7 hotel safety tips for your next travel
Traveling, whether it be for business or leisure, is a great way to release some steam and enjoy the new scenery outside the window. That is to say, your hotel or accommodation is now your temporary “home” away from home.
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Check out these hotel tips to keep you safe and worry-free while away from home.
Choose the hotel that suits your needs
This is a no-brainer. When looking for a hotel to stay, look for those that meets your quality standards and demands, and choose among your curated list. Your top requirement when looking for a hotel should be its security and safety.
Every city has its upsides and downsides, don’t let the great amenities outweigh the lack of security when searching. Keep in mind: location is key to comfort and satisfaction.
Do some research
When searching for a potential hotel, go beyond the basics and feed your mind with the latest news and current events around the city. Is the area close to terrorist threats? Are tourists and women safe in the area? What are the crimes common in the area and who are their usual targets? Are the streets safe?
Test the waters before you dive in. Do also look into the top safety tips for tourists and travelers when around your destination.
Inspect the room
When entering your hotel room, don’t get carried away with the comfort of the bed, view in the balcony and all the other knickknacks. What should you do first thing when entering your room? Inspect if the locks are working.
That way if you find a faulty lock, you can inform the front desk and ask to get transferred to another room. Add to that, keep the windows and doors lock whenever you enter and leave the room. Don’t trust the number of stars the hotel boasts, whether it be a 2-star of 5-star hotel, keep your safety routine at work.
Know your surroundings
How far is your hotel from the airport, train station and other public transport? How far is it from restaurants, parks, malls, and the like? Are pickpockets, robbery and other crimes common in the area? Again, location is important. Moreover, go on Google Maps and familiarize yourself with the streets prior to your trip. If you know where you’re going and know how to go there (appear less of a tourist and more of a local), chances of you being a target could less in the eyes of those who are up to no good.
Secure your valuables
This shouldn’t be here since it’s common knowledge but as a reminder, secure your valuable at all times—don’t leave it out of your sight.
Upon entering your hotel, one of the first and most important steps to do is to place your valuables (passport, extra money, credit cards (if need be), laptop, etc.) inside the hotel safe. If you don’t feel the vault to be a safe place for your valuables, ask the front desk if you could leave it there instead and don’t forget to ask for a written breakdown receipt of your valuables in case of loss.
Keep their business card at hand
After a meeting at a place quite far from your hotel or a night of drinks in a bar, can you still imagine yourself speaking out the right hotel where you’re staying? Ask if you can get two business cards on the front desk: one for you to keep beside the hotel phone and one to keep in your wallet. Also, write down the State Department’s emergency hotline numbers just in case. It’s always better to be prepared and safe than sorry.
Pay attention with calls
Speaking of hotel phones, don’t give any personal and risky information through calls (e.g. credit card number verification) even if it came from the front desk. You could come down and speak personally to the front desk regarding the matter just for safety measures.
Any other hotel safety and security tips you don’t mind sharing with our readers? We’d love to hear it—let us know in the comments below!
About the author: Chie Suarez sails from the PH. She spends her downtime writing for Holiday Inn Parramatta, the perfect hotel choice to stay in for both business or leisure.