A Hotel Security Basic I Love

There are a lot of things I love to see when I first walk into a hotel room. Some have to do with comfort, others to do with style. One in particular has to do with security.

For me, this is one of the best things I can see on a hotel door:

Hotel Door Lock

Hotel Door Lock

It’s simple, but effective.

A lock that I can use to stop people with the same key entering the room.

I used to just like them. Then a few years back I saw that film Derailed in which Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston’s characters are getting it on in a hotel room and someone breaks into the room. As the bad guy points out, they should have put the chain on the door. Not just used the lock. Anyone with a key could get in.

And these days, with electronic doors opened by bits of plastic I find it even more comforting when I can push across that extra lock or put on that chain.

So how about you? Do you also find it a little unnerving when hotel rooms are missing this tiny piece of metal? Or is there another hotel security basic you love?

And while we’re talking hotels, you may want to check out my post on five tips to get a good night’s sleep in a hotel room. Sweet and safe dreams!

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  1. Yep, I also love a hotel room with a chain or the flippy thing like above. Always flick it on when in the room, just in case…

  2. Totally agree. When travelling solo in particular I like to have that added sense of security. That said, it depends where you are – at the women’s retreat I host in Port MacDonnell we only cater for one group (maximum 4 people) at a time. Travelling with friends increases personal safety and can make a stay anywhere so much more relaxing. Nothing worse than a getaway spent on edge.

    • Wow… that retreat sounds lovely. I agree, it all does depend where you are, and who you’re with also helps. I’m not one to put a chair up against the front door of a villa I’m staying in with friends! But when it comes to hotels, I do love to lock myself in nice and tight for the night.

  3. Gosh, now I realise how few hotels actually have one of these. I don’t stay in a lot of hotels (only a couple of times a year) but I don’t think I’ve seen that thing more than once or twice ever.

    I think I should get one of those door stop alarms for travelling.

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