Women should ask for a room on the second floor or higher and near the center of the hallway corridor away from fire exits where would-be assaulters can lurk and escape with more ease.
Don't feel shy about asking to see your room before deciding to take it.
Do not let anyone except the front desk clerk see or overhear the number of your room.
Do not show your room key in public, and keep it under tight security.
Avoid stairwells, an easy place for assaulters to hide, and don't travel in elevators alone with male strangers about whom your instincts send you a warning bell. If a stranger is wandering the halls when you plan to enter or exit your room, wait until he leaves. If he doesn't, report him to the front desk.
Do not open the door for anyone who knocks whom you do not expect. Use the peephole. Call the front desk if necessary to verify the presence of any hotel staff wishing to enter.
When leaving the room, put out the "do not disturb" sign, and leave the TV on if you wish to deter possible thieves.
Pack a flashlight should the lights suddenly go out.
Take the business card of your hotel before going out in case you get lost. Do not give out the name of your hotel unless absolutely necessary, and do not share with anyone that you are alone. Use your creativity and make up a story if you must.
Always lock the door when you are inside the room. A portable extra door-locking device may prove a prudent pre-trip purchase. A rubber doorstopper is also an easy item to pack.