Do not hold business meetings in your hotel room. Think twice before allowing other people to store their belongings in your room as it is an open invitation for them to come and retrieve them. Use the concierge storing service instead.
Try to arrive at your destination before dark and pre-check you can get into any buildings beforehand.
Do Not Disturb *
Hanging the “Do Not Disturb" sign on your hotel door when you go out could help deter potential thieves.
Double Booking Rooms
The most common cause for alarm in hotel rooms is when two people are accidentally allocated the same room. By placing the waste paper bin behind your door, you will be immediately alerted if somebody manages to get in with a key card and likewise it will alert the other person too that the room may already be occupied.
Double Locking Doors
For our security, we have come to expect that hotels rooms have at least two independent door locks and often a chain too. But rather than take for granted the fact that the locks will just work as intended, it is better to test these as soon as you enter your room. If they don't it's acceptable for you to ask for them to be fixed or to be relocated to another room, something that you are less likely to do once you've fully unpacked and are just about to retire.
Take a moment to view the fire exit information which should be on the back of your hotel door and then physically check your route and plan how you would get there in the event of a power failure.
Pack an inexpensive rubber doorstop when staying alone in a hotel and use it to wedge the door shut and prevent it being opened from the hallway by an intruder or wrongly assigned guest. It is easily slipped out of the way if you wish to get out or let someone in. For something more robust, invest in a DoorJammer Maiden-Voyage members receive a 20% discount.
See details on our female friendly hotels section and try to book a hotel that takes care of your personal comfort and safety concerns. If you plan to be late, contact the hotel to ensure they will hold your room. Do not allow visitors into your room or to store their belongings there. Always lock your door when inside your room. If the door to your room is ajar when you arrive, do not enter the room but report it to the hotel staff.
Room Number Allocation
Some hotels are unaware of the fact that it is bad form to announce your room number verbally, potentially to a lobby of other guests. If this happens to you, ask for a new room and for the number to be shown to you discreetly.
Before venturing out of your hotel, take a business card or something with the hotel address on it, it may come in handy if you get lost or have trouble communicating with a taxi driver.