Whether you're traveling for business or for pleasure, staying at the right hotel can give you the perfect venue for kicking back and relaxing after a long day of meetings or sightseeing. Even as you relax during your stay, it's important that you don't stop considering your safety. Whether you're staying an upscale boutique hotel or a budget-friendly chain hotel, there are a number of things you can do to keep safe. Beyond parking in a well-lit area of the parking lot, keeping your room key card out of sight when you're out and about and staying on an upper floor to avoid a break-in through your room's window, here are three ways you can stay safe.
Request That The Front Desk Clerk Doesn't Verbalize Your Room Number
You'll feel more secure during your stay if the front desk clerk doesn't loudly announce your room number when handing you your key card upon checking in. If you book your room online, leave a note in the "Notes" section of the online reservation to ask that the clerk provides your key without saying the room number. Alternatively, you can quietly make this request when you approach the desk. Clerks will respect your privacy and you won't have to worry about someone overhearing the location of your room.
Verify The Identity Of Any Visitors
If someone knocks on your hotel room door and announces that he or she works for the hotel's housekeeping, maintenance or concierge department, you don't have to feel obligated to open the door. Keeping the door locked, look through the peephole to get a description of the person, ask the person's name and say that you're calling the front desk to confirm his or her identity. Then, speak to someone at the front desk and relay this information. The clerk can then confirm that someone from the maintenance department has been asked to check your air conditioner, for example. You can then feel comfortable opening the door.
Don't Be Afraid To Ask For A Security Escort
If you feel uneasy at any point during your hotel stay, you shouldn't hesitate to ask for a security escort. Whether the hotel has a dedicated security person or can simply provide you with a staff member, you can ask to have this person accompany you to the parking garage, your vehicle in the parking lot or anywhere else that you need to go but feel concerned about doing so alone.