Saturday, October 26, 2013
Whether travelling for business or leisure, you expect your hotel and your hotel room to be safe. Even though you are paying good money to an established business, there are still things you can and should do to maximize your safety. Here are ten simple, easy tips to make you feel even safer on your next hotel stay.
- If your room has a safe, store all valuables and documents in it. If your room does not have a safe, store your items at the front desk. Consider asking for an itemized, written receipt of the items you leave with staff.
- Keep your door locked at all times when you are in the room. Use all locking mechanisms provided (i.e. deadbolt, security chain).
- Familiarize yourself with the nearest fire exit. If the fire alarm goes off in the middle of the night, you need to know where you are going. Keep a pair of shoes next to the door for easy access. You don’t want to be trekking through the parking lot in bare feet.
- Before you book, ask if the front desk is staffed 24 hours. There needs to someone monitoring who is entering and exiting the premise at all times. If not, find another hotel.
- Ask if the guest floors are secured to prevent non-guests from wandering the halls. Many hotels require you to swipe your room card to activate the elevators.
- Consult traveler review websites prior to booking. If someone has had a problem at a certain hotel, they usually will not be shy in sharing it.
- Consult the hotel’s website for information like on-site security and secured parking.
- Do not leave your room messy. When you leave for the day, if you know where everything is, it will be much easier to spot something out of place when you return.
- Be wary of the Wi-Fi connections provided by the hotel. Many are not secured, making it easier for hackers to enter the system. Inquire at the front desk about firewalls and other safety measures. If they have none, consider an alternate internet source.
- If you are parking your vehicle at the hotel, make sure you remove or hide your possessions. Thieves have been known to target hotel parking lots during the night.
Once you have implemented these simple and easy safety measures, you will be able to relax and enjoy your vacation, or concentrate on the business or conference that has brought you to the hotel.