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www.hotelsnearshuls.com
www.shabbosgetaways.blogspot.com
www.reservekosher.com/listing-great,-kosher-hotel-in-piscataway,-nj-1488.html
www.godaven.com

Halachic info
http://www.star-k.org/articles/kashrus-kurrents/501/the-travelers-halachic-guide-to-hotels/
www.yutorah.org/togo/sukkot/articles/sukkot_to-go_-_5770_rabbi_flug.pdf
www.crcweb.org/ask_rav/shabbosinhotel.php

Dan's AC sensor override (VIP mode) instructions 
Most hotels in Hawaii have an Inncom thermostat. 
To enter VIP mode:
-While you are holding "display"
- Press "off", then
- Press "Up" arrow
-Then release "display"
You still can't open/close the balcony, (It still displays if the balcony is open or closed, but it lets the AC run while the balcony is open.)
 but the AC will run if you leave it open and you won't be trapped in your room.  Plus you can also set the AC to lower temps in VIP mode.

Ideas to enter hotel rooms with electronic locks
-Many like to just tape down the latch hole to ensure easy access  (simplest way is to tape the key card over the hole)
-some will just stuff the hole with tissues (you run the risk of it slipping out)
-on cruises, and some hotels, you can use one of those thin refrigerator magnets, put it on the door jamb to cover the hole where the door latch goes.
-others rely on the poskim who allow you to ask a goy (see above)
-exterior portable lock http://www.thexlock.com/
and then there's the best one yet
-Haven't tried it at a hotel but on a cruise I tied a gartel to the inside door handle and left a little sticking out the bottom of the door. I just had to pull the gartel and the door opened. :)


Packing List
challah (4x)                                                        paper plates                             large mixing bowl
wine/grape juice (3x)                                         paper cups                               plastic disposable containers
Plastic silver kiddush cup                                    silver pasticware                      BAGGIES, 3 sizes, tons
neirois (Fri night + Motzei shabbos-2x)              tablecloth (or white towels)     Israeli small/large baggies
matches                                                             white napkins                           tape
empty cans (upside down) as safe holders        shnaps plastic cups                  rope
besomim (cinnamon/cloves)                               shnaps bottle                       timer(s)
havdollah ner (or 2 shabbos ones)                    negel vasser cup                     3prong-to-2prong plug adapters (for timers)
bentchers/zmirois                                              sharp pareve knife                shabbos tissues
siddurs                                                               cutting mat
tinfoil                                                                  sharp fleishig knife

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #180 on: April 25, 2014, 10:58:07 AM »
Any modern hotel will have electric keys.
Just tape the door open and leave your stuff in the safe
Interesting. Does everyone really do that??

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #181 on: April 25, 2014, 11:04:59 AM »
I do. For a long stay I sometimes leave my passport in hotel safety deposit box depending on where I am.
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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #182 on: April 25, 2014, 11:06:35 AM »
I have quite a few times. For a long stay in I sometimes leave my passport in hotel safety deposit box depending on where I am.
Wow, guess I have to go buy some tape... So you just put away passport, laptop, wallet, phones and everything else just stays out in the room?

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #183 on: April 25, 2014, 11:08:23 AM »
Wow, guess I have to go buy some tape... So you just put away passport, laptop, wallet, phones and everything else just stays out in the room?

easiest is to tape a card over the latch. straight up tape won't hold as well.

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #184 on: April 25, 2014, 11:24:59 AM »
easiest is to tape a card over the latch. straight up tape won't hold as well.
Card won't stick out into the hallway?

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #185 on: April 25, 2014, 11:26:06 AM »
Any modern hotel will have electric keys.
Just tape the door open and leave your stuff in the safe

You should always lock your valuables in the safe, room service comes into the room

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #186 on: April 25, 2014, 11:26:12 AM »
Card won't stick out into the hallway?

it shouldn't. you can always trim an old CC :)

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #187 on: April 25, 2014, 11:36:20 AM »
it shouldn't. you can always trim an old CC :)
Or take a slim magnet and put over the area where the lock would engage.

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #188 on: April 25, 2014, 11:49:06 AM »
Interesting. Does everyone really do that??
Yes.

I bring cardboard and tape and cut to cover the hole where the lock would go.  Can also use your checked luggage tags in a pinch.
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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #189 on: April 25, 2014, 12:10:02 PM »
Lol I'm not sure why I find this so funny, but I guess that does make sense. Thanks for all the different suggestions.
Thanks for the DND tip, Dan.

Now, what to do about the lobby doors (if there isn't a restaurant attached)?
And any tips on setting alarms for Shabbos morning if your phone is in the safe? Always hard to know if a regular alarm clock will shut off at some point or ring all day. Would you order a wake up call and just not pick up? (Does that belong in Is It Ethical? ;))

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #190 on: April 25, 2014, 01:10:21 PM »
Lol I'm not sure why I find this so funny, but I guess that does make sense. Thanks for all the different suggestions.
Thanks for the DND tip, Dan.

Now, what to do about the lobby doors (if there isn't a restaurant attached)?
And any tips on setting alarms for Shabbos morning if your phone is in the safe? Always hard to know if a regular alarm clock will shut off at some point or ring all day. Would you order a wake up call and just not pick up? (Does that belong in Is It Ethical? ;) )

I've heard of people ordering a glass of OJ and having it delivered at the time they want to wake up. For the same money you can buy a "kosher" alarm clock at any judaica store.

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #191 on: April 25, 2014, 03:22:04 PM »
I've heard of people ordering a glass of OJ and having it delivered at the time they want to wake up. For the same money you can buy a "kosher" alarm clock at any judaica store.
+1 forgot about those.

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #192 on: April 25, 2014, 05:59:56 PM »
Btw I was at Westin chicago river north and had no shabbos problems. They pit me on third floor which is the lowest floor with rooms. No sensors on anything. I put tape on the front door. The only problem was that the mini bar had a light sensor in it but they brought a fridge to my room instead. I would recommend the Westin chain just for their great service even for a weekday and it's only 12k Spg.

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #193 on: April 25, 2014, 06:03:57 PM »
Only hotel I can recall encountered without any manual door option was the Danieli Venice.
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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #194 on: April 25, 2014, 06:47:09 PM »
Only hotel I can recall encountered without any manual door option was the Danieli Venice.
Do you always call first to verify, or just assume?

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Re: shabbos issues in hotels and their solutions
« Reply #195 on: April 26, 2014, 11:21:35 PM »
Just tape the door open and leave your stuff in the safe
the easiest way to tape down the lock is to tape the actual keycard (or some other plastic card) over the door jamb.

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Re: Shabbos at a hotel master thread
« Reply #196 on: April 27, 2014, 10:28:34 PM »
I'm going to be doing another family Shabbos soon. This time it's probably going to be at the Courtyard in Mahwah, NJ, due to the fact that the one in Red Bank got bumped a cat. and the Mahwah one is equal in quality, but half the points. Coincidentally, the sales team is the same one as the Red Bank one, which cut the explaining and extra request to nothing as they are just replicating the old agreement for this hotel.  (After the past experiences in a Courtyard everyone practically insisted on doing in a similar style hotel, as no eruv to carry is necessary)

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Re: Shabbos at a hotel master thread
« Reply #197 on: April 27, 2014, 10:32:31 PM »
I'm going to be doing another family Shabbos soon. This time it's probably going to be at the Courtyard in Mahwah, NJ, due to the fact that the one in Red Bank got bumped a cat. and the Mahwah one is equal in quality, but half the points. Coincidentally, the sales team is the same one as the Red Bank one, which cut the explaining and extra request to nothing as they are just replicating the old agreement for this hotel.  (After the past experiences in a Courtyard everyone practically insisted on doing in a similar style hotel, as no eruv to carry is necessary)
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Re: Shabbos at a hotel master thread
« Reply #198 on: April 27, 2014, 10:36:02 PM »
I tried them before and they don't let outside food. How did you get around it ? 

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Re: Shabbos at a hotel master thread
« Reply #199 on: April 27, 2014, 10:36:22 PM »
do you take your own minyan or is there shul nearby ?
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