Hotel chains have been wanting new alternatives that let patrons check-in, for some time now. That’s why Marriott began testing smartphone check-ins in 2006, and some locations have used RFID, iris scanners, biometric identifiers and other tech to make locked doors easier.
This month, InterContinental Hotels Group announced that they will be trying OpenWays at Chicago’s Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown Convention Center. It allows iPhone owners to use an app to open room doors. Other smartphone platforms will be supported, and users will also be able to use their phone to order other services, extend their stay or pay for broken items.