At The Berkeley, A Modern Way to Use Hotel Room Keys
While we're on the subject of hotel room keys today (or lack thereof), we noticed this super cool key system when we stayed at The Berkeley Hotel in the Knightsbridge neighborhood of London last week.
At check-in, (which is discretely done at individual desks off the lobby, with cushy chairs for the guest to sit in), we were handed two small plastic black keys. At first we thought, "Cool, old-school door keys." But when we arrived up to our room, the keys weren't used the way we expected.
Just off to the right of the door handle is a mirrored plate which has the room number. Below that is a little slot for the key, which is actually wired to the door. Once your key goes into the slot, a green light will appear at the top of the key, letting you know the door is ready to open. You can leave the key in the slot too so you don't have to simultaneously insert the key and push the door open.
This was just one of the many technologically savvy services and amenities we noticed at The Berkeley, the most important of which is free WiFi. For those of you who have followed our Annual WiFi Report over the years, you can understand how big of a deal having free WiFi at a top luxury hotel in London really is.
Stay tuned for more from inside The Berkeley!