Your hotel room is about to get a whole lot smarter. Amazon announced a version of its popular Alexa personal assistant intended for use in lodging, under the moniker Alexa for Hospitality. Need to know what time the fitness center opens, or what’s in the house cocktail served at the bar in the lobby? All you have to do is ask her.
If you’ve stayed at a Marriott hotel lately, you may have already seen a version of the product. The international chain had been testing both Alexa and Apple’s Siri for in-room use, and announced their decision to install Alexa into their Marriott Hotels, Aloft Hotels, Autograph Collection, Westin Hotels & Resorts, and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts as soon as this summer.
Marriott will partner with World Cinema and GuestTek for voice-controlled in-room entertainment, and partner with Crestron and Inncom by Honeywell for connection with other smart devices in the room. iHeartRadio and TuneIn will provide curated music, but you can also play music apps on your connected devices. Just don’t go blasting your tunes late at night — the hotel can control the volume.
You can also use other popular Alexa features, including third-party apps, to stay on top of your daily fitness and routines, as well as any that you regularly use via your smartphone or tablet. The coolest function, however, is the ability to play a TED talk by simply asking Alexa to do so, thanks to Marriott Hotel’s partnership with TED — but this feature is only available at select Marriott Hotels locations. No matter which apps you travel with, having Alexa in your hotel room should help you feel more at home by providing modern conveniences that some might hesitate to travel without.