Most business travelers reach their destination, attend their meetings, and return home without any incidents. On the road, practice street smarts, especially when you visit a new city.
Your travel arrangements depend on the company’s travel policy. Sometimes you can book your hotel if it meets the company’s pricing criteria. Other times the company arranges everything.
When you receive your hotel information, complete some due diligence. Research the area. Find out its proximity to your meetings, seminar, or convention. It’s worth knowing what nearby restaurants, stores, and landmarks exist too.
The preparation helps you stay safe.
Here are seven hotel safety tips to keep in mind.
1. Watch Your Things When You Check-In
Checking into your hotel requires focus. You need to claim the correct reservation, room, and amenities before you leave the desk.
The high-end hotels and chains offer guests digital ways to check in. However, you still need to pick up your room key.
While you check into your accommodations, ensure that you watch your things too. Avoid placing your credit card on the counter. Keep your important documents in your wallet. Hand them to the front desk associate when needed. Then put them away again.
You want to avoid forgetting or misplacing them. Someone would rarely try to swipe your credit card or wallet from the counter while you’re standing there. If you leave it behind and the hotel staff doesn’t notice, it causes temptation.
2. Request BellHop Assistance
During check-in, request bellhop assistance. This accomplishes a few things related to safety.
First, you receive help with your bags and an escort to your room. You don’t need to find it on your way while carrying your things.
Second, you see the state of the room with a hotel representative by your side. Hotels don’t allow guests to check into their rooms until after 2 pm. It gives their cleaning staff enough time to clean them.
Most hotels do a good job of turning over the rooms. In case yours isn’t clean or there is something amiss with it, you can let the bellhop know. That person relays the message or tells you who to contact for a remedy.
3. Know the Hotel Security Number
To remain safe in your hotel, ensure that you have the hotel security number nearby. Sometimes you only need to dial “0” from a hotel phone. If you need to follow a different procedure, double-check that you know it.
If you use the hotel amenities such as the exercise area, know the location of the property’s phones. Also, keep your smartphone with you at all times.
In an emergency, remain prepared to call for help.
4. Book Through a Reputable Source
The internet provides several conveniences including booking hotel accommodations online. New websites that promise deep discounts on travel pop up less often in 2021. Nonetheless, if you opt to book through one, research its reputation first.
Even though it sounds like a good deal, you want to make sure that you avoid scams.
Avoiding scams is one reason why some companies task an in-house representative to book all travel. It centralizes the responsibility and puts the company in a better position to negotiate favorable rates.
5. Make Sure the Room Locks Behind You
The trick to staying safe in a hotel is not tempting anyone. Don’t invite harm to your person or belongings. When you leave your room, double-check that the door is fully closed behind you.
An open door tempts passerbyers. Out of curiosity, they might peek inside. In the worst-case scenario, they will walk into the room, snoop through your things, and take something.
Safety means keeping your things away from harm too including your electronic devices, luggage, and valuables.
6. Avoid Rooms on the Ground Floor
Industry insiders recommend booking rooms located on the fourth to sixth floors. At all costs, they recommend avoiding the ground floor.
Some hotels offer public restrooms situated on the ground floor. This puts you in the crosshairs of outsiders. If you stay in a room above the sixth floor, it poses a risk in case of an emergency such as a fire or earthquake.
To remain safe at a hotel, seek quick exit access but avoid remaining close to individuals not staying there overnight.
7. Don’t Open the Door Immediately
When you travel for business, you rarely have time to entertain non-business guests. Some travelers order room service or food delivery to their room. Outside of that, if someone knocks on your door, avoid opening it immediately.
If you’re not expecting anyone, check who is knocking through the peephole. Then ask who it is. You want to avoid being a victim of a prank or potential crime.
Most business travelers have smooth trips. By taking precautions, you ensure that the trip is smooth every time. You also remain safe at your hotel accommodations.