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    Room Safes

    I belong to a "facebook cruise group" and recently there was discussion about a passenger/customer who had a loss from the room safe.
    The passenger alleged that her safe was locked and that "someone" went in there and took $100.

    That being said.........

    Do you use your room safe in Aruba?
    Paul and i do (religiously!)

    How is the lock?
    Is it a code that you put in, or do you slide your room card?
    Does the Tamarijn still have the key locks on their room safes?

    Once, at the tamarijn, i lost the key. Yup it was me.
    We were penalized i think $50 or $75 for the safe to be forcefully opened...i dont know how they did it, i think a drill of some sort.

    When we are in Aruba we keep the following in the room safes...... $, passports, wallets, iPads, sometimes iPhones, jewelry.
    Obviously we prefer the kind of room safe that is code or card accessible

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    We use them always and pretty much keep the same things in them that you do. The Surf Club as most places has you enter your own 4 digit code upon arrival but you can change it at any time if you feel the need. I use them wherever I travel including Europe, Asia and right here in the good ol' US of A. I would be leery of sliding my room key for access... wouldn't the maid/maintenance guys master key also unlock the safe?

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    Paradise Beach has safes that require a 4-digit code. We use the safe for our passports, small electronics, cash and jewelry.

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    re: the master key from maid/maintenance....??? good question!

    years ago, and i am unsure which resort, one had to slide a credit card to open and to lock the safe.
    we then had to carry the credit card with us in out beach bag and would have preferred to have had it locked in the safe.

    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    We use them always and pretty much keep the same things in them that you do. The Surf Club as most places has you enter your own 4 digit code upon arrival but you can change it at any time if you feel the need. I use them wherever I travel including Europe, Asia and right here in the good ol' US of A. I would be leery of sliding my room key for access... wouldn't the maid/maintenance guys master key also unlock the safe?

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    We ALWAYS use the safe in our room no matter where we travel to. In Aruba the safe in our hotel (Amsterdam Manor) is a code that you put in yourself. My husband and I have been using the same code for eons (one that only we understand - LOL!) so we never have to check with each other regarding the code we use.

    We put all of our valuables in the safe with the exception of our Netbook. That is always on the dining room table but it is secured to furniture with a cable lock. If they wanted to steal it they would have to take the entire dining room table with them. LOL!
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    We always use the safe for passports, cash, phones and even prescriptions. It probably sounds crazy to put meds in there but Tom's meds would probably not be available on the island and would not be easily replaced so in the safe they go. When we were at the Divi in Nov/Dec they still had the lock and key type. I'm assuming since they were placing those it would probably be with the code system which seems the most common. We have never lost anything out of a safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    The passenger alleged that her safe was locked and that "someone" went in there and took $100.
    I highly doubt anyone would be capable of stealing from a stateroom safe - passageway cameras, room card readers and then they would need to have security-level access to the safe... all of this would be digitally recorded and easily reviewed. Methinks, instead, she opted for the all-inclusive drink package and the casino stole her $100.

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    We definitely use the safe in the room.

    Does anyone else remember using a safe that the hotel kept behind the check in desk?????? I don't think there were safes in the room, but the hotel offered them. Foggy memory on that, but I'm sure we used one.

    I too questioned the use of the room key card to access a safe. If housekeeping could use a master key card to get in to clean, would that card open the safe as well? Do hotels think we use the safe because someone is going to break into our room? We worry about hotel employees having access to our room other than cleaning; although, knock on wood, it hasn't happened to us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AUA1989 View Post
    Does anyone else remember using a safe that the hotel kept behind the check in desk?????? I don't think there were safes in the room, but the hotel offered them. Foggy memory on that, but I'm sure we used one.


    The first couple of years we stayed at the old Aruba Palm Beach Resort & Casino we had to use the safety deposit boxes that were located behind the front desk. We always had to sign for our safe box every time we wanted something out of it (we'd usually just stop at the front desk on our way to dinner and take out cash for the night.) This was in the mid 90's.
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    Manchebo used the 4 digit code type and we always use it for the same items that others safe keep. Hilton (Radisson) and Amsterdam Manor use the same type of safe.....

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