Las Vegas hotel security is apparently taking pointers from the TSA. You've all heard (or read) me rant about how the TSA is trying very hard to give the "perception" that commercial flight is more secure but the reality is much different... apparently the hotels here in Las Vegas are following suit.
On a recent business trip (still here as I write this) to Vegas I had occasion to stay at the Palazzo hotel, gorgeous in every way including their preception of security. As you walk towards the guest suites you're greeted and interrogated by "security guards" who ask you to show your room key - presumably to keep the hookers out, haha... The odd thing is just holding up a room key, or walking with someone who is, will get you in.
The other interesting thing is what happened to me as I walked out of my room to go down to the pool, realizing that I forgot my key in the room as it slammed behind me. In what I think is a rather disturbing story, here's what happened. I walked down to the registration desk, only to be asked for my photo ID (sound familiar yet?). Obviously I didn't have a wallet so I had no ID on me. The agent asked me for my room number, and my last name - then once I gave her that he told me to go up to my room and wait for security to come up. After about 2 minutes of waiting, security shows up, asks me my last name, which I give them, and lets me into my room. No need to watch me go in, no need for me to produce an ID from my room... nothing.
I am now offiicially worried as crap. I have a laptop, work stuff, and some rather expensive clothes in here, and if all it takes is to get security up to let you in - this is a problem. There is this illusion that there is high security in the hotel - but when it comes to practice, it's just all for show and the reality is security doesn't exist.
What a disappointment in the Palazzo, and what a scarry situation to have to be in... yikes.