SPG had announced several months ago that they were working towards providing keyless entry into hotel rooms using customers’ smartphones. Well, that day has arrived! SPG is rolling out this new feature, starting with 10 hotels and it will work starting today.
To begin, you will need to make sure you have the latest update to the SPG app on your phone. It was just released this morning, so check your updates.
After you sign-in to the app with your SPG account information, you will need to register your phone for keyless entry. This takes a simple acceptance of conditions and about 20 seconds and your phone is registered!
Now, you can use your phone to access your room at any one of these 10 hotels (with more coming as they roll out this feature to their W hotels, Element hotels, and Aloft hotels):
- Aloft Beijing, Haidian Beijing, China
- Aloft Cancun, Mexico
- Aloft Cupertino,California, USA
- Aloft Harlem, New York,New York, USA
- Element New York Times Square West, New York, USA
- W Doha Hotel & Residences, Qatar
- W Hollywood, California, USA
- W Hong Kong, China
- W New York — Downtown New York, USA
- W Singapore — Sentosa Cove, Singapore
Definitely a cool feature that I will be looking forward to trying out! I cannot tell you how many times I have killed a key while out on a run because I put it next to my credit card or phone (which is really not something to avoid easily when in running gear!). To be able to do it all from my phone will be very helpful. This feature will also be coming to the Apple Watch when it is released this coming Spring.
Do you have any upcoming stays at any of those hotels? If so, report back how well this works and if you truly were able to avoid the check-in desk for your visit. 🙂