Smartphone Becomes a Hotel Key at Aloft

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If you decide to stay at the Aloft Hotel in Manhattan sometime in the near future, your smart phone will serve as the key to the room.

Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to check into your hotel room, or avoid the hassle of replacing a lost key?

Many hotels are now moving towards a smartphone based key system making the whole process easier.

If you decide to stay at the Aloft Hotel in either Manhattan or Silicon Valley sometime in the near future, your smart phone will serve as the key.

The brand is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and they hope all their W and Aloft Hotels will feature this technology by the end of next year.

Using Bluetooth technology, guests download a Starwood app for their phones and after a little information plugging, they will receive a virtual key. One touch or swipe of the screen unlocks the door upon arrival.

The new app means visitors will be able to bypass the check in desk completely. Said the company’s CEO “We believe this will become the new standard for how people will want to enter a hotel. It may be a novelty at first, but we think it will become table stakes for managing a hotel.”

Not everyone is a fan of the technology, however, believing many guests enjoy the human interactions and greetings from a check in clerk.

How do you like the idea?

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