We are often asked about how to find a safe place to stay when traveling solo, so we put together a “short list” that is easy to follow every time.
The first thing to do is begin a broad search using steps 1-5, then once you narrow down your choices, follow our tip #6.
1. The first place we check is Trip Advisor and especially the solo traveler advice for a particular location as singles generally travel solo and safety is a top priority. If many solo travelers rate it as a safe hotel (recently), then you should be ok.
2. Avoid hotels near the train station in every city as these areas are typically transient and local riff raff prey on newly arriving tourists.
3. Avoid hotels in the financial district as streets are abandoned at night.
4. Stay in the center of a city where there are lots of social outlets such as restaurants, theater and shopping, together.
5. Major chains are generally more restricted by safety policies and regulations due to more risk if exposed for not being safe. Whenever possible, if not able to find hotels with elements in #2, 3, 4, we recommend the major hotel chains.
6. Once you narrow down your hotel selections, check www.safeplace.com to make sure your hotel is rated “safe” implying that they have complied with standard requirements. There is a complete checklist available with questions to ask your hotel of choice. If not satisfied with the answers, stay elsewhere.