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How to Check if Your Hotel is Safe and Secured

Updated on May 9, 2013

Is your hotel safe? When you're traveling away from home, one of the most important things is safety. It is crucial while on vacation or a business trip that you take certain measure to verify the safety of yourself and your family. Even if you are staying in a high end hotel, there are several steps you need to take to ensure your hotels safe.

1. Stay In Back- When you book your hotel, request a room in back. This will give you access to the backdoor, which allows you and easy way in and out of the hotel in case of an emergency.

2. Report if Needed- If you see any suspicious activity, report it to the front desk immediately. Clients are a big part of keeping hotels safe. If you see anyone suspicious lurking around the backdoor, see unattended luggage, or anything else that doesn't feel right, call the front desk.

3. Read the Maps- As soon as you check in, locate and read the evacuation maps so that you know which way to go in case of an emergency, such as fire. Note whether you are closer to the backdoor or front door.

4. Greet Staff- Say hello to the hotels staff while you are checking in. These are the people who are responsible for your safety. Try to recognize at least a few of them.

5. Observe Staff- During your hotel stay, you will need to know what the hotels staff uniforms look like. If someone comes to your door wearing a uniform other than the hotels staff uniforms, do not open the door and call the front desk immediately.

6. Check the Safe- Feel free to use the in room safes while you are staying at a hotel. Keep your valuables locked up, but don't leave the room without emptying your safe. Most hotel safes have a default password that allows hotel staff entrance. Although they can keep your valuables locked up while you are on the premises, they may not be as safe as you think.


During your stay at any major hotel, it is important to make sure that you and your family are safe. You can do this in a variety of ways, but the best way is to do a manual check of the hotel and your room after you check in. There are several things you can do to stay safe in a hotel. This includes staying in back, reporting suspicious activity, reading emergency maps, greeting and observing staff, and checking the in room safes. If you are comfortable and confident that you and your family are safe, then it's time to enjoy a relaxing, carefree vacation. Remember: whether you are on a vacation or business trip, hotel safety is the key to an enjoyable experience.


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      Jeremy 5 years ago

      Hotel safes are hazards and I would avoid putting real valuables inside if I the hotel is not well known. Better it belong to a respectable chain of hotels.

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      hildred 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

      I've had jewelry stolen by cleaning staff (it was in the safe, so yeah) at the Universal City Sheraton years ago. It's always a good reminder to know where your valuables are at all times.

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      jakecreps 5 years ago

      I went to a hotel, and they stole all the change I had been saving up for laundry! That was a major dissapointment.