Last week, I was staying at the W Los Angeles-Westwood, and their hotel requires key card access to get to the rooms.
This got me thinking about whether I find this beneficial or more of a hinderance. I get that they are trying to do this for security, so that only registered guests are able to access the guest rooms using the elevator.
However, the stairs do not require any key card access, so if someone who wasn’t staying at the property was trying to get to a floor, they could just take the stairs anyway, so I don’t actually feel that much safer when a hotel requires elevator key card access.
This hotel does attract a lot of international guests, and almost everytime I was in the elevator the other guests who were checking in would have no idea how to make the elevator work, so even if it is safer, many guests are not made aware of this.
I can see both sides of this why a hotel would want key card access for elevators, and why guests may not want it.
But I’m interested to hear. What are your thoughts on hotel elevators that require guests to insert their room keys? Do you feel safer, or would you rather not have to deal with putting your room key in each time.