Top 10 Hotel Safety Features You Need to Look for Before Booking

Fire AlarmHotels are our second home when we’re on a trip. Whether because of vacation, family bonding, or even business trips, hotels provide a way to feel comfortable when we’re away from home. But not all hotels have the necessary safety features that will protect you, your loved ones, or at the very least, your luggage. Here I have listed 10 safety features that you should look for in a hotel.

1.  Competent and Alert Security Guards: If you are a Filipino, then you’ve probably heard of Jimmy Sieczka, the controversial American who posted a video which states his 20 reasons why he dislikes Philippines. He was clear in his opinion about the ineffectiveness of certain Filipino security guardsWell, you can’t blame him for pinpointing how some of our security guards do their work. Most of them don’t take their job seriously. A competent hotel should have security guards that take shifts since it operates 24 hours a day. Competent security guards should know the dos and don’ts when it comes to dealing with guests and non-guests. They should know when to use certain precautionary measures in order to control whatever situation arises.

2. Fire Alarms: Fire alarms are set to alert all the guests in case of fire. They provide the fastest way to advice all guests and personnel to vacate the building whenever necessary. Never book in a hotel that is without fire alarms and fire extinguishers.

3. Sprinklers: In case there’s a small build-up of fire in someone’s kitchen, sprinklers can help put out the fire immediately so that it’ll not spread all throughout the room and the rest of the hotel. This can prevent larger panic to arise.

4. Fire Exits: Once the fire becomes uncontrollable, every person should have a clear path as to where the fire exits are. These fire exits should be wide enough for a large group of hurrying people. Also, these fire exits should be available at all the main areas of the hotel.

5. Intact Electrical Wires: Who wants to get electricuted while on a vacation? No one! In fact, no one wants it AT ALL. So whenever you check in at a hotel, it is important to be very conscious when it comes to faulty electrical wirings, for they can cause us our lives.

6.  Flat /Plane Surface: We don’t want ourselves, and especially our children, to trip and suffer bruises just because of uneven floors. Worst scenario could involve bone and head injury, which would take some serious time to heal.

7.  Secure Door and Window Locks: Of course, not all of us would stay in our hotel rooms all throughout our vacation. Once we’re out, we need to secure all our important things. Hotels should have highly secured doors and windows in order to keep our valuables safe at all times.

CCTV Cameras8.  CCTV Cameras: Almost all establishments now are equipped with CCTV cameras. Because they provide consistent views of the nook, crannies and tightest corners of the hotel, guests are assured that every place in the building is accounted for. CCTV cameras have become, in their own way, a new species of security system in every business.

9.  Maintenance: Rusty bars, edgy walls, broken chairs, unpleasant smells, and unclean water are just some of the things the hotel management should be aware of. It is important to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the hotel in order to avoid future problems. For example, rusty bars can cause tetanus, broken chairs can cause broken bones, and water should be crystal clear since it is used for bathing and brushing teeth.

10. Safe Surroundings: Customer’s safety doesn’t just begin and end inside the hotel premises. Outside factors like the neighbourhood, the traffic and the air pollution should also be considered.

This doesn’t just serve as a reminder for guests; it is also a guideline for all hotel owners. It is important to establish a good client-owner relationship. This serves as a win-win situation for both because vacationers can have their dream relaxation period while the hotel owners are provided an opportunity to establish the credibility of their hotels.

What Room to Choose: Sunset View or Sunrise View?

Sunrise ViewYou’ve been there: arriving at the hotel grounds on the very busy season of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, booked at a super low-cost hostel in an Indian building that costs almost that of a five-star hotel deluxe room. The attendant asks you if you’d rather be in a room with windows with the view resembling that of the rollercoaster’s peak or in a tight room with no window at all. Chances are, you’ll choose the one with no windows. And as a result, very little space is granted to you and your family. Because of the limited space, you’ll have no choice but to squish your luggage under the bed. Thank God for the extra legroom down there.

And so you backtrack seven solid days prior the trip. Beloved reader, given the circumstances, it won’t be unusual if you find yourself asking these questions: “Should I go for a four-star hotel or a meager backpacker’s inn? Garden view or beach front? With or without breakfast? Room with sunrise view or sunset view?” The list goes on. There are just too many options to choose from. Honestly, not many people who take these sets of questions seriously. It is very seldom that a customer would ask whether their room assignment has a sunrise view or a sunset view.

Sunset ViewBut coming down to it, this actually depends on the type of person that you are. If you are a morning person, then go for the room with the sunrise view. Enjoy the bliss of making your coffee as you watch the world come alive while the sunlight unfolds in the horizon. However, if you are an evening person, choose the far end of the hotel where you can drink some wine should you find it tiring to go down to the local pubs. Although watching the sun rise or come down is really an optional activity; it doesn’t really hurt to try it occasionally, especially if you are tired of the busy streets of Manila or too exhausted to join the party in Sao Paulo. So why not cuddle up with your special someone and enjoy your coffee or wine as you clutch the satin hotel sheets?

Watching the sun come up or down is one big add-on feature a hotel can offer to make your stay ultra-comfortable and extra-lux. It doesn’t really matter which sight you choose to behold. (Wouldn’t it be awesome to have an awesome view to top off the awesome hotel that you’re staying in?) At this point, it’s all about personal preference. What’s important is that customers get the rest and relaxation that they deserve to conquer another exciting day of sightseeing.

So snuggle up, cuddle tight, and go for the ride.

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