Travel Tip of the Month, Hotel
When placing the room service tray or cart outside your door:
- Open door.
- Turn latch in order to make the dead bolt protrude from the face plate, as if you are locking your door.
- Carry the tray or cart out of the room and place it in the corridor.
- Re-enter room.
- Turn latch in the other direction in order to make the dead bolt recede behind the face plate, as if you are unlocking your door.
- Shut the door and lock.
Step #2 prevents the auto-lock door from shutting, enabling you to re-enter the room without a key.
Now that I’ve said this, I’ll probably lock myself out on my next trip this weekend…