This may sound a bit paranoid, or bring to light my love for L&O: SVU, but I ALWAYS do a quick security sweep before getting settled in my hotel room. When I enter my room, I turn on all the lights and prop my door open with my bag (because frankly, if I find ANY of the things I’m searching for, I’m not staying long). First, I check the bathroom: behind the door, in the shower, under the counter (if covered). Then I move to the closet, flinging open the doors and batting at the bathrobes.
On to the windows: I check for locks, access and creeps behind the curtains. Next is the bed, which is arguably the most important check, as this is where those bastard bedbugs live. It’s important to pull the comforter back all the way down to the foot of the bed, pull up the fitted sheet, look under the pillows, etc. It is generally a good idea to pull the mattress away from the wall a bit. While you are there, check the sheets for overall cleanliness. Just last night I found the sheets in my room had very clearly been used.
Last check! The phone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to call the front desk about something and my phone is disconnected or inop and I had to use my personal phone to call the 1-800 number listed on the stationary; only to be directed to reservations, events and the bar before finally reaching the front desk.
An emergency is unlikely, but it is critical to be able to reach someone within close proximity ASAP. Finally, I can go dislodge my bag from the door-jam and get settled. *If you’re alone, or not with someone who cares about you, I like to snap a pic of the phone number and address found on the room phone or stationary and send it to my husband with my room number.
Now I can start that Law and Order marathon.