If you isolate a hotel it’s like its own community, its own little city: people are living there, they need service, things happen behind the scenes, someone is taking care of the house – but at the same time, there is a commercial layer that needs to be interesting to guests so that they want to book the hotel. Now, if you look at what is happening in the IoT industry, smart cities cover what hotels need. And when you combine IoT with 5G, it’s clear that new technologies are ready to take hospitality into the future. Nordic Choice Hotels has long been the kind of hospitality player that looks for new opportunities to enhance guest experience and deliver a superior guest journey – and with the help of hospitality technology integration experts Speeron and Tele2 IoT, they’re already bringing their guests the hotel of the future.
This summer, Nordic Choice Hotels’ Comfort Hotel Xpress in Stockholm became the first hotel in the Nordic region to offer new smart solutions and enhanced guest experiences, with 5G and IoT moving into twenty of the hotel’s 257 rooms for testing. This is an important move for a company that is continually pushing the envelope, finding out what is possible in terms of technology, business modules, and partnerships.
When it comes to 5G, Nordic Choice was already talking internally about it four years ago, and while they didn’t know exactly what they wanted to do with the technology, they did know it would be more than just fast WiFi – and they knew that the expert team at Speeron, who they had been working in partnership with for ten years, would tell them about the opportunities and possibilities with not just 5G, but also IoT.