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January 19, 2004 02:50 AM

Broken: Hotel card key

Daniel Brown writes:

The card key in some hotels needs to be placed in a slot to "turn on" the room (lights, A/C or heating, etc.) In the picture, the grey thing at the top is the card key inserted into the switch making one question the purpose of the arrow. They're apparently indicating the DIRECTION the card key should travel when being inserted and not the destination of it.


I don't find the mechanism broken so much as the fact that you have to use it - insert your key card to turn on the lights, A/C, or heating? Does the fact that you paid for the room for a night not entitle you to these "amenities" with as little a hassle as possible? What good does instructions on how to insert the card do you when to room is to dark to see them, since you have no light, since you have not yet inserted your card?

Posted by: April at January 19, 2004 12:56 PM

I saw this type of system in a resort in Cuba - apparently it is to conserve energy. If it's really a bother, you can just ask for two keys and leave one in the slot.

Posted by: quanta at January 22, 2004 05:13 PM

please send me card

Posted by: ubaid ur rehman at January 27, 2004 01:02 AM

Actually, I like April's point... In order to read the directions on how you insert the card to turn on the lights, you need lights. Wicked catch 22.

The workaround, by the way, is to simply place ANY other plastic card in the slot (golf driving range debit card has worked rather well).

I'm certainly aware of the need to conserve, both from a resource standpoint and a fiancial one, so if I'm going down to dinner and will be back in an hour, I leave the "other" key in the slot.

Posted by: Daniel Brown at January 29, 2004 05:53 PM

hello,my name is tina,I`m studying hotel-management in Iran ,would you please send me

more information and pictures about your

key card systems,thank you very much

Posted by: tina at December 4, 2004 09:15 AM

I totally agree with April that being said with the arrow placed the way it is I would be inclined to look for a slot to enter the card at the bottom of the device. with the slot being up top is it necessary to let someone know in which direction the card should be pushed?

Posted by: Kent at May 6, 2005 03:09 AM

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