Vacation Checklist

HOTEL STAY CHECKLIST

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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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