New Apple Watch Will Allow Guests to Unlock Doors at the Tap of a Button


People who splurge on the fancy new Apple Watch won’t have to worry about getting locked out of their hotel room. At least one major chain is working on an app to prevent that from happening.

When the watch hits stores in 2015, the Starwood Hotels app will allow guests to unlock their hotel room doors without having to fumble with a key or dig through a bag to find a key. Starwood that will, among other things, let guests use their Apple Watch as a room key at over 150 W Hotels, Aloft, and Element properties around the world.

With the Apple Watch acting as a digital room key, guests who have a compatible iPhone will simply have to tap a button while standing at the door.

The app was featured during Apple’s unveiling earlier this week and it will be used at some of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide’s properties.

Apps that unlock hotel room doors are the wave of the future as hotel and travel companies attempt to make holidays more convenient. Hilton Hotels has also announced plans to replace keys with smartphones.