What is The Lending Locker and Can More Hotels Have This?
Last week as we strolled through the InterContinental Hotel Group's Annual Investors and Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, we saw tons of hotel vendors hawking their wares from electronics to furniture, lighting fixtures, bed linens and even fugly carpeting. But what caught our eye was this--The Lending Locker.
The locker, or loan closet, stocks items that you may have forgotten during your stay or couldn't bring with you in the first place. The way it works is fairly simple. If you see something in the locker that you want to use, you fill out a slip at the front desk stating what you are borrowing and your room number. And voila, you can now have a George Forman grill simmering away in your hotel room.
Speaking of grills, given that there are some pretty big items inside the locker like appliances and coolers, the locker works better in extended-stay hotels where guests are staying in large suites with kitchens. Indeed, IHG's Candlewood Suites brand is testing out the Lending Locker in some of their hotels.
Still, we wouldn't mind seeing a Lending Locker for regular hotels. Our wish list for the locker? Mostly, tech stuff like iPhone/iPad chargers, memory card readers, portable scanners and personal WiFi hotspots but we wouldn't mind checking out some board games, fondue sets (those would totes work in a hotel room), roller skates, fur-lined handcuffs, etc., etc. Heh.
What would you put in a Lending Locker? Let us know in comments below!