation on 05-25-12 for arrival on 08-02-12 and the charges for these four room (5 days each room) were immediately charged to my credit card...almost $2,000. This is two months before arrival. When I inquire about why are charges appied to my CC immediately when this is never been the case before....The response I get is mumbo-jumbo about how I am responsible for all charges for all four of these rooms. Heck! I know that, thats why they have my CC. Obviously the fact that I will not be present at checkin for some of my friends has a bearing on why I am being charged immediately...not sure why? KISS (keep it simple stupid)..... would someone explain to me why it is necessary to prepay for the reservation 60+ days in advance simply because I have agreed to pay for all rooms/charges to these rooms?? Thanks for any info.