I'm wasn't sure what forum to put this in. Please feel free to move it if you think it's appropriate.
Last weekend I attended a conference. As usual, my tightwadness made me look for alternative lodging than the host hotel. I found a Motel 6 just a couple of blocks from the host hotel for about 1/2 the price.
After checking in and going to my room, I had a bizarre experience. Someone banged on my door. I looked through the viewing hole in the door and there was a guy out there I had never seen. Kinda scruffy looking. He banged on the door again and then said my name. What the heck? How in the heck did he know my name? I was sure glad that I had used the sliding-bolt lock in the door handle and that little secondary "lock" that hooks from the frame to the door so someone can't open the door past that point.
Anyway, I needed to leave in just a few minutes to get to the conference and I was a bit frazzled and nervous to leave the room. So I called the front desk. The clerk there was very helpful. He temporarily closed the office to come to my room and escort me to my car. He informed me that the security guard is on duty starting at 10pm and that I could have an escort from my car to my room if I wanted. I did. So, when I returned later that evening, I parked by the lobby, waited for the security guard to stand in the parking lot and watch me park, and then walk me to my room. I also had him wait while I went into my room and looked around to ensure it was safe.
Of course, after he left, I immediately used both locks described above.
In all my travels, this is the first time I was nervous. And, since personal safety, especially for women solo travelers, is often discussed on this forums, I thought I should relay the courteous and prompt response to my situation from the hotel clerk.
Neither the clerk or I could figure out how he knew my name. There was nobody in the lobby when I checked in to overhear anything. Quite frankly, the guy was saying things like "Judy, what's up? Let me in." I almost wonder if it was a coincidence and he had the wrong room. Who knows?
Just wanted to relay a way to deal with this type of situation and to commend the fact that a low-paid clerk at a budget hotel was so attentive to my needs.