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Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

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Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

I read in a message on Trip Advisor that the traveller had got hold of a cylinder and key that they just pushed into the hole on hotel wall safes rather than pay the hotel to use theirs.

Has anyone else used these and in fact where can you buy them.

Spain
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1. Re: Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

Why would you do this? Most in-room-safes are free and even when we have used the safe behind the desk there was no fee. Once our safe was left locked by the previous people and it was quite a performance to get it open.

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2. Re: Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

I agree, keen. Most hotel safes are free to use.

However, I think the OP is concerned about infrequent incidents of someone accessing their in-room safe since another discussion thread noted how hotel staff and "possibly others" could gain entry to their safe.

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The last hotel we stayed at the charge for the wall safe cylinder was 4 euros each day over 14 days was total of 56 euros, 50 pounds approx I have never come across a free one yet. The maids are in the habit of leaving the doors open whilst they chat on the stairs and I dont feel that my safe is as "safe" as it should be.

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4. Re: Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

I guess that the type of hotel plays a roll in whether there is a charge and also in possibility of access to a room safe.

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5. Re: Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

If it was so easy to get a master key for any hotel safe, why would you ever consider storing your stuff in their in the first place?

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6. Re: Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

tev9999 - My experience was that it was very hard to get the safe opened when the previous occupants left it locked. The 'universal' key was only held by the hotel manager (who was off-site until the next day!!).

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7. Re: Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

My point was in regards to the OP. He/she seems to imply that it is easy to just buy a key on the internet that will open any hotel safe. If true, anyone could get your stuff any time they could get access to your room - making the safe relatively pointless.

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8. Re: Universal cylinder and key for hotel wall safes

tev9999 - That would indeed be strange.

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