Starwood Hotels Roll Out Virtual Room Keys

Starwood Hotels Roll Out Virtual Room Keys

In an interesting move, Starwood Hotels just updated their smartphone app to include a new keyless entry system which can replace the traditional hotel room key. Unfortunately, the infrastructure is only available at 10 of the company’s 1200 hotels, but they expect this functionality to greatly expand in 2015. The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) app runs on iOS and Android smartphones. Any Bluetooth LE enabled handset can take advantage of the keyless entry feature. The virtual hotel key not only opens the door to your room, but also elevators, and gym/pool doors. It’s definitely a cool idea.

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