Before you pack, make sure you check the hotel room door.

It is unlikely that you will check the lock when you get into a hotel room.

However, many holidaymakers advise guests against this as they have had poor experiences.


Hotel guests shared the shocking reason why you should always check the locks on your room doors before you pack.

The majority of hotels use electronic keycards to open rooms. Anyone who has a key card for that particular room can use it.

Many rooms have deadbolts and latches inside. Guests can use these to lock the door to anyone, even those with key cards.

Reddit user r/LifeProTipsI took to the social networking site to remind hotel guests to ensure their doors lock properly and that their rooms are secure before they settle in.

They wrote, “Check your hotel door locks BEFORE unpacking.

“Before you settle in, ensure that your door has a functioning bolt that you can engage from the outside. If the bolt is damaged or non-existent or in poor condition, request another room.

“Your hotel costs should include this basic level of security.”

This post has been upvoted 6,000 times and received more than 300 comments by people who shared horror stories about their hotel rooms.

One person shared their story about the time that they didn’t lock their hotel room doors.

They wrote “I once stayed with a hotel, and they had physical keys to the rooms.”

“The morning comes around and this lady just unlocks the door and walks halfway to my door. She screams, and then runs out.

“The keys all opened every door… she was using the room opposite and obviously forgot which one was hers.”

Another person wrote: “My aunt had met a guy at the bar and he had followed them back home to their motel (without them realizing).

“In the middle night, he convinced the front desk that the girls knew him and so they gave him the key to their rooms.

“My aunt is a fairly light sleeper and woke up to this guy snoring on their floor. She screamed, the guy woke up and tried to explain, she gave no s***s and kicked him out. Then she ripped the front desk a new one.”

Another person recalled the moment they couldn’t lock their door because the key was secretly inserted.

They wrote: “My husband went to the toilet, while I locked the deadbolt behind me. It was opened when I checked. The deadbolt was locked and the door opened. Rinse and Repeat.

“I found the plastic no smoking’ sign, paper ads, and junk in the door jam slots – you know where the handle locks into?

“So it sounded like it locked, looked like it locked, but nothing locked. I pulled everything out and locked the door for real and tried to stop hyperventilating.”

Another person wrote “My dad and mum were checked in to a room. The key card was used to open the door. They found that another guest was showering. It was reasonable to expect privacy on their part.

“The clerk somehow issued the same room key twice.”

A fifth wrote: “Last year, someone kicked in the hotel door with one kick. There is no deadbolt or latch over for someone. [had]Just left the space for something.

“After that I’ll definitely check locks next time I stay at a hotel.”

Meanwhile, a frequent flyer has revealed the £1 item that will stop people from breaking into your hotel room.

A Royal Marine explained how you can stop someone breaking into your hotel on holiday. All you need to do is have a belt.

A flight attendant shared a safety tip to remember before you enter your hotel room.

If you don't use the deadbolt, anyone with a key or key card can get inside your room


You can allow anyone with a key or card to enter your room if you don’t use a deadbolt


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