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Danolo

I saw a couple of YouTube videos of hotels in Pattaya, and a couple of them showed the user's key card inserted in a slot by the door.

I believe this activates the electricity, right?  Sol, no leaving the AC on for a cool return?  Is this common in many places in Pattaya..

I was looking at the Sutus hotel. That's about my budget... 800 - 1000 baht per night.

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Scuba+

Usually you have a fob you put in the electric slot on the wall.I don't know about door cards but it's a non issue really, just put AC on full when back in the room, takes a minute or 2 to cool down

 

 

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Catfish1950

I was at the Bay Breeze earlier this month and it took about 30 minutes for the room to get cold again.  So I just left the key with the fob in the slot when I left and told the desk I locked my key in the room when I returned.  The third time the doorman had to let me in he took the key of the fob and told me to carry the key in my wallet!  :)

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keepitfun

Some hotels just have a slot  that any old bit of cardboard or plastic will activate, others have a smarter slot that needs a magnet or something hidden in the key fob.  Others still have the super smart slot that needs the key card inserted.  Older hotels or ones not refurnished  will have the simpler ones.

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Arnie85

Just ask for two keys when you check in it’s not a big deal. 

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mixedberrys

This happens in most hotels around the world. As above just ask for 2 keys or cards when you check in. 

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OoJohnnyoO

I know this doesn't address coming back to a cool room, but, in rooms like these the power outlet that the fridge is connected to is generally the only outlet that receives constant power.

So I put a double adapter on it and run a power strip to charge different things when out of the room. Saw it in a YT video, not sure if it was specific to LOS or not, but has worked a treat ever since.

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ABUSER

I’ve collected at least a dozen aircon & electric cheaters over the years. Prove invaluable when returning tired / drunk / Hot.

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SkippyRoo
Posted (edited)

First trip to Thailand - over 30 years ago the bellboy showed us to put ice tongs in the slot and worked, so I am sure that any type of card, gym card, old credit card or any card the correct size should work.

Skippy

Edited by SkippyRoo

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deano4598

Some of the more advanced cards/slots require the actual room card to work.

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Tom Tit

It works as a metaphor too: you 'turn on' a bargirl by inserting your 'room key'.

Probably.

Tom Tit

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madz1

yeh, this can be a pain in the arse. Most of the modern ones require an actual room key as opposed any old card. As mentioned, getting two keys is the way forward.

Another thing that annoys me is when you're logged out of the wifi and devices can't join automatically when you return to the room. Gets tedious having to re-enter login details.

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Kickoff

Don't mind this so much. Actually prefer this and how some hotels have a central master switch over antiquated western hotels

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Arnie85

It’s Thailand not the gates of Hell. No matter how hot it is outside the AC will cool the room down in 60 seconds max. 
 

Unless it’s a vintage one from the mid 80s or something. 

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