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‘Major’ hotel warning that means you should change rooms immediately

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One TikToker has warned of a red flag to look out for (Picture: Getty Images/Maskot)

When it comes to travelling, safety should always be a top priority.

And if you’re staying in a hotel, there’s one red flag you should look out for.

In fact, if this situation occurs, you should request to change your room immediately, particularly if you’re travelling alone.

Travel writer and content creator @Patricejwill posts about solo female travel on TikTok. She’s warned tourists to take action if the front desk receptionist reads your room number aloud when they check you in.

‘They should never say your room number out loud,’ she said.

‘You might think that’s really excessive, but sometimes hotel lobbies even include people who aren’t even guests at the hotel,’ she explains in a TikTok video.

So, if this does happen to you, how can you politely stand your ground and request to move?

‘You don’t have to make a big deal out of it, you could just say “I would just prefer that my room number isn’t announced out loud,”’ she suggested.

‘Someone who works in hospitality, they will know that they made a major mistake and they will change your room without a problem.

‘Especially if you’re checking into the hotel and it’s just you, they don’t see anyone with you and they hear your room number, better safe than sorry.’

For @darlene_octavia, Patrice’s advice saved her from a potentially unsafe situation whilst she was staying in California for a work convention.

Darlene was staying at an inn ‘in the middle of nowhere’ as, having booked her accommodation last minute, it was the cheapest option.



Flight attendant says you should always throw a water bottle under hotel beds

Esther Sturrus, who works for Dutch airline KLM and shares TikToks about her journeys, recommends always throwing a water bottle under the bed when you get into a hotel room.

Although unlikely, tourists can be targeted by thieves or intruders, with some travellers choosing to be vigilant in certain countries or in rooms on lower floors.

According to Esther, her hack lets you ‘check that no one is under the bed without looking’, easing your mind if you’re wary.

She advises rolling the bottle under the bed, adding in her video that it ‘has to come out on the other side’. If it doesn’t, you may want to exercise caution.

Bear in mind that an obstruction doesn’t necessarily mean there’s someone hiding underneath your bed.

It could just as easily be where spare sheets are stored, or you didn’t throw the bottle hard enough to get it right across to the other side.

That said, it doesn’t hurt to check, and you’ll sleep better knowing you’ve done your due diligence.

‘By the time I go there to check in, it’s late and it’s dark. It’s [the lobby] a small little room, and I went and spoke to the guy at the front desk,’ she explains.

Whilst the attendant was checking her in on the computer, an older man Darlene describes as a ‘little strange’ walked in behind her.

‘He looks a little bit eccentric. He hears my accent and he’s like “oh you’re from the UK”,’ Darlene describes. Not wanting to appear rude, she briefly chatted to him.

‘The guy does what he has to do to check me in, and then he’s like okay cool, your room is 262. Like announces it, and the guy hears it.’

Though she felt uncomfortable, she didn’t say anything as she thought it would be difficult to change the booking. So, she started to walk to her room when she heard the man from the lobby directing her towards it.

‘He’s heard my room, taken a mental note of it and now he’s like showing me to it,’ she says.

‘As luck will have it, it’s literally next door to his. So now he knows there’s a single woman in this room next door to him, and it’s not like a hotel where it’s indoors and there are cameras, it’s an outdoor inn.



Expert tips for solo female travellers

‘Read the reviews of hotels or BnBs you are considering to ensure the location is safe and near amenities such as public transport,’ Wizz Air’s travel experts previously told Metro.co.uk.

‘If you are travelling on a budget, it can be easy to ignore reviews in favour of saving money, however you must ensure there are plenty of reviews available, as this will give you a better understanding of where you will be staying.’

Nothing ruins a holiday quicker than having your stuff stolen, so be vigilant to give yourself the best shot at keeping your valuables safe.

‘If you are staying in a hotel room, keep your valuables locked in the safe, usually provided, to give you peace of mind,’ say the experts. ‘If you are staying in a shared room in a hostel then most will provide lockers, so ensure you travel with a lock and keep the key on you at all times.

‘To avoid drawing attention to the fact you are a solo traveller, avoid dressing like a tell-tale tourist and, instead, dress as simply as you can,’ experts say.

‘In fact, you should take note of how locals are dressed to help you curate your outfits. If you notice locals covering certain parts of their body, for example, then you should do the same. Not only will this help you blend in, but it also means you don’t risk seeming disrespectful.’

‘Anyone could walk in, anything could happen.’

At that point, she remembered Patrice’s advice and decided to go back and change her room after all.

‘I was like, actually I forgot something, and went back. I explained and then he changed my room.’

‘Be authoritative, be firm, be friendly and kind,’ she advised her followers.

‘Better safe than sorry.’

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