Hotel Safety and Security Checklist

Having the safety of a hotel property questioned can damage the brand and keep guests away. Below, a list of criteria for checking the safety of your hotel properties.

Methodology: This checklist was compiled from publicly available sources and moderated using industry research and our experience with the hospitality industry.  Part of this checklist comes from the University of Washington and is included here in case the information is moved or removed from the website.

Notes to Compliantia users:

  1. Checklists can easily be imported into your Compliantia account using the Excel™ upload method.  You may also add a point value, photos and attachments to each item.
  2. Items that are not applicable can be marked “n/a” during the visit.  If so, they will not be counted towards the final score.


1. Is there a professional security team on duty at the hotel 24/7?
2. Is the lighting around the outside of the hotel adequate?
3. Is there a professional security manager?
4. Is access to underground parking controlled?
5. Does the hotel have an emergency plan that is tested regularly?
6. Is there CCTV coverage of public areas?
7. Does the hotel have emergency power capability?
8. Is the area of the hotel free of high risk facilities like embassies or key government buildings?
9. Are entrance doors other than the main entrance monitored to prevent unauthorized access?


Fire Safety                                                                                                                                            

1. Is there a fire/smoke detection system?
2. Is there a system for alerting hotel guests of a problem?
3. Are there fire extinguishers and/or hose reel systems? Are they clearly marked?
4. Is there a sprinkler system?
5. Are emergency exit doors equipped with panic hardware?
6. Do the emergency exit doors swing out?
7. Do the emergency exit stairs go directly to the outside of the building?
8. Is the fire plan regularly tested?
9. Has the hotel staff had basic fire safety training?



1. Is there a safety lock on the door that will unlock when the door handle is turned?
2. Are the rooms controlled by a card-key system?
3. Is there a peephole or some means to see who is outside the door?
4. Are the emergency fire exits clearly marked on each floor?
5. Is there a safe in the room for storage of valuables?

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