London: 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

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