Hilton Garden Inn Pilots High-Tech "Smart Rooms" In This Southern City
Smart phones. Smart lights. Smart watches. What's next? For travelers, it's now time to brace yourself for smart hotels.
To that point, the hotel giant Hilton debuted its "connected room," a hotel room you can control from your smart phone, in beta testing mode at Hilton Garden Inn Memphis / Wolfchase Galleria. It is the first property in their portfolio to use the technology. According to a press release, the brand expects more hotels to start with the system in the coming weeks, before a large-scale deployment of the upgrade across America in 2018.
So what exactly does this high-tech update entail? Using the Hilton Honors app, guests can change their room's thermostat, lighting, and window shades. Guests will also be able to input things like their favorite TV channels and streaming services so that your hotel bed plop ritual segueing into catching up on The Crown is faster than ever.
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Currently, the Hilton Honors app already allows users to check-in, select rooms, and unlock their hotel doors using their phone. In the future, Hilton anticipates their connected rooms will include the ability to control aspects of your room with your voice. Guests will even be able to upload their own artwork and photos to cozy up their room upon arrival. There's no place like Hilton.