With awards season, many A-listers will be attending the first major events since Kim Kardashian’s Paris Fashion Week attack carrying a new awareness of the potential vulnerabilities of hotel security. While safety fears might be a recent concern for guests, for those in the hotel industry preventing a crime like Kardashian’s, or an even worse one, has long been a source of nearly-obsessive planning.
“It keeps us up at night more than you would ever know,” says Todd Orlich, the General Manager of the Montage Beverly Hills, which has triple its normal security staff for an event like the Grammys. “I think it goes back decades. This is not just a new thing.”
Certain protocols are 101 for any hotel catering to VIP Grammy attendees. “It’s beneficial to make reservations under alias names, create room blocks near emergency exits for the whole entourage, and escort guests to and from their rooms via back-of-house areas which avoid public routes. Securing non-guest access to guestroom floors is also critical. And while it can be tough to tell a celebrity what to do, I always offer the Safe Deposit box for special valuables,” says Dave Wiggins, a security director in Los Angeles with TK.