Starwood to trial smartphone check-in at Aloft hotels

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will enable guests at two of its Aloft Hotels to check into their rooms using their smartphone as a key.

Aloft Cupertino will debut the smartphone key app as part of a trial
Aloft Cupertino will debut the smartphone key app as part of a trial

Aloft Cupertino in California, and the Aloft based in Harlem in New York, will send guests a message on a Starwood app containing a virtual key, which will unlock the door with a tap or twist of their smartphone using Bluetooth technology.

This will enable them to bypass the check-in desk and head straight to their rooms, making it ideal for corporate events where large groups of delegates often have to check in at the same time.

The app will be compatible with recent iPhone models (4S and newer) and Android phones running 4.3 or newer.

The trial will begin within the next three months, and if it takes off, the company may roll out to all of its Aloft and W hotels by the end of next year.

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