HT's "2012 Lodging Technology Study" suggests that hotels spend and have no incremental income. Hotels are racing to the innovation table to figure out how to add the right type of functionality to the guest room, without the promise of more revenue.
From expanding bandwidth to RFID locks, hotels scramble to meet consumer expectations for in-room innovation. To that end, here are five of the hottest guestroom trends to watch for in 2012.
The Grand Hyatt in San Francisco has rolled out installation of VingCard's Orion energy management system, RFID locks, Elsafe safes and VISIONLINE access control system.
The LodgeNet mobile app will let hotels provide customized communication to guests, and will give guests control over in-room TVs from their iPhone, iPad or Android.
Debuting in March, iHome HiDM5 offers hotel guests a wireless keyboard and speakerphone for Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones.
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans has turned to KABA Lodging for RFID keycards. The hotel, which only permits keycard holders to guestroom floors contains 1,193 rooms.
LodgeNet Interactive Corporation and REELZCHANNEL have announced a brand new movie channel, the premiere channel, allowing studios to promote their latest releases to frequent movie-goers.
Nordic Sea Hotel in Stockholm, part of Nordic Choice Hotel group, is the world's first hotel to offer interactive online services via Philips MediaSuite TVs.
Best Western and Cables To Go are working to deliver a connectivity panel to thousands of Best Westerns worldwide. The technology offers plug and play connectivity for a host of devices, ranging from iPhones to Blu-ray players.
Oslo hotel is the first in the Choice network to enable guestroom lock access via any mobile phone, regardless of model or carrier.