98 Clubs, KABA is a well-known manufacturer of such Locks, and we have them at this hotel, as well. I would say that the vast majority of hotel locks have a battery inside the Lock, but honestly, the batteries die so infrequently that I rented around 15K room nights last year and saw it happen probably less than twenty times.
I will say that the metal rod confuses me, our deadbolts can be opened with an actual physical key. It's hidden behind a cap below the door handle, and you use an allen wrench to take out this little allen screw and the cap pops off, then you can use the key. I personally don't see why the fact that there is a physical key that can open the doors is any huge secret, and I was really bored one night, so I went through and took off all the caps. I figure the guest is already mildly pissed off at that point, so there's no sense in them waiting around for someone to screw with the allen wrench.
Stayed at the 4 Queens last month. In fact going back in a few weeks. I love their Video Poker. Anyway last month got checked in and got my room card. Got to my room, slid the key card in, tiny light turned green, I'm in. Very excited since I just arrived. Just flew accross the country so hungry and bit worn out. Game plan is to go down and get a bite to eat then take a shower then start grinding at video poker. So I go down and eat and go back to my room. I slide my key card and nothing. Slide again in and out, nothing. I go down to front desk, they said its probabbly the magnetic strip on my card. They give me new card keys. I go back up to my room, slide in my card, nothing. Damm. I go back down to front desk. They apologise and said they will get me into my room. They said go back up there and security will meet me. I go back up and an old security guard shows up shortly. He asks me to try again. Hes making sure I;m putting in the card correctly instead of backwards. Still nothing. He trys his master card, nothing. He says the battery in the lock is dead. He calls maitenence. After a few minutes maitenence shows up. I figure they have some master key card conected to a computer. Nope. Instead a curved flat metal rod with a wire, somewhat like a bow. They slide this thing under the door and up trying to catch the indoor latch to pull down. They tried and tried unsuccessfully for about 10 min, over and over but it kept slipping off the inside door handle. It got to be comical. Maitenence would hook the handle saying "I got it, I got it" only to have it slip off when he tried to get it to pull the handle down. Finally they drilled the lock, I gathered my stuff and they gave me a better room.
Disappointing. After I read the tltle, I was hoping it would be a story about getting kicked out after being barred for AP or something.
Still funny though.
The first day, the safe wouldn't open. After calling the front desk, they eventually sent maintenance and security men. They worked quickly, but took upwards of 45 minutes to get to the room (I suppose they're busy elsewhere, but stil).
A few days later the safe wouldn't close. Again the same thing. At first the engineer couldn't get it to work, but eventually it obeyed his commands (missbehaving machinery are a real pain). I even had a nice chat with the security man about weather in Mexico. But I'd rather have had a problem-free safe. I wonder if an old-fashioned system with a key would be more conveninet.
Batteries in a sealed door-lock unit. Just genius.
Happened to me once. I waited in the hallway for 30 mins for maintenance to come. They had a powered master key so it could open the door even with the battery being dead. Took about 5 mins to change the lock out. Got a $30 food comp for my trouble. Wish it happened every time lol.
Like others have said, USUALLY either the battery is on the outside (so it can be changed from the outside) or else there's a HARD KEY that opens it no matter what