The BBC programme 'rip of abroad' this morning, advise you not to hand in your passport to the hotel after a couple ended up losing theirs after a hotel gave it to the wrong people. The couple asked for it back the day before returning from Turkey only to find reception hadnt got it. The couple spent the rest of the day going to police to report it, then on to the British consul to get replacement papers. Thos Cook the tour operator, couldn't fly them back to Doncaster where their car was parked. The couple ended up at Manchester. The passports since been renewed, leaving the couple £900 down and Thos Cook refused to pay, after the hotel said they didnt have it.
The passport/s ended up with another passenger, who said he hadn't realised he had been given them hmm, and handed them into the UK police once home to late, as the passports had been renewed. After the programme took up the case, Thos Cook paid up and gave the couple another hoilday.
The BBC programme advises you to take a copy of your passport and hand that to the hotel, it is not law that the hotel should have your passport just the details. You may show the hotel your passport along with the paper copy but said keep your passport it's a valuable document