We covered the Stockholm Clarion hotel’s NFC Samsung door lock a few weeks ago. Now two boutique hotels in Manhattan and Cupertino will also let guests skip the check-in and go directly to their room, but this time with an iPhone app. Aloft Hotel will launch the new service this quarter when they receive a message on a Starwood app containing a virtual key which will open the door via Bluetooth.
Chalk another one up for team Bluetooth. Hard to tell which technology is going to dominate in the travel space… NFC or Bluetooth.