· Ask about relocating to a hotel conference room or event space when group gatherings start to get out of hand
We know the allure of a wild, reckless night spent in a crowded hotel room. So does Charlie Sheen—but look where he ended up. As an alternative, we'd like to suggest the use of a larger, more accommodating meeting room. Worried about a sterile office space being an automatic killjoy? Yotel Times Square happens to have the perfect solution to that problem.
· Check all windows and balcony doors for functioning locks and mechanisms
When you first enter your room—whether it's a standard king or a deluxe suite—the first thing you should do is go over to the windows and balcony doors, checking them for secure locks and functioning hinges. Not only is a loose window a pain to deal with, but in the wrong situation, it could also prove deadly.
· Carefully study all fire escapes routes
Close your door. Now take a minute to familiarize yourself with all fire escape routes and locate them from your end of the building. Once in a while, the little plaques can actually look pretty cool. Above is a shot from Vegas' Monte Carlo Resort & Casino.
· Ask about recent safety inspections
Call us wishful thinkers, but we believe all hotels should post these somewhere prominent, just like they do with restaurant letter grades. Whether the hotel has something to hide, or just feels it clashes with the art on the walls, seeing these printed out in a public space would surely put our minds to rest.
· Stay away from the ledge!