If standing in line at a hotel to check-in isn’t your idea of a good time, (and if it is, what the hell is wrong with you?), the latest news from the Hilton hotel chain will be welcome news. Starting next year, you’ll be able to avoid the front desk completely, by checking in electronically, and using your iPhone as your room key.
We’ve seen the same thing in smaller hotel groups, but Hilton’s adoption of the technology moves it very much into the mainstream. The group told the WSJ that it will begin introducing the new door locks next year, and expects to complete the global roll-out by the end of 2016.
Currently, you can already check-in electronically via the Hilton app, however you still need to get your room key from the front desk. The new system will send a key code to your iPhone, allowing you to use the device to unlock your room door.
MacTrast previously reviewed a similar system for home use in the Kevo Kwikset home locking system.