Hotel security has become a concern for some frequent travelers.
Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews recently won a $55 million law suit over a nude video that was taken by a stalker who got a hotel room next to hers at a Nashville Marriott hotel in 2008.
Her case inspired NBC's Today Show to conduct a special investigation. Two reporters tested several hotels and found that while some refused to give out personal information, others revealed guests' names as well as their exact room number.
We spoke to Anthony Melchiorri, host of Travel Channel's "Hotel Impossible", to hear his tips on how you can keep your information secure during your next trip.
From when you check in to when you leave your room, here are 13 ways to make sure you're staying safe.
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Stay at hotels that offer restricted access.
When deciding on a hotel, Melchiorri recommends looking for properties that offer restricted access.
This includes hotels that block access to guest floors unless you have a key to insert in the elevator, as well as those that have one-way stairwells.
Don't use your first name when checking in.
One of the simplest ways to keep your information private is to avoid using your first name when you check in.
Give the front desk your first initial and last name. For women who are traveling alone, Melchiorri suggests using "Mrs." to give the impression that you're traveling with at least one other person.
Ask for a room change upon your arrival.
According to Melchiorri, hotels will often pre-block rooms before you check in, so ask for a room change upon arrival.
This simple change can eliminate the chance of anyone knowing what your room number is prior to your arrival.
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