As We Forge Ahead into the Mobile World, We're Still Madly in Love With Hotel Keys
Let he among us who hasn't found an old key in their wallet and smiled cast the first stone.
Now that we're living in a world with electronic wristbands, mobile check-in, and smartphones that act as room keys, an honest question comes to mind: Are we getting closer to the death of the room key as we know it?
Sounds dramatic, but it's not that unrealistic to assume that we'll see our first "keyless" hotel within the next couple years. Environmentally and practically, it might not be the worst of ideas. But let us be the first to say that we would be terribly saddened to check into a hotel and not receive a key.
Sure, some are more elusive than others and tend to disappear easily. And yes, others are blatant advertisements for Domino's. But more often than not, hotel keys are unique mementos of the experiences we have at hotels, many artfully designed and immediately recognizable. A casual hotel goer may not notice one here and there, yet over time, as you see more and more of them, you begin to appreciate the ones that stand out from the crowd.
Shucks, our editor even used some of her favorites to decorate her living room (shown above), a permanent reminder of all the good times - and stays - that she's had. Could those days really be numbered? Will the future look more like the photo above?
Just a little reminder to hotels, and ourselves, that as we forge into this digital age, sometimes the physical nature of things, and the nostalgia that comes along with it, can't be overlooked. The Kindle sure caught on, but something tells us that a screenshot of our hotel key won't be the same.