Hotel Door Lock System – The New Way to Open Doors

June 5, 2024 Sini. M
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Ever wondered what makes that satisfying click when you slide your key card into a hotel room door? Or how your smartphone can now grant you access with just a tap? Welcome to the fascinating world of hotel door lock systems. From traditional metal keys to high-tech biometric scanners, the evolution of these good old-fashioned access control tools has truly entered an era where property managers opt for them for added security.

Join us as we dive into the latest trends, the leading software partners we integrate with, and the hidden secrets that keep your hotel rooms safe and sound.


What Is a Hotel Door Lock System?

A hotel door lock system is a set of door locks, keys or keycards, and other security tools used to control access to different areas within a property, such as hotel rooms.

In the past, most hotel door locks were simple mechanical locks and physical key systems, which some hotels still use. However, electronic locking systems have become increasingly common. These systems often use electronic keycards instead of physical keys. Many hotels now use mobile app-based locking systems for convenience, while some utilise biometrics to link rooms to specific individuals. Let’s see the different types:


What Are the Types of Hotel Room Keys?


Hotel room keys come in various types, each offering different levels of security and convenience. Here are the main types:


Traditional Metal Keys Simple to use, not dependent on electronics. Easy to lose or duplicate, less secure.
Magnetic Stripe Cards Plastic cards with a magnetic stripe that store data are easy to replace and can be reprogrammed. The magnetic stripe can wear out or be demagnetised, and it is relatively easy to clone.
RFID Cards Cards equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip for durable, secure, and contactless operation. They are more expensive than magnetic stripe cards and can be misplaced.
Smart Cards Cards with embedded microchips are capable of storing and processing data. They offer high security and multifunctionality, as they can be used for payments and access control.
Mobile Keys (Digital Keys) Keys can be accessed through a smartphone app, making it convenient and allowing for remote updates, which eliminates the need for a physical key.
Key Fobs Small electronic devices utilising RFID or Bluetooth technology. They are easy to carry, secure, and contactless, but can be lost or stolen, incurring higher replacement costs.
Biometric Keys Access is granted through biometric data such as fingerprints or facial recognition, providing extremely high security without the need for a physical key.


What’s the Best Hotel Door Lock System?


Choosing the right hotel door lock system involves considering security, convenience, cost, and the hotel’s specific needs. Here are the top hotel room key providers partnered with RoomRaccoon:

1. RemoteLock

Established in 2011 and based in Denver, Colorado, RemoteLock is changing how access control is done globally. The company offers cloud-based access control software that enables individuals and businesses such as Airbnb, vacation rentals, commercial, and hospitality industries to remotely manage and control access to any space from anywhere in the world.


RemoteLock simplifies operations for its users by offering complete access management for all property doors, whether equipped with smart locks or hardwired systems. This comprehensive approach, called universal access control, allows users to manage every door from a single, intuitive dashboard. Granting access from a smartphone is effortlessly convenient for users, making the process pleasantly easy.


“Our partnership with RoomRaccoon aligns with our collective vision to help property managers automate their guest access on a global scale. Together we are simplifying the way hosts control who and when guests can access their property. When you connect your RoomRaccoon account to RemoteLock, any booking or reservation will automatically be assigned a time-bound pin to be used by the guest for the duration of their stay.” Jessica Dion – Partner Account Manager at RemoteLock.


2. Salto

Salto is a cloud-based access control solution designed to suit your property. One of the standout features of Salto is its scalability and easy installation. The system is highly adaptable, making it suitable for various property types, from small hotels to multi-property franchises. Also, the RoomRaccoon integration offers detailed access logs and real-time notifications, giving users increased visibility and control over who enters their property and when.


3. Homeit

Homeit is a technology company that has been leading the way in access control solutions since 2016. Their mission is to empower businesses and individuals with secure access control with efficiency and comfort.


Based in Portugal, Homeit has catered to over 4,000 customers and properties across Europe, Mozambique, and Brazil. Their technology has already unlocked more than six million doors, changing the way people enter their homes and businesses. Homeit is passionately committed to developing solutions that drive profitability, automate routine tasks, and offer unparalleled security.


4. Vikey

Created with B&B’s and vacation rentals in mind, Vikey is a complete solution that provides both hardware and software for managing all aspects of guest reception and administration. This hotel automation system can control the electricity consumption of your facilities from a single platform, making it simple and user-friendly. The Vikey devices do not include any security cameras or recording devices, so you can be confident that guest privacy is not compromised.


5. Nuki

Nuki offers retrofittable access solutions that make your daily life easier. It provides smart, simple, and secure keyless access to your property by turning your existing door lock into a digital access solution. With Nuki, you can enter the world of the ‘smart home’ and have peace of mind knowing that you have full control and security for your hotel at all times.


Guests can use their smartphone instead of a traditional key and manage the door using the free Nuki app. Additionally, you can share digital keys with whoever needs access and keep track of who has entered or exited with the activity log.



FLEXIPASS is a leading global technology company specialising in innovative keyless door-opening solutions for the hospitality industry. With a dedicated team boasting over 30 years of experience, they are committed to delivering cutting-edge technology to their valued customers, ensuring lasting value through intelligent solutions.


Since its founding in 1992, FLEXIPASS has focused on intelligent access management solutions to provide a true digital keyless guest experience. They recognised that existing mobile access and digital key solutions were too complicated for both the hospitality industry and their clients. In response, FLEXIPASS developed a secure and future-proof Digital Keys Platform tailored for accommodation providers, property management systems, and guest communication needs.


FLEXIPASS has received awards for their innovative solutions, which integrate globally with the world’s leading door lock and access control providers, as well as the most innovative PMS and guest experience providers in the industry.


7. Hotek

Hotek specialises in providing innovative access control and security solutions for the hospitality industry. Their range of products includes digital and electronic locks, mobile keys (known as YourMobileKey), safes, and other security systems designed specifically for hotels and other lodging establishments. Since 1999, Hotek has been offering convenient, secure, and technologically advanced solutions for hotel access and security management to over 10,000 customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.


Hotel Keyless Entry System — Let’s Tap Out

RoomRaccoon’s integration with hotel door lock systems has proven to be a game-changer for all forward-thinking hoteliers. These connectivities allow for efficient check-ins, enhanced security, and the convenience of centralised door lock management. Whether you’re managing a six-room Airbnb or a reclusive lodge on the outskirts of the city centre, all properties need security, and what better way to ensure your guests return than to make them feel safe?

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Sini is an accomplished Content Manager at RoomRaccoon. As an agency-hailed talent, her work brings a fresh creative flair to the world of SaaS. And she brings her very own brand of sass to the SaaS world. While not on the clock, Sini enjoys a glass of fine wine, and well, her privacy.

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