How Many Hotel Keycards do you Have at Home?

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  1. lsed

    lsed Silver Member

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    So did a rough count it crossed about 100 cards.

    I'm sure I have more in my bag.

    I never bothered about cards but they are useful in NY when the streets are blocked, say NYE or Macy's parade, you can cross the blocked streets showing your hotel keycards to the police and perhaps get a better view.

    How many do you guys have?
     
  2. sobore
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    Had a dozen or so. Got rid of them during spring cleaning. ;)
     
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  3. lsed

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    Really? what a waste!
    Looking through them brings back memories.
     
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  4. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Yeah, hoarders have a whole house full of stuff that brings back memories.

    I store my memories digitally.
     
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    I throw them out about once a year or so... I have maybe 50-60 right now.

    Usually when I check out they go in my luggage and into a pile at home when I'm unpacking. Eventually they get thrown out.

    It was cool to collect them as mementos at first, but after you start racking up the stays they add up, and since you really have no use for them you start thinking of them as trash :)
     
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    Zero hotel cards but I have all but one of my cruise cards.
     
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  7. lsed

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    Damn... seems like I'm the only one. lol

    My goal is to collect as many IC and Park Hyatt ones.
    They're like a collector's item for me.

    I once read about someone collecting all the different chocolates from a hotel chain. Now surely that has to be worse? lol
     
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    We have a few hotel key cards as a keepsake, building up some memories in a physical way from our travels is important too. We will collect them further. :)
     
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  9. lsed

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    That's true. I have 13K pictures in my iPhone at the moment (and older ones on my Mac) from two years of almost non stop leisure traveling.
    I barely look through them as it's not really easy to navigate them. I actually keep some of my ticket stubs of attractions I visit as well. And no I'm not a hoarder. Lol
     
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    I have travel pictures going back to 1997 I think, and gladly that "cloud" business has provided me with some offsite backup options so I don't have to worry if my machines at home catch on fire... :)

    My wife collects at least one memento from every trip we've been in, whether it's a boarding pass or a map to a zoo or something as a souvenier for scrapbooks. I think that's cool too though. :)
     
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    Probably no more than 6. I try to return them to the hotel when I leave.
     
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    I don't keep hotel cards. The key usually is some kinda advertisement or generic thing that doesn't really reference the specific hotel (at least from my experience at most non-SPG hotels), so I don't really value those as physical keepsakes. I usually get some kind of physical item and my wife and I have a photo wall of our top 2 photos or so of each of our travels to this point. I believe that wall might be covered a little sooner than I had thought before I started this game!
     
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    I like to collect unique/nice-looking ones. For example, my favorite is one that I got from the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco years ago. It's ice blue with a photo of a martini glass on it. Quite beautiful imo. Although I wanted to, I didn't take one from the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme, because I was afraid they'd charge me for it, lol.
     
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  14. lsed

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    I haven't stayed at PH Paris yet but did they say they would charge you for lost keycards? That doesn't sound very Park Hyatt like.
    The PH Tokyo on the other hands, uses physical keys. I was in the diplomatic suite and a friend in the Tokyo suite. I had half a mind to duplicate the keys and make myself a resident!
     
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    No, they didn't say anything about the keys. But they were the fanciest and most tech-looking keys I've seen, and it looked like the key itself cost about $10 to make, lol. In retrospect I guess I should have just kept it. I could always have just turned it in if they asked for it back. (I have been in hotels where they've asked for the keys back as I was checking out.) Btw, you must stay at the PH Paris. It's an awesome experience.
     
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    The only times I have kept key cards is when they've been lost in my handbag. I prefer my souvenirs to be something made by a local artisan or craftperson. I have kept some boarding passes from more memorable flights.
     
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    I have a few hundred. I only keep ones that list the hotel name, or are otherwise unique.
     
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    Same with me. (The only one i am missing is from the Triumph of all ships in 2004)

    Now old concert and sports tickets......a whole drawer full of those. :)
     
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    I try to have one in my wallet - for use on the power thingy when out of my room. Handy if you want the room to cool down/warm up while you are out.
     
  20. lsed

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    Shouldn't there be memoriable hotels too? Special occasions celebrated at the hotel, or just staying at some incredible ones. Perhaps one day I'll be able to sell them for a good price! :)
     
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