Playing with locks

by Jane Moffatt

This story is part of our 'Travelling with Kids' series, featuring tales from luxury hotel guests which were sent in for our recent travel writing competition.


We took the children to London for a weekend sight-seeing and to go see 'Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang'. We splashed out and stayed in a 4* hotel which was very exciting. Our youngest was then 4 and at that "fiddling with everything" stage.

He was fascinated by the security lock on the room door which was a bar you slipped across whilst in the room so no-one could come in. He kept locking it whenever we were in the room. As we left to go down to the hotel pool I saw a movement as we left the room and the door closed behind us. Something told me it was wrong , so when we got to the lifts, I went back to check the door – it wouldn't open properly and we could see the security bar had been flipped by little fingers as the door closed.

We went down to reception and explained what had happened to be told that was impossible – obviously not! Then the receptionist added to our embarrassment by asking if it was the little child going round and round the rotating entrance door with his swimming trunks on his head! Yes it was.

I was mortified, especially when the hotel had to get a carpenter in to take the whole door off. Needless to say we kept our heads down for the rest of the trip and have never taken our youngest anywhere near a 4* hotel again.

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