For hotels, the technology of CheckMate is very much behind-the-scenes. The platform is compatible with all existing hotel property management systems so it can work for many hotels. Thus, the hotels are using CheckMate on their end and the guests are using CheckMate on their phones.
Partners do have to pay a monthly fee to access the service but it doesn't require new hardware and CheckMate promises that the training and on boarding is quick and easy. So far, CheckMate is already being used by a number of hotels including Commune Hotels + Resorts, MetWest Terra Hospitality, and Pacific Hospitality Group.
A little interesting background on CheckMate: It was co-founded by Anthony Maggio, Brian McManus and Drew Patterson, formerly of Jetsetter who is now CEO of Room 77. Room 77 acquired CheckMate upon Patterson's arrival.
So far there are no iTunes reviews on the app store but to be fair, CheckMate did just launch last week. We love the idea of this app, after all who doesn't want an easier check-in process? But we think in the beginning it will be limited to those frequent travelers and road warriors. We'll keep an eye on it.
Have you successfully used CheckMate to check into a hotel? Let us know!
[CheckMate Screengrab: HotelChatter]