Hotel detective

A hotel detective is a person in plain clothes hired to monitor the security of a hotel and investigate various security, morality, or rule violations therein.[1] They are distinct from uniformed security guards employed by a hotel.


Hotel detectives are often retired and/or ex-police officers with additional training. They have prominence in certain noir fiction, especially in the works of Raymond Chandler, and sometimes referred to as "House Dicks".

See also


  1. George Kalogerakis (4 May 2009). "Hotel Detectives". Travel and Leisure.
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