"Remember to Leave Your Room Key At the Desk" Paris Favorite Tip by CALSF

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  Hotel de Lutece's key

Fondest memory: Almost all Parisian hotels still use traditional room keys which they attach to huge key chains. The purpose of doing this is so that the guests do not forget and pocket the keys on their way out the door. It's a custom that you must leave your room key at the front desk and retrieve it upon your return. I realize that many people are not used to this custom feeling that it's unsafe security wise. It can be unsafe if you think about it. However, the clerks seem to know who is really a guest and who is not.

I always find it amusing as to the objects that the key chains have attached. The Hotel de Vernueil has a ball with a cord attached to the key ring. And the Hotel de Lutece's has a huge silver bar with a rubber ball attached to its key ring.

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  • Written May 29, 2005
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