are hotel room safes "safe?"

SKY

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I would suggest leaving them where you live with friends or family.
Santo Domingo has a lot of problems and the police will not help you if anything turns up missing.
Lets put it this way. "There are no refunds in the Dominican Republic".........................
 

Luperon

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Hotel staff generally earn quite good money because of the Propina Legal. A cleaner in Bavaro will make maybe 25000 a month which is way more than the 15000 they would get anywhere else. And usually free meals and cheaper transport. If they do steal from a room safe and are found out they will be dismissed and find it impossible to get a job in another hotel. This is why thefts are uncommon in hotel room safes.

I do agree with the advice however that the best place to leave your valuables is in the US. Don't travel with a lot of cash. There are so many cash machines and you can draw out what you need. And wear cheap jewelry on vacation.
Good to know people making $438 a month, about $100 US dollars a week do not steal. Makes me feel better.
 

USA DOC

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After staying in Hotels here for years and never using the safes...I can tell you I never had a problem, as in a hotel room there are better places to put your things... the safe is the first place many would look........
 

CristoRey

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Lets put it this way. "There are no refunds in the Dominican Republic".........................
Refunds.
Respect.
Responsibility.
Are all areas where this is room for improvement.
(about as nice as I can say it)
 

ejl293

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Years ago I stayed in a hotel in Sosua. Had a pre-arranged agreement on rental. When I arrived was asked for more than agreed upon amount. Showed the confirmation e-mail--ok. 3 weeks later I look in the safe and I am missing money, not all, just the amount that we differed on at arrival!
Management was the only one who knew the difference--coincidence? I think not.
 
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Regan

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I have never lost a thing in the safe in a hotel room here, or anything not locked up. Yes, they can be opened by a staff member, the security guy that will only do that with you on his shoulder. It's usually because that batteries died or that you misdialed your password. Also, with all of the video surveillance and lock controls, staff violating protocols, much less stealing, fear getting blacklisted from any of the good hotels. By the way, your combination changes when it is key/master opened. Air bnb or non major hotels, I hadn't lost anything there either.
 

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Yeah, unfortunately, we don't have a lot of choices. We have to bring some valuables with us on our next trip. I'll either use the hotel safe in the lobby if the hotel has one OR ....I'm also checking this clever device that Tom0910 suggested: MILOCKIE. I figure we can use it at our home safe as well in the DR which has a "hotel safe."

Unfortunately, the reviews on Milokie are not that good if you read the 1 Star reviews.... does anybody know other options out there similar to Milokie?
 

CristoRey

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Unfortunately, the reviews on Milokie are not that good if you read the 1 Star reviews.... does anybody know other options out there similar to Milokie?
Travelers Insurance may be good idea if you don't currently have a policy.
 

CristoRey

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CR, are you joking? Yes, I can be dense at times. But I can't imagine insurance covering losses like theft.
Lol, no.
Not joking.
Travelers insurance will cover loses and thefts that happen in an airport, hotel or cruise ship.
 

CristoRey

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Coverage differs per policy.
I don't think a cash loss would
be covered.
Cell phone, camera, jewelry, luggage and most personal items would be.
Used to work with Bodily Injury and Home Owner Adjusters years ago.
Know a little about different types of insurance.. but not much.
 

Mcinbrass

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We'll need to stay a couple of nights in a hotel in Santo Domingo this next trip...wondering if anyone had any "memorable" experiences leaving valuables in their hotel room safe?

How safe are they?
The hotel safe will protect your valuables from any "guest" you bring into your room unless they see you enter the combination. Depending on the hotel it might or might not protect your valuable from unscrupulous staff members. Generally though in the larger hotels(Jaragua, Sheraton etc.) there is a cleaning lady and a supervisor 2 person crew which makes it harder to steal since someone is always watching. I would also highly doubt security personnel at these hotels would steal from your safe. Smaller hotels and Dominican owned chains(i.e. hodelpa) I have doubts as from personal experience doors dont lock properly and a general feeling of being unsafe. Poor quality safes are easily broken into or dislodged completely. As a pervious member mentioned if you leave something somewhere (i.e. cellphone) you will never see it again.