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Don’t go higher than the fifth floor and avoid staying near the lobby: The safest hotel rooms during a terror attack revealed Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  • A leading security expert has offered his advice on which rooms to avoid
  • Guests should stay on the second to fifth floors, away from the lobby
  • The room shouldn’t be near any other public areas, including restaurants 
  • Tourists should carry a fully charged phone with access to a local network 
  • Pack a doorstop and use it to prevent people from entering your room

When most holidaymakers stay at a hotel their only concerns are the nightly rate, view from their room or noise that could disrupt their sleep.

But, with a growing terror threat in countries normally considered ‘safe’, a leading security expert says an emergency plan should be a priority for hotel guests.

Rob Walker, head of information and analysis, travel security, at London-based International SOS, has revealed to MailOnline Travel the hotel rooms that offer the most safety in the event of an attack, fire or disaster, plus a number of tips to stay safe.


Walker, a former infantry officer in the British Army, said travellers should book a room higher than the first floor (or second floor in North America) but lower than the sixth floor (seventh floor in North America).

A room on those floors would be high enough to be safe from opportunist burglars but low enough to jump to safety from a balcony or window and within reach of most fire department ladders.

Walker added: ‘We also recommend travellers request rooms on the side of the building further away from the lobby, which is likely to be the main entry point for any attacker.

‘It is preferable to also choose the side away from other public areas, such as hotel restaurants, as those areas can be a target area, and rooms that are not easily accessed from the street, so as not to be an easy target for criminals.

‘Yet, ideally it is good to be near the emergency exit stairs.’

Walker said it’s best to avoid rooms



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