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.

Top 5 Amenities to Look for in a Hotel

Finding the Perfect HotelIt’s more fun during the holidays! This is the stretch of time when we get to rest and relax without thinking about our school or work. It is also a time for family bonding and vacation! Many of us rely on hotels to serve as our temporary “home” while we tour certain places. And as hotels multiply in quantity, our options become broader also. In spite of the abundant choices, how will we know if we’re getting the best quality hotel service we need? Let’s take a look at the top 5 amenities to look for in a hotel.

1) Clean and Nice Room: During a vacation, you just don’t go out to have some fun, you also seek comfort. A clean and cosy room will help you relax and blow your worries away. It should serve as a haven while you’re out of town.

2) Security: Security doesn’t only refer to the guards that are responsible for the safety of the customers. It also covers areas like fire, theft, etc. As we enter the area, we should take into consideration the security it possesses. Are there enough guards to guard the whole hotel? Are fire extinguishers available in every floor? What about fire exits? Emergency lights? Vacation doesn’t only mean you’re out to have all the fun. You should also think about your safety.

3) Knowledgeable and friendly staff: Staffs are the key to a business’ success, especially in hotels. From the receptionist, janitors, to the management, all should be of great attitude and values. You wouldn’t want to be stressed out because of an incompetent staff. This will not just ruin your vacation but also give you a stressful getaway.

Hotel Mini Bar4) Mini bar/ Mini-store: We need to have an access to a mini-store where we can buy things like toiletries. We don’t want to have the hassle of going out and finding these things. We also need it for our food. Early morning or late at night, we tend to enjoy eating a near convenience store would be real, well, convenient.

5) Technology: Today’s a world where invention of new technology never stops. Most of us have the best of the best. Several social networking websites are just hard not to visit everyday. (If you have a Facebook and Twitter account, then I’m sure you can sympathize with me.) Because we can order food and monitor our businesses through the use of our Internet, a hotel with fast and readily available Internet connection is a big plus.

So whether you plan to book online or just select a hotel “on the spot”, you need to do a little research regarding it as not to waste your time and money. Always remember that there are a lot of hotels around us, we just need to pick the one that has the best amenities as compared to others.