Starwood Hotels Launch Smartphone Room Key
Goldgenie has recently run a couple of stories on Apple Pay and how it is developing since it’s launch, so you will know that in America you can already pay for your petrol or shopping in some places using your iPhone. Of course there are other systems being developed so you will be able to pay for things with just about any smartphone in the near future. Well soon, you will even be able to use your smartphone to open the door to your hotel room.
American hotel chain Starwood have just revealed its new program, which has been named SPG Keyless. The system will allow guests across various hotels in its portfolio to gain access to their pre booked hotel rooms using their smartphones and skipping the reception check in process. New locks that have been installed communicate with guests’ smartphones via Bluetooth to allow for simple locking and unlocking with just a tap on the lock pad attached to each door.
Guests who book a room through official Starwood channels such as the website or over the phone can use the SPG app for Android and iOS. They will then be assigned a room number and can access their rooms on arrival at the hotel without the necessity to go through reception.
At the moment the system only allows one phone to be activated per room, so rooms with more than one guest will need a traditional room key in order to access the room when the assigned device is not to hand.
It will be interesting to see how this develops and if successful how long it will be before many of the other big name hotel chains follow suit.