Now, IHG's program will be in testing for about two months but it could be longer, an IHG exec told USA Today. And we think it will be even longer than that before this is an industry standard.
For one, the technology could be buggy at times. No one likes that, especially not after a long flight or an exhausting day of meetings. Second, technology still mistakes like the check-in kiosk at Aloft O'Hare that gave us a handicap room on the first try. Lastly, the amount of rooms in hotels with these special keyless doors will probably only a handful, as the hotel's owners will have to make the investment, not the brands running them.
Still, we're all about making our lives easier. We can't wait for the day when we can start paying for stuff like groceries and coffee just by flashing our iPhone so we'd gladly use our phone to open our hotel room. That is, unless we lose the phone during our hotel stay. Then what happens? Can't just go to the front desk to get a new phone, can we?
What do you think of IHG and Open Ways Smartphone Check-in? Would you use it or do you still prefer a human being? Let us know!