Always keep valuables in the hotel lobby safe. Even if there's
a safe in your room, it's best to use the one in the lobby, as
it is far more secure and is usually covered by the hotel's insurance
policy should a theft occur. Keep in mind that hotel liability
levels can vary in different countries. It's always a good idea
to check with the hotel ahead of time to make sure they provide
a lobby safe and insurance coverage.
Leave the television on (with the volume up) when you leave
the room so would-be intruders think the room is occupied.
Hotel security can be lax regardless of the size or quality
of the property. In many properties, non-guests can enter without
ever being questioned by hotel personnel. It's always smart
to request a room that has no external access and that is located
on an upper floor since these rooms are usually a little less
accessible to intruders.
If you notice that hotel security has been compromised in any
way, report it immediately to hotel authorities or even the
police if necessary.
||Getting the Best
Room for Your Needs
Try to get as much information about the property and accommodations
in advance as possible, to ensure that you'll have all the amenities
you want. Before finalizing your reservations, call the property
directly to ask for details about matters that will affect your
comfort. Are any disruptive construction projects scheduled
or currently underway at the property? Has the property recently
suffered damages from any natural disasters, such as eroded
beaches resulting from hurricanes?
Decide what particular kind of room you want, and request it
in advance. Are you looking for a quiet, sunny spot with a garden
view? Or perhaps a room with a balcony overlooking the ocean?
Do you want a non-smoking room and a king-sized bed? Do you
need a room with business facilities such as a fax machine and
data ports? It's also a good idea to ask for a written confirmation
of your room selection and rate.
You should always reserve a room that will be adequate for
your needs--you'll be spending a third of your vacation there,
so don't try to make do with rooms you aren't completely happy
with. But once you're at the hotel, there's no harm in inquiring
about room upgrades. Late in the day, there may be rooms that
will remain unoccupied for the night. Front-desk employees usually
have the authority to upgrade. (Another helpful hint that can
work wonders: Ask nicely and look like you just came off a hellish