“…A… Naples, FLÂ couple’s plans were shattered…when their motel room was burglarized shortly after they checked in and went to dinner. Everything of value â€” including electronics, cash, a designer purse and sunglasses, theme-park tickets, a passport, checks and Social Security cards â€” was gone when they returned…”
They… filed a police report and demanded reimbursement from the motel for the $5,200 loss, but it was denied. A Florida law protects operators of public lodgings from most liability. Even when a hotel is negligent, a guest cannot recover more than $500 in most cases and $1,000 for jewelry or cash left with the hotel for safekeeping.
In Orlando, where tourism is the engine that drives the economy, hoteliers are well aware of the need to protect their guests as much as possible, said Rich Maladecki, president of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association.
Most hotels have full-time security staff and work with law enforcement to root out problems, he said. Look for hotels with good lighting in hallways, at entrances and in parking lots, experts caution.