10 Basic Life-Saving Tips to Stay Safe And Secure in a Hotel
Who goes into a relaxing vacation only to think of the worst things that could happen? No one. We travel for pleasure, don’t we? However, we cannot deny the fact that travelers are an attractive target for criminals – they have money and they easily get lost and distracted.
And just because you’re in a hotel doesn’t mean your safety is guaranteed.
It’s never bad to prioritize safety and security. While being pessimistic surely kills the fun, being unprepared when bad things do happen is way worse. If you’re staying at a hotel, here are 10 lifesavers you should keep in mind.
1. Check reviews
First things first: Make sure safety is a priority when looking for a hotel accommodation.
Reviews are your best friend. When researching hotels, keep an eye out for reviews that include safety concerns. Guest reviews will allow you to know whether the area is prone to flood, crime, and other risks. Another factor to consider is whether or not the hotel takes steps to ensure the safety of their guests.
2. Choose your room wisely
Request a floor between the second and fourth floors. When it comes to theft and other criminal activities, the ground floor is too easy to break in. Top floors, on the other hand, can be dangerous if your hotel is under attack.
Rooms in the 2nd to 4th floors are ideal – they’re high and secured enough for intruders yet are low enough to be accessed by fire truck ladders.
3. Never publicize your room number
Your room number is a matter of personal security – so don’t just give it away to another guest you just met at the breakfast buffet.
A reputable front desk staff knows how to keep conversation to a minimum when it comes to giving personal information and room number.
4. Pay attention to your credit card
Don’t just lay your credit card on the check-in counter – you’re making it easy for the thieves to capture the numbers with a good camera. When it’s given back to you, double-check if it’s your credit card, not a bogus card or someone else’s card.
5. Grab two hotel business cards from the front desk
Place one beside the phone in your room. If there’s an emergency, you’ll have the name and address of your location. Research the local emergency hotlines too.
Put the other one in your pocket or purse and always bring it with you. Should you take a cab or get lost, you can be brought back to the right hotel.
6. Keep an eye on your belongings
When the hotel lobby is too busy and you’re too exhausted from your trip, you can easily be distracted, thus become a victim of theft. Stay with your luggage all the time.
Another friendly tip: Don’t flash your cash and valuables. Keep your money separated, with only a few cash for spending easily accessible and the rest hidden. This will prevent you from showing off a huge amount of cash every time you pay.
7. Know the escape plan route in your hotel
Let’s be honest – scoping out the amenities is more interesting than studying the map on the back of your door. But if an emergency arises in the middle of the night, you’ll be glad you did.
Find the escape plan and know where fire exits are. Usually, there’ll be escape routes at either end of the floor. Check where the stairwell leads. See if any of the doors are locked or chained.
8. Use the in-room safe
If you’re leaving the hotel to get around the city, store the valuable items you won’t be carrying with you. Modern hotel safes allow you to select your own combination for better security.
Still can’t relax? Ask if you can lock your valuables in the hotel safe instead and get a written receipt for your things. While most hotels aren’t liable for items left in the guest room safes but they do accept liability for the ones locked in the hotel safe.
9. Hang the “Do not Disturb” sign
This flimsy-looking cardboard does the job. Hang it whenever you’re going out to send the notion that the hotel room is currently occupied.
Next, cover the peephole on your door, which provides an easy way for people to see a glimpse of your room. Stay safe by putting a bandage on it.
10. Scan everything
Bringing your passport is just as important as bringing your phone and wallet when going out. But what if you failed to do so? Saving a digital copy is the key.
Scan a copy of your passport and e-mail it to yourself. You may also snap a photo and save it on your phone. Do the same for other important documents. That way, you’ll have access to all your details if you need your passport, but you forgot to bring it. Plus, if it gets stolen, it’ll be easier to get a replacement.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the lifestyle writers for Aspect Hotel Park West Dublin, a modern hotel, delivering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences for leisure and corporate travelers across Dublin. Writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle is one thing she finds enjoyable, next to petting her cat.