In the past, hotels used keys for their rooms. Nowadays, it’s common to receive a plastic card as your room key. As more people have begun depending on their smartphone as a tool, the idea of using it as a room key doesn’t seem quite as far fetched. In fact, two of the largest hotel operators in the country are aiming to more than double the number of properties allowing smartphone keyless entry.
When 2016 is over in a couple of days, Hilton Worldwide will have over 650 hotels keyless entry hotels around the world, including Canada and Singapore. That number is a substantial increase from just 91 in the beginning of the year. The other operator is Marriott International, which currently has just over 200 keyless entry hotels. By the time 2017 draws to a close, Hilton is expected to have 2,000+ hotels with keyless entry rooms. At least for Hilton, the feature appears to be limited to its loyalty club members.
The way the keyless entry works is simple. The guest receives a special code that can be used in the loyalty club app. With the app open, the person only needs to hold the phone near the door lock to unlock it. The feature also potentially removes the need to even check in the lobby prior to heading to the room.
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