Travelling is an exciting opportunity to see new and different parts of the world. Be sure your trip goes according to plan with these tips for hotel safety:
- When you go out at night, be sure to leave word with a fellow traveller or the front desk indicating your general itinerary and your expected return time.
- Always lock the door to your hotel room, and if you have visitors, meet them in the lobby, hotel restaurant, or bar.
- Leave your extra cash, small electronics, and other valuables in your room safe or the hotel safe.
- Rethink isolated stairwells and using the elevator alone, if there is anything that makes you uncomfortable about other occupants.
- As soon as you arrive, take a moment for fire safety. Read the instructions provided or inquire at the front desk to be sure you know how to alert the right people if there is a fire. Take note of the nearest exits, and get a sense of the number of rooms between yours and the fire door. Keep in mind that in case of a fire, you may be moving low to the ground, in which case it is crucial to know when you reach the right door.
- Check the reputation of your hotel, and choose only those that have a proven history of dependability. If there is any question, opt for a multiple-location chain.
- The interior entrance style of hotels, as opposed to the drive up doors of motels, is much safer as would-be criminals must pass through the lobby (and the front desk) before they reach your room.
- Avoid rooms with connecting doors to adjacent rooms, unless you will be using this feature to stay close to friends or family.
- Guard your room number as you would any other personal identification.
- While there are benefits to being close to emergency exits, these points may provide less visible access to rooms. Instead, choose a centrally located room, and keep track of how to find the nearest exit in case of emergency.
- Park your car as close to the entrance of the hotel as you can, and be sure your vehicle is in a place with ample lighting.
- After dark or in sketchy areas, don’t hesitate to ask the concierge to provide you with an escort.
- Remember that room service door hangers commonly left in the open overnight are an announcement that you are travelling alone to anyone who passes by.
- If there is an unexpected knock from someone stating they are a hotel employee, dial the front desk and verify before opening your door.
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