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Leaving your room key at the hotel reception?

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11. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 7y

Quoting Piecar

I get why it seems a little sketchy, and I used to feel this way...But the answer is above, anyone who would have access to the key would also have their own....So you really are saving nothing, and protecting nothing...

I believe the practice of keeping the key behind the counter is so that you, the retarded hotel guest, don´t stupidly leave the key somewhere, causing them to have to go get a new one cut...They charge you for it, but it´s still a pain in their ass. Because now, there is another room key floating around in the world that makes their hotel that much less secure....The practice is sort of designed to actually protect you.

So suck it up, fellow traveller. And rejoice! You don´t have to remember where you left your key, because it´s at the front desk.

It occurs to me, just before I sign off, that the real reason that many people don´t like leaving their key is so that they can quickly sneak in and do something untoward, without the scrutiny of the front desk person...You can see why the hotel would want to discourage that policy as well. Six to a single room sucks, and the hookers steal shit.

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Wow, I wonder where you're from.

12. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

It occurs to me that you could construe the "you" in the retarded hotel guest line as the specific you...I meant it in the wider concept.

I'm from Canada, Vancouver to be exact.

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13. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 7y

Quoting Piecar

I'm from Canada, Vancouver to be exact.

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Nice place.

14. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

It's less of a problem with the plastic magnetic keys that they just reprogram for each guest, but if you lose a real key, then really the only secure thing for the hotel to do is to get a new lock put on that door! And that is not cheap. They might in fact charge you for this if that happens.

I've accidentally taken a key with me from a hotel before (I mean after checking out). Thankfully it was just one of the magnetised ones, so it wouldn't really do them much harm. Have done the same with locker key once, but that was a real key. Woops

All that said, I do often (50% of the time maybe) end up taking the key with me when leaving the hotel. I generally prefer leaving it at reception though, just so it's one less thing I have to worry about losing while walking around.

15. Posted by papia (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I always take another key with me while going for trip and I use that only instead of hotel keys.

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papia

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16. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 7y

I've never had a bad experience leaving the key with the hotel as one poster noted, they really are going to have access anyway.

Once in Paris, jetlagged and with lost luggage at the airport, we checked into our hotel and then decided to stroll around. We completely forgot to leave the key and walked around for hours. When we returned Stephan, at the front desk, looked a little forlorn. He pointed to our bags which had arrived from the airport and apologetically said: "Had you left your key I would have happily carried your luggage to your room for you." I also quickly realized that the maids tended to work around people's schedules depending on when they left their keys rather than knocking on your door asking if you're ready for room service yet.

As for magnetic keys, we NEVER return them. Most have imbedded information in them similar to credit cards. We take them home and destroy them.

Ladymacwillu ^..^ ~

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