Monday, August 25, 2014


If you are traveling alone especially, here are a few tips to help guarantee your safety while staying in a hotel or motel.

  1. Request a room close to the elevators.

  2. If the desk clerk or bellhop announces your room number where others can hear, insist on a new room assignment with the number passed on to you in writing, and silent. Never say your room number out loud in public.

  3. A hotel staff member should accompany you to the room and be sure the telephone, door lock, and balcony doors are in good working order before you unpack. I once went to my room at a hotel after checking in to find a man sitting in my room, and he refused to leave.

  4. Avoid those fumbling delays at your door by having the key card in your hand and pointed in the right direction.

  5. Most hotel room door lock automatically, but use the security chain and peephole before opening the door to anyone. If someone identifies themselves as a hotel employee (and you are not expecting one), do not allow them into the room until you check with the main desk to see if they sent this person.

  6. Never leave the “Make Up the Room” sign on your doorknob when you're away. You don't want to announce your absence.

  7. One of the first things you will want to do is memorize the fire-escape guidelines and have clearly in mind where your closest stairs and/or exits are located.

  8. Never go out to walk at night or even jog during the day without checking with the concierge to find out if it is safe to be out alone and where the safest places are to walk or jog.

  9. If staying in a motel, ask that you have a room with front-door parking to avoid a long walk across a parking lot.

  10. If renting a car, avoid long, lonely walks through tunnels or across parking lots by asking ahead of time if they provide valet parking or shuttle bus service when picking up or returning the car.

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