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HOTEL STAY CHECKLIST

MAKING RESERVATIONS:
____ Ask:
- Do doors open to an interior hallway vice to an outdoor balcony - criminals would probably be less likely to try to enter your room from an interior hallway
- Type of locks for the room doors:
- Self-locking?
- Dead bolt?
- Security bar and/or chain?
- Type of keys they use (stay away from metal keys with room #'s on them) - card keys are best e.g., with magnetic strip - they change the code after each guest
- Phone in room - which you could use if someone was trying to enter your room
- 24-hour front desk staffing
____ Ask for a room which is not on the first floor, especially if there's a sliding glass door to the outside, especially if you're a woman by yourself

BEFORE ARRIVING AT HOTEL:
____ Have dollar bills available for tipping door person, bell hop, etc.

UPON ARRIVAL AT HOTEL:
____ Tip the door person and/or bell hop approx. $1 to $1.50 per bag, more if they provide extra services
____ Ask for a room which is not on the first floor, especially if there's a sliding glass door to the outside, especially if you're a woman by yourself
____ Ask for a room which is not above the reach of local fire department ladders, e.g., ladder trucks
____ Ask what kind of identification the staff carries
____ Determine fire excape routes/procedures

WHILE STAYING AT HOTEL:
If someone comes to room saying they're hotel staff:
Before you let them in:
____ Call front desk to confirm that they're supposed to be there

If you expect to make more than a few phone calls:
____ Keep a log(list) of calls you make including day, time, number called, whether call was answered, lenght of call

 

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