The Hotel Room of the Future Will Listen to You
Is the air conditioning turning you into a popsicle? Is the television too loud? Are you hankering for a midnight snack? Don't just sit there. Tell your hotel room.
Aloft hotels, a brand of Starwood, has unveiled a new service that is straight from the future: voice-activated guest rooms. Aptly-named Project Jetson, the high-tech rooms allow guests to speak their requests and Apple’s voice-powered assistant, Siri, will do her best to make it happen.
Guests can access the system via an in-room iPad.
“Forget the phrase ‘at the touch of your fingertips,’” said Aloft's Global Brand Leader Brian McGuinness in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be the first hotel brand to bring voice-activation to our guests in this way, using Siri to control room temperature, lighting and more during their stay.”
Once connected, guests can ask Siri to adjust settings in the room and more.
Aloft is planning more features in a second iteration of the project, including placing room service orders and more, according to Bloomberg.
The futuristic project is currently available at Aloft’s Boston Seaport and Santa Clara locations. Not all the rooms have the technology, so travelers eager to check it out should contact the hotel—or make a request in the online booking form—to request it.
Voice-activated rooms aren’t Aloft’s first Jetson-inspired feature: The chain has been a trailblazer in turning hotels from rented bedrooms to techie dream worlds thanks to the robot butler it has on staff at its Cupertino, California, outpost, and mirrors with built-in touchscreen displays that are currently getting a trial run at Aloft’s sister brand, Element in Newark, New Jersey.